Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Through four decades, Dance Mission Theater has steadfastly continued producing shows. On January 13th and 14th, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary with politically themed performances that include drumming, ballet, modern dance, song, and even sign language at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.It’s called “Gracias a la Vida: Love in a Bitter Time” and it is a performance the producers promise is filled with humor, vitality and tribute. But there’s also the promised reflection on bitterness of the modern era, and Dance Mission’s director Krissy Keefer is not just grateful – she’s pissed off.“I grew up in a time of the feminist movement….It wasn’t always nice. Anger is used to get the status quo out of the way,” Keefer said. “People don’t want to get mad, and I’m mad.” READ MORE FROM MISSION LOCAL’s COVERAGE
Local Cellar, the last of four businesses owned by Mission resident Yaron Milgrom, has been sold to the Gemini Bottle Company, owned by Philadelphia lawyer Hope Pomerantz and operated primarily by her son’s partner, Dominique Henderson, who lives down the block from the shop. The new shop will open its doors for the first time this Saturday. Its sale brings an end to Milgrom’s Local Mission Group, a mini-empire that began in 2010 with the Mission Local Eatery on 24th Street. Within four years and a four-block radius, Milgrom opened Local’s Corner in 2012, the Local Mission Market in late 2013 and Local’s Cellar in 2014. The Eatery and the Market won accolades for locally sourced and made food, but Milgrom had less success in managing the challenges of operating in a neighborhood in the midst of gentrification.Unlike other new businesses, his became the focus of the neighborhood’s frustration and his fortunes never recovered from an incident in 2013 at Local’s Corner in which his staff was accused of denying service to long-time resident Sandra Cuadra. One by one, his enterprises have closed or been sold, first Local’s Corner in in 2014 and then the Local Eatery in December of 2015. In 2017, the Local Market closed. Milgrom said he has no regrets about selling his last business. He’s stepping away from food and the restaurant business completely he says, to focus on “non-food related projects,” including marital management. “Selling Local Cellar was what I wanted to do. Running a business in San Francisco is really hard and after nine years, I was personally, emotionally and psychically worn out.” He was reluctant to step down until he found people to take over the shop.“It took a while for everything to come together, and to get the timing right. The people who are taking over the business are deeply connected with wine. I’ve known them for five to six years, “ Milgrom said. Milgrom, who acknowledged that his time in as a Mission business owner was tumultuous, feels a sense of gratitude about his now-shuttered businesses. “Without the experience of running those businesses, I wouldn’t have been able to connect with the community and raise a family,” he said. The Gemini Bottle Co. will continue in the same vein as Local Cellar, selling high-end organic wine, spirits and beer. Henderson said the store’s offering with a new focus on a range of international wines, tasting sessions each Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. and a wine club that will start in February, according to Henderson, a sommelier who works with restaurants A-16 and Rich Table.Henderson will also have plenty of help from Leslie Miller-Dancy, a chef and colleague of Henderson, who will run the retail operations. Ben Tinker, another Mission resident and employee of Local Cellar, will continue working behind the counter.The team behind the Gemini Bottle Co. From left to right: Alex Pomerantz, Dominique Henderson and Leslie Miller-Dancy. Photo by Elizabeth CreelyMilgrom, who decided to sell the business last year shortly after Local Mission Market closed, approached Pomerantz a few years ago. Pomerantz, who owns a winery in Oakland, encouraged Henderson and his mother to take on the business together. “Alex has known Yaron for eight years,” said Henderson. “He owns a winery and has way too much to do, so we approached his mom, and said, ‘let’s do this!’” Henderson described the business model as collaborative, and one that will be based on neighborhood needs. “We’re selling wines and craft spirits that are naturally made, from organic vineyards, that are affordable,” said Henderson. “We know this is a neighborhood spot, and we want to serve our neighbors. We’re going to have a suggestion box for the regulars to see what they’d like to see in here.”The transition in ownership began in earnest earlier this month, after Hope Pomerantz applied to the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control for transfer of the two licenses owned by Local Cellar. The opening of the new bottle shop is the latest shift for the corner store, which has been in continuous operation since 1906. The store has held an Irish-owned grocery and liquor store, a German bakery and, later, a neighborhood market. Public records show that Irish immigrant Jonas J. Callanan built the three-story building in 1906, and was its first occupant. Callanan applied for the store’s first liquor license in June of 1906.Like reading original reporting? Support local journalism and help us reach our goal – we’re 54 percent of the way there! In 2014, Milgrom purchased the liquor license from owner Ibrahim Muhawieh who, as owner of Jefferson Market, held the license for almost 50 years. At the time of the transfer, Jefferson Market was under investigation by the ABC for repeated violations of the state’s Retail Operating Standards. Henderson grew up hearing about Jefferson Market. Her father lived in the Mission District in the ’70s, and used to visit it as a teenager. “My dad used to come here so he could buy beer,” she said gesturing to the empty store. “He’d come here get a salami sandwich and a beer. He said they didn’t card minors!”Milgrom said that when he opened Local Cellar, he wanted it to be a place that he would go. “People were happy that I was here. They told me they had to run past Jefferson Market, and that they couldn’t let their kids walk by this place.”Even though the name of the store has changed, the local nature of the place has not. During the renovation this month, tile was removed from a pillar, which stands on the threshold of the store. Henderson and Pomeranz were startled by what was underneath: a hand-painted sign emblazoned with the logo “Neighborhood Stores, Incorporated.”The sign on Gemini Bottle Co. threshold, showing the retail history of this corner on 22nd and Florida street. Photo by Elizabeth CreelyThe sign is a reminder of the days when the corner was a grocery, and member of a small merchants association, Neighborhood Stores, Inc., active in the Pacific Northwest from about 1912 to sometime during the mid 20th-century. According to an advertisement in the San Francisco Examiner in 1929, the association represented more than 1,000 “progressive, independent” grocers and old Wellman Foods, a San Francisco wholesale grocer founded in 1851. Henderson and Pomerantz love the sign, and the reminder that this small store has always been a local concern. “We wanted to preserve the authenticity of the building,” said Henderson. “This is such a cool neighborhood. I’ve been hanging out in the Mission since I was kid because of my family. It’s very fortunate that we’re able to have a business that’s close to where we live, and that we love doing.”A 1929 promotional ad from the San Francisco Examiner showing a Neighborhood Stores, Inc. and Wellman Foods, a local partner. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The sale marks the end of Milgrom’s efforts to get a foothold in the Mission Email Address
BUS season tickets are now on sale for 2011 travel to Widnes! Priced at just £40 and FREE for all under 16 season ticket holders, they offer great value for money as Saints tackle Super League XVI. Saints have teamed up with Arriva to provide a direct service from St Helens town centre to The Stobart Stadium in Widnes – the club’s temporary home in 2011. This prepaid service will pick up and terminate at Hall Street in St Helens – with the frequent service beginning three hours before kickoff and ending 45 minutes before kickoff. After the final whistle, the service will operate from The Stobart Stadium in Widnes back to St Helens town centre with the last bus leaving an hour after the final whistle – giving fans plenty of time to enjoy their post match celebrations. The bus season ticket will also permit travel on any Arriva bus service from a journey start point within the borough on any scheduled service to Hall Street and return. To buy, head into the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, call 01744 455 052 or log on to the Saints Superstore. If you want a FREE JUNIOR BUS TICKET, you will need to head to the store to receive the Bus Season Ticket. Saints can then work with Arriva to make sure as many bus runs can take place as possible for its loyal fans. The club can also confirm that Merseytravel’s number 17 service will operate on its normal timetable before and after kick off meaning those with access to free bus travel can use that service. No cash will be taken on the Saints Arriva Bus Service with routes and services subject to demand. Normal Arriva bus regulations also apply. Details for the Hattons Travel ‘per match’ service will be confirmed shortly – fans can buy those tickets up to 48 hours before each home game. Cost will be £4.
IN October 2010 Jamie Foster experienced the highs and lows of being a professional rugby league player.After appearing in his first ever Grand Final and the emotion attached to that, he was slumped on the grass at the final whistle as Wigan took the spoils.But that moment has steadied his resolve and the youngster is determined to put things right this season.“I suppose I have made good progress this season and things have been pretty good for me,” he says. “I got my goal sheet at the beginning of the year and I wanted to play 15 games. Royce has given me the chances and I think I have earned the respect off the senior boys with my performances.“But, it all kinda means nothing now as we are at the business end of the season. It was great to taste this point last season as the atmosphere is brilliant. I am looking forward to being a part of it again.“It was a high point of my career playing at Old Trafford, but sitting on the grass and watching them jumping all over each other was hard to take. I felt sick knowing that it was a chance for us to see KC off on a high and they took it away from us.“I think it is a bit of a revenge mission this year and there’s not too many people in the team scared of saying it. It’s going to be brutal, tough and exciting. Yes, we’ve been to a lot of finals and not won. We know what we have to do and know the reasons why we lost those games. If we were scratching our heads then that would be hard. So we are preparing well for it, training is going well, the players up for it and the senior boys are too. We are all buzzing ready for it.”Jamie has made 45 appearances for the club and has scored 31 tries and kicked 209 goals. He’s been in situations throughout the season when his accuracy with the boot has proved vital.But he doesn’t feel the added pressure.“I’m not trying to sound like I am Mr Cool but I don’t let it get to me. I am confident in what I can do as I have been kicking goals all over the field since I was six. So, if I’m doing it on my own or at a full DW Stadium I know I can do it.“I try and treat all the kicks the same – I believe I can kick them and I can hear my granddad in the back of my head telling me what to do. Sometimes I just put my foot through the ball and hope for the best really. It’s something I thrive on and I can’t wait for it.“I don’t practice so much these days as I think I can kick myself out of form. Sometimes I go to Ruskin Drive late at night and have a kick with my granddad.“This is our opportunity now though. I have played in a number of big games and want us to look back in a few years and say ‘remember that game against Wigan?’ and ‘look what we achieved’.”Mega Sale! Saints Superstore and www.saintssuperstore.com are holding a Mega Sale with hundreds of items now reduced in price.As the Saints look ahead to the challenge of facing Wigan on their own patch this weekend, why not take this chance to deck yourself out in official merchandise to show your colours.Retro shirts priced from just £5, T-shirts from just 50p and polos and jackets from just £5, are just a few of the lines that have been flying out the door.ISC Trainingwear reductions of up to Half Price, plus Kooga Training wear and protection all at half price are certain to be snapped up fast. Get yourself down to the store and grab yourself a bargain today. Whilst stocks last!
NATHAN Brown saluted Saints great first half display after they beat Hull KR 46-10 at Langtree Park.His side scored six first half tries to kill off the Robins’ hopes of a second win in a row in St Helens.“I thought the first half was really pleasing,” he said. “We came here expecting a tough game after the games we’d had with Hull KR but we did really well.“James Roby was great and you can’t put a price on a hooker like that. It is a crucial spot in the team. We started well and our right edge did well. The guys have played with Robes for a long time and work off him. It was his second game back and he could have stayed on until the end.“We are confident heading into next week. We have played some good sides in the last few weeks and had some good results. We can take that into the game next week and we know we can do well.“The players want to do well. They have been in a number of big games over the years and we want to do well to give ourselves a shot at Old Trafford.”Adam Swift scored a hat-trick in the match to take his tally to 13 in 10 games.“He is playing well,” Nathan added. “In fact, both wings are firing well. Frannis Meli is going well at centre, as is Jordan Turner, and they are linking up with Robes too.“It helps that they have pace and there is a lot of speed in that back line. I was also pleased that Jordan Turner was great with the boot tonight.”Ticket details for our match at Leeds next Friday are here.
SAINTS take on Catalan this Friday aiming to maintain their 100 per cent start to the First Utility Super League season.Nathan Brown’s side sit top of the table with four wins from four whilst the Dragons are yet to pick up a point from their matches.Everything points to a Saints win – but only the foolhardy would believe that.Catalan have won on their last two occasions to Langtree Park and ooze quality despite being down on numbers.They are also big in the pack and that will be a real contest in the middle with the likes of Saints Kyle Amor taking on Jeff Lima.Tickets for the game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052 or log on here.
SAINTS will travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday to take on Warrington (8pm).Fans can buy North Stand seated tickets from the Warrington ticket office from 5pm. There are no standing tickets remaining.Seated tickets are Adults – £29.50, Conc – £20, Junior – £10.
Cape Fear Serpentarium (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Serpentarium in downtown Wilmington is permanently closed.This comes a little more than a year after the owner of the serpentarium, Dean Ripa, was killed.- Advertisement – The serpentarium remained open and operated under an LLC.RELATED: Wife called 911 hour before fatal shooting of Dean Ripa It closed back in March because of Ripa’s estate proceedings.Related Article: Overnight closures planned for Cape Fear Memorial BridgeThe business hoped to re-open in mid-April, but never did.Ripa’s wife, Regina, is charged with first degree murder in his death.
Memorial Day weekend is here and now, you might notice some people looking out for you along the shore at Wrightsville Beach.“We have so many more people to watch and, you know, it is the ocean, it’s not a swimming pool out here. We do have rip currents out here and a lot of these people are, you know, not from the beach, they’re down here on vacation and they want to have a good time so we want to make sure they stay safe,” Ocean Rescue Captain Jeremy Owens said.Owens said the lifeguards fill all 13 stands Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.Related Article: Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day“We have full-time Ocean Rescue personnel that constantly patrols. We are also firefighters as well, so we have firefighter duties during the off-season and during the summer time,” Owens said.Owens said it is important for lifeguards to be out on the beach, especially when it is full of visitors. Knowing the flags on the stands is an extra resource to know what condition the water is in.“Know your limitations, recognize that there are rip currents out here and with the beach the best thing to do would be stop by the lifeguard stand and talk to the lifeguard,” Owens said.Benedict said she is a fan of having the feeling someone is watching over you.“Public safety is important, you know, everybody’s out at the beach to have a good time and you just want to make sure if there was ever an emergency that occurred that there is somebody out here looking out for you,” Benedict said.Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. until Labor Day. Green flags on the stand mean good conditions, yellow flags mean caution and red flags mean dangerous. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Did you notice the lifeguard stands on Wrightsville Beach are no longer empty? That is because the lifeguards are back in action. One Ocean Rescue Captain said they have already been making some saves.“For what they do day in and day out, they probably don’t get enough credit,” beach goer Rachael Benedict said.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–More than 500 Special Olympic athletes and volunteers filled Trask Coliseum on Wednesday for the annual basketball skills day at UNCW.Athletes of all ages were able to work on their dribbling, shooting, and even played a few three on three games. This is just one of the many events that the New Hanover County Special Olympics hosts every year. The planning for the events starts months in advance to guarantee every athlete has the fun they deserve.- Advertisement – “It is a lot of planning before , so we can keep the stations exciting for the athletes,” said Co-Coordinator Brooke DeAmaral. “We want to make sure everyone at all skill levels can participate in the same activity.The New Hanover county Special Olympics chapter is one of the largest in the state of North Carolina. The chapter will hold their Spring games on May 1st at Ashley High School.