Mercado Plaza

People of MCM: Board Member Paul Geffner

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This week our featured shopper at MCM is none other than Paul Geffner, a key member on the MCM Board of Directors. Thanks to Paul, and all of our board members, for helping make MCM great!


Where do you live?

Why are you on the MCM Board?
I was brought on by Ilaria, another board member who served as the driving force behind MCM’s creation. I own Escape from New York Pizza, another business on 22nd Street, and I believe 100% in the idea of the market. Thursdays at the Mission Mercado are a chance to come together for the good of the community and we have seen that what is healthy for the community is also healthy for businesses. The market also serves as an excellent incubator for small businesses.

What are you most excited to share about the Market?
MCM has a great feel and the food is good and honest. I look forward to the growth and establishment of the Mercado Plaza which will be a pedestrian friendly zone that will serve more diverse needs in the the community.

What is your newest project?
I have been collaborating with Adam Driver to build Driver’s Market, an all organic natural grocery store in Sausalito. Our goal is to promote diversity in the economy by supporting small businesses. Our Grand Opening is this Saturday, June 29th from 10-5. Come check us out!

Give Input on the Future of Bartlett Street

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Invest in your community! Give input on the future of Bartlett Street at an open house Wednesday May 29th!

Join the City of San Francisco for an open house to discuss the future of Bartlett Street. Thanks to YOUR support, we secured funds for the Mercado Plaza project. Now tell us what you think the future should look like at an open house hosted by the San Francisco Planning Department, Dept of Public Works, MTA, the Rebar Group, and MCM. Improvements could include new pavement, safer sidewalks, market stalls, better lighting, street graphics, a marquee, and more. But it all depends on your input! Please come and tell us what you think! Light refreshments will be provided.

Mercado Plaza Open House
Wednesday, May 29 –  6:00-7:30 PM 
The Women’s Building, ROOM A
3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Questions? Contact Ilaria Salvadori at
(415) 575-9086 or

Giants & Pumpkins Make MCM Awesome!

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Giants game at MCM

Last Thursday was a truly memorable night at MCM, made even more special now that the San Francisco Giants just clenched the 2012 World Series title!

The night started out with a performance from the Horace Mann Community Music Center as a talented group of young performers treated us to a set of entertaining tunes!

Beginning at 5 pm, several patrons and community members enjoyed a showing of the Giants’ win over the Detroit Tigers on a warm October night while enjoying 4505 Meats‘ cheeseburgers or snacking on kettle corn from Peter’s Kettle Corn. Several patrons commented that they much preferred the chance to catch the game in an outdoor setting rather than a bar or restaurant and thanked MCM for bringing the World Series to them! We’d like to extend a GIANT thank you to Anderson AV Rentals and Amanda Leahy, as well as the wonderful people at Mission Market Fish & Poultry and El Perol for all their help to make this possible.

Kids of all ages enjoyed getting crafty in a pumpkin patch brought to you by Blue House Farm and Hale Farm, two of our amazing vendors. Seated atop bales of hay, kids created painted masterpieces made out of gourds of all sizes, and several patrons took home pumpkins to decorate or cook at home. The center of the market was transformed into a mini pumpkin patch for the afternoon and when it got dark, carved pumpkins illuminated to light the market. Thanks so much to Minnie of Blue House Farms and Dave of Hale Farms for making the pumpkin patch a success!

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to the market this week by participating in the movement to transform Bartlett Street into a space where community members gather to enjoy one another’s company and connect with neighbors. Click here for more information on the Mercado Plaza project, a campaign to make Bartlett a safe, inviting, family-friendly environment for community collaboration.

Thank you for Bartlett Street Visioning

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Thanks to your comments, MCM has put a lot of the neighborhood’s wishes for Bartlett Street into one place. Over three weeks in December 2010, we asked you to complete this sentence, “My vision for Bartlett Street is…”

Here are photos from those three weeks and your responses, in no particular order. We will take your input and use it to build a community process that can help transform this street into a celebrated public space for the neighborhood. Thanks everyone and happy holidays!

  • Live music
  • more trees
  • tiled walkways
  • wider sidewalks
  • a park
  • artisan/flea market
  • block party
  • sculptures, painting
  • Involve City College, outdoor classes
  • more murals, collaborate with precita eyes
  • street gallery
  • Market twice a week
  • expanding market into mission and valencia
  • do something with 826 Valencia
  • Market can be overwhelming in size, make smaller
  • kids area
  • more produce vendors, hot food, craft market
  • outdoor seating, benches
  • more green space, replace concrete with green
  • speed bumps, no cars, no poop!
  • more advertising and sign for market around the mission
  • Dance space, maybe some chalk art
  • Small ampitheater, or stage for comunity events
  • puppet shows, more programming
  • some sort of bartering area where people could trade goods
  • open mic
  • bright lights, more colorful
  • remove graffitti
  • More international market, in the spirit of SF
  • benches and tables
  • More dynamic booth areas, maybe make them more permanent on the street
  • build a stage. could be an endcap for the street
  • skateboard area
  • Keep sidewalks and street clean
  • Food demos, hot food
  • kids activities
  • Multi-cultural experience
  • get urban forest involved
  • get Rebar and Spur involved
  • playground, or performance space
  • mobile gallery.