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Polk’s essential services are open to serve the community

With the entire state of California under shelter-in-place restrictions, we are called to adapt to a new “normal.” We in the Discover Polk District are very fortunate to have a number of essential businesses that continue to serve our community. Some restaurants are open limited......

Curbside transactions in Discover Polk CBD

Discover Polk’s Executive Management team partnered with merchant and business associations and the D3 Supervisor’s office to petition City Hall to allow curbside pickups for San Francisco small businesses. As Duncan Ley says: “We were thrilled to work with Supervisor Peskin’s Office to help merchants’ voices be......

Discover Polk CBD Newsletter

Our Executive Directors publish an informative newsletter on a regular basis, updating residents and businesses on activities, progress, and general neighborhood information. The most recent publication (Saturday, 02 May 2020) highlighted the StreetPlus Clean Team who are power washing and picking up every day, Big......

#DiscoverPolkcommunitystrong

I hesitated to use the hashtag and “anywhere/strong” but, in fact, the Discover Polk community has been, and continues to be hardworking, respectful of physical distance, and supportive of each other in a very trying time. Businesses have come up with ingenious ways of sustaining......

Six Foot Social Club!

Leave it to Ray Bair, owner of Cheese Plus at 2001 Polk Street, to come up with the idea of designing tote bags and shirts (now with Kids’ sizes!) to remind people to respect a 6-foot physical distance. A real plus is that it’s a......

Government support during shelter in place

Our businesses who have had to abruptly close their doors and reduce their workforce to comply with local, state and federal orders to shelter in place are facing unscripted challenges and potential financial ruin. There are some resources from the San Francisco Office of Economic......

DiscoverPolk business GoFundMe

It’s bad enough being stuck inside for over a month, and even harder to imagine the distress (and stress) that many of our local small businesses are feeling at this time. If you have the means to do so, please consider contributing to GoFundMe and......

Opportunities to support our local businesses

Ways to support; will be updated regularly: Venmo $5/drink or a $25/round to @Northstar-Kellys-employee-fund . Respond to GoFundMe for 1760 and Lord Stanley Respond to GoFundMe for Acquerello and Amélie Wine Bar Buy a “Six Foot Social Club” t-shirt or tote bag at Cheese Plus......

Community=support

If you’re like me, one reason you choose to live in our neighborhood is the eclectic assortment of small businesses, where you know the staff and can find just what you need onsite. No need for delivery, delay, or robots. Without our local businesses, we......

Resources during shelter in place

We are so used to being able to access local resources: libraries, museums, parks, event spaces, that the shelter-in-place requirements seem somewhat otherworldly and very, very restrictive. As of today (23 March 2020) we can still take walks in our neighborhoods, as long as we......