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Welcome to the castro!


A neighborhood of freedom, acceptance, creativity and diversity.

Our mission is to unite area merchants to promote the Castro's interests, increase opportunities and facilitate communication between businesses and local government.

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Welcome to the castro!


A neighborhood of freedom, acceptance, creativity and diversity.

Our mission is to unite area merchants to promote the Castro's interests, increase opportunities and facilitate communication between businesses and local government.


Thank you for visiting our web page.

Castro Merchants welcome you to our on-line community.

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Holidays 2019


Make sure YOUR business is part of the CASTRO MERCHANTS Year-end 2019 Holiday Promotion!

Holidays 2019


Make sure YOUR business is part of the CASTRO MERCHANTS Year-end 2019 Holiday Promotion!

CASTRO MERCHANTS invites local businesses to participate in this years' special holiday programs. Join us and other local businesses this 2019 holiday season.

Castro Merchants Holiday BAnner


Support CASTRO MERCHANTS as we decorate and promote The Castro for the Holidays.

Your support here helps fund the bright Holiday Tree at Castro-18th Streets; the Tree Lighting on Monday December- 2nd, 6:00pm at the Tree; bright bows on Market Street Median Palm Trees from Castro to Octavia Blvd.; the Chanukah Menorah Lighting on Wednesday December 18th; and special promotion events during the Season. 

Donor-Sponsors will be listed on the big CASTRO MERCHANTS Holiday Banner that will hang at 18th and Castro Streets through Late January.

If you are not currently a 2019-20 CASTRO MERCHANTS Member, we’ll also include Membership thru April 30, 2020.

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Donor Package includes:

Your name on the large Holiday Banner that’s displayed on the side of the BoA building at the corner of 18th and Castro Streets, for all to see throughout the Holiday shopping season, from Thanksgiving weekend through Late January.

Donors of $500 or more also get their Logo on their Banner listing and a free rotating logo credit on CASTRO MERCHANTS’s website.

Questions? Contact Castro Merchants at 415-431-2359 or email us at Info@CastroMerchants.com

Your commitment and payment must be received by 5PM on Friday, November 15th, 2019.        

Donors of $500 and more: your Logo will appear on the Banner and Website in full color. 

  • Please submit logos in one of the following file formats to Info@CastroMerchants.com

  • Please use .EPS or Vector file formats, (medium-high resolution) also include a PDF version.

  • Logo submission deadline: 5:00pm on Friday November 15th, 2019.

Donate to Sponsor 2018 Castro holidays

Thank you for your generous contribution!

We hope that you have a prosperous Holiday Season!


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Our Team 


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Masood Samereie

Castro Merchants President
Broker/Owner of Aria Properties

I have a long time love affair with our beautiful city of San Francisco, and in particular the Castro Neighborhood.

I have always felt welcome and respected in this neighborhood. I enjoy the diversity, vibrancy, creativity, and for me a sense of excitement that I don’t find in other neighborhoods.


Brian Springfield

Brian Springfield Design
 

I feel honored to live and work in the Castro. I love that while the neighborhood is still vibrant and changing, it remains special, creative, and accepting.


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Doug Mcallister

Castro Merchants Treasurer 
Financial Advisor

There are no excuses to be bored in the Castro.


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Andrew MacDonald

Castro Merchants Secretary
Clinic Manager, Walgreens Pharmacy

I love the Castro because it is fun and located in the heart of SF. We are full of passionate people who inspire me to preserve its history and keep it the best neighborhood in the city!


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sean jackson-boyd

Client Success Manager / The Henry Levy Group- A CPA Firm

San Francisco, and particularly The Castro is a vibrant, creative, inclusive destination with visitors from around the world. We only have one chance to make a first impression and having been a resident for nearly 3 decades I love contributing to putting our best Castro forward.


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Daniel bergerac

Immediate past President of Castro Merchants

Owner- Mudpuppy's Tub & Scrub

I am proud to be a small business owner in this vibrant, inclusive, accepting corner of San Francisco. It is an honor to serve this board and our community.


John Bellemore

Castro Merchants Vice President

Q Bar, Midnight Sun, Edge, Beaux

I love that the Castro is a neighborhood everyone loves to celebrate in. From Pride to Halloween and every weekend in between, it's a place of inclusion and happiness.


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RAY CONNOLLY

CFO - Eureka Sky

The people that live and work in the Castro exude a natural freedom and they show, love has no bounds. They are the reason why my husband and I are in love with the Castro.


Catherine O'Shea
 

Vice President - Banking Center Manager Bank of America

Catherine loves the community of the Castro, especially when she can walk her Golden Retriever “Murph” and run into friends, customers and new faces


Richard Magary
 

CASTRO MERCHANTS Administrator

I love The Castro's winning combination as an international icon and destination, while preserving its character as one of San Francisco's special neighborhoods where locals and visitors from afar shop, eat, drink and stay.

GET TO KNOW THE CASTRO merchants 

Castro Merchants is made up of merchants based in San Francisco's iconic Castro neighborhood, an international beacon of freedom, acceptance, creativity and diversity.

Castro Merchants is proud to count among its founders, Castro's own Harvey Milk, who understood that thriving Castro businesses would help create a strong and powerful community. Our members include a variety of businesses including food and beverage, nightlife/entertainment, retail, salons, spas, healers, professional services and community organizations. All serve local residents as well as the many domestic/international visitors who make Castro a popular tourist destination.

Our Mission is to protect, promote, and advocate on behalf of all Castro businesses.

our History


IN THE BEGINNING

Originally known as Eureka Valley, the Castro was once part of a large rancho owned by Jose de Jesus Noe, a Mexican land baron. He began selling it off in 1852, after the American conquest of California.

In the 1880s, German, Irish and Scandinavian immigrants began settling Eureka Valley and building handsome Victorian row houses for their big families. The Market Street Cable Railway connected Eureka Valley with the rest of San Francisco in 1887, creating a housing boom and turning the village into a thriving working-class neighborhood.

The current F-line Streetcars commenced operation in 1995 and serves as a daily transportation line between Fisherman’s Wharf and The Castro.


THE CASTRO IN THE 60's & 70's
 

Having transformed from a working-class neighborhood through the 1960s and 1970s, the Castro remains a symbol and source of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) activism and events.

The activism of the '60s and '70s forged a community with sizable political and economic power, and when the historic Twin Peaks bar at Market and Castro streets removed the blackout paint from its floor-to-ceiling windows, most took it as a sign that Castro residents were secure in their gay identity.

There were, however, tense and sometimes violent clashes with the police, and the assassination in 1978 of openly gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was a turning point in the community's history.

Milk's assassination and the impact of AIDS brought the community together and made activists of almost everyone; the Castro became not just open but celebratory about its thriving gay and lesbian population.

 
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News and Events


News and Events


News and Events

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Resources


Resources


Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association

The Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association (DTNA) represents residents, businesses and property owners in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood, bordered by Market St., Castro St., Divisidero St., Waller St., Webster St. and Duboce Avenue.  Our goal is to protect, maintain and improve our neighborhood quality of life, and ensure that the Duboce Triangle continues to be San Francisco's very best neighborhood in which to live, work and play.


Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association

The Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA)provides a public forum for the people who live, work, and play in the greater Eureka Valley area to discuss common issues and concerns, and help develop solutions to improve the neighborhood.


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) oversees transit, streets and taxis in the city of San Francisco, California.


Castro/Upper Market CBD

Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (CBD) is run by an appointed Executive Director and an elected Board of Directors consisting of residents, community activists, business representatives, and property owners, meets monthly to respond to neighborhood issues such as street safety and cleanliness, and to directly influence land use, economic development, and future planning in their area.


Hoodline SF

Hoodline is a neighborhood news network covering San Francisco. Well, part of San Francisco. But we're growing. Hoodline has its origins in three local San Francisco blogs -- Haighteration, Hayeswire, and Uppercasing. Those blogs joined forces in 2014, switched from Wordpress to Rails, and brought on some new talent to form what is now Hoodline.


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Our Town SF

A search engine for residents and visitors + a promotional tool for San Francisco LGBT nonprofits, arts and athletic groups
to recruit and connect with clients, donors &/or volunteers.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports San Francisco's ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors and workforce.


The San Francisco Small Business Development Center

The San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps individuals start, manage and grow their businesses.We provide free, confidential one-on-one customized consulting services and training workshops in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese to established businesses and certain start-ups in San Francisco.


San Francisco Public Works

San Francisco Public Works (SFDPW) is a world-class public works organization that contributes to making San Francisco a beautiful, livable, vibrant, safe and sustainable city. We enhance the quality of life in San Francisco by providing outstanding public service.


San Francisco Office of Small Business

Directed by the Small Business Commission, the Office of Small Business (OSB) and its Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC) function as the City's central point of information and referral for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in the City and County of San Francisco.


Bay Area Reporter

Bay Area Reporter (BAR) is the nation's oldest and highest circulation LGBT news weekly serving San Francisco's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Founded in 1971, B.A.R. is regarded for its original writing covering news and entertainment relevant to our lives. B.A.R. is published every Thursday by BAR Media Inc., and is distributed in San Francisco and surrounding cities of the Bay Area.


Castro Street Improvement Project

The S.F. Planning Department in collaboration with the Municipal Transportation Agency and the Department of Public Works are leading this effort.  The project area includes the length of Castro Street from Market to the south side of 19th Street.

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Contact Us


Contact Us


CONTACT INFORMATION
 

584 Castro Street #333

San Francisco, CA 94114

Telephone: (415) 431-2359

Emailinfo@castromerchants.com

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