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Parking Lot of Dreams (Part Two)

Carlos Muela feared no one would come. The quick opening he’d anticipated for SoMa StrEat Food Park had dragged into months, then a year. No income but massive bills for rent, architecture, infrastructure, and improvements piling up. “It was a…

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Parking Lot of Dreams (Part One)

He began at the age of eight years old cleaning up in a couple of Spanish restaurants in San Francisco’s Mission district. By fourteen, he was a waiter. By seventeen, he had risen to manager, and might very well have…

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Open Coffee Innovation: Stir & Mix

What do a world-class medical school library and a brand new San Francisco-based tech campus have in common? Each recently had the smarts to anchor its front entrance with an elegant café. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is…

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The Literary Car Wash

Innovation can happen anywhere – even in a car wash. Jeff and Holly Coplin and Matt Broderick are not the sort you’d expect to be in the car wash business. Matt and Jeff shared a fence growing up and their…

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