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Nick Bastone
Jan 25, 2023 - Business

San Francisco's outdoor gym LuxFit hits its stride

Dead lift at LuxFit

Lifting weights at LuxFit's East Cut location. Photo: Courtesy of LuxFit

Walk through Hayes Valley near Patricia's Green and you'll likely see a corner buzzing with bench presses, sparring and maybe even a dog or two tied up to a dumbbell.

What's happening: The outdoor concept, known as LuxFit, is the brainchild of Yotam Israeli, a personal trainer who, like countless others in the city, lost his job at the start of the pandemic when traditional gyms were forced to close.

San Francisco sees spike in incoming workers

aerial view sf

An aerial view of Oracle Park and the surrounding area in March 2022. Photo: Lance King/Getty Images

San Francisco is beginning to attract more workers after the pandemic-era exodus.

  • But the city's chief economist warns that an economic slowdown this year could affect the city's overall recovery, which has already struggled due to high office vacancies.

Why it matters: The rise in office vacancies means there are fewer people spending money downtown, San Francisco chief economist Ted Egan told Axios.

Nick Bastone
Dec 15, 2022 - News

Flower shop turns garage into the Mission's newest cafe

Marigold co-owners Aubriana MacNiven (left) and Gena Banducci (right) inside their new Mission area cafe.

Marigold co-owners Aubriana MacNiven (left) and Gena Banducci inside their new Mission-area cafe. Photo: Mariko Reed

Something exquisite has emerged out of a former garage in the Mission.

What's happening: Known first for its flowers, Marigold expanded last month into the world of coffee, opening a new cafe near the corner of 21st and York streets — next to its retail shop and production space.

Nick Bastone
Dec 13, 2022 - News

For sale: Twitter furniture and espresso makers

Twitter San Francisco office

Outside Twitter's 1355 Market St. office. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Want a piece of Twitter to call your very own?

The San Francisco-based social media company is auctioning off office chairs, espresso makers and commercial kitchen equipment deemed no longer needed after laying off and losing thousands of employees in recent weeks.

San Francisco's most powerful people in 2022

San Francisco Power Players

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

San Francisco is the epicenter of Big Tech — so it's only right that our metro has a lot of powerful people who call it home.

As 2022 comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on who's made the biggest difference in our city this year.

Nick Bastone
Dec 2, 2022 - Politics

San Francisco launches graffiti cleanup program

Local politicians paint over graffiti

Small Business Commission president Sharky Laguana, Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Myrna Melgar paint over graffiti during Wednesday's announcement. Photo: Courtesy of Mayor Breed's office

San Francisco officials say they want to make life easier for small business owners in the city, and this week they did just that.

What's happening: SF Public Works launched a two-year pilot Wednesday that lets business and property owners request city crews to clean up graffiti tags on their buildings for free.

3 places to grab lunch under $15 in San Francisco

Pastrami sandwich at Hot Johnnie's. Photo: @taratastessf

POV: You're trying to find a place to eat a nice, cheap lunch.

We've got you covered with three tasty lunch options for $15 or less.

Megan Rose Dickey
Nov 22, 2022 - News

More self-driving cars are riding into SF

Man walking in front of a self-driving car with the bay bridge in the background.

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Expect to see more ghost-riders, more commonly called self-driving vehicles, on the streets of San Francisco.

Driving the news: Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous driving unit, announced last week it plans to start offering fully self-driving rides, without anyone in the driver's seat, in the next few weeks.

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