Last-minute negotiations have headed off what could have been a costly ballot fight between tech money and longtime small businesses that are feeling priced out of San Francisco — in this case, at the Flower Mart in the South of Market.
Real estate giant Kilroy Realty Corp. of Los Angeles is teaming with the owners of the Flower Mart at Sixth and Brannan streets near the Hall of Justice for a tech office complex. The 60 or so small vendors in the market, some of whom have sold flowers there for decades, were promised spots in the new building’s basement. Read more here...
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) June 2012 –
The San Francisco Flower Mart is marking a milestone, turning 100 years old this week.
It was 1912 when the flower growers came together to form what became San Francisco’s Flower Mart.
“We’re the granddaddy of them all,” declared Bob Otsuka, General Manager and Executive Vice President of the San Francisco Flower Mart. “We’re the oldest.”
For a century now, growers have been congregating at 640 Brannan Street to sell their roses, hydrangeas, birds of paradise and thousands of other varieties to the retail and wholesale market.
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San Francisco's Wholesale Flower Market
"When Martha Stewart walked through the San Francisco Flower Mart at 3 a.m. one morning in 1991 and spotted the beauty at the Green Valley Growers booth, it would indelibly change the fortunes of a flower that had all but wilted out of fashion." Read the full article here.
San Francisco Chronicle -- "Martha Stewart Living turns its sparkling eyes on us, Northern California, in the 2011 May issue description of a three-day pilgrimage to see flowers and flower growers. The spotlight is on: Green Valley Growers and California Carnivores in Sebastopol; Garden Valley Ranch and McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma; the San Francisco Flower Mart; Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco; andRepetto's Florist in Half Moon Bay."
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It is a little after 3:30 in the morning at the San Francisco Flower Mart, and 55-year old Victor Neve is unloading his goods for the day: branches of bittersweet, a long vine spotted with orange berries. Neve grows his flowers at his Lassen Ranch, about 300 miles north of San Francisco in Shasta County. At a time when I would normally still be in bed, he’s already been up for several hours, since 12:30 this morning.
Neve is one of more than 60 vendors who sell at the Flower Mart, one of the largest flower wholesalers in the country. Read more here...