Albert Ish: The Master Craftsman Behind Ocean Avenue’s Central Upholstery

Albert Ish’s Central Upholstery has been doing business on Ocean Avenue since 1960. His father
started the business in 1934 in the Mission District.

When some people say technology has killed good customer service, then they have not been to Central Upholstery on Ocean Avenue where Albert Ish has been serving Ingleside and the surrounding neighborhoods since 1955. “Our shop has had a very nice relationship with the neighborhood,” Ish said. “Sure there have been some highs and lows over the years but we have lasted for a long time, so perhaps that says something is working.” Ish assumed the upholstery business from his father Albert D. Ish Sr. after working with him for seven years. Ish’s father started the business in the Mission District in 1934. Continue Reading →

Outside Lands Success Should Extend Beyond Golden Gate Park

McClaren Park

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival held its seventh annual event this year in Golden Gate Park, and there’s no doubt its organizers have been looking at ways to expand. May we suggest San Francisco’s second largest park? McLaren Park may not be as well known as its big brother on the opposite side of the city, but it’s home to the successful, and even longer running event, known as Jerry Day. For the past decade, neighborhood organizers have built a strong Grateful Dead following with the annual celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday. The gathering takes place every year atthe Jerry Garcia amphitheater, so named due to the neighborhood being the birthplace of its namesake. McLaren Park has also hosted events like the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, and the currently running Saturday in the Park – McLaren Free Concert Series. Continue Reading →

San Jose Avenue: Where the Street is Quiet and Business is Good

Harry Reibestahl, owner of Economy Auto Parts. Photos by Jaime Roca.

San Jose Avenue features the BART station, Balboa Park, classic 1920’s houses and a few shops quietly doing business parallel to the raised Interstate 280 freeway. I recently took a tour of the avenue to get a better feel for its character. At Crazy Pepper, a restaurant across the street from the BART station that serves Schezuan and Mandarin food, “a lot of Muni drivers enjoy coming here as a group to have lunch,” said Audrey Cheng, a server. “Every day we get different drivers, and the same group of regulars.”

Crazy Pepper stands out as a popular business in a station area surrounded by auto traffic, and Best Auto Care at the intersection of Ocean and San Jose serves the neighborhood’s drivers. Unfortunately, Best Auto Care’s building was damaged in a fire in the early morning of Aug. 26th. Across the street, the Community Assembly of God opened its doors to provide a place for the Red Cross to provide disaster relief for the fire, which affected three buildings in total but caused no injuries. Continue Reading →

Leadership High Moving to New Site


Leadership High School, currently housed on the top floor of Denman Middle School, will return to its former home in a newly remodeled building just down the block from Denman, San Francisco Unified School District officials have confirmed. Founded in 1997 with a core curriculum focused on college prep, the 260 student
school has bounced around to several different locations over the years, Beth Silbergeld, principal of Leadership High said in an interview. “We are planning to move to begin our second semester at the new site, in January, as construction should be on schedule to finish by the end of December,” Silbergeld said in an e-mail. Construction on the former San Miguel Elementary school at 300 Seneca Avenue is part of a $15 million dollar remodel including code updates, fire, life and safety improvements and ADA compliance, Heidi Anderson, an SFUSD official said in an e-mail. The remodel is on schedule, and the additional space should allow the school to grow to 320 students over the next few years, Silbergeld said. Continue Reading →