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San Francisco Travel announces recipients of 2012/2013 Neighborhood Partnership Grants

The San Francisco Travel Association has selected ten unique businesses to receive its 2012/2013 Neighborhood Partnership Grants. Now in its third year, the grant program was created to extend the economic impact of San Francisco’s tourism industry into the city’s diverse neighborhoods and involve more businesses located outside the traditional visitor areas in San Francisco Travel’s programs.

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August 21, 2012 — The San Francisco Travel Association has selected ten unique businesses to receive its 2012/2013 Neighborhood Partnership Grants. Now in its third year, the grant program was created to extend the economic impact of San Francisco’s tourism industry into the city’s diverse neighborhoods and involve more businesses located outside the traditional visitor areas in San Francisco Travel’s programs.

The ten recipients were selected for the unique “Only in San Francisco” nature of their businesses, the potential to attract visitors to their neighborhoods and their commitment to participate fully in the program.

Recipients each receive a complimentary one-year San Francisco Travel partnership, including benefits such as listings online and in publications and access to the Convention Calendar. The grants also include admission to San Francisco Travel events such as the Annual Luncheon, Market Briefings, Outlook Forums and Partner Business Exchanges, often with exclusive one-on-one meetings with the presenters. The Neighborhood Partnership Grants recipients receive individual mentoring by the association’s professional staff and experienced San Francisco Travel partners.

“Each year, we have had the pleasure of discovering some of the city’s lesser-known gems from a variety of areas. By providing partnership grants to these under-exposed businesses, we help to draw more visitors into the city’s diverse and fascinating neighborhoods, while giving them the tools to play an active role in San Francisco’s most important industry,” said San Francisco Travel President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro. “This third set of grants recipients are unique, inviting experiences that really illustrate the treasures to be found in San Francisco’s neighborhoods.”

The selections were made by a panel representing the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, San Francisco Travel‘s Community Engagement Council and association staff.

The 2012/2013 San Francisco Travel Neighborhood Partnership Grant recipients are (alphabetically):

Civic Center Community Benefit District – (Civic Center), 415-626-1819, www.SFCivicCenter.org
The Civic Center itself is an historic district, with several landmark Beaux Arts buildings. Cultural institutions based here include museums, theatre, symphony, opera, ballet, jazz and other fine and performing arts. The CCCBD was formed in 2011 to benefit residents, patrons, visitors, employees, merchants, property owners and others in the area.

Cotton Basics – 1301 Castro St. (Noe Valley), 415-550-8646, www.shopcottonbasics.com
Since 1982, Cotton Basics has produced natural fiber clothing in an extensive range of colors and styles. The garments are designed, sewn and dyed in the Bay Area and are only available at the three Cotton Basics stores. Today, Cotton Basics remains one of the few sources of 100% sweatshirt and sweatpants in the USA.

Discovery Street Tours – (Various neighborhoods), 415-663-6768, www.DiscoveryStreetTours.com
Explore science on the streets of San Francisco with these one-of-a-kind walking tours. Investigate microscopic magic in bread and cheese. Uncover San Francisco’s history of innovation. Get up close with the famously hilly geology. Stroll hidden alleyways, take in breathtaking vistas, and meet other folks like yourself—curious, active, and a little beyond the ordinary.

Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum – 1620 Polk St. (Polk St.), 415-345-0400, www.goodvibes.com, www.antiquevibratormuseum.com
With a collection that dates from the 1800’s to 1970’s, the museum covers the invention and functions of early vibrators in a beautiful exhibit. The free museum is located inside Good Vibrations on Polk Street, the trusted San Francisco-based company that has provided accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups for over 35 years.

La Cocina – 2949 Folsom St. (Mission District), 415-824-2729, www.lacocinasf.org
San Francisco’s first incubator kitchen helps talented entrepreneurs to create successful and sustainable small businesses. Visitors benefit from a wider variety of dining experiences, cooking classes at La Cocina’s kitchen, the annual San Francisco Street Food Festival and more.

Locally Grown Weddings & Events – (Various neighborhoods), 415-264-3810, www.locallygrownweddings.com
This team of San Francisco-based small business owners puts the emphasis on green business practices. Brides will appreciate the one-stop-shop convenience and their in-depth knowledge of unique local venues.

Lovejoy’s Tea Room & Attic – 1350-51 Church St. (Noe Valley), 415-648-5895, www.lovejoystearoom.com
Lovejoy’s offers tea services and pub fare in a cozy, quirky setting filled with mis-matched china and furniture. A playful spirit permeates the room, making it a unique venue for parties, showers or special events.

Mudpuppy’s – 536 Casto St. (Castro), 415-431-8899, www.mudpuppys.com
Mudpuppy’s offers full service or self service dog washing perfect for visiting pooches after a day of romping through San Francisco’s parks and beaches. They even offer curbside valet service so humans can keep on exploring the city while their pet is being pampered.

SOMArts Cultural Center – 934 Brannan St (South of Market), 415-863-1414, www.somarts.org
Cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms at SOMArts, one of four City-owned cultural centers. Home to one of San Francisco's largest open-air galleries and a 100 seat black box theater, SOMArts exhibits contemporary work by more than 1,000 Bay Area artists each year, emphasizing artistic experimentation, audience participation and community connectivity.

Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours – (Hayes Valley & Various neighborhoods), 415-448-7673, www.sosfbiketours.com
Guided bike tours in small groups explore safe, bike-friendly routes that go around those infamous hills and through the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Highlights along the way include modern culture, unique history, public art, and tasty local cuisine.

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