The first cohort of Vacant to Vibrant, which launches in September, is comprised of 17 local activators who are creating unique pop-ups in nine properties Downtown:
* Bee Between (artist) - Hosted by The Swig Company at 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 100
Bee Betwee is an visual artist based in San Francisco, California. Inspired by bold and colorful advertising, she utilizes a variety of styles from illustration, surrealism, photography, and animation.
* BRUJAS (skate collective / streetwear apparel brand) - Hosted by The Gateway at 201 Jackson Street
BRUJAS is an autonomous organization that works to activate women's leadership and creativity through skateboarding, performance, design, and research.
* Creativity Explored (art nonprofit) - Hosted by The Swig Company at 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 100
Creativity Explored is a San Francisco nonprofit that partners with people with developmental disabilities to create an artistic, studio-based collective where the creative capacity of any person can flourish.
* Devil's Teeth Bakery (bakery) - Hosted by BXP at One Embarcadero Center, Suite R1113
Devil's Teeth is a San Francisco based bakery with a dedicated following for their breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods.
* Holy Stitch! (apparel education) - Hosted by Pembroke at 100 California Street, Suite 140
Holy Stitch! creates dynamic experiences where people can learn about clothing manufacturing.
* GCS Agency (multi-media agency) - Hosted by The Gateway at 201 Jackson Street
With an unwavering commitment to curating captivating exhibitions, immersive pop-up events, and art-centric programming, GCS endeavors to elevate art communities while fostering meaningful relationships between artists and their audiences.
* KALW-FM 91.7 (radio station) - Hosted by The Swig Company at 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 100
KALW is rooted in the Bay Area and inspired by the world. They create and curate programming that is informative, innovative, inclusive, and entertaining. They nurture new and underrepresented voices with the goal of engaging the individual and strengthen the connections between us.
* The Mellow (performance venue / plant store) - Hosted by Lincoln Properties at 332 Pine Street
The Mellow SF exists because of their love for community. Their mission is to come together, under one roof, to share each other's appreciation of mother nature and ultimately, beauty in all its forms.
* Nature's Keeper (outdoor apparel brand) - Hosted by Pembroke at 100 California Street, Suite 140
Nature's Keeper creates sustainable outdoor gear for the people. From biking to snowboarding, camping to cooking. They empower and teach people how to upcycle old clothing into reliable gear for their adventures.
* Risa Iwasaki Culbertson (artist) - Hosted by The Gateway at 151 Jackson Street
A pop up experience featuring a variety of visual, performance, and sound arts which also serves as a community gathering and learning space.
* Rosalind Bakery (bakery) - Hosted by BXP at Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 4054
Rosalind Bakery's mission is to create exceptional naturally leavened breads and croissants. They partner with farmers in Half Moon Bay and Pescadero to bring real farm-to-table food to their community.
* Sucka Flea (retail shop) - Hosted by Lincoln Properties at 332 Pine Street
The Sucka Flea Market & Swap is a monthly flea market with local artists, music, vendors & community groups.
* Teranga (restaurant) - Hosted by BXP at Four Embarcadero, Suite R4104
Drawing inspiration from traditional Senegalese recipes, Teranga utilizes African superfood ingredients to create new experiences as well as reintroduce old classics.
* Victoria Heilweil & Phil Spitler (artists) - Hosted by Lincoln Properties at 332 Pine Street
Victoria Mara Heilweil & Phil Spitler create collaborative, sculptural artwork using LED illumination.
* Whack Donuts (bakery) - Hosted by BXP at Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 4507
Since launching in 2020, Whack Donuts! has popped up at a multitude of cafes and breweries, offering their signature vegan donuts to their loyal and growing community.
* Yonder (retail shop) - Hosted by The Gateway at 151 Jackson Street
Yonder offers a beautifully curated selection of direct made goods from around the globe.
* York Street Café (restaurant) - Hosted by BXP at Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 4507
York Street Cafe is an emergent gathering concept that aims to build community in San Francisco through creative coffee drinks and city-wide collaborations.
Each activation will span three months with the potential for extension and includes local businesses, nonprofit organizations, independent artists, designers, makers, and other merchants. This is the first cohort of three; the other two will be announced and open their doors in 2024.
"San Francisco is open for business and it is great to see the progress being made to revitalize and rethink how our Downtown serves residents, businesses and visitors," said Mayor London Breed. "When I announced the Roadmap to San Francisco's Future, finding creative ways to fill our empty storefronts was one of my key priorities, and through a number of policy reforms that will remove unnecessary zoning and permitting barriers, we are making good progress. This is an exciting next step for a long-awaited program that I know will be good for small businesses, residents, and visitors to enjoy."