San Francisco Loves Local Businesses

by Pamela Lue on October 13, 2011
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San Francisco is one of the best-known cities in the world, famous for its unique architecture, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The 94103 zip code, which includes the SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood, had the second-highest number of unique businesses nominated in September and is the second winner of our final City-By-City competition!

Five businesses were randomly selected to receive a $5,000 prize, and Intuit will also be donating $1,000 to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

L’Acajou is an artisanal bakery and café that is known for its Moroccan Lamb Sandwich. Owner and Chef Matthew Roder loves to create dishes using global ingredients, such harissa (a hot chili sauce) and Piment d’Espelette (a pepper from the Basque region) for diners to experience new flavors. The café also bakes scones, croissants, cinnamon rolls, and cookies every day. In an effort to help conserve electricity and save money on bills, Matthew plans to use the grant toward buying energy-efficient appliances for the kitchen.

Rassak Experience is a digital brand-building and communications firm. Founder and Creative Director Barak Kassar and his team has helped startups and multinational organizations leverage digital media and technology to build their brands and a community of supporters. Clients include StumbleUpon, Slide, Nokia, Ricoh Innovations, and the U.S. Army.

Box Dog Bikes focuses on providing sustainable and reliable cycling products for the everyday cyclist: commuters, couriers, racers, hobbyists, collectors, and enthusiasts The six worker-owners include founders Dan Thomases and Gabe Ehlert, Anderson Reed, Ian Lautze, Jonathan Stynes, and Jackie Musick. The winning nomination comes from user squarelatin, who says the company is “unfailingly generous with their time and insights; they offer very useful repair classes and have extremely fair quality merchandise. A real neighborhood asset.”

Tiptoes Nail Spa provides manicures and pedicures, waxing, and massage services with a team of 8 employees. Owner Maria Tan plans to use the grant toward installing energy-efficient lighting, new pedicure bowls, and upgraded massage rooms. She says, “The upgrades and improvements have been on my wish list for quite some time… but I just haven’t had the opportunity and funds, so now I can tackle some of those items.“

Himalayan High Treks plans trips with small groups to Asia, specializing in Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Tibet. Trips involve different levels of difficulty, from hotel-based day hikes to multi-day hikes in the Himalayas. Owner Effie Fletcher is passionate about travel and will help potential trekkers with a plan to get conditioned for the more strenuous trips. She plans to use the grant to help boost marketing efforts on her website and complete postcard mailings.

Have you nominated a business you love? From October to December, we’ll be performing three $25,000 drawings each month! Stay tuned. We’ll be announcing our July-September Grand Prize Winner soon!

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