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VacationSF Brings 1970’s Mission District Vibe to Tenderloin

Randy Shawbyline‚ Jan. 16‚ 2013

In the heart of the Tenderloin’s Little Saigon district on Larkin Street is one of the most creative and idealistic ventures in all of San Francisco: VacationSF, a curated vintage clothing store that also sells locally made art and jewelry and holds free music concerts by such prominent local artists as Ty Segall in its basement. VacationSF is the vision of Kristin Klein, who moved to San Francisco in 2009 from Atlanta and wanted to both live and open her business in the Tenderloin. Klein felt that stores like hers were “oversaturated in the Mission,” and saw the Tenderloin as having “great potential for those seeking affordable storefronts.” With her free concerts and art shows in a space also selling vintage clothing and vinyl records, Klein is more a throwback to the Mission of the 1970’s---and a sign of what creative business people can accomplish in the Tenderloin if they give the community a chance.