New 826 Valencia writing center built by BCCI opens in Mission Bay
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In SF's Mission Bay, the surprise - and draw for writing center - is the kids
J.K. Dineen | San Francisco Chronicle
The new 826 Valencia writing center in Mission Bay sells pet rocks, lumberjack repellent, fairy lanterns, “foresty smells” air fresheners, unicorn horn polish that doubles as lip balm and walking sticks for “mid-sized creatures that walk on hind legs.”
There is bark and moss on the walls, caves with blue fairy lights where kids can hole up and read, and a large tree sculpture where visitors can dangle messages. Books are available as well — produced by kids at 826 Valencia’s two other writing centers in the Mission District and Tenderloin.
But to most San Franciscans, the biggest surprise about the space at 1300 Fourth St. — the official name of the store is the Woodland Creatures Outfitters Ltd. — won’t be the whimsical architectural flourishes or the unusual goods sold in the store. It will be that the place is full of children — Mission Bay children, to be exact...
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