"Merchants on Ocean" and the Western Neighborhoods Project will present a self-guided OMI History Walk on San Francisco's Ocean Avenue in April 2005.
Marker signs in 29 storefronts (listed below) will feature historical photos, old maps and brochures, and excerpts of interviews with longtime residents. For the entire month of April, walkers will be able to stroll at their own pace on Ocean Avenue between Harold and Victoria streets and read more about OMI's history and people. Take a walk through local history!
There is no specific order to the markers. You can start and finish anywhere you like on the walk, but try to see everything! A complete list of markers:
North side from Victoria to Brighton
1. Voice of Pentecost - 1970 Ocean Ave
2. OMI Senior Center - 1948 Ocean Ave
3. Alternative Relief - 1944 Ocean Ave
4. Franciscan Hobbies - 1920 Ocean Ave
5. The UPS Store - 1728 Ocean Ave
6. Java on Ocean - 1700 Ocean Ave
7. Thorne Hats - 1552 Ocean Ave
8. Happy Bakery - 1546 Ocean Ave
9. Clean X-Press - 1500 Ocean Ave
10. Unical 76 - 1490 Ocean Ave
11. Blak Specialty Shoppe - 1418 Ocean Ave
12. Las Americas Market - 1400 Ocean Ave
13. Kragen Auto - 1150 Ocean Ave
South side from Granada to Victoria
14. Big C Video & Fashion - 1431 Ocean Ave
15. Lucky Ocean Donuts - 1501 Ocean Ave
16. Mach III - 1507 Ocean Ave
17. Jo Jo's Café - 1537 Ocean Ave
18. Ingleside Branch Library - 1649 Ocean Ave
19. Nationwide Insurance - 1701 Ocean Ave
20. Community Design Ctr - 1705 Ocean Ave
21. A-1 Café Bakery - 1727 Ocean Ave
22. Gary Chimino Hair - 393 Ashton Ave
23. Bahia Café - 1901 Ocean Ave
24. Bookworm - 1927 Ocean Ave
25. Bronze Beauty - 1929 Ocean Ave
26. Kimura Gallery - 1933 Ocean Ave
27. Ocean Cyclery - 1935 Ocean Ave
28. Accupressure - 1959 Ocean Ave
29. Aquatic Central - 1963 Ocean Ave
A list of locations with a brief survey card should be available from any of the marker participants. Or visit The UPS Store at 1728 Ocean Avenue (where you can also learn more about "Merchants on Ocean"!)
Contribute your own stories about the OMI!
This project is made possible by a grant from the CALIFORNIA COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES with generous support from the San Francisco Foundation, as part of the Council's statewide California Stories Initiative. The COUNCIL is an independent non-profit organization and a state affiliate of the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES. For more information on the Council and the California Stories Initiative, visit www.californiastories.org.
Page launched 6 April 2005; updated 25 April 2005.