A Corset Maker’s Advice to Other Small Business Owners During the Pandemic

Hayes Valley, the trendy San Francisco neighborhood that is the home to corset maker Dark Garden, saw a glimmer of its former vibrant self over Labor Day weekend, when its central artery, Hayes Street, was closed to car traffic. Part of a city-wide initiative to help revive small businesses during the pandemic, the Shared Streets six-week trial program seeks to create a safer space for walking, dining and shopping, and Hayes was the fourth street in San Francisco to become car-free.

Dark Garden owner and founder Autumn Adamme volunteered at the perimeters of the pedestrian-only zones, making sure all patrons coming to dine at outdoor tables or mill about Hayes Street were wearing masks. Unfortunately, the holiday weekend was marred by record 100-degree temperatures and smoke from hundreds of California wildfires.

Read Dark Garden’s first diary entry here.

“Sunday was too hot and smoky for many people to be out,”

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