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- There’s still time to celebrate Pride Month (including at a handful of events happening this weekend), but if you’re looking to toast the occasion in historical digs, the oldest operating leather bar in SoMa reopens today, Friday, June 25. Back in 2020, there was a cloud of worry around the future of the Eagle when the building that houses the decades-old business went up for sale. But Hoodline reports that as of April the building had not been sold, and last month the city designated the leather bar as a historical landmark. A Facebook event page for the bar’s Pride Weekend Kick-Off and Grand Reopening promotes music by DJ Manuelito and an appearance from Rob Racine. [Hoodline]
- One of the East Bay’s best bakeries is closed temporarily following the death of a longtime employee, as first reported by Berkeleyside. According to a post on the Arizmendi Bakery website, the employee-owned co-op will be closed until July 7 so the staff can grieve the loss of Jose Cardenas, who was a member of the bakery for 13 years. A GoFundMe has been set up for Cardenas’ family, which includes his wife, Ruth, and 3 daughters, Maya (17), Naomi (6), and Luna (4). [Berkeleyside]
- As of Thursday, two wine country behemoths have forged an unholy — and probably over-oaked — alliance. The SF Business Times reports Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to sell his Sonoma County wineries to Delicato Family Wines, the company behind brands such as Bota Box and Gnarly Head. The partnership brings three of Coppola’s holdings, including the 188-acre Francis Ford Coppola Winery, under the Delicato umbrella to boost the company into being the number five “supplier of all wine above $11 in the U.S. market,” per a company announcement. And if a conglomerate that stands to become the third-largest exporter of California wines touting its “family values” feels off to you, then you’re not alone. [SF Business Times]
- And the Eagle isn’t the only local business to have gotten some shine for its role in San Francisco history. Rainbow Grocery, the beautiful produce destination and worker-owned co-op that’s been in operation for more than four decades, was recently awarded Legacy Business status by the San Francisco Office of Small Business, the market announced on Instagram.