Needles & Pens is celebrating 11 years in the Mission this week. And while the zine and art shop has become a neighborhood landmark over the years, it was a contentious journey to get to that place. By being credited with creating “the 14th Street DIY revolution” by the SF Bay Guardian, anti-gentrification activists protested the business and “attacked the store.” Now on 16th Street, it feels like a throwback to what the neighborhood once was. So it goes.
Ahead of the anniversary, Mission Local filmed a quick interview with co-owner Breezy Culbertson. It doesn’t focus so much on the past, but where the business is at now. Do check it out.