The Fillmore is the commercial corridor serving the Western Addition neighborhood by the same name. During the middle part of the twentieth century, the demographics in the neighborhood shifted; as Jewish families moved out, and Japanese and Japanese-American families suffered internment, many African Americans who came to San Francisco for war industry jobs arrived in the Fillmore. The burgeoning African American community supported a slew of new jazz clubs and neighborhood businesses flourished; the district was dubbed ‘the Harlem of the West’. Unfortunately during the postwar period, redevelopment in the Western Addition did severe damage to the community fabric, displacing residents and small businesses and disrupting the community network.
Today, the commercial district is a destination for live music – including Sheba Lounge, Boom Boom Room, and the Fillmore Auditorium – and boasts a growing food scene with award-winning restaurants such as State Bird Provisions, The Progress, Fat Angels and 1300 on Fillmore, the new Black Bark BBQ, and a handful of new African businesses such as African Plural Art Gallery and Z011 Coffee Traders have joined the successful Jazzy’z Hair Salon and The Brooklyn Circus who have been long-standing retailers on the corridor. Wise Sons first bagel bakery in San Francisco opened in early 2016. Anticipated new businesses to the corridor in Fall 2017 include: Merchant Roots and the Fillmore Social Club.
The Fillmore has many active community and cultural organizations working to preserve the history of the neighborhood and contribute to the quality of life of the area. The Lower Fillmore Merchants Association supports and promotes neighborhood businesses. The sustained and community-driven vitality of the Fillmore remains a central priority for the City, which provides funding for loans, small business consulting, promotional campaigns, beautification projects, and façade improvements such as a forthcoming facelift for the Fillmore Auditorium.
Upcoming Events and Community Announcements
Please visit The Fillmore District Facebook page for the most current neighborhood events and announcements.
Small Business Resources and Opportunities
For general information about City or community projects in the Fillmore not listed above, please contact Andrea Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org