Tech Son of SF Dry Cleaners Updates AgeOld Biz

first_imgJames Joun grew up doing the laundry. As a 10-year-old, Joun worked weekends and summers in his parents’ South San Francisco dry cleaning shop, “taking orders, working the cash machine, and inventoring clothes.”“I’ve touched every part of the business,” he said. And once again, he is back in the family business, albeit in a novel way: He is the co-founder of Rinse, a start-up located at 438 Treat Avenue that has joined the long list of Silicon Valley firms looking to capitalize on young professionals’ aversion to doing laundry. Tags: tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Think of Rinse as Uber for clothing: Download an app, schedule a twice-weekly delivery, hand your laundry to uniformed valet, and it comes back a few days later washed and folded. It’s a 21st century update to one of the world’s oldest professions.A profession Joun had no intention of returning to. “I had no plan to go back,” he laughed. “Honestly, it was tough in the sense that my friends were doing something else, it’s really hot [in the shop], working 8-10 hours a day, there’s a lot of steam… It’s tiring, very monotonous, repetitive work.”Which his parents have been doing since emigrating from South Korea. “It’s a typical immigrant story,” Joun said. Leaving after the chaos of the Korean War, his father moved to the United States in the late 1970s. His mother first went to Germany, working as a nurse with the World Health Organization before moving to the United States. They opened a liquor store first, and then started Wright Cleaners in South San Francisco. “The name was from the previous owner,” Joun clarified.Doing laundry was common for Korean immigrants, Joun said, and his aunts and uncles were also involved in dry cleaning. “During holidays, they just talk about this all the time,” Joun said. “A lot of is just ‘Hey, how’s business? What’s volume like?’ They have stores in different areas of the Bay, so it’s ‘How’s Marin doing versus San Francisco?’”The laundry business failed to rebound quickly from the 2008 financial crisis, Joun said, and therein the Ivy League graduate found an opportunity. “My uncles and aunts have kids to feed, to put through college,” Joun said. “It was like, ‘Man, they need more volume.’ The infrastructure needs volume, because they have machines but they’re not running all the time. How can we leverage the existing infrastructure?” The breakthrough itself came from a breakfast conversation with a college friend, Rinse co-founder Ajay Prakash.Joun and Prakash both went to Dartmouth before attending equally prestigious business schools (Joun went to Harvard and Prakash to Stanford). Both were working in finance and during a visit Joun made to San Francisco in 2013, they started talking about what was next in their careers.“He was just a sounding board for me,” Prakash said. “He had just come from his parents’ shop, and he brought up the idea of dry-cleaning. When were were talking he kind of stopped me and said ‘Would this work for dry-cleaning?’”The pair decided it might, and rented a van to pick up and launder the clothes of friends who lived in the city. “It was all my grad school, high school, childhood friends,” Joun said. “We decided we’ll text them ahead of time, pick things up, get these clothes cleaned very quickly, and return them a few days later and see how they like it.”They liked it a lot. “I was just running this experiment and they said ‘When are you coming back again?’” Joun said. “I’m like ‘Huh, interesting, they actually would like our service.’” “That was kind of the ‘Aha’ moment for me,” he added.Then it was time to talk to his parents.“I got a wave of anxiety,” Joun said. “‘Now I have to explain this to my parents.’ You know, in the beginning, I don’t think they quite understood what we were doing.”When Joun broached the idea, his parents thought he and Prakash were just opening a dry-cleaning shop, continuing the family business in the traditional way. “I was confused, I was pretty confused,” his mother, Chun, said. “I was very against it actually. But the way it’s turned out… I’m very surprised, the way he built up his company, I’m really surprised. They have been very good.”His father even accompanied him on trips to dry cleaners in the beginning, helping with introductions.“My husband used to go with him just for support,” Chun said. “That’s the way he got much stronger, [by] visiting another cleaner.”Joun added that having his dad by his side brought “real credibility to the table.”That, combined with some $5.5 million in venture capital funding Rinse has received since inception, seems to have served them well. The company just opened a second space in Los Angeles in March, serving customers west of the 405 highway. But there are already a handful of start-ups that offer similar laundering services. LaundryLocker and Washio are just two mentioned by Prakash as possible competition, but a cursory search reveals many centered in millennial-heavy San Francisco. Rinse is one of many working in the area of on-demand laundry, but Joun’s background, he hopes, gives them an edge. It has already helped in establishing relationships with vendors. “You know, because I can kind of empathize with [dry cleaners], that’s really set the tone since day one,” said Joun. “If I were coming at it with no experience, I can see how they would be skeptical. But I’ve always told them that it’s my vision and goal to work with a network of vendors so we can all grow together, and they’ve been very responsive.” It was an arduous process, ringing the bells of different dry cleaners – dad in tow – asking them to join. But years of work later, the tables have turned.“It’s funny. Now vendors are calling us to say ‘Hey, can we work with you?’” Joun said. last_img read more

Developments in Development Catching Up

first_img 0% At a different meeting the same night, developers shared their ideas for what was once the motorcycle shop of Hap Jones on Valencia Street. That proposal includes a living wall along the alley, 44 units of housing, and a scooter shop. Full details here.File this one under “Liberty Hill” and “Oops”: Socketsite Reports on how a “minor facade alteration” turned into completely stripping the facade of a home on Liberty Street. Tiny problem – that facade was deemed a historic resource, and the Historic Preservation Commission is expected to order the contractor to rebuild the historic facade based in part on historic photos.  If you’re wondering how rent prices plateauing after a flurry of construction has affected what you can find on the market right now, I have not-so-great news for you. A recent Curbed Comparison exploring what’s available to rent for $1,550 a month at least inspires some hope that you could theoretically get an entire apartment for less than $2,000 a month in San Francisco. The fact that anyone might consider that and improvement is… a little alarming. But on the other hand, that report comes side by side on Curbed with the announcement that the median price to rent a single room in San Francisco is $1,350. So yeah. It’s still pretty crazy out here.Which doesn’t really surprise anybody, I’m sure – especially not those who are still trying to spur slow-to-build cities like San Francisco to increase supply. Enter former Supervisor, now State Senator Scott Wiener, who recently introduced a bill that would compel cities who fall behind their regional housing production requirements to switch over to a slimmed-down planning process to move things along. One key detail: If the city in question is meeting the standards for production of market rate housing, the process is only required to streamline for affordable housing. Will this be the next Density Bonus Program fight? Stay tuned. Tags: Developments in Development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img While the rest of San Francisco is caught up in a years-long flurry of construction activity, a lot where activists and tenants alike have waited for something to be developed for years continues to sit empty. Meanwhile, the people who used to live there before fire destroyed the building still aren’t sure what will happen to them two years later.If you’re into getting involved with civic projects and neighborhood improvements but 77-page documents about planning policy aren’t really your cup of tea (everybody loves this stuff right? Right?), here is an alternative: Sign up to get a tree planted by Friends of the Urban Forest. A tree costs you roughly $135 and a Mission District planting day is scheduled for March 28. You can learn more here.For everyone else, here is a little catch-up session of what’s planned for the Mission.Dandelion Chocolate shared its vision this week for what they would like to build on 16th and Alabama streets. It’s going to a pretty big glass-and-concrete affair featuring office space, potentially a gym, and a rooftop pool. Here’s what transpired at their community meeting.last_img read more

Dave Chappelle headlines City Hall rally to save Punchline comedy club

first_imgBefore the media frenzy and before the impassioned pleas to save a comedic institution, Bell was there early. Dressed in jeans and a black sweater, he emerged from the Civic Center BART station around 10:15 and headed upstairs. He took a seat on the City Hall steps next to those grand, intricately designed doorways and waited for the show to start. As Bell bided his time, a small procession of men wearing dark blue suits strutted across the street. A woman, wearing a cream white dress and holding a colorful floral bouquet, was in the center of this blue suit huddle. It was just another normal day at City Hall. “I have too many memories of the Punchline,” Bell told Mission Local as brides and grooms ambled past. “I’ve hung out there until the sun came up.”Now a successful comedian in his own right, Bell remembered opening up at the Punchline for notables such as Margaret Cho, and witnessing veteran comedian and comedy writer Paul Mooney “alienate white people there.”Comedian Dave Chappelle mingles with fans at today’s City Hall rally to save the Punchline comedy club. Photo by Ricky Rodas.The Punchline was, and still is, a place of respite for comedians. “From ’97 to 2012, that was one of the rooms in my house,” Bell said. Club staff like Steve Stout, whom Bell mentioned by name, served everyone with generous doses of hospitality. “He’ll be out of a job if the club closes.”Peskin later told the crowd that Google is the possible next tenant for the Punchline space, which is owned by Morgan Stanley. “I want to say to Google, ‘really, really do no evil.’ We’d like to do this with honey and not with vinegar, so we are hopeful that those talks will be fruitful.” On May 16, Punchline was nominated as a legacy business, which provides some securities for “longstanding, community-serving businesses.” Peskin further announced he is today putting forth a measure that would limit the Punchline site’s use to entertainment purposes only . After the unusual press conference concluded, the city’s comedy and political communities took highly coveted selfies with Dave Chappelle. It was a win-win situation. Dave Chappelle is a hot ticket in this and every city. But, this morning, anyone walking in the vicinity of City Hall could catch him for free. The comedian was this morning’s headliner at a press conference announcing legislation from Supervisor Aaron Peskin to potentially keep seminal comedy club Punchline from being forced out of its Battery Street location by Morgan Stanley, which owns the building. Also taking the mic today were fellow comedians W. Kamau Bell and Nato Green, with other comedy-club veterans filling in the City Hall steps and toting “Save Punchline SF” signs. Local media outlets swarmed the scene with their camera equipment and notebooks at the ready, waiting for Chappelle to do his a.m. set. The Punchline “was the place I was at when I found out I was having my first kid; every important milestone in my life kind of went through this city, through that club,” Chappelle said. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “It’d be like burning down the Louvre,” he continued. “That room is special, and I don’t think it would take much to save it.” Passersby, who looked puzzled as to what the press conference was actually for, whipped out their phones and captured the moment.center_img This is the closest I got to getting a picture w/ Dave Chappelle today. Us & a bunch of other comics (led by @natogreen), politicians, & workers came out to protest the yanking of @punchlinesf‘s lease by some tech company. The Punch has been there over 40 years. #savethepunchline pic.twitter.com/9Y5TfC475S— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) May 21, 2019 Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS are back up to third after a comfortable 46

first_imgSAINTS are back up to third after a comfortable 46-12 win over Huddersfield Giants.A five-try first half blitz was orchestrated by Lance Hohaia, Jonny Lomax and Josh Perry, and backed up with three more in the second half.The visitors showed periods of what made them so red-hot at the beginning of the season – but it wasn’t enough as Saints were too tenacious in defence to continue their sparkling run of form.The home side led 28-12 at half time after running in five tries and looking in total control.Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Francis Meli put the home side on the front foot before Keith Mason replied.But further tries from Lance Hohaia and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook echoed Saints domination of first 40 minutes.The Giants closed the door In the second half but Saints broke the stalemate with further tries from Anthony Laffranchi and James Roby.Paul Wellens then capped off a good performance late on.Saints made one change from the side that beat Catalans – Mark Flanagan coming in for the suspended Tony Puletua whilst the Huddersfield team saw a number of changes from the side that were humbled by Wakefield.Both sides played out their sets well in the opening five minutes before Lance Hohaia unlocked the defence.He sidestepped through the rearguard and the ball was sent right for Tommy Makinson to sneak over.Less than a minute later Jonny Lomax looked to have been taken out as he chased a ball, but the video referee correctly ruled a knock on after the ball bounced in the in-goal area.He wasn’t to be denied on 14 minutes though, dashing through the defence to increase the lead – Makinson converting.Saints next try came with thanks to a little bit of class from Wellens and Perry.Lomax sent up a high ball, Wellens caught it under pressure, offloaded to the big Australian prop who sent a great long pass out to Francis Meli for his 14th of the season.But Keith Mason replied within seconds after Danny Brough worked a move from the scrum.Hohaia reset the advantage immediately – converted by Makinson – to give Saints a 22-6 lead after 25 minutes.And Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was next on the score sheet with a superb bulldozing run.But with less than ten minutes to go Scott Grix pulled one back to punish poor kick defence from Saints.Saints lead 28-12 at the break and were good value for that – but it took 20 minutes before they scored again.They knocked at the door a couple of times and finally Anthony Laffranchi flew over.James Roby added another with 15 minutes to go and Wellens was too strong to get his 17th of the season as the match entered its final stages.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Makinson, Lomax, Meli, Hohaia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Laffranchi, Roby, WellensGoals: Makinson (7 from 8)Giants:Tries: Mason, GrixGoals: Brough (2 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 8Giants: 2HT: 28-12FT: 46-12REF: James ChildATT: 14070Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andy Dixon.Giants:29. Greg Eden; 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 2. Michael Lawrence, 4. Lee Gilmour, 20. Luke George; 1. Scott Grix, 7. Danny Brough; 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 10. Keith Mason, 36. Brett Ferres, 18. Jason Chan, 12. David Fa’alogo.Subs: 13. David Faiumu, 15. Larne Patrick, 19. Tommy Lee, 35. Scott Moore.last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Saturday

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Saturday’s First Utility Super League game at Catalans.Mark Percival and Shannon McDonnell are recalled to the side.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 28. Morgan Knowles.The Dragons are without Paul Aiton, Louis Anderson, Greg Mounis, Richie Myler, Krisnan Inu and Olivier Elima whilst Vincent Duport and Willie Mason will also miss the game through injury.Dave Taylor and Pat Richards have recovered from injury and are back in the squad – winger Jordan Sigismeau set to make his first appearance of the season.1. Tony Gigot, 2. Jodie Broughton, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Todd Carney, 10. Rémi Casty, 11. Glenn Stewart, 12. Justin Horo, 13. Jason Baitieri, 14. Dave Taylor, 15. Julian Bousquet, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 18. Thomas Bosc, 20. Fouad Yaha, 21. Morgan Escaré, 22. Antoni Maria, 24. Thibaud Margalet, 26. Jordan Sigismeau, 27. Lucas Albert, 30. Romain Navarrete.The game kicks off at 5pm (UK Time) and the referee is Chris Campbell.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_img“We are looking forward to it. It is a big game, it is a derby for both clubs and add to that it is first vs second. It is a good opportunity to put a marker down for us as a team and we are looking forward to the battle.“There have been a lot of big games this season but we played them at home back in March and we are the two form teams in the competition. We are sitting where we are for a reason and it’s a good opportunity to put a good marker down. We are going up against a tough opposition who along with ourselves have been a really good side this year, one of the best teams we will come up against this year.Chris Hill joined Alex at a joint press conference at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the week and Walmsley is relishing the battle ahead.“Chris is a quality player and I have played with him at international level so I know what sort of player he is. I am looking forward to that battle, but they have such a big and menacing pack. They have got internationals in the front and back row so it is important we are on our game. We are no push overs ourselves and we have some good boys in our pack and we are looking forward to that battle.”Warrington have told us the ‘Wolves are waiting’, but the Saints wait for no one as we fly high at the top of the Betfred Super League table as both clubs exchanged words ahead of the big game and Walmsley feels the fun on social media all adds to the build up.“There is a definitely a different feel around the place, it is first vs second, it is Saints vs Warrington and there is a lot at stake, but a bit of poking fun at each other adds to that as well. It is going to be a packed house on Friday and both teams will be looking for bragging rights.”And ‘big Al’ is expecting a huge Saints following on Friday night and says he and the boys are looking forward to the support.Our travelling fans are unbelievable. They really do come out in numbers, especially against Warrington. They can make this feel like a home game they are that loud and they do come in force. I am sure Friday will be exactly the same and we are looking forward to that support.Tickets for Saints top of the table clash with Warrington on Friday are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

Convicted felon pleaded guilty to firearm charges

first_img McAllister had previously been convicted of felony breaking and entering in March of 2011 in Columbus County. Based on his criminal history, McAllister received a sentence of 1-2 years in prison.Connie Jordan, the prosecutor assigned to the case, said, “This conviction exposes Mr. McAllister to habitual felon status if he is charged with another felony after his release from prison.”The firearm will be destroyed by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Raheem McAllister (Photo: New Hanover Co. District Attorney’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man entered a guilty plea Monday for the illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.On July 13, 2016, at approximately 2:30 am, Raheem McAllister was the passenger in a car that was searched by officers with the Wilmington Police Department in the area of South 8th and Queen Streets. Officers seized a Smith and Wesson .38 Special CTG handgun from the floorboard of the passenger side of the car where McAllister had been sitting. The serial number on handgun had been defaced and was not legible. Because the serial number had been removed, law enforcement officers are unable to determine if the handgun had been stolen.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Local business owners upset with recent Spectrum outages

first_img “We’ve gone as long as 3 days without any phone service,” Paul Vision Institute, Edward Paul, OD said. “We’ve not had complete phone service for one day in the last two weeks.”“I can’t fix it. That’s what’s frustrating for me as an owner,” Physical Therapy for Women Owner, Jennifer Shepherd said. “That I physically, you know, there’s nothing I can do to take that away.”For more than two weeks, phone and internet access has been going in and out for several businesses like Physical Therapy for Women and Paul Vision Institute on Military Cutoff Road.Related Article: Woman battles with multiple providers for months, still cannot get internet service“Which has been crippling for a small medical practice when we’re dependent on patients being able to reach us by phone to make appointments, but also reach us by phone about emergency issues, prescription refills, concerns they have,” Paul said.It is a major problem Paul said is a direct result of his provider.“Management at Spectrum Time Warner they need a reboot,” Paul said. “They need to basically look at customer service from a different angle and think about the impact they have small businesses in New Hanover County.”Paul is not alone, just across the street at Physical Therapy for Women they are having the same issues.“The biggest problem is we don’t know what we don’t know. We don’t know the faxes we don’t receive. And then patients are angry,” Shepherd said.It is a frustrating problem Spectrum said it is working on.A spokesman sent us the following statement:“Some Spectrum customers in the Military Cutoff area are experiencing intermittent internet and phone issues. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible for those who are affected and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.”Business owners like Shepherd hope it gets fixed soon.“It’s really been an inconvenience,” Shepherd said.As for when the problems will be fixed, a Spectrum spokesman said they are working with customers individually. The reason is because services were affected differently and cannot all be repaired the same way. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For weeks several businesses in New Hanover County have been dealing with outages from their cable provider.It has been costing them business, piling up work, and creating overall frustration.- Advertisement – last_img read more

A new set of pearly whites for the Childrens Museum of Wilmington

first_img “It’s an important part of our mission to be able to make things like dentistry and health less worrisome to kids and less open so if they go to the dentist or go to the doctor it’s something maybe they’ve experience before or they know what to expect when they get there a little bit,” museum Executive Director Jim Karl said.Jim Karl also say it’s important to have an updated museum to continue to bring in more people and educate both kids and their families. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There were plenty of smiles and pearly whites at the children’s museum of Wilmington. It just got a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation for its Toothasaurus exhibit.The new exhibit is an upgrade and provides a hands-on experience for kids to encourage a positive learning experience, to promote dental health. They can brush the model teeth, learn about the different types of teeth, and then hop into a real dentist chair to examine the teeth of a tooth-a-saurus.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick County girl loses battle with brain cancer

first_imgMadison Williams battling rare brain cancer (Photo: Team Madison-Donut Give Up) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County girl who has been fighting against brain cancer for more than a year has died.According to the Team Madison-Donut Give Up Facebook page, Madison Williams passed away Wednesday afternoon.- Advertisement – Madison was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called High Grade Neuroepithelial Brain Cancer/Tumor in March 2018.The family posted on Facebook Tuesday that tumors had tripled in size over a short period of time and new ones were forming. Madison was put in hospice and family enjoyed their final moments with her.“Thank you for loving our little girl with us during this difficult time,” the family wrote in a post.Related Article: Swing for Madison Charity Golf Tournament to help local girl battling cancerOver the last several months, the community has rallied around the Williams family.No word yet on any funeral arrangements.last_img read more