Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Leland Avenue Small Business Honored
Gabriel Rivas Lopez was seated in San Francisco City Hall, room 250 on Tuesday, May 18th before the full Board of Supervisors, it was the first time he stepped foot inside domed Civic Center landmark between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street. At approximately 4:30pm he was called to the podium by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell to accept the prestigious District 10 Small Business Award. In a very cool and calm demeanor, Gabriel proceeded to the microphone to express his joy, gratitude, and most importantly accept this honor on behalf of his parents – Ramiro and Grizelda Salazar, owners of Bay Wash. The Visitacion Valley business had been nominated by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell to receive the first annual Board of Supervisors Small Local Business award. And for good reason. The family owned and operated business located at 44 Leland Avenue has become a neighborhood institution with a loyal customer base.
After opening their doors to Visitacion Valley neighbors 5 years ago, Bay Wash distinguished itself from area laundromats with their clean, festive interior and extremely popular raffles. Owned and operated by the Salazar family, Bay Wash takes pride in joyously decorating their store for every major holiday (including Mothers and Fathers Day), most recently Cinco De Mayo. To the Salazar family, holidays mean seasons of giving, as they regularly raffle off turkeys on Thanksgiving and San Francisco 49'er football tickets. Moreover, winners of these free raffles have their picture taken and prominently displayed on the wall above the counter. Bay Wash is open early (at 5:30am) and is often the last ones to turn off the lights on Leland Avenue each and every night. Active members of the Leland Avenue Merchant Watch Group, Grizelda and Ramiro Salazar and their son Gabriel earned their Small Business Week Award. Stop in and congratulate them; Bay Wash is located at 44 Leland Avenue.