We’re a bit behind but wanted to report on the closures of two businesses here in the neighborhood.
Heartbaker says goodbye after 4 years
At the end of December, Heartbaker, located at 1408 Clement near 15th Avenue, closed its doors after four and a half years. They posted this message on their Facebook page:
It is with deep sadness that we announce that after this weekend Heartbaker will close its doors. We had a good run but we can no longer sustain it. Our family has been committed to making it a success but due to factors beyond our control and the prolonged stress we have to call it quits. The support we have received from our Richmond community as well as that of our family and friends has been overwhelming. We are so sad to have to say goodbye. Sybil worked so hard to build this business from nothing and with the help of her dad, Mike, was able to bring her vision to the Richmond where we all found a community and a family we may not have found without it. We are indebted to our dedicated employees, friends and family that have helped us over the years and are proud to have shared this experience and so many wonderful memories with them. Thank you all! Much love from our family to yours – Sybil and Jason
Heartbaker was the lovechild of pastry chef Sybil Johnson, who had a wholesale baking business before opening Heartbaker’s retail shop in 2013. Sybil’s family all helped out, including her husband Jason and her father, Mark. Heartbaker was a central Richmond favorite, offering pastries, small sandwiches, quiches, cupcakes and cookies, and a popular Happy Hour and weekend brunch. I know many readers will miss the restaurant. We wish Sybil and her family the best in their next adventure.
Thom’s Fresh Organics Announces Closure
Late last week, Hoodline reported that Thom’s Fresh Organics (5843 Geary Blvd. at 23rd Ave.) would be closing. The market was sold in 2002 to Nutraceutical, a Utah-based natural products company.
Thom’s employs about nine people and according to one employee, the announcement was not a shock.
“[The decision] comes “after a lot of neglect,” noting that a cooler has been broken for weeks, the location’s been under an extended hiring freeze, and the space lacks central heating,” the employee told Hoodline.
Thom’s will remain open until most of the inventory is sold, including fixtures and furniture.
One reader told us they stopped by the store earlier this week and saw notices posted about Thom’s employees potentially buying the business. But we have been unable to verify if that is in the works.
Another Nutraceutical store, Real Foods in Cole Valley, will also be closing soon.