Artist Simon Malvaez in front of his mural at Chow, as part of an initiative to paint the Castro's boarded-up storefronts. (Courtesy of @simonmalvaez)

Artists bring positive messages to boarded-up storefronts in the Castro + more good news around the Bay Area

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With Pride Month just around the corner and no parade or parties this year, life in the Castro was feeling a bit sad. The neighborhood's merchants association teamed up with the LGBTQ+ Cultural district and a group called Paint the Void to bring life and words of hope to more than 20 area storefronts.

Plus, you gotta see the cute surprise engagement that went down at the otherwise-still-shuttered Souvla over the weekend, and more positive local news stories you might have missed while you were social-distance-barbecuing over the holiday.


Castro community comes together to paint more than 20 boarded-up storefronts, Hoodline

Leave it to the Castro to make rainbows out of sad old boards, in a project led by the Castro Merchants Association, LGBTQ+ Cultural District, and Paint the Void. Read more.


Cute Couple Gets Engaged at Favorite Greek Spot Souvla, SF Eater

Sam Goldstein and Christa Simone had their first date at the popular eatery five years ago. This past weekend, with the help of Soulva owners Charles Bililies and Jen Pelka, the couple enjoyed a surprise engagement and private dinner on the patio, reopened especially for them. Read more.


SF's North Beach Now Offers Free Restaurant Delivery, FunCheap

Aiming to support the neighborhood's struggling restaurants, volunteers from North Beach Delivers are highlighting one restaurant per week. Read more.


Oakland Gets an Artists' Pandemic Relief Fund Too, to the Tune of $625,000, SFist

East Bay artists can get up to $2,000 each. Read more.


Scientists believe cannabis could help prevent and treat coronavirus, New York Post

A new study suggests that high amounts of CBD may help block proteins in the human body that provide entry for COVID-19. Read more.


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