The Excelsior is a vibrant neighborhood that in San Francisco's ever changing landscape, has remained a hidden gem and has stayed true to its reputation as a quintessential San Francisco Neighborhood. It is a tight knit community in which local businesses boast about its loyal clientele.
The Excelsior District owes some of its close-knit and loyal community feel because of its history.
In 1869 the Excelsior Homestead was created. but it tool the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to introduce this verdant, sunny area to early dairy and truck farmers.
One of the many unique charms of this neighborhood is its streets, named for the capitals of countries, and its avenues, named for the countries themselves, Emanuel Lewis and his daughter Jeannette's marketing idea. that built and sold 200 houses.
Not only has the Excelsior been home to San Francisco's beloved Jerry Garcia and the make-believe home of Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries, but in 2014 the Excelsior won Curbed San Francisco's "2014 Neighborhood of the Year" and in 2016 the Excelsior won the Neighborhood Empowerment Network's "2015 Comeback Neighborhood of the Year" adding to the many accolades given to the neighborhood.
“When I came to the Excelsior to open the bookstore I thought because it was so multicultural we would have books on different languages and connect with people who love books. But that was not necessarily the case and EAG was really helpful in getting the word out to the community with all aspects from social media to word mouth. They also rolled up their sleeves and helped stock the shelves when we opened and helped recruit volunteers too.” Joseph Volansky at Stevens’s Books.