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Yum (Market Street) is gone

It was an odd little market, full of gorgeous bottles and cans that made for delicious if precious gifts. They had a wide selection of hard-to-find soft drinks. Anyone know what happened to it?

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  1. Oh man, sorry to hear that. Usually if there was no other place to get something, you could find it at Yum. They never had lots of business though and didn't develop the online business.

    The website is still up but doesn't mention closing. Ignore the business on there that says stuff about remodelling. It has said that from day one.

    Is the storefront empty?

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    1. re: rworange

      The space is completely empty. No signage on the door. A few pieces of mail are on the floor inside the door.

    2. An answering machine at Yum's number says the store has closed but to leave a message, as they're still checking in.

      1. That is very sad. I think they were really dumb not to be open on Sundays, though, and have told them as much (in different words) in the past. I have tried to go there several times during a bimonthly-or-so visit to the Deco Ghetto / Hayes Valley, forgetting they were closed on Sunday. They were also quite snotty and unfriendly, even when I displayed enthusiasm on many occasions over their products and store.

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        1. re: Atomica

          Paul is just a little quite and reserved. I didn't know him personally, but he liked Bizou so I saw him there over the years and we knew each other enough to recognize when passing in the street.

          I usually dealt with him since he had a sense for my likes and dislikes wine-wise over the years. The other staff sort of came and went and I didn't pay too much attention.

        2. I dropped by last weekend and the signs in the window indicated that they were "moving." I took that to mean they are going to another location, but I suppose it could just mean that they were just moving out after going out of business.

          Completely disagree on the personality of the staff. Paul is wonderful, and the one time I asked for recommendations on chocolate from one of his staff they were really patient, even though it took me forever to decide on what I wanted.

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          1. re: bigwheel042

            I had the same positive experiences. One of the staff would let me buy a delicious ginger scone early in the morning before they officially opened for the day. Someone else patiently explained the differences across numerous kinds of honey. I didn't go there often, but I miss them. It would be good if they were in fact opening up elsewhere.

            1. re: bigwheel042

              Luck of the draw. I'm more than willing to bestow major positive feedback on those who treat me kindly in their businesses. This did not happen the times I visited.

            2. This really is sad. They had so many things that were hard to find elsewhere, and were only a couple of blocks from me! I'll miss it.

              And I always received courteous, friendly and gracious service. The one time I went in looking for something they didn't have (chestnuts in cognac), Paul suggested trying Harvest Market. Then he insisted on calling them to make sure they had them before I made the trip over!

              1. If they are closed and not moving somewhere else, this is a shame. I always had friendly service there, the staff was educated about the products, and they were always willing to let you sample their stuff. Plus, they carried Faygo Red Pop, my childhood guilty pleasure!

                1. Dear Friends,

                  I’m putting on my "corporate hat" to respond directly to this thread. I hope I’m not violating any Chowhound rules; if I am, please accept my apologies in advance.

                  It’s true: on January 31st, we have closed our store, Yum, at 1750 Market Street. While it may have appeared to have been an overnight decision, it was anything but. Of primary concern, we wanted to do this in the Yum way: on a high note; respectful of our Customers, vendors and neighbours; and with a bit of class. (We’ll let others be the judge of that.)
                  The closing seemed sudden because once the decision was made, helpful opportunities presented themselves kind of like magic. For example, we figured out an immediate use of our inventory to help several local charities Somy co-worker, John, and I have been very busy seizing these opportunities that it's left no time to get the word out.We did have signs in the windows but, eventually, our landlord asked us to take them down. And I’m trying to figure out how to change our website. (As some of you have remarked, technology has not been our strong suit.)

                  Over these 6-plus years, we have loved finding and sharing cool foods with knowledgeable enthusiasts like all of you. So after a brief vacation, we would like to continue Yum (and, hopefully, many of you would like the same). Hence, the usage of "move." We will continue our tradition of preferring Doing versus Talking because we hate disappointing our friends. To those of you we have disappointed in the past, I apologise on behalf of all of us. Please know that we truly worked hard every day NOT to do that.

                  Thank you all for your past support, for reading this post and for caring enough about us to create this thread. Please continue to play with your food!

                  Paul (and the rest of Yum)

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                  1. re: Yum Foods

                    Paul, thanks for responding to the thread, and for six years of providing a unique and valuable service to Bay Area foodlovers! I hope you find someone to help with your website, if only so we have a place to find you when you find your next incarnation.

                    Thanks again!

                    1. re: Yum Foods

                      Paul, I appreciate your comments and always experienced great customer service at the store.

                      When you re-open, you might elicit feedback from customers about the product range. There were many interesting products, but not a lot of what I buy on a regular basis.

                      1. re: Yum Foods

                        I do hope you reincarnate soon in another location. I enjoyed shopping at Yum and getting some hard-to-find ingredients. Good luck!

                      2. I'm really sad also to see this little gem close as well! I used to live in that neighborhood and Yum was one of the bright spots (they were there before Delessio joined the area). They always had unique gourmet items. But I have to say, I'm not surprised because I guess they didn't have much foot traffic because the store was always so quiet whenever I visited.

                        Paul, thanks for trying to bring some fun food stuff to the neighborhood. I hope you do find a new location that'll be more supportive of your concept and appreciation of food! Please be sure to let us know when you do!

                        1. really sad to learn about this. had nothing but wonderful service every time there, and it'll be very missed.

                          1. I just think it was the wrong location for them.