A San Francisco institution, Borderlands book store, open since 1997 was forced to shutter its doors, only to be saved by the community (for now). Why? The city raised its minimum wage with much celebration. However, for small businesses it has unintended consequences, like this one.
Owner Alan Beatts said profits were slim as it was. This forced him to plan to shut down operations in the Mission neighborhood. Fortunately for Beatts and the community, loyal customers have stepped in with 'sponsorships' keeping the doors open. But who knows what the future holds - for Borderlands and other small operations.
Read the San Francisco Chronicle story here.