In September the CCA community was elated when news broke that beloved art and drafting supply retail store ARCH would be moving to CCA’s San Francisco campus.
A few months earlier, the shop and its loyal customers were taken aback when ARCH became the latest San Francisco institution to be served with an eviction notice.
ARCH, which opened its doors in 1978 and for the past 13 years served the San Francisco CCA community from its nearby Potrero Hill location, was disappointed, but took the opportunity to revisit an old idea -- operate from CCA’s campus.
“It goes back 15 years,” said Susie Coliver, ARCH’s owner and founder.
“When we had to move out of Jackson Square in 2001, then Architecture chair David Meckel was the first person I called, and I said, ‘David, don’t you have a little bit of space for us? Can’t you find a space for us?’
“And he said, ‘It would be great, but it’s not in the cards and we have all sorts of master planning to do and who knows, maybe someday, but not now.’"Read the rest