You may have heard this by now, but in case you haven't, I'd like to share the sad news about the owners of the New Terrace Market on the corner of 17th and Uranus.
Sam and Maureen Salman had owned the market since the 1980s. Sam passed away last October and Maureen was apparently in the process of planning a memorial for him when she passed away suddenly.
The family, all of whom live some distance from San Francisco, is now looking for someone to take over the store. There are stable employees, but at this time everything is up in the air.
The store's 15 minutes of fame came during the Reagan years, when Gorbachev was in town with his wife, Raisa. She was being driven about town when she requested of her driver to let her out at the New Terrace Market so she could see what American grocery stores kept on their shelves. At the time the market's shelves were often as bare as those in the USSR. But since the Salman's took over it had become a neighborhood treasure.
We all hope it will continue in their memories.