Extinct San Francisco





What is the shortest, clearest way to describe your project?


I miss old style small-scale production. Mom and pop stores where anyone is trying to make a go of it with their invention or recipe. You used too see these stores in malls. Where labor and profits are shared equally. These are not boutique high-end luxury items! Made by the workers for the workers. I hope to reintroduce small scale manufacturing of these items in SF and show the makers and process. I hope this project leads to other ideas and some sustainability.




For real though… how will this actually create more awesome?


Revisiting San Francisco’s manufacturing legacy.

Cutting out high prices and the middle man.

Not EVERYTHING needs to be “luxury’ items.

Learning new job skills.

Having fun while you are doing it.


AS PROPOSED TO ;      http://www.awesomefoundation.org/






Tell us about yourself.


Kal Spelletich is an experimental artist who started experimenting in 1980. Since then Kal has performed, exhibited and lectured worldwide, collaborating with Survival Research Labs and countless others from from punk rock bands to scientists, politicians to NASA, Hollywood television to film acting parts. His latest work involves experimenting with bio-morphic inputs that trigger machines and robots to provide viewers with a direct real-life experience. Kal has exhibited all over the world.







I propose to make or collaboratively make the following items formerly birthed and made in San Francisco.

The goal is to reintroduce these extinct species and see if I can create them at a low cost, create local jobs, a market and look back at our legacy. NOTHING DESIGNER HERE! Some of these items are still made here, but not like they used to be! Many jobs were lost with the loss of these SF traditions.

In some cases only one item will be made, in others dozens or pounds. I will attempt to improve on the quality of each item collaborating with local chef’s, seamstresses, hackers and brew-masters.

The items and the process of making will be exhibited for the public to compare, taste, try on and or purchase. The manufacturing process will be made vissable.





Domenico Ghirardelli was an Italian who came to SF during the Gold Rush and set up the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory. The chocolate is now produced in San Leandro and Ghirardelli and is owned by Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli.





Rice-a-Roni has long been associated with the city. As far as i can tell it is still made in Chicago and Canada. Rice-a-Roni was created by the DeDomenico family in 1958. Since 2001, Rice-a-Roni has been owned by PepsoCo.



Levi Strauss & Co. It was founded in 1853. The company’s corporate headquarters is located at Levi’s Plaza in San Francisco.

Levi’s are made in Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Mexico and points far and wide. The closure of Levi’s last U.S. factory in San Antonio in 20013 ended 150 years of being made in the USA. Levi Strauss leads the apparel industry in trademark infringement cases, filing nearly 100 lawsuits against competitors.



Falstaff , Burgermeister Beer, Schlitz and Hamm’s Beer were all based in SF at one time. These simple low budget beers quenched the thirst of the proletariat for over 100 years.

Just some of the others lost are;

Bavarian Brewery Vallejo St.

Union Brewing Company Florida St.

John Wieland Brewery 2nd St.

The Albany Brewery Innes Ave.

American Railroad Brewery Valencia St.

Washington Brewery Lombard St.

The Bay Brewery 7th St.

The National Brewery Fulton St.




Some early versions of computers were sort of made here We all know how much the ‘puter has changed SF.



~ by kaltek on January 2, 2016.

One Response to “Extinct San Francisco”

  1. This is great. Love this concept. Love robots too!!! Keep in mind Houston rated best place to start new business. Lots of mom and pops here.

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