Secession Art & Design opened their Mission Bernal location in August 2007 and has since grown to represent over 70 independent artists and designers. Their retail location is a gallery, boutique, and workspace, creating a non-traditional storefront that allows customers to see art being made in-house by Heather Robinson and to experience shows curated by owner Eden Stein. The art, clothing, and jewelry are handpicked by Eden. Each product shows the diversity of Bay Area makers and celebrates the vibrancy of San Francisco.
Eden used her loan from Main Street Launch as working capital. “The money allowed us to invest in inventory, hire an additional employee, and invest in marketing to help the business grow,” explains Eden. “The only way to grow a business is with money, but in San Francisco not all business owners have that luxury. With the loan, I’m able to make smart decisions for the long-term and I don’t have to compromise.”