Community, Commerce, & Culture

As the cornerstone of this new movement, Republika SF will function as an incubator for innovative retail concepts and food pop-ups that will preserve Filipino cultural identity and community.

Repurposing existing material from the space, the design will be resourceful like the Filipino people. Vibrant graphics in the storefront will draw visitors into the space and help activate the neighborhood. Framed layered panels will highlight the history of SOMA Philipinas while retail pop-ups border the perimeter of the space.

The juxtaposition of sari-sari meets minimalist will inform the bar and food stall, the central hub that will draw visitors to the back of the space, encouraging interaction and engagement.

Pop-ups are a proven and affordable way to test the market, tweak the concept, and grow businesses.

Pop Up Program

This model has a successful history of improving low-income areas and providing low- and moderate-income residents with a pathway to become successful business owners. 

Retailers begin with Short-Term Engagements (1-3 months). When there has been a track record of success and interest from the general public in the business, entrepreneurs can move onto a Medium-Term Engagement (3-6 months) which can eventually lead to a permanent brick-and-mortar establishment. 

Businesses featured in the pop-up program will benefit from Kultivate Labs partnership with Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. In 2017 Kultivate Labs and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center were awarded a grant from the SOMA Stabilization grant to provide intensive 1:1 consulting to businesses in the areas of branding, marketing, finance, operations, legal, and more.