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Founder and chief executive of Rickshaw Bagworks in the Dogpatch, Mark Dwight has been in the middle of the messenger bag craze for more than a decade now. Located at 22nd and Minnesota, Rickshaw’s factory produces all of its bags, cases and other items right here in the city. The warehouse is also home to the brand’s flagship retail store, where people can drop by and customize a bag on the spot.
Dwight has become deeply invested in the neighborhood and the success of local businesses across the city. He founded nonprofit SFMade to “promote local manufacturing and job growth in the manufacturing sector.” He also serves as the president of the San Francisco Small Business Commission, and is creating a new Dogpatch neighborhood business association.
Regarding the Dogpatch, Dwight says “It’s exploding. It’s the fastest-growing neighborhood in San Francisco — that’s anecdotal, but I think that it’s true. We will triple the population of this little area called the Dogpatch over the next four years, with all of the residential construction going on. 400 units going in on Indiana, 300 units halfway complete at the corner of 23rd and Third, and half a dozen more developments planned.”
In a rapidly changing San Francisco, Dwight encourages his colleagues to get involved. “Never in the history of San Francisco has small business been the endangered species it is today.”