3 new businesses to check out in the Mission

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Interested in exploring the newest restaurant and retail additions to the Mission? From a tooth-gem emporium to a kids' music spot, read on for a list of the latest destinations to debut in this part of San Francisco.

District Tea

2154 Mission St.

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District Tea is a spot to score bubble tea, coffee and tea at 2154 Mission St.

House specialties at District Tea include Hong Kong milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, green Thai milk tea and a taro latte; also on tap are a variety of matcha and fruit teas. Snacks offered include croquettes, popcorn chicken, takoyaki and onigiris.

The business's current Yelp rating of 4.5 stars out of 51 reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Anthony G., who reviewed District Tea on Sept. 12, wrote, "I judge a boba shop by its popcorn chicken. So let's start [there], and I'll tell you my rubric — crispiness, saltiness and presence of fried basil. With one bite of District Tea popcorn chicken, I was transported to my childhood, perfectly crisp and salted with the famed five-spice seasoning, and the presence of the fried basil is an indicator that they know what they're doing."

Yelper Kimberly D. added, "This place is legit. It's a family-run shop and they have the best quality teas and snacks you can find from a boba shop."

District Tea is open from noon–8 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, noon–9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon–7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tooth Gems by Faith at Saviours

3382 18th St.

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Tooth Gems by Faith at Saviours lets patrons add bling to their smiles. 

Located within a hair salon, the new business's website says its tooth gems are made out of lead-free Swarovski crystals that last two months to two years.  

Tooth Gems by Faith at Saviours's current Yelp rating of five stars out of five reviews indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Michelle B., who reviewed the business on September 29, wrote, "I've been coming to Faith for a few years now and love her attention to detail. She always makes recommendations for the best results and is quick and efficient."

Yelper Elizabeth A. wrote, "So happy with my tooth gem. I thought it would be gone by now, but it's lasted over 5 months. I get tons of compliments on my gem as well. And the process was super quick and painless."

Tooth Gems by Faith at Saviours is open from noon–8 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday. (It's closed on Sunday-Tuesday.)

First Steps Song Studios

745 Treat Ave., Mission Arts Center

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First Steps Song Studios is a kids' activity spot.

The main offering at First Steps Song Studios is Kindermusik classes in which children can create music by playing such instruments as chime balls, drums, jingle bells, rattles, sticks, pop beads, tambourines and castanets, as well as using their singing voices. The classes are available to those seven and under, including newborns.  

The studios's current rating of five stars out of three reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Karina L. wrote, "My 10-month-old son and I have had a really positive experience at First Steps. You can really tell that Nancy (the main teacher) genuinely loves kids and music and creates such a welcoming atmosphere."

Yelper Emily W. added, "Nancy is a great teacher. The class is a wonderful experience for our daughter. We've taken her to classes when she was five to six months and now again that she's nine months. She absolutely loves the class."

First Steps Song Studios is open from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m.–noon on weekends.

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