Charlotte Coleman has been in the San Francisco Bar business since 1959 when she opened “THE FRONT” at Front and Jackson Streets, one of the first lesbian owned bars in the world. She has opened more bars in this city than any other woman and has always made an effort to support charitable organizations. In 1969, she bought “THE MINT” on Market Street (in the shadow of The U.S. Mint) and owned it until 1975.
One of the most outrageous and memorable ‘for charity’ celebrations she instituted was the Memorial Day “GREAT TRICYCLE RACE”.
On Easter Sunday, April 23, 2000, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence held a tricycle race as part of the celebration of their 21st anniversary. The race started at the MINT on Market and finished at the EDGE on 18th near Castro. In the tradition of both the Sisters and the past tricycle races, the event was a fund raiser for several local charitable groups.