Airport Guests and employees have been able to purchase a variety of items at Skyline News & Gifts since it opened in January 2014. From magazines, books, snacks and souvenirs there is a lot that one can find at this shop in Terminal 3, Boarding Area E.
A Family Business
Skyline News & Gifts is a family business that was founded by its President Manuel Soto and his four siblings. As teenagers, the Soto family was extremely involved in their father’s concession stand at Los Angeles International Airport and became very comfortable in the airport environment. Naturally, they all pursued airport careers in different capacities. Manuel, the oldest of the five, had a vision of owning his own business in an airport.
Since 1999, Manuel worked as a General Manager for Pacific Gateway Concessions and managed 23 locations at SFO. Here, he learned the dynamics of operating and managing multiple retail concessions in the airport. Fourteen years later, Manuel sought out to start his own business with his brothers and sisters. In 2005, while still working as General Manager, he started his family business and with hard work and dedication, in 2014 they successfully opened their first location in SFO and achieved their goal. “It was hard work, but if you believe in yourself and persevere, you will succeed. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your dreams come true” said Manuel Soto.
Sharing Success with Local Businesses
The Soto family takes pride of being a locally based company and have partnered with local businesses to provide unique products that are found only in San Francisco. One of their most trendy products is Chunky Pig Popcorn, a candied bacon caramel corn. Skyline News & Gifts was one of the first to distribute this product which can now be purchased in select locations including Levi’s Stadium. Manuel feels strongly about providing others the opportunity for brand visibility. He has done this with Chunky Pig and other local startups. Along with Chunky Pig Popcorn, Skyline News & Gifts top sellers are their organic snacks, San Francisco gear, and the newest reads.
Visit Skyline News & Gifts in Terminal 3, near Gate 67 and take advantage of the 10% employee discount. Daily hours of operation are from 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.