Nikki Collister

Hi, my name is Nikki. 👋 I’m a product manager by day and an amateur writer and classic rock fangirl the rest of the time. Below is a sampling of various things I’ve written besides Jira tickets.

Published Works

For Hoodline, I’ve written about the effect of Japanese American internment on Japantown during WWII, the necessity of small business owners buying their property, and the history of the incomparable Balboa Theatre.

I’ve also had the honor of writing profiles of some of San Francisco’s most wonderful humans, from neon sign aficionados Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna to viral video producer Pablo Rochat to former Chinatown nightclub dancer Coby Yee.

My favorite stories are the ones that offer a glimpse into the fabric of a neighborhood, like a beloved jeans store in the Richmond District or a homespun outdoor art gallery by Bernal Heights residents sheltering in place.

I was honored to have an original piece featured in Issue 3 of The San Franciscan, inspired by my dad’s profession as a window installer in the city in the ’70s and ’80s.


For fun, I like to write blog posts about my favorite things, like under-appreciated Beatles albums, real-life Twin Peaks settings, and early 2000s Internet nostalgia. If you enjoy similar topics and don’t mind the occasional broken YouTube link, you may enjoy browsing the archives.