A sad day

Posted by Nalin Singapuri on

This is the lot at 3000 Larkin Street - across the street from Ghirardelli square in San Francisco. It used to be our headquarters. My father Shashi acquired the building in 1986.

The corner where this image was shot from housed the Museum of Jewelry Store and before that a Greenpeace Store. People loved our Shop. The building made a lot of sense in good years. When we were featured in Vogue magazine and our products appeared movie after movie and were wholesaling to the likes of Nordstroms, we employed about fifty people and needed a large office.

As my dad scaled the business back, an office housing a half dozen people inside such a great commercial space started not to make financial sense. He sold the building around the year 2008 and moved his offices to Richmond and later to San Leandro.

I remember spray-painting models in this driveway, the piles of paperwork and jewelry that were on my dads desk at any given time, the secret storage compartment under the stairs, lighting of the tree across the street. I remember countless walks to the arcade near fishermans warf (and later when that shut down the arcade in fishermans warf) in one direction and to the small comic book shop past the tower records and Bimbos 365 club in the other.

I remember growing up here, it's sad to see it go.

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