|Watercolor by Raymond Martinez|
The brand will continue, the bars will be available at other locations, but the only Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker store in existence has sold it's last bar of exquisite chocolate. The long-time staff, myself included, who worked in the cozy space for 4, 7, 8 or even 10 years, will scatter, and the local products that were made for that store, i.e. truffles, the best selling sea-salt bark, mint and almond bark, chocolate-dipped figs, ginger and orange peel, may disappear forever, along with our famous ultra-thin chocolate chunk cookies and fudgy bittersweet brownies. Some customers have been warned of the closure, but many others will visit with anticipation, only to find another vendor occupying space 14 across from Golden Gate Meat and Acme Bread. Many will be disappointed, having made the trip primarily to indulge in some of the world's finest chocolate and chat with the friendly staff.
The Scharffen Berger shop was among the first to rent space in the renovated Ferry Building when it opened ten years ago in 2003. The reasons for the closure are still unclear. but it's a fact that the store no longer exists. In memoriam, I want to share some photos of my colleagues and myself taken in happier times in our beloved space in the Ferry Building.
|Approaching the Ferry Building as we did each workday---a glorious sight!|
|Main table in front of store featuring variety boxes ribboned by the staff|
|Full view of the interior space with Jenny hamming it up for the camera|
|Our store photographed from the corridor by Cy, our manager.|
|Allison, Taya, Andrew and Jenny on Halloween 2010|
|Taya, Jenny and Andrew|
|Andrew and Jenny in (extra)bitter shirts standing in front of ( bitter)sweet, (semi)sweet & ( extra)bitter T-shirt shelves|
|More Halloween fun with Hali, Jenny and Andrew the Scot|
|Jenny ribboning a gift with me, taken by an appreciative customer|
|Dick Berendt visiting the store taken by Ricki Pollycove|
Annual "Food from the Heart" poster and event, held Valentine's weekend at the Ferry Building. I have this framed poster hanging at home to remind me of many sweet Valentine's
Days spent here.