Cassie McGettigan

San Francisco, California
I started Gravel & Gold at the beginning of 2008 with my two friends, Lisa and Nile. Our first spot was a 9’ x 12’ cinderblock bunker on the ground floor of a studio building. We plastered over our little box, installed one bookcase, one clothing rack, one desk with a jewelry case, and that was it. We had some vintage clothes—mostly from our own closets—some stripey shirts, stuff made by friends, and pillows made from fabric we’d collected over the years. We were open 3-4 days a week and we were always able to make rent. If we were short, we’d have a party, and that would bring in enough dough to make it another month.

That fall, I quit my other job, moved up to Bolinas, and commuted in for my days keeping the shop open. The following summer, we signed for our current, much bigger spot on 21st Street. This one needed a lot more than just plaster. I moved back to the city and we re-opened in August 2009.  Tripp Carpenter’s big, beautiful table ran down the center of the space and held it all together, even if there was very little on top of it to sell.

Since then, the shop has grown to become a real shop. We’re open seven days a week. Tomra and Holly have join as full-time partners and Nile has left to work as a full-time homebirth midwife. Our own line of clothing and home items, Gravel & Gold Goods, had its first release in the summer of 2011 and most of what we offer at the shop today are things we make ourselves. I designed two textile prints for the first collection, "Panda Face" and "Boobs," which we continue to reissue, along with new prints, a few times a year.

Working on Gravel & Gold has been a pleasure and lots of hard work. I hope to keep going!