A Sweet San Francisco Family Story

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A Sweet San Francisco Family Story

My great-grandpa and grandpa in the streets of San Francisco circa December, 1940.

According to my grandpa, this photo was taken on Market Street in front of the Orpheum theater.

There were about five big “shows” on Market Street: the Esquire, the Golden Gate, the Paramount, the Fox, etc. It was known as “theater row” downtown and attracted many happy visitors and show-goers.

Both of the men pictured here became chocolatiers in California. My great-grandpa contributed a couple of the recipes See’s Candies uses today and ultimately started his own candy shop called “Aida Opera Candies.” Being a musician, he named it after his favorite opera!

His shop eventually moved from San Francisco to Burlingame, CA and is still run by the fourth generation of my family’s chocolatier lineage. I would encourage anyone who happens to find themselves on the San Francisco Peninsula to pop in for a Scotch Kiss or some hand-dipped chocolate treats! ~shared by @jaycebasques

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