The shop, located at 30 Miller Avenue, opened three years ago in a space that had been one clothing store after another since Tamalpais Hardware closed in 1986, from Ken Brooks’ Staccato to Red Dot to Showroom to Outback in the Temple of Venus to Zobha. Kristof says they experimented with 7 days a week during the holiday season but this is a permanent change. “It’s the real deal,” he says.
Trained in educational publishing and design, respectively, the couple met at Apple in the 1980s and in 1992 founded the design firm Ignition. They launched Terrestra in 2003, first opening in Berkeley’s Walnut Square before moving it to San Francisco’s Laurel Village neighborhood. They recently moved to San Rafael and have made the Mill Valley shop their flagship store.
In its 2,000-square-foot space, Terrestra sells a variety of home accessories, leather goods, jewelry and glass, ceramic and wood decorative objects. In doing so, they blend international designer brands for the home and tabletop together with handcrafted objects from American craftsmen and fashion accessories and jewelry, Kristof says.
“We work hard to seek out unusual products that our customers might not see everywhere, and we love to bring the wonderful work of these artists and designers to a new audience,” he adds.