Karen Goldberg has touched many pies in the 28 years she has lived in Mill Valley, including her popular Mill Valley pizzeria, Tamalpie. Now, breaking away from her restaurant history, she launched the Warehouse, a 2,000 square foot home consignment store, just across the street.
Goldberg had developed a number of businesses from Marin, including Annabelle Restaurant in Mill Valley and Café Fresco in Corte Madera, before real estate caught his eye and became his passion.
“I built and remodeled about 10 houses in Marin, but in 2008 I lost them all and started helping others with interior design and shop design,” she says.
In 2011, however, she returned to her roots and opened Tamalpie on Miller Avenue, later building and selling BonBon and Playa in Mill Valley, and Moseley’s in Corte Madera, which she closed after the pandemic.
When she noticed the space at 444 Miller was available for rent, she naturally thought it would make a good restaurant. Or would it be?
“After closing Moseley’s, I was afraid of losing it again,” she says.
Additionally, she had become restless after the restaurant closed and found herself “constantly reworking every piece of my tiny little cottage,” she says. “I did the same for my two sisters and anyone who asked. I like to create beautiful spaces for people.
Her love of design, repurposing and the fine craftsmanship and detail found in well-made vintage pieces made opening a home consignment store just “a natural extension of my passions,” says- she.
Add to that supply chain issues and a growing awareness of how shopping can affect the planet, and offering beautiful furniture for a new generation of homeowners made sense to him.
Goldberg, herself a fan of home shopping, has shopped “at all the amazing consignment stores, from Tivoli Decor in Sausalito to the Living Room in Mill Valley and the Home Consignment Center in San Rafael,” she says. “My days are always fun filled with amazing stories about objects and the homes they came from. I have met so many people in this process and it has been very rewarding.
However, she had a different model in mind for the warehouse and thought it could improve the experience for those who were overwhelmed. She therefore organized the space into vignettes to facilitate the visualization of the elements in a domestic environment.
The selection of items is also different, “simply because of our selection,” she says, noting that she’s very selective about what she chooses for her store. “Every piece is handpicked and one thing is better than the next. The oohs and ahhs are fun to hear.
There are furniture, light fixtures, rugs, accessories and some unexpected pieces, like a pinball machine. Prices range from $19 to $9,000.
There is also art. It has photographs by Robert Stivers and a collection of signed paintings by Hans Otto Boehm which were in a private collection in Tiburon.
“We want to use crystal and silver every day and incorporate it into our lives,” she says. “We want to make beautiful signed art accessible. We have everything from vintage restoration hardware to design at your fingertips. We have quality, period. Everything is of high quality.
The warehouse is also different from most consignment stores in another way.
“In most cases, if I like it, I buy it outright so sellers don’t have to wait for it to sell to get paid,” she says. “We log some items that we think might take a while to sell, and split the sale 50-50.”
She says she knows right away if an item is suitable for the store. They have soul, quality and are special. All pieces “should be clean, clean, clean”, although the natural patina that comes with age is expected.
Sellers can send a photo and details of their items to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
The warehouse is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 444 Miller Ave. at Mill Valley. Call 415-888-2757 or visit thewarehousemillvalley.com.
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