Originally was going tomorrow, but then was like, what the heck why not today. I've been on a Cal Leathers wave lately, picking up 3 in the past couple months. Each has a slight variation (straight zip, cross zip, cross zip with gussets). The last one needed some TLC--male zipper pin fraying, some loose stitching, liner breaking down in some parts. Was just going to sell it and be done with it since I have a closet full of "perfect" jackets that want to be worn, but I guess the less than perfect specs didn't attract anyone and I definitely wasn't going to give it away. Something about the leather on this one really kept shouting out to me, so I decided to keep it. Contacted Deena who was super helpful, but she wasn't sure if she could match just the male side since the Talon #10s tended to be a little wonky. So off to Cal Leathers I went. But this post ain't about the jacket or the repairs that will be done. It's about the shop. Not the original storefront, but has so much character and charm. It's a side space attached to an upholstery business. The daughter of the upholstery shop owner bought Cal Leathers from the original owners over 20 years ago. But she's known the original family forever. Her name is Gwen, and Gwen is super cool. I talked to her and more importantly she talked to me for over an hour. Showed me some of the "museum" collection they have they take with them to certain trade shows. Wow what an encyclopedia of information. FYI, she works on all kinds of jackets, not just Cal, so any of us Socal people, you've got a local trusted place to bring jackets for repair and prices are super fair ($40 for a zipper replacement) I literally could have taken 500 photos. Every square inch of that shop (maybe 10 feet by 25) had stuff hanging off the walls, but I didn't want to be one of those kinds of people LOL. She showed me some really cool G1 style jackets (didn't know Cal made those) and some of the fit jackets of the newer stuff they're making. I got to say, if I don't get lucky with a used 6 panel cafe racer soon, I'm just going to have to buy one new because what I saw was just amazing in quality and workmanship. Anyway, here's some of the stuff I captured. Few of the shop: Star Glove leather D pocket: This was a repro of a jacket the owners made for their kid: Chicago PD jacket from the 30's Racing Sleeve so Cafe Racers could wear jerseys under some protection: Newer "classic" CHP. look at this grain. Cow btw, hand picked by Gwen: Brown straight zip that has worn off the top coat. Was this buttery suede sort of texture. Look at the detail on the buckle.