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Old 11-30-2012, 03:45 AM   #27
hugemoth
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Location: Bend, Oregon summer, Snowbird in winter
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Back in the 70s Piaggio opened a factory owned Vespa shop in San Francisco. The building they chose was a huge old bank building right on Van Ness Ave which is some of the most prime real estate in SF. 40' tall ceilings, chandeliers, marble floors, professionally decorated by an Italian designer. The service department scooter washing area was all done in Italian tile. I was offered the job of service manager for 3 times what I was making at another motorcycle shop and worked there for about 18 months until it was clear they weren't going to survive. Shortly after I left they pulled the plug and closed it down. My uncle's small shop 25 miles away survived. He always said the key was to owe the bank a lot of money so they didn't dare refuse to lend you more when you asked for it.
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