The Old Tibet Story

In 1986, Narayan and Sreejana Shrestha actualized a dream to open a peaceful store on Pearl St.in Boulder, Colorado in order to share the Nepalese culture to the Boulder community and to support the influx of Nepalese and Tibetan people immigrating to the area.

When the store opened, Sreejana, new to the United States and recently graduated from law school, schooled herself in retail sales, management, and jewelry making. Over the last 30 years Old Tibet has become a well-known fixture in Boulder where shoppers come from all over the world for Sreejana’s hand-made jewelry.

One of the offshoots of the success of the store was a flourishing trekking business. Narayan led groups to Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal, bringing travelers to Kathmandu, mountain temples, and villages in the surrounding mountains. The treks later evolved into humanitarian trips, attracting groups of medical professionals who brought free medical and dental care to the Nepalese people. This was the birth of Helping Hands.

Helping Hands was officially created in 1992 as a non-profit extension of Old Tibet. The Non-Profit has been used as a continuous source for aide to the Nepalese people in the form of Hospitals, schools, housing, medical care, and sponsorship for Nepalese students to further their education. In addition, the Shresthas shave built a school in Nicaragua, hiring teachers and funding educational tools for many smaller rural villages.

Thirty years later the store has expanded and has maintained a strong cultural presence for locals and tourists alike. Old Tibet customers come to find meaningful gifts, but come to our store for a peaceful, relaxing shopping experience in their otherwise busy day.