Old Tibet History
In 1986, Narayan and Sreejana Shrestha actualized a dream to open a store on the famous Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado. They wanted the store to help bring the Nepalese culture and traditions to the local community and to support the influx of Nepalese and Tibetan people immigrating to the Colorado area. The store was only one of many ventures that Narayan and Sreejana began, including restaurants, a travel agency, and a trekking business.
When the store opened, Sreejana, new to the United States and having recently graduated from law school in Nepal, schooled herself in retail sales, management, and jewelry making. Slowly over the years the store became a well-known fixture in Boulder, and Narayan used some of the store’s proceeds to become a benefactor to the local Nepali community.
Over the years the Shresthas closed the restaurants, but the travel and trekking businesses flourished. The treks started off bringing travelers to Kathmandu and Narayan’s village of Khandbari, Nepal and the surrounding mountains, but later blossomed into introducing visitors to other parts of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet as well. Chance encounters with sick children during the first trip inspired Narayan to bring healthcare to Nepali communities. The treks later evolved into humanitarian trips, attracting groups of medical professionals who brought free medical and dental care to the Nepalese people.
After many of these trips it came naturally for Narayan and Sreejana to officially create the Helping Hands Health Education nonprofit organization in 1992. The nonprofit has provided sponsorship for Nepalese students to further their education and has helped build hospitals, schools, housing, and medical centers for many rural villages in Nepal, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Namibia, and Bhutan.
Thirty years later the store has expanded and has maintained a strong cultural presence for locals and tourists alike. Not only do Old Tibet customers find meaningful items to take home but come to our store for a peaceful, relaxing shopping experience in their otherwise busy day.