On her first trip to Southeast Asia in 1998, Janah Campbell owner of Spirithouse Import Gallery, fell in love with a new world. “Everything around me was new and fascinating. The people, the food, the climate, the bustle of cities, the quiet beauty of the countryside and of course, the art all seemed strangely familiar. I wanted to pack it all up and bring it home to share.”
What began in a suitcase filled with goods has become a full-fledged import business that takes Janah to Asia twice each year. Nurturing relationships with families and locally owned Asian businesses has made this work a satisfying endeavor that has created a fair trading opportunity for everyone involved. “My suppliers depend on me to return over and over again and I depend on them to provide us with beautiful goods. “
Our customers in America enjoy the rich variety of the unusual, produced with care. Everyone wins. That is our goal. “I encourage my suppliers to use their traditional skills to recreate classic design and to stretch out into contemporary areas. It is important to keep these gifts alive. Here in the US, we find ourselves lacking in crafting traditions. My customers are hungry for the handmade. Knowing that an individual touched each item can make for a more personal shopping experience. I literally have a story for every single item that I sell.”
The Nevada City retail shop is located in the foothills of the Sierras. Our beautiful little Victorian town is on the National Historic Register, home of the 1849 California Gold Rush. Over the years we have developed a reputation that keeps our local customers happy and has spread to include visitors from around the globe.
For this we say: Thank You, Khap Khun Kha, Cam On, Terimakasih. As we expand from the quaint brick and mortar main street gallery & boutique into the expanse of the internet…we invite you to travel with us on the pages of this website. We hope that you enjoy sharing our world as we continue to please and delight you with Spirithouse Import Gallery’s selection of fine clothing, jewelry, home décor, and museum quality collectibles representing the beauty of the arts, people, and cultures of Southeast Asia – you can depend on it.