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Column - September 30, 2011

There's gold in those (Vintage) hills

by Jeb Bing

Greek-born Fotios Vassiliadis has found that gold in Vintage Hills makes for a remarkably specialized and profitable business. The entrepreneurial goldsmith who first practiced his skills with his father and grandfather in Athens, opened goldNtime in the Vintage Hills shopping center three years ago, one of the first new businesses to take over long-empty retail spaces that are giving the center new economic life. GoldNtime has no flashing neon sign. In fact, it is almost obscurely nestled next to a popular sushi restaurant and a new coffee shop. Yet customers come from throughout the Bay Area, especially the Peninsula and San Francisco, even Napa, to again have their rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more designed and made by Vassiliadis. Though he specializes in gold -- and can spend hours talking about the precious commodity -- he also works in platinum and can add a diamond or other stone to his creations.

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