Evan Gross and Christine Schmidt, owners of Yellow Owl Workshop
How did you meet? Christine:
“It was the age of dial-up, Da Brat's film debut in "Glitter," and Smirnoff Ice. I had just graduated from art school and Evan had just started law school. I met Evan when I went to visit my roommate at her job at a record store in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in D.C. He was sporting a khaki jacket with a tiny embroidered dragon emblem and laughing at his own emails on the checkout counter computer. There was a brief flirtation and a sort of ‘Nice meeting you’ departure.”
“That next weekend, Chris and her roommate had an opening at this space near the store, and I went in with the hopes that she would talk to me. We ended up hanging out all night, and the rest is history.”
How long have you been together?
“Almost 11 years. We first lived in D.C., moved to NYC, then S.F., and married almost five years ago.”
Was it love at first sight? Christine:
“I knew I loved him when he told a customer, without laughing, that the store did not have any copies of the 'Space Cowboys' soundtrack.”
“Absolutely. The day I met her at the record store, when I got home I told my roommates that I had just met the raddest, cutest girl around. I believe the exact term I used was ‘sexy little minx.’”
How did you know he/she was “the one”? Christine:
“I was walking across Dumbarton Bridge after our first ‘date’, and I knew I never wanted to be without him and I would never be the same.”
“I knew she was the one when on the first night she came home with me all she wanted to do was play Tekken, which we did till 7 in the morning."
Where do you like to go for date nights? Christine:
“We just had a baby girl, Emilia, on February 4, so our dates will involve DVR gems and Henry's Hunan
. Pre-Babytown, I would like to beat Evan at mini-golf in the suburbs before lobster rolls at Old Port Lobster Shack
. And like all good San Franciscans, we sneak beers into Do Re Mi
karaoke in Japantown on occasion."
Photo: Courtesy of Chris Walter