Twin's Armoire Boutique appears closed after 51 years in Nob Hill

Twin's Armoire Boutique appears closed after 51 years in Nob HillTwin's Armoire Boutique at 860 California St. | Photos: Britta Shoot/Hoodline
Britta Shoot
Published on June 30, 2020

Nob Hill clothing store Twin's Armoire Boutique appears to have permanently closed.

Tipster Nancy W. alerted us to the apparent closure. All of the merchandise and most fixtures have been removed from the storefront. The boutique phone line is still in service, but no one answered Hoodline's calls to the shop.

A placard in the window shows a photo of identical twins Rozzalynd and Josephine Wiebe, who have owned and operated Twin's Armoire Boutique since 1969, in signature matching attire and wide-brimmed hats.

The store featured an eye-popping array of tiny hats, feather boas, and various sequined accessories and frippery. At one time, they also sold garments they designed in-house.

Photo of the Wiebe twins in the storefront window.

During their half-century in business, the Wiebes invited clientele to sign the white boutique walls and pasted up photos of famous and beloved visitors. The black ink signatures and snapshots are still visible from the street.

The Wiebes have been Nob Hill residents since the 1950s. In the late 1990s, the sisters rallied neighbors and supporters in their ultimately successful fight to fend off expansion of the neighboring University Club. 

Thanks to Hoodline tipster Nancy W.! If you've seen something new (or closing) in the neighborhood, text your tips and photos to (415) 200-3233, or email [email protected]. If we use your info in a story, we'll give you credit.