87-year-old San Francisco flower shop was burgled then set ablaze. Only $8 was taken.


Frank’s Floral Shop, an 87-year-old flower shop in 19th and Irving, was stolen then set on fire on the night of September 6, its owner told SFGATE. The alleged thief took only $ 8.

Sauna Pehlivanian has owned Frank’s Floral Shop since 1987 or 1988. She can’t quite remember because her original business license was destroyed in the fire, which burned much of the historic business.

At the time of the store’s opening, Pehlivanian was a single mother raising a young son.

“With [my customers’] support and confidence, they gave me a peace of mind, a good job, allowed me to build a safe place for me and my son, ”he told SFGATE by phone Wednesday.


The San Francisco Police Department said it is investigating the fire, which was deemed suspicious. The investigation remains open and ongoing. SFPD said the business was closed and secure at the time it closed. No arrests were made.

Frank’s Floral Shop began as a flower stand on 19th and Irving before Frank took over a brick-and-mortar store in 1821 Irving St. He, his wife and children lived upstairs, Pehlivanian said.

Pehlivanian is not yet sure whether it will be rebuilt.

“I hold now in the middle. It’s a painful experience both ways,” he said. “For me to reopen, rebuild, the owner has fixed the place, but how long will that take?”

Pehlivian said, the flow of community support is overwhelming, including a recent GoFundMe that has raised more than $ 40,000.

“This guy not only burned my heart, he burned the hearts of many people,” he said.

Anyone with information about the burglary or fire is required to call the SFPD Idea Line at 1-415-575-4444 or text an Idea TYPE411 and start the text message with SFPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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