1852: After the Cairo Coffee House proves unsuccessful, Ghirardelli stays in San Francisco and forms a new confectionery company called Ghirardely & Girard on the corner of Kearny and Washington streets. This is the establishment of what is to become the modern day Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and over 150 years of traditional chocolate manufacturing. Business flourishes, and Ghirardelli soon sends for his family in Peru. He changes the company name to Mrs. Ghirardelli & Co, but is still undoubtedly run by Domingo. Records show the company imported 200 pounds of cocoa beans during the year.