I recently met this gentleman while shopping with family in the Fes medina. His shop is directly across from the shop / workshop of another friend of ours and we chatted about home-stay programs and preservation of the medina, a sensitive subject to many of those still living inside of the medina walls.
Preservation of the medina and the old ways of life is a serious matter. Many of the merchants and medina residents welcome those who wish to renovate derelict riads and dars though fear a loss of tradition and rapidly increasing costs of goods and services.
I am looking forward to catching up with him again to talk shop and share a few rounds of scalding hot mint tea.