Karin Bugge view from the trail
Looks Altadena is a lovely place! So beautiful the flowers and the path green and bloomy.
ugh. a missed opportunity. there really isn't much retail around this area. i'm guessing the owner is hoping that upping the ante just a little bit on the facade department will bring in another store. hopefully not a cash-n-check or bearer of liquor.
Store ideas: something to match Bulgarini--knitting?Book store? (Ha!)Record store?I dunno, I'm pretty bad at retail.
First of all, boot Rite Aid out. It always looks like it's going out of business, anyway.Then dig up all that asphalt, and landscape with Cal natives and edibles.Next anchor the corner with something along the line of Trader Joe's or a specialty food store.Add two small restaurants, a lovely plant nursery along the lines of the one in So Pas, a book store/coffee house, and yes, knitting, etc.
Love your pics Hiker!!! As for Trader Joe's...you've probably got a better shot at getting one than we do!!! Darn it!!!Despite the fact that our Vons is the largest producing store in their chain (true story...of course, it's the ONLY grocery store up here) and despite that our town of 8000 swells to well over 30 and 40k during the summer and ski season...we don't fit TJ's required demographics! Our closes TJ is in Carson City Nevada!!! We'd be happy if one came to Bishop...but that doesn't fit the demographics either!!!
I'll trade you our T-Joes for the donkey. Actually we don't have a T-joes anymore (nuts and cheese at the Hi-Ho anyone?). It was removed when it was discovered that money rolled uphill. If my theory stands, you eventually will get your T-Joes; considering you are the most "up" on the hill
Love the photo of the chair. "Along the lines of the [nursery] in So Pas..." You mean the one by Nicole's? I heard that other one closed awhile back after the city bought the land for the Downown Development Project, which has not gotten underway yet.
I've never seen you looking lovelier. New hairdo?
I know, I'm pretty cute. My feet, all four, are about the size of oreos. All I want for Christmas is a gold ring in the left nostril.
I like your plan. I will drive up the hill to patronize that. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings but that Rite Aid is depressing.
Love your photos! Especially the donkey. Sounds like you have good ideas for that piece of real estate. So now you need someone with $$$ who has similar ideas.
Nice pics. You make me want a donkey.
Whatever that donkey's selling, I'm buying.
Your town has the gorgeous scenery and interesting animals down pat, but you definitely need a little retail area like you describe. The bookstore/cafe would be great with outdoor seating where people can hang out and enjoy all that sunshine you have. Hope someone figures out that there's real potential in that space.
Petrea: That hurt my feelings. You won't see me at the pancake social tomorrow.(I don't think you watch TV so you probably won't understand the pancake social reference.)
Mister Earl, that hurt my feelings. It's not like I've never watched TV.
Well, I don't get the pancake reference. But now I'm hungry.
It's okay. Mister Earl and I are getting back at you for the Mrs. Ed thing. I don't know about him but I still don't get that.
Here's where the "you won't see me at the pancake social" reference comes from:SCRABBLE COMMERCIAL
Oh.I thought it was a reference to Mayberry.
If you don't love where you live, you should move if at all possible. I keep telling my kids I love my house, and my tiny little nothing town, and the "big city" next door. And if I didn't like them, I would move. Of course, I think that's a liberty most people don't feel like they have.Merry Christmas, Karin. Enjoy your snow-less holiday!
So nice that you have a hometown to call your own...I'm working on that part. Hope you get your Trader Joe's :D
Until I moved to Mammoth, I wouldn't set foot in a Rite Aid...unfortunately, it's the only "drug store" in town so I've had to amend my promise not to shop there...Rite Aid tore down a fabulous art deco building on 2nd street in Long Beach to build their crappy signature store...at night...while the city was attempting to register the original building as a historical landmark...