Monday, January 14, 2019

Lake Washington Village September, October 1965, Pasadena Courier, Local Businesses Photographed & Described, with Advertisements

 The Pasadena Courier from September and October 1965 with an illustrated article about Lake Washington Village and its merchants, all located near the intersection of Lake and Washington and run by local residents, with their history and details in the text.

 1965 fashion, very hip!!!

 Goodes Seed Store, since 1925....

Big Special on Ball Point Pens, 19 Cents!

                                                        The freshest meats!
Halloween is coming, get everything you need for Halloween at Nelson's Variety!
                                          The latest fashions!

                        Shoes for adults and children!

Nelson's Variety, 5-10-25 Cent Store!

 Harry's Men's Shop, all the latest 60's men's fashion!

I posted multiple pictures so all the details could be seen close up including the addresses of the businesses. Does anyone remember any of these long gone businesses?  Looks like all our needs were served locally back then. This surrounding neighborhood was very walk-able with ice cream shops, soda fountains, restaurants, a dime store, a seed and feed store, a bank, a movie theater, a toy store, a library, and many clothing outlets.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

North Lake Banner Which Almost Was.....

North Lake Banner Suggestions from Yesteryear

Years ago at the North Lake Specific Plan meetings we were trying to come up with banner ideas for the North Lake Avenue Corridor, to be hung on the historic style lamp posts. A Pasadena City Staff Member came up with this which I thought had the beginnings of something nice.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of city funds nothing came of all this work, but it was a nice idea, I thought. Perhaps some day........

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Catalina Avenue North Lake Avenue Adjacent; A Closer Look at Catalina Island

 Adjacent to North Lake Avenue to the West, we have Catalina Avenue running North and South. Named for, legend has it, that Catalina Island was visible from its upper reaches. I had an opportunity to travel to the Isthmus on Catalina Island and stay at the Banning Hunting Lodge which now operates as a Bed and Breakfast. Banning was, of course, the owner of Catalina Island before he sold it to Wrigley. There are many connections between Catalina and Pasadena and Altadena. Zane Grey had a home on Catalina overlooking Avalon Bay, which was for many years a beautiful hotel, but now a private residence once again, and Zane Grey had a home in Altadena which had operated in more recent times as a Bed and Breakfast but is once again also a private residence.
 The Banning Hunting Lodge is perched on a hill overlooking what was called the Isthmus, but is now called Two Harbors, being renamed after Natalie Wood was tragically drowned while on board Robert Wagner and her boat moored here. A fact I wasn't aware of before staying here. Banning back in the early days around the turn of the century would come and stay and hunt in this area with his cronies when not much was here beyond the Civil War era Army Barracks which still stand.
 The location is stunning and the Hunting Lodge has been beautifully restored with period looking rooms and furnishings and a common breakfast room, and a common lodge area with piano, books and puzzles. I much recommend this place, as much effort has been put into making it comfortable and restful, far away from our usual city lives.

 The lodge common area is full of nice touches and historical photos. A wonderful way to spend a relaxing day, far, far away.

Many rooms have windows with spectacular views. I highly recommend this place. A place not many will ever visit, but close to Pasadena and Altadena physically, but remote in atmosphere.