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The Places We Made




These are Los Gatos businesses that didn't exist prior to World War II but were founded during the Art Bridge Era and grew into prominence during that time, and, some are prominent right up to the present day.  This list demonstrates the significance and substantialness of our efforts, notwithstanding how historically unintentional they were.



The businesses have been listed in four categories (click on line to jump to category):



Businesses that started in Old Town and are still around

Businesses that started in Old Town but are not around, but are worthy of note

Prominent "Era" businesses not in Old Town and are still around

Prominent "Era" businesses not in Old Town no longer around, but are worthy of note




Businesses originating in Old Town, still operating today


California Cafe





  California Cafe has been a successful Old Town tenant since the 1970s. (Check this out!)  



Indian Store



  Unlike many of the other specialty stores originating in Old Town, the Indian store didn't sell the work of locals, but of a unique and specialized group of artists, the Native Americans. For more than 40 years, the Indian Store has provided discerning shoppers with the best values in quality Native American Art and Jewelry. The Indian Store's extensive collection ranges from jewelry, pottery, drums, weavings, carvings, books and music to beautifully designed decor items to enhance your home.  


    Steamer's Grill  



  Steamer's actually began in a location on Santa Cruz Avenue, but soon moved to expanded quarters in Old Town. A South Bay favorite since 1979, Steamer's new digs feature swirling ceiling and glass details and a polished Hawaiian koa wood bar in a bright open atmosphere  


    Wine Cellar   www.winecellarlosgatos.com  

When plans were made to change the school into a shopping center in 1966, the space for the Wine Cellar was mainly excavated by hand from beneath what used to be the school’s auditorium. The Wine Cellar, is one of Los Gatos’ oldest restaurants and Old Town Center’s only remaining original tenant!




Wooden Horse

  woodenhorsetoys.com   Established in 1971 in Los Gatos, California by Karen Scarvie, The Wooden Horse has received numerous awards. Among them is a Playthings Magazine Award for Store Design and Best Toy Store in local readership polls many times over.








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Businesses originating in Old Town, no longer operating


California Actor's Theater

    El Gordo's Mexican Restaurant   Both the Wine Cellar and El Gordo's were located underneath the old school's auditorium in basement areas that were excavated only when the school was transformed into the Old Town Cultural and Shopping Center. El Gordo's was a very popular dinner spot.  
    Jewelry Makers   This rather large establishment specialized in custom, handmade jewelry using all sort of precious metals.  
    Mimi's Rooftop Cafe   Taking up several of the terraces which were walled up after the Loma Prieta Quake of 1989, Mimi's was a very popular and famous breakfast and lunch spot, often featuring poetry readings and acoustic music.  
    Mosher's Limited   A high end men's clothiers, Mosher's was a long standing "anchor" tenant in the Old Town complex until the Loma Prieta Quake.  
    Mud in Your Eye Pottery   One of the earliest tenants of Old Town, the Mud in Your Eye truly fulfilled the Old Town ideal of hand made and locally produced products.  
    Sandal Makers   Another one of the earliest tenants of Old Town, the Sandal Maker's truly fulfilled the Old Town ideal of hand made and locally produced products.  
    Tharp Did It   A budding graphic designer, Rick Tharp shared his first Old Town office with several other novice graphic artists. At the time of his death, after more than 30 years in Old Town, he was long considered a key and instrumental builder of the Los Gatos identity, heading a studio with more than four other support artists and additional administrative assistants to service an international clientele.  
    Walden Pond Bookstore   A locally owned and operated bookshop, Walden Pond rivaled the famous BookShop Santa Cruz for it's ecclectic and spiritual print offerings.

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Businesses prominent in downtown Los Gatos of the "Era,"

still operating today




A & M Auto Parts

  http://ammotorsupply.com/   A&M Motor Supply is a local family owned and operated auto parts business in Los Gatos, California. We have served the San Francisco South Bay Area for over 50 years in providing top quality auto parts at competetive prices  



    Black Watch   http://blackwatchlosgatos.com   Considered to be one of oldest countinously operating businesses in Los Gatos . . . and not much has changed since it opened. It is a classic, and storied, and calm, working man's bar.  




Broken Egg/

Los Gatos Cafe

  http://losgatoscafe.com   The most elegant breakfast and lunch restaurant -- a long-standing tradition in downtown Los Gatos! Featuring fabulous soufflé omelettes, Eggs Benedict, homemade soups and muffins, hot and cold sandwiches, and garden-fresh salads. Espresso drinks, fruit smoothies and yogurt shakes, too!  




The Cat's





  The restaurant and tavern were re-established in 1967 and it is one of the few remaining roadhouses in the United States.  Today the legacy will continue as a destination and the  place to be  for generations to come…Within the guidelines and rules that be, of course.  



    C. B. Hannegan's   www.cbhannegans.com/  

C.B. Hannegan's is located in the town of Los Gatos, nestled in the hills 60 miles south of San Francisco on the edge of Silicon Valley. From the corporate executive to the construction worker, from families to singles, our customers have rewarded us with a loyal following since 1980.





Carry Nation's








    Dolce Spazio   http://www.dolcespazio.com/      




Happy Dragon





One of the most popular places in Los Gatos to purchase used and vintage clothing, housewares, jewelry, collectibles, old records and cassettes, books, children’s toys and games, and other items. A treasure trove for the bargain hunter.







Happy Hound





Los Gatos

Coffee Roasting


  www.lgcrc.com   Since1982, Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company has become the town's favorite gathering place for delicious coffee, conversation and camaraderie. Coffee is roasted daily on premises and fills the heart of the downtown with its wonderful toasty aroma.  




The Maid's


  www.themaidsquarters.com/   For the past 30 years we've been offering the worlds finest linens, sleepwear, bedroom furniture, decorative pillows, bath and home accessories, lotions, candles, fragrances and everything to pamper your special little one.     




Mountain Charley's


  http://mtn-charleys.com   A local establishment since 1972, and back under original family ownership, this saloon themed night club exudes sophistication and style.  




Museums of

Los Gatos

  www.museumsoflosgatos.org   The Art Museum of Los Gatos was founded in 1965. It is a non-collecting Art Museum that has six to eight exhibitions annually. Exhibitions include the work of local, national and international artists and has a strong interest in artists from the South Bay and Greater San Francisco Bay Area.  




Noodle Palace/

Los Gatos Brewing Company

  http://lgbrewingco.com   Established in 1991 to quench the Silicon Valley’s growing thirst for microbrews, the Los Gatos Brewing Company has attracted beer drinkers from far and wide to sample our award-winning brews and feast on our fusion of gourmet California cuisine.  




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Pedro's Mexican Restaurant

  www.pedrosrestaurants.com   Pedro’s started out on a shoestring budget in the town of Los Gatos on November 29, 1972. A twelve-table restaurant which developed an immediate following, allowing two full expansions.  




Rural Supply




    Trent Pottery   http://trentceramictile.com/      




Southern Kitchen










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Businesses prominent in downtown Los Gatos of the "Era,"

no longer operating


Chateau Liberté


Chrislow's Department Store


Frank's Market


Grog and Sirloin


Ken Keegan

Imported Automobiles


Lantern House Chinese Food


Main Auto Parts





  Mountain Charley's Saloon and Restaurant opened in 1972 by James Farwell, a member of one of the families that founded the town of Los Gatos. The restaurant served fine American fare and the Saloon served up the best of Country/Rock of the day. While the Saloon is still in operation, the restaurant closed in the early 80's (?).  

Move It

  This was a workout place exclusively for women, across the street from Ferrari of Los Gatos.  

The Porch

  The Porch, as it was known to the locals was housed in the old sheet metal and plumbing works built in the late 1800's. The building became the perfect home for the noted interiors company. The space was filled with nooks and cozy spaces filled with tasteful home furnishings, antiques and decorative accessories.  

Puttin' on the



Sir Toby's



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