Salinas, California features Oldtown
Salinas, a Main Street shopping district that spans several blocks, ending
directly in front of the
Center. Many of the shops, boutiques, restaurants,
banks and service businesses in "The Heart of the Valley" that banners
proclaim, are located in buildings dating to the early 1900's. Beautiful
flower baskets hang from traditional lantern style sidewalk lights that
bring an old-fashioned ambiance to the heart of Oldtown.
Wandering past nail salons, a Real Estate
office, wig and hat store with costume rentals, antiques store and
collectibles boutique called Past and Presents, you'll find just the
right amount of shopping options for a few hours of exploration. We
wandered into Past and Presents, meeting the owner who travels and collects
items that range in price from $10 to $22,000 for an antique bedroom set.
Elegant gowns, fancy shoes for feminine women and a variety of treasures are
offered in this unique store.
The Real Estate office displays brochures
for farm land in Salinas with an asking price of around $1.5 million and an
oceanfront home in Mexico for under $500K.
An old-fashioned medical supply store sells
nearly a dozen types of easy chairs ambulatory features for those needing an
extra push to get up and down, plus dozens wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and
thousands of items that appeal to an aging population.
A fabric store, women's petites clothing shop, jeweler and
half a dozen restaurants stretch along this district with its shade trees
and convenient parking spots located directly in front of the shops.