Capitola- It Feels Like a Mini-Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach --

The opening of the brewery is one of many changes happening along 41st Avenue, including a large development going up on the corner of 41st and Portola where the Opal Cliffs market used to stand. The lot next to Chill Out Café is for lease and other new businesses are opening.

While many of the area’s business owners and residents seemed pleased with the Coastline’s developments, some expressed concern over the changing nature of the neighborhood, long an outpost for funky vintage clothing stores and homegrown surf shops.

"It feels like it’s turning into a mini Huntington Beach, almost," said Ryan DeMars, assistant manager at Santa Cruz Surf Shop, referring to the tiny Southern California city sometimes scorned by Central and Northern Californians as being a once-mellow surf town that succumbed to corporate interests.

"That has its pros and cons," he said, adding that the economy in the small 41st Avenue area may improve, but things may get a little more crowded. "I’ve lived in this town my whole life, and things are developing. I’m not sure I’m into having more people in the area and prices going up, but there’s not much you can do about it."

Coastline’s owners are upbeat about the changes in their new neighborhood.

"I think the area needed something, needed a little improvement and some more activity," said Brill.

"I think it’s great as long as we can keep the same type of laid-back local feel that we have there," said Cuzick. "I don’t think that will ever go away. Some people are afraid of change. But I think some people have the idea that we’ll have buildings that look like San Jose. I think it’s great for the community. I think the Eastside has a lot of catching up to do with the Westside."