Claremont Village offers friendly environment

Claremont Village offers many places to eat, places to go, things to see and things to do. Claremont residents Cody Schock (foreground), Lisa Michael and Micki Michael enjoy ice cream from Bert and Rocky's Claremont Cream Company. Bert and Rocky's, located on the corner of Bonita and Yale Avenues, has offered refreshing treats to visitors of the Claremont Village since it opened in 1988. / photo by Matt Wright
Claremont Village offers many places to eat, places to go, things to see and things to do. Claremont residents Cody Schock (foreground), Lisa Michael and Micki Michael enjoy ice cream from Bert and Rocky’s Claremont Cream Company. Bert and Rocky’s, located on the corner of Bonita and Yale Avenues, has offered refreshing treats to visitors of the Claremont Village since it opened in 1988. / photo by Matt Wright

by Julia Carachure
Staff Writer

If one is looking for a place to eat with friends, a significant other or simply likes to shop, then people can head down to Claremont Village.

The Village gives a person a feeling of enjoyment as well as provide a casual atmosphere and elegance that draws people to it on a beautiful day.

For people who prefer to drink something other than a soft drink and are looking to be healthy, then check out Podges Claremont Juice Company, which offers smoothies, salads, sandwiches, soups, juices and wheat grass. The tables are close together to provide a casual and relaxing setting.

“It’s fun and it keeps me busy,” said Shannon Finley, who works at the juice company. She has been working there since October.

Of course, for those who prefer coffee, there is always Starbucks Coffee or Some Crust Bakery which offers a chance for people to sit outside and relax, with friends or read a book while drinking coffee.

If one has a thing for Italian food, they can check out Arruffo’s Italian Cuisine. The prices range from $9 to over $20. Many of the Italian dishes offer a range from scampi, ravioli and different kinds of chicken. The restaurant provides an intimate atmosphere that can give anyone a feeling of romance or a feeling of privacy.

“It has good food,” said Kathleen Vinzant, a Claremont resident, in regard to the restaurant. It was Vinzant’s first time dining there.

Stephen Yturralde, another Claremont resident, felt that Arruffo’s was “a nice place.”

On the other hand, those people who have a fond memory of the 1950s, can check out the Village Grille, which features red leather seats and portraits hanging from the walls. There is also the opportunity to sit up front, as well as near the cash register, making people feel they can always talk to the workers. The prices range from $5 and up. The Grill features milkshakes, hot dogs and the classic combination of a hamburger and fries.

Anyone who enjoys eating a steak should check out Heroes Bar and Grill, which features steaks, prime rib and seafood. The prices range from $4.95 to $7.95 for lunch and $5.95 to $14.95 for dinner.

This restaurant provides a good atmosphere that lets people relax and simply talk away to friends and family. Outside seating is also provided.

In terms of shopping for clothes, women should check out Panache, which sells a variety of dresses, ranging from colorful to slightly subtle and elegant, giving a woman a feeling of confidence and a sense of beauty. If they are looking for other accessories, then visit Forzas, which has dresses and jackets.

For those looking for gifts to give to friends and loved ones, check out Mary Jane’s House. For those who enjoy collecting candles and have them for decoration, head out to Candlelights, which offers other gifts as well; the prices are $3.95 and up. A display case holding figurines gives visitors a feeling of interest and makes them go inside and see what else is there.

Enjoy collecting glass figures? Take a look at the International Glass and Bead Company.

If someone enjoys buying CDs and cassettes or if they are the type of person who still listens and collects records, Rhino Records has hundreds of records for their collection. Some of the records include the Beatles and other bands from the 1960s.

The Village houses more than 20 stores and that provide for a person’s needs. The stores are located in the heart of the Claremont Village along Yale Avenue. It is only nine minutes away from the city of La Verne. For more information, call stores individually.

Julia Carachure
Matt Wright

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