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Longest Running Retail Store
updated: May 01, 2014, 8:16 AM

By Greg

What retail store has been on State Street the longest? With the closing of the Green and Yellow Basket, I wonder which store is the oldest downtown veteran.

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 COMMENT 515482 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 08:35 AM

Most likely Churchill Jewelers @ 1015 State St.

 

 COMMENT 515485 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 08:36 AM

Maybe Tienda Ho?

 

 COMMENT 515490 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 08:45 AM

Oh it has to be the money laundering outfit, Tienda Ho.

Tongue in cheek, but ask yourself when is the last time you've seen (a) customers in the place and (b) anyone wearing the clothes they sell.

Has to be a wash.

 

 COMMENT 515492 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 08:48 AM

Has to be Tienda Ho, and I've wondered how they stay afloat myself.

 

 COMMENT 515493 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 08:54 AM

The Great Wardrobe

 

 COMMENT 515496P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:00 AM

Uh, which part of State, downtown, mid-town, uptown or all of it, from the beach all the way up to Hollister?

 

 COMMENT 515497P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:01 AM

Dang, should have read the whole request first, sorry.

 

 COMMENT 515498 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:02 AM

I thought this was a thread a few months ago...anyone know for sure?

 

 COMMENT 515499 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:02 AM

496P- "downtown veteran" is enough of a locator. I would say Bryant and Sons Jewelers.

 

 COMMENT 515501 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:05 AM

Churchill's jewelers - 100 years, same family.

 

 COMMENT 515507 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:26 AM

What about Joe's, I know it moved from where Holdren's is but it is still on State.

 

 COMMENT 515509 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:28 AM

Yeah, I can't think of any business that's been longer on State than Churchill's. Tienda Ho hasn't really been there all that long. Excluding Churchill's, does the Granada Theater count? It's been there since the 1920s.

 

 COMMENT 515518 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 09:59 AM

Always wondered about Tienda Ho. They have really good Yelp reviews so they must be doing something right. (and the yelp reviews are not fake reviews - one is from a guy tricked into buying an outfit - funny read.)

 

 COMMENT 515525 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 10:15 AM

I just Googled it, and Tienda Ho was established in 1970--kind of a newcomer when compared to some other State Street businesses.

 

 COMMENT 515527 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 10:30 AM

507, I don't think Joe's qualifies as a retail store. Yep it's a restaurant, confirmed.

 

 COMMENT 515553 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 11:10 AM

We have lived here 50 years and I would like to know. I'd say Churchill's.

 

 COMMENT 515567 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 11:46 AM

Churchill's was established in SB in 1918 and purchased by employee Dick Kern in 1951.

I believe it was located at severl sites on State Street since its original founding.

 

 COMMENT 515593 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 01:39 PM

My S. O. and I have a running joke about the "Tienda Ho" type of businesses that we can't understand how they stay open is that they are either a drug front or running guns.

I like the money laundering angle too. :-)

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 01:56 PM

Bought a few things from Tienda Ho, particularly when I first landed in SB back in 1980. Raku was my favorite though, anyone remember that gem?

 

 COMMENT 515619 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 02:29 PM

Then Churchill's it is? I thought of the Arlington but wrong category.

 

 COMMENT 515651P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 03:44 PM

I believe Tienda Ho moved couple times before their current location. Same with Joe's.

 

 NATURE BOY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 04:00 PM

Certainly not the oldest, but Marcel Hemp at 531 State has been there for over 20 years, so certainly ONE of the longest!

 

 COMMENT 515681 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 04:43 PM

that's not Tienda Ho's original location either... I bought something there once when I was a teen but now it's overpriced and over decorated and you NEVER see shoppers in there. I too wonder how they pay the rent... like all the "going out of business" rug stores down there hahaha

 

 COMMENT 515688 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 04:57 PM

AQUAHOLIC. Yes, I remember Raku well. Also that sorely - sigh - missed funny little import shop in Loreto Plaza. It was always fun to walk down from San Roque and mull over those endless displays of fascinating merchandise.

 

 COMMENT 515700 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 05:17 PM

long live state street money laundry rackets. .how else could you afford the rent?

 

 SMARTYPANTS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-01 07:59 PM

Serious allegations today...must be the heat.

 

 SKOOBY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 07:13 AM

Just a few doors off of State St. on Victoria St. is Your Remnant store, which has been in business since the 1950's. It's about the only place left where you can buy yardage and notions and is run by local owners. They should take an award.

 

 COMMENT 515768 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 07:33 AM

The money laundering factory is not on State Street, it is at the Chumash casino where the millions funneled through there have been used to make tens of millions of dollars in purchases of real property and businesses as far away as Lompoc and Santa Maria. It is the perfect money laundering set up because no one checks the amount of money they claim is "lost" daily by gamblers viz a viz that which is brought in via bags and shuffled into the mix. Given the fact it is more than half empty most of the time there is no way they could be spending the money they are spending, paying their massive operating and advertising costs all from the penny slot machines they now have and still paying tribal members $50,000 each and every month and yet still have the tens of millions they are spending buying up businesses and real properties all around the area.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 07:45 AM

I think Churchill's must be the winner. I remember when Your Remnant Store was on State Street, they must have moved 25 years ago at least.

I heard that the Green and Yellow Basket's rent was going up to 9K/mo, which was the final straw. Shopped there since I was a child, miss it already, the hats and scarves and fun things.

 

 COMMENT 515784 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 08:16 AM

Never heard of or saw the Peace Store. It must have come and gone rapidly - as does Peace .........

 

 ELSPETH agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 09:51 AM

I remember when Tienda-Ho opened. I worked at a bank downtown, Crocker National Bank, where Saks is now, in the late 60's sometime. I really miss Penninger's, the White House, Ott's, J.C. Penny's, etc. And the banks ... lots to choose from: 3 at the corner of Carrillo and State and then 3 more at the corner of Canon Perdido and State. Now there are many less banks and the ones that exist are now deemed "too big to fail" ... My vote goes to Churchill's.

 

 COMMENT 515845 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 10:12 AM

Ah Otts, Hardwood floors and bins of nails in the front. (Sports clothes also). The wonderful gift selections in the back and I remember their toy isle in the back near Christmas time. My parents would take us there so they could get some idea of what Santa would bring. White House, Jr Shoe Town and Glenda's are also fond memories on State. Glenda's is still around I was glad to see although I was surprised to see it in Loreta Plaza in the same spot that I had my first job. The Stone Balloon.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 10:49 AM

Shopping downtown S.B sure has changed in my lifetime; actually, I don't shop there anymore. Used to be, stores there in my mom's childhood, and mine were still there when my children were teens. All locally owned.

 

 COMMENT 515893 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 12:11 PM

I bought my first color TV in Otts circa 1964. They kept their own accounts like most downtown businesses before the onslaught of credit cards. They had all the various departments laid out in a kind of cozy cracker barrel atmosphere. I also liked the pneumatic air tube system that shot the invoices and money up to the business office above and the change and receipts would come back down the tube. (Aahhh the nostaglia of it!)

 

 COMMENT 515958 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-02 02:27 PM

Churchill's was founded and opened in 1919, Bryant & Son in 1965, Oliver & Espig Jewelers in 1974, and Tienda Ho in 1979.

When Paseo Nuevo was built in1990, we lost many local, family-owned downtown retail shops that had been in business for decades, and it changed the complexion and tone of the city center.

 

 COMMENT 516199P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-03 02:28 PM

In defense of Tienda Ho, I have to say that two of my friends who visit from Texas every year or two always go there and buy numerous items. For what it's worth, if anything, both of them are fairly large women who enjoy the flowing materials, and both have a very dramatic flair about them. The clothes work on them, but not on me. In addition, a different friend and I both bought some musical instruments there in the back of the store for Xmas gifts last year. So, yes, there are real people shopping in there occasionally. :)

 

 COMMENT 516218P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-03 03:53 PM

99P - Thnx for defending Tienda Ho. My daughter worked there for ten years. To this day she says she learned a lot from Barb, one of the owners. Yes, tourists are a big part of their customer base. They also do wholesale and catalog sales.

 

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