Martinez Business Beat, Oct. 24, 2018

Retro Now Joins Main Street Businesses

Joining the other businesses in the 500 block, Retro Now has opened at 531 Main St.

“This is truly the ‘fabulous 500 block, as there is rarely a vacant store front,” said owner Carolyn Hill in her announcement of the store’s opening. “This block has the distinction of having the most businesses with the longest tenure of any on Main. The block offers many great shopping and dining experiences for all ages and interests.”

Retro Now is a vintage and collectible shop that offers such articles as household and kitchen items, furniture, vinyl, jewelry, minerals, sports memorabilia, pictures, yard art, clothing and accessories, mid-century modern, earlier era items and a wall of books.

It also offers its own specialty, Steve Punk items crafted by one of its vendors.

Retro Now offers free USPS mailing cartons, U.S. postage stamps and clasp and padded envelopes. Shoppers also will find literature and information about Martinez and a perpetual calendar of upcoming events in the shop’s “What’s Happening in Martinez” area.

Hill is familiar to those who remember her partnership in the former Alley Cats on Main Street.

“We love Martinez, and it is our goal to provide our customers with a fun, interesting and positive shopping experience,” she said.

Retro Now hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Cuff & Collar Home Kitchen Closing

Citing an illness in the family and low revenues, the owners of Cuff & Collar Home Kitchen, 1500 Pacheco Blvd., have announced they are closing the restaurant.

Other business operated by the same owner, Barrelista Cafe nd Barrel Aged, will remain open.

Chamber Board Meets Today

Martinez Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will meet at noon today in the Martinez Unified School District building, 921 Susana St.

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