Standing on Peralta Road looking north at a very early incarnation of the Linda Mar Shopping Center complex, in 1953. A field of artichokes is visible in the forground.
Businesses in Linda Mar Shopping center at the time of this photo: There was a pharmacy, ice cream store (bananna split $0.50, Large cherry coke $0.10 ) donut shop, Shoe repair, Wells Fargo, camera store, library, and several others. The "big" grocery store in the middle was a Purity Supermarket. It even had AUTOMATIC DOORS. a photo cell arrangement on posts that you walked between....magic...
The other place to buy food (and the only place in 1953) was the Sun Valley Dairy. It was a "convenience store" type place..candy, snacks, bread, bubble gum (2 for a penny) and dairy products real ICE CREAM $0.79 a gallon. I also remember $.05 candy bars and pop. cigarettes in the machine outside were $0.25 and that included a box of matches. The Seavue Theatre....that was a long way away till I got old enough to drive. Sometimes we could talk DeDe's mother (Marie Denman) into driving us on a Sun. afternoon. thats the way I got to see House of Usher Them War of the Worlds etc.