Community Spotlight Index
The Olde Telephone Company
He was a sergeant in the El Segundo, CA Police Department at the age of 25, a lieutenant at 28. But at 32 he was injured on the job, which forced him to retire. Fortunately, George Valenzuela had already discovered his passion – collecting vintage telephones – and he and his wife, Valerie, turned that passion into a store, The Olde Telephone Company, which they operated in Cambria, CA for eight years.
The Rusty Cow
For close to a hundred years, the local pharmacy was the hub of downtown Cloverdale. Sadly, in 2013 the historic pharmacy closed when John and Carol Griggs retired after 37 years of operating the business. There were other empty storefronts in Cloverdale, but because of its size and prominence, the closure of the pharmacy seemed symbolic of a downtown in decline.