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February 8, 2012 / Linda Hartong


I pass Paloosh

with a glance in the door. 

I don’t do much shopping for clothing because I am very petite and nothing fits “off the rack” except for shoes!!

How I love Lloyd’s shoes.

My most productive shopping here was when Bill was in bed with a cold. The saleswoman and I were on a first name basis and arranging to mail 5 boxes of shoes home to me in Kansas City, when he surprised me. He knew exactly where I would go.

The Club Robert Graham | The Club – The Club Carmel . Both sell clothing. When the Ferrari Club is in Carmel, couples gather here to shop.

We are now at the entrance to Las Tiendas,

another of Carmel’s Hidden courtyards. Built in 1930 in the Old Mexico style. I love all the architectural details. 

Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Co. Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Co.  is one of Carmel’s pet friendly restaurants. It is a great place to sit in the garden courtyard, take a breather , sip coffee and read the local newspaper The Carmel Pine Cone.

All coffee is roasted on the premises.

If you stop in, walk on back to the Robin Winfield Studio/Gallery for a look at her paintings, photographs, and mixed media.

Both Robin and I am drawn to architecture and photography. She often starts with a photograph and by extending the colors and texture she creates a world from her own imagination. I find her work fascinating. 

She is a charming person and we often meet on walks as we live near to each other.

Lets go back out of the courtyard

and to Ocean Ave. once again.

I  pass the entrance to Doud Arcade ( we will go there another time).


We do not try A.W. Shucks for a while and then stop in one evening and sit at the bar for “peel and eat shrimp” and a steamed artichoke to which I add a margarita .

Boy is that good. The owner at that time is a woman who cooks everything right in front of us and keeps us up on the town gossip. She is so successful that she moves to Hawaii. Now the new  cook is even more successful and the place is full of happy patrons eating oysters, chowder, and great burgers. It is the kind of place where “everybody knows your name”.

If you have tired of boutique shopping and want something to take home that says “Carmel-by-the Sea” on it’s chest or hood, stop in at Laub’s Country Store and get your items.

I like the sweatshirts. Although today is balmy, Carmel’s weather is often “sweatshirt weather”. 

Are you ready to cross San Carlos?



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  1. Kyla / Feb 9 2012 11:56 pm

    I love LLoyds shoes too! I got a great pair of ballet flats there on my most recent visit to Carmel.

  2. Inspired and pretty / Feb 13 2012 3:57 am

    I love all these courtyards, I have never seen this anywhere I’ve been ! The old Mexico style is so beautiful. I am always struck by the luxuriance of greeneries on each of these streets. There are always big trees, bushes and flowers everywhere. Well…it’s California !

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