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January 30, 2014 / Linda Hartong


San Carlos Square is tucked away at San Carlos and 6th. across from The Visitor’s Center.

It is distinguished by the glass house in its center that was once occupied by Ambrose Pollock furniture. It is now vacant and for sale.


So lets skip back to the first shop on the right as we enter The Hat Shop- Welcome to The Hat Shop Carmel, CA

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It opened in July 2011and is run by Amy Feising and Brian Andrews pictured above. These two are determined to make a go of the shop. They are there at all hours to fit you with the perfect chapeau. 

I would love to see Bill in this Sherlock Holmes number.

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And look at this cloche. 

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It’s hard to choose. They carry over 400 styles!


Loes Hinse – Timeless Clothing –


  is a small boutique that carries timeless clothes just as it claims. The garments are simple yet polished. As I read about Loes, I find that she also offers clothing patterns for the home sewer and has four-day seminars with hands-on sewing instruction. 

This is a far cry from the ties I made for Bill when he was in school. I was a vision in all the “stretch and sew” outfits I made for myself. I was clad in polyester for most of the late 1960’s.

Next up -Silvia Sweidan’s Concierge de Fashion.



A new addition to this courtyard. The owner refuses to fit neatly into any category. She carries fine cashmere socks for men,


boutique accessories for women, holds belly dancing classes and reads your aura. She is the most “California girl” I have met in Carmel and truly has a heart of gold. I hope she succeeds. Please pay a visit to her store when you are in the Square.

I read in the Pine Cone today that Silvia has purchased the gazebo in the square and  will install Love Cafe where she will serve organic French press coffee and expresso drinks, food, tea, herbs and spices as well as pastries from local bakeries. She hopes to create a welcoming space in this courtyard to bring people together. Just what the courtyard needs!

This enterprising woman is partnering with Loes Hines and others to encourage the planting of organic home gardens. Well done Silvia.

And then my favorite restaurant in Carmel Club Jalapeño – Authentic Mexican Food – Carmel, CA.



If you like margaritas,


and I do, this is the place to come. It is small and cozy and run by a delightful couple. We recommend the stuffed artichoke as the best in Carmel. Bill gets it with bay shrimp while I favor the seafood enchiladas. Yumm! The coco prawns are also delicious.


They have added Mexican pizza which is wonderful for family groups. 


I hate to leave but stroll on into the square.

Next you will find Brest Studios.


Brest Studios Fine Art & Atelier – HOME


 I note the sign, Artist Painting Live,


but the studio remains closed. So I peek through the window. 




Then one night , as we leave Club Jalapeno, we walk by and the artist is “in” and painting.

What a delightful man.


Jacob is an abstract expressionist artist. We are blown away by the color and movement that surrounds us. 

He has given up day hours for the most part and works at night when Club Jalapeno is open and diners stroll by his studio.

I have been told that Jacob is also a fine guitarist so I mention that my grandson and his father, who are with us ,are also serious guitarists. Out come the vintage guitars stored in the shop. He demonstrates and then allows our grandson to play. Only in Carmel.


Music is often the theme of a painting.

Prima Dona


and Rub a Dub Dub


are two of my favorites.

Nancy’s Mid-Valley Florist also has a location in the square.


Nancy is hardworking and friendly. The shop is packed with goodies.


This was taken at Christmas.


It smells so good in here.


Her “Yelp” reviews are glowing- as I would expect.


This Square can look a bit forlorn at times but its occupants are all “one of a kind” and colorful.




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  1. Carol / Jan 30 2014 2:04 pm

    Burton and I love Club Jalapeño as well– one of our favorites! And yet, we have never tried the stuffed artichoke. Next time!

  2. Marcia Shortt / Jan 30 2014 3:04 pm

    Hi there,

    Paul and I are leaving the cold mid-west tomorrow for our 4 month (shortened by a month this year) “move” to Carmel. Are you there now? Would love to meet you and have you over for tea/wine while we’re there.

    We’re the ones at 26405 Valley View Hope to talk soon.

    Marcia and Paul Shortt

    Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:34:09 +0000 To:

  3. lynn momboisse / Jan 30 2014 7:39 pm

    Hi Linda – I walk through this court almost daily on my way to the post office. One of my favorite things is the take pictures of Mr. Brest’s works in progress. I email them to my adult children and have them guess what they might be. Then email them the final product. They are usually way off, but it is a fun game. Great post. Lynn

    PS I saw on your part 3 of your last group of posts you have reference my blog. Thank you – when I went to comment it would’t take me to your page. So thank you for the reference.

  4. Kerri / Mar 9 2014 5:41 pm

    I love this walkway and square! it’s my favorite place to visit in Carmel, and of course Jacob Brest’s art is awesome!,,, I expect he will be famous very soon!!!!!

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