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Laurel Street Antiques Gets Bad News

Fisheye Lens view from 2nd floor
Fisheye Lens view from 2nd floor
Sadly, Laurel Street Antiques is being forced to close after -20- years to make room for a pizza joint and dress shop. Big loss in many ways. I took some video and stills there yesterday. Employees only found out 3-weeks ago and they are terribly sad, as are the customers.
Holly girl December 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Sadly, I guess San Carlos really needs another restaurant...
Elizabeth Hughes Krebs December 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM
That's just awful...San Carlos needs no more restaurants or clothing stores. Get a clue people.
Veronica Hardie December 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Enough with the pizza places! It's the little one off shops in between the restaurants that make the city vibrant during the day as well as evening. We are killing the golden goose!
Andrew Marks December 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Indifferent about the current tenant, but do we really need ANOTHER "pizza joint"? I count 4 in my head just in a 4 block radius downtown.
Pamela Giacosa December 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM
how sad heard about this lived in this town 62 years this is a sad loss great people there the horrible person who forced them out and i no who he is a HUGH SNAKE in the grass shame on you just what we need a new pizza rest.
Carolyn V. San Carlos resident since 1978 December 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Will they be relocating? So many wonderful things there and always nice service. Sad to hear this.
Pamela Giacosa December 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM
I have asked if some of the merchants will relocate and they are still shocked they have to leave because of a selfish human being with no heart.:-((((
vatomkinson December 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Too bad. This is a fun place to browse. Maybe they could relocate to the huge space on San Carlos Avenue (formerly a furniture and rug shop with zero ambiance), which has been empty for ages.
julie December 13, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Sadly, it's all about money. Is San Carlos losing its charm?
Holly girl December 13, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Julie, san Carlos lost its charm a while back in case you haven't noticed.
Pamela Giacosa December 13, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Holly Girl could not have said it better myself i own a home on walnut street one block away from Laurel st. never ever go down there anymore. Iam selling my home and leaving this no more quant charming town. Iam so sad :-(
Anonymous December 13, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Per another Article, Ms Soldano (the owner of the store) recently sold the building to a new owner. An agreement as part of this sale was that she would vacate at some point. This is NOT a surprise to her, and the new owner is not a huge snake in the grass as claimed above. He is doing what is his LEGAL right, and that which Ms. Soldano agreed to. If she is so sad about this, then she should not have sold the building. Sellers remorse has no place in these comments. The blame needs to be placed squarely on her shoulders, she made a decision, and now has to stand by it instead of whine to the media.
Pamela Giacosa December 13, 2013 at 03:14 PM
to the article above all i can say to this is BLAH BLAH BLAH lol
Linda Townsend December 13, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Thank you for the clarification on the sale of the building. However bottom line I think that what is upsetting the people in San Carlos is that the building will be turned into another pizza place. The antique store was unique to the downtown area, a fun place to just browse and contributed to the charm of Laurel Street. Another pizza parlor does not compensate for its loss and certainly does not contribute to Laurel streets charm. Regardless of who did what it's the loss of another old business leaving the street to make way for another restaurant.
Pamela Giacosa December 13, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Linda i sure u have read my posts, I totally agree with what u wrote thank you :-)
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) December 13, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Editor's Note: The following comment is a date correction to a previous comment mad by Bill Garrett December 13, 2013 at 03:25 PM: By Bill Garrett This comment concerns the above post by Eric Dentler dated December 11, 2013 as well as the front page article in the December 12, 2013 Daily Post entitled, "Store Owner says she's being forced to close up." I represent John Baer, JMS Development Partners, LLC, and 671 Laurel San Carlos Associates, LLC. It appears Lana Soldano, owner of Laurel Street Antiques and Collectibles at 671 Laurel Street in San Carlos, has defamed my clients in her effort to conceal from her tenants and the public the true facts regarding the sale of the 671 Laurel Street building to 671 Laurel San Carlos Associates, LLC. The true facts are as follows: 1. The sale of the property from Ms. Soldano to 671 Laurel San Carlos Associates, LLC closed escrow on July 5, 2012. 2. Pursuant to the terms of the purchase and sale, Ms. Soldano leased back the property, with an initial termination date of July 4, 2013. Thereafter, the lease would continue on a month-to-month holdover basis, subject to a 90-day written notice of termination provision. 3. Pursuant to her April 25, 2013 written request, Ms. Soldano requested and was granted an extension of the lease from July 5, 2013 to January 31, 2014. 4. On November 14, 2013, Ms. Soldano and Mr. Baer discussed the upcoming January 31, 2014 termination date of the lease. The parties agreed to a February 15, 2014 termination date. Ms. Sodano asked to be able to stay a little longer and Mr. Baer inquired of the new tenant whether the delivery of the premises, scheduled to be renovated, could be delayed by up to 60 days in order to accommodate Ms. Soldano but the new tenant indicated it would not agree. 5. Also on November 14, 2013, Ms. Soldano was provided with a 90-day written termination notice in which Mr. Baer indicated the landlord was prepared to consider a rent reduction in the event any of Ms. Soldano's subtenants elected to vacate their space in the building prior to the termination date. The picture painted by Ms. Soldano and described in the Daily Post article as well as this blog was painted on a canvas of untruths. The facts should have been more carefully checked. This post provides an updated, factual account of the circumstances surrounding the sale and leaseback to Ms. Soldano of 671 Laurel Street. I suggest anyone interested should ask Ms. Soldano why she chose to hide the truth from her subtenants.
K. Bravo-Baulch December 13, 2013 at 07:59 PM
San Carlos, The City of Restaurants. We need a moratorium on restaurants before we turn into one big food court.
Angela December 13, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Why dont we have a set amount of restaurants so the retail spaces are safe? When I lived in SF in our neighborhood that is the way it was and no chains either. When I moved to San Carlos 11 years ago I loved the charm and the mom and pop stores...
Pamela Giacosa December 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM
u now what john it's all about political BS our cute and quant San Carlos is not the same anymore thanks to you money hungry people
John Baer December 14, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Dear San Carlos Neighbors... Anyone who would like the honest and accurate overview of the closing of Laurel Antiques is welcome to call me at my office 650-599-9713. The story in the Daily Post was unfortunately painfully inaccurate and in many instances dishonest. There was no surprise "Holiday Eviction". I purchased the building from the prior owner (Ms S.) of Laurel Antiques 18 months ago in July 2012. Ms. S was provided a 12 month lease through July 2013 to allow sufficient time for her to responsibly close the store. At the written request of Ms. S, that initial 12 month lease and store closing was extended to January 2014 . I can make that written request available from Ms S. available to anyone who would like to see it. This whole confabulation in the press about my dastardly holiday eviction was fabricated by Ms. S. as a way to protect her from the anger of the little shops owners renting space from her at Laurel Antiques. For the last 18 months Ms. S. refused to inform the little shops leasing space from her about the sale and expected closing of the store in late 2013. Her fear was that the little shops would move out and stop paying her rent. About two weeks ago Ms. S. finally informed her little shop owners that the store was closing. Her only way to save herself from their anger was to pretend that the Store Closing was some sort of "holiday eviction" by me as their new landlord. In closing... I have always found the prior owner to be genuine in her dealings with me and I had and still have true affection for Ms. Ss. However I am saddened and discouraged that she would choose to protect herself from the anger of her little shop owners at Laurel Antiques by communicating to the Press and the Public such a nonsensical and frankly dishonest story which portrays me as the evil Landlord. Again, anyone who would like to discuss the facts of this situation, including seeing copies of the relevant email, letters and documents... please call me at my office... 650-599-9713. John Baer
Linda Townsend December 14, 2013 at 05:27 PM
The issue of the circumstances about Laurel Street Antiques closing up has been cleared up by your attornies and yourself. More importantly how about addressing what you are going to do with the property once it is vacant. Do you understand what people in San Carlos are feeling about another restaurant or what you will do with a great old building? What plans do you have to keep some of the charm that we had with the antique store?
John Baer December 14, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Dear Ms Townsend, I will respond to your comment. First, I have lived in San Carlos (now just on the boarder) for the last 20+ years. I appreciate how important it is to create the right blend of uses in our downtown so that it is supports the economic, social and design objectives of our community. With respect to uses... the key word is "blend". Right now I believe there are far too many mediocre restaurants in our downtown. To the contrary there are not enough quality restaurants. Unfortunately, as downtown San Carlos gets increased visibility throughout the Bay Area.. we will have even more restaurants open their doors ...and they will compete aggressively with each other. In the end, 30% of the restaurants will fail. The remaining restaurants will be fewer in number but they will be solid, quality establishments. This Darwinian process happened during my tenure in Palo Alto.. and it will almost certainly happen here. To the issue of blending uses .. what downtown San Carlos also needs is a broad offering of viable non-food retailers (clothing, shoes, art, books, pet supplies, furniture, eye ware etc) and professional services like lawyers, doctors, cpa's, engineers, architects. Food alone is the death knoll for a downtown. It is the 9-5 activity from retailer and professional services that make a downtown hum. This is why my building at 677 Laurel has a blend of uses including Peets Coffee, Harvest Furniture, and Mfactor Design. The same will hold true for 671 Laurel, the Antique Store. It is my goal to have a soft goods retailer, a quality food establishment and an upper floor professional service firm. Presently it looks as though the food use would be a California Pizza kitchen type restaurant... with Pizza as one of its main menu item... but it is not just another Pizza Joint. On the renovation of the structure at 671 Laurel... it is our intent to restore the existing storefront, and its divided light windows, to its original condition. Presently all of the windows are hidden behind a low slung and unattractive awning. All of that goes away in our finished design. Hopefully this provides you some insight on how I think about not just 671 Laurel ... but all of our buildings in San Carlos. BTW... our downtown also needs at least one multi story public parking garage somewhere. Every other city in the Peninsula has some sort of multi story public parking garage to support its downtown merchants.... and so should we. John Baer
Veronica Hardie December 14, 2013 at 09:15 PM
San Carlos is not any other town on the Peninsula but unfortunately it is in danger of becoming one as developers are allowed a free reign to decide what our main street should consist of. We are not well served by our planning department who allow and encourage these plans to go ahead. We have already lost locally owned businesses to chains. As to the issue of parking might I suggest that the strip on El Camino which has been the subject of a planning application for a transit village would make an ideal site for a two storey car park.
Eric Dentler December 14, 2013 at 09:41 PM
I've added a brief walk-through HD video tour for historic purposes. http://youtu.be/j_hDsSFb_RM
Linda Townsend December 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Is everyone aware that the city now owns the old Foodville store which it would like to turn into a brew pub and the empty furniture store around the corner. They would like to build a 5 story complex in the Wheeler Plaza parking lot which will be condos and parking( a whole 45 new parking spaces). All the businesses on San Carlos Ave. will be asked to leave due to a whole new design. They can move back but surely not at the price they pay now!
Linda Townsend December 14, 2013 at 11:35 PM
This was going to be paid for with money from the redevelopment. Agency.However since this no longer exists they are looking for private funding. So we have a huge development going in along El Camino but right down on Laurel Street too
Veronica Hardie December 16, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Is this still at the planning stage or has it been approved?

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