State St. & 5th

This weekend we made a quick trip out to the house, but ended up spending the night. Sunday morning we went downtown to, for the adults, try Augie’s Coffee House, the new cafe and roaster on 5th Street in Redlands. We had a good macchiato made with their house espresso.

Once we were awake, we took the kids to Martha Green’s for a hearty, homestyle breakfast. Their mueslix with pecans, chunks of grapes and melon, and heavy cream is “the bomb,” as my friend Maeve would say.

Here are some scenes from State St., which was the original Main St. of Redlands long before the (now defunct) Redlands Mall went in, let alone the much newer Citrus Plaza shopping center that’s anchored by Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Barnes & Noble.

The old ads on the side of the building facing the little plaza are originals, restored after they they came to light when a couple of buildings came down to create the little park here.

This downtown beautification and redevelopment project happened after I moved away, so enjoying this spot with my own kids isn’t a flashback for me–it’s more like discovering a cool new spot in my own backyard!

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Here is the Christmas tree at the corner of State St. and 5th.

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A big planter at the same corner with an old citrus packing label as decoration. The citrus label motif recurs throughout downtown and is a quaint historical touch.

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A look inside Martha Green’s restaurant where they also sell some neat reproduction citrus label gifts such as coasters, trivets, and soaps. I bought a few coasters for the house!

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