Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy New Year! Achieve Your Goals in Montrose

New Year's Resolution is a goal to make a concerted effort for self-improvement. When we ask ourselves, "Am I being the best that I can be?" The answer is in how you get there. Will it be through rigorous exercise? Eating healthier? Being more conscious? Make the Montrose Shopping Park the first place you go to achieve your New Year goals. 

We have fitness instructors, master chefs, books, boutiques and salons to help you look and feel your best. In addition to the wide variety of businesses here and proximity to the Foothills, there's a real benefit to supporting local businesses.

Did you know that if each of us spent $100 a year on local businesses instead of chain stores, it would put an extra $3 million a year into our economy? (Source: ABCNews)

As you make goals for yourself, make goals for your community too. Pledge to support local businesses by shopping and dining in Downtown Montrose.

Stay connected with us throughout the year @shopmontrose on Facebook and Instagram and use the #shopsmall #shoplocal #ishopmontrosefirst for the chance to be featured. 

 Happy New Year! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Secret Santa

This time of the year is one to reflect and appreciate the abundance life has to offer. When Santa brings toys and goodies, let's think about those who are less fortunate. Do you know someone who could use a special pick-me-up gift from you? It doesn’t have to be too much or expensive. Just something to show you're thinking about them. 

For all thoughtful occasions, Montrose is here to help. Take Raffi Anserlian with Executive Clock Gallery for example. Raffi and his father Garo travel around town making house calls, bringing beloved clocks back to life. In this photo, Raffi holds an antique coo coo clock with its owner Marie Flynn. The clock stopped working after Marie's husband passed away and it wasn't until a few weeks ago that Marie decided she would restore this clock in her husband's honor. It's moments like this that make our community special. 

Gift giving opportunities are abundant in Montrose. Do you know someone who needs a new pair of shoes? Buy them at Shoe Fantasy. Thoughtful keepsakes? Lara’s Gifts. Quality Toys?  Toms’s and Critters. This is just a small example of how our stores can help. There's something for everyone in the Montrose Shopping Park. 

Many of our retailers are keeping their doors open until 8pm on Friday nights. Take advantage of the extended holiday hours and enjoy the festive spirit in Montrose. Shop local and shop small for the benefit of our local economy. 

You’ll feel good about yourself for brightening someone’s special day. There's no better feeling than to give rather than to receive.

Merry Christmas! 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Santa Comes to Montrose

Ho! Ho! Ho!

It’s Santa and I'm here to lift your holiday spirits with the Montrose Shopping Park. I've sprinkled my magic all over town to make this season extra special for you. Now until December 25th, bring your family and friends to Downtown Montrose and see what it’s all about!

Friday nights, there will be live music along Honolulu Avenue from 5-8pm. For your convenience, choice retailers will also be open ‘til 8pm; very thankful for your business, offering helpful suggestions to serve you best.

Every Saturday and Sunday join us for Old Town Montrose Christmas. I have a special post there so bring the kids to take pictures with me and my elves, ride in a horse drawn carriage, enjoy hand-led pony rides, and listen to live music from the holiday season.

Stroll amongst the twinkling lights of Honolulu Avenue while getting everything done in the world’s most charming town. From North Pole Treats to elf-made gifts… Make a list and “check it twice” because there’s something for everyone in Montrose.

Enjoy yourself this holiday season by supporting local business. Save on gas and time. The beauty of shopping local is that you invest in this community... So think big by shopping small in the Montrose Shopping Park

Love from the North Pole, 


*For more information, follow @shopmontrose on social media and visit shopmontrose.com 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

DIY Gifts Montrose

There’s a sweet spirit about creating your own Christmas gifts. Anyone can buy something from a big box store, but to make a gift takes time and genuine effort. Whether it’s a painting or ceramic, the fact that you made it... makes it special. Right now is the perfect time to explore your artistic side and create something special for your loved ones in the Montrose Shopping Park.

For a gift that can be made in an afternoon, visit Color Me Mine Montrose. Here, you can bring your children, choose a ceramic, and take your time painting it special. Leave it to be glazed and it will be ready to pick up in just a few days! Visit 2280 Honolulu Avenue and www.glendaleca.colormemine.com for details.

Have you ever been inside White’s Art Gallery? It’s a treasure trove of fine paintings and sculptures, but did you know that they also offer art classes? Expert artist and instructor Ani Moradkhan gives your children the opportunity to explore their creative side with several mediums of art in small classes. For more info or to register, call Ani at 818.448.6558 or visit 2414 Honolulu Avenue for details.

Last but not least, kids and adults are welcome to explore their artistic side at Kids Art Montrose located at 2264 Honolulu Avenue. Special for the holiday season, Kids Art is offering a Winter
Clay Workshop where you’ll learn to make a festive winter house and figurines. The class will be held on Wednesdays or Sundays beginning November 30th to December 21st. Visit kidsartclasses.com/Montrose for more details.

Monday, November 28, 2016

40th Annual Montrose Christmas Parade December 3rd 6PM

Join us for the 40th Annual Montrose Christmas Parade! Rain or shine (though it's not expected to rain)! We will celebrate the 40th Annual Montrose Christmas Parade this Saturday, December 3rd from 6-9AM. Arrive early for easy parking. Set your chairs in place and enjoy shopping and dining along Honolulu Avenue. There's something for everyone.

Old-Town Montrose Christmas is happening now. Bring the kids to visit Santa Claus, enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride along Honolulu Avenue or a hand led pony ride while listening to strolling carolers.

Get in the holiday spirit with Montrose. Think big by shopping small. Visit participating vendors to receive an #ishopmontrosefirst tote free with purchase! Use the #ishopmontrosefirst to be featured on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Save time and effort on food preparation this holiday season by letting the merchants of Montrose cater to you. We prefer you not to work so hard in the kitchen this holiday season. Instead, free up that precious time to spend with your friends and family. 

To begin, we feature an establishment from the beloved Gelsinger family whose reputation for quality smoked meats is as strong as its multi-generational roots in Montrose. Call Zeke's Smokehouse for good honest BBQ. Their savory smoked meats are cooked all day, so delicious and tender, they fall right off the bone. Visit zekessmokehouse.com for more information. Open 11am to 10pm at 2209 Honolulu Avenue.

A native of Parma, Italy, Chef Fausto Tinelli with Trattoria Allegria brings you the richest, most delicious Italian cuisine in the west. With classic Italian entrees, pizza, pasta, insalatas, desserts and specialty dishes every week, Trattoria Allegria goes above and beyond to satisfy your Italian food cravings with authenticity and style. Anything on the menu can be customized to cater your holiday party. Visit trattoriaallegria.com for more information. Open from 11:30am to 9pm at 3600 Ocean View Blvd # 12.

Last but not least, try Christmas with Seasoning Alley, fine Mediterranean Cuisine with a classic Middle Eastern menu of 122 dishes. We hear the falafel and shawarma are delicious. Visit seasoningalley.com for their menu and call Ivette at (818) 249-4949 for catering. Open from 10am – 10pm at 2332 Honolulu Avenue.

This is just a short list of merchants who offer catering this holiday season. Ask any of our dining establishments, and they will be delighted to accommodate your needs. They will deliver fresh when you're ready. Just give them some lead time. Shop local. Shop Montrose and be sure to share your Christmas experience with us by using the hashtag #ishopmontrosefirst