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Bakery Owner Working To Preserve Claremont Village History

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The delicious smells that waft out of Some Crust bakery in Claremont has been bringing customers in for their morning coffee and pastries for 17 years.

The bakery has only been owned by five families since 1916 and is a staple in the close knit, historic, Claremont Village.

The area is one of the gems of Los Angeles County, a walkable neighborhood that's hard to come by in a car dependent city. Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Claremont is most known for it's vibrant collegiate community but the history is much deeper for residents here.

Some Crust bakery owner Larry Feemster is working to preserve the historic nature of the neighborhood, "we don't want chain restaurants taking over, there's already a Starbucks nearby."

In 2007, an expansion in the area created a movie theater, boutique hotel, retail space and offices, threatening the small-town feel of the Village.

Some Crust bakery is just one of many family owned businesses that make up the unique area, Rhino Records is another establishment that's been around since 1974.

General Manager, Dennis Callaci says, "The clientelle is all over tha mthe teenagers, people in their 80's who want to buy classical CDs, you never know who's going to walk through the door."

And in the age of iTunes and free music downloads he says the secret to success is the ability to adapt, "the willingness to work together with other business owners in the community to preserve our shops and to respond to what people want is important."

He adds, "there's a tactile thing about buying a record, I remember what the weather was like when I bought certain records or whether I ditched school to pick up a vinyl. There are memories attached."

The Folk Music store is just across the street from Rhino Records, on Yale Street in Claremont, co-owner Ellen Harper says the business has been around since 1958.

She says Claremont Village is a place that has "unique things to offer, that's key. It's also personal service, even if you're from out of town and you've never been here you're treated like part of the community. You don't get that at big chain stores."

Harper says "My mother was a folk musician so her love of music and unique instruments and desire for music was developed in the family" It drives what she does today.

You can visit these stores on Yale Street and 1st in Claremont.

If there's a neighborhood gem you'd like Fox 11 to feature, email us suggestions at Sandra.Endo@foxtv.com.

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