I’ve been thinking about starting a new blog for quite some time, but to be totally honest I wasn’t real sure what I ought to write about. I’ve been in a bit of a limbo for the last few months and I think I’m starting to get back into the creative spirit.
For those who don’t know, I’m lucky enough to live in the lower end (read: cheaper end) of Historic Riverside. While I’m not blessed with an old Victorian, I do live on a great street with tons of trees and old houses. Many were built in the 50s-60s, but if you continue to Mission Inn Ave, 3rd Street, and a few others, you can find some really lovely architecture.I bring this up because I made an amazing find this past weekend. It was my dear friend Kat’s 25th birthday and we celebrated by going on an Instagram scavenger hunt all over town (taking photographs of pre-selected items). On the way I discovered a building was built in 1903. It’s located on Main Street, my close up is below.
Sadly, you can’t see the inside, but it’s a wide open room with brick and plaster walls on the interior, to give it that awesome rustic vibe that I love so well. My friend Kat and I fell in love with it immediately. Even my fiance thought it was an amazing building, but due to his cynical nature, said there was no point in fawning over it at the window. We’d never be able to afford the rent on it. (He was right, it’s something like $120k per year, so sad. This is why we can’t have nice things.)
I continue to dream, though. Right now my dream is to open a beverage bar. Maybe something with a jazzy 1920s feel, or even possibly Mid-Century Modern. This is a recent idea of mine, but maybe one day it will come to fruition.
Overall, the idea is to have a shop with good music and awesome drinks: a dazzling array of teas (hot & cold), boba, organic juices, coffee, milkshakes, smoothies, lassis, shave ice, Italian soda, craft beer, wine, sparkling & flavored water, lemonaids, and eventually cocktails.
I personally think it would be brilliant, and a lot of items could be sold pre-made which takes a lot of guesswork out of it. This gorgeous building has been unoccupied for a while–pretty obvious from the dirt & dust we saw through the windows. I just know someone is going to snatch it up. It’s really an amazing old place.