Carpinterians continue to mourn the loss of Austins Homecenter and speculate on what might eventually fill the vacant space at 700 Linden Ave. Since the future of the space remains unclear, we can take a glimpse into the past instead.
Floyd Wesley and Glen Hickey arrived in Carpinteria in 1912, purchased the 700 block of Linden Avenue and began building a general store, according to a “Memorias de Tina” column written by Albertina Rodriquez and published in The Carpinteria Herald on March 6, 1969. In that same year, The Palms Hotel opened across the street. In 1915, a drug store, butcher shop and the town’s post office all opened on the same block.
“I believe the greatest changes took place in the town of Carpinteria between 1911 and 1920,” stated Rodriguez in her column. “It was during these years that the center of town developed in the 600 and 700 blocks of Linden Avenue.”