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Welcome Greetings and thank you for picking up the Claremontian’s Guide to Claremont! This publication is a comprehensive guide to Claremont and contains a wealth of information about the community, businesses, and colleges of Claremont. In addition, look for special deals listed in the ‘Best Of ’ section! Thank you for picking up our comprehensive guide to Claremont! The Claremontian is a local business that was founded in 2008 with the goal of promoting the wonderful city, colleges, small businesses, and people of Claremont via a free online news, information, and media source. Since its founding, the Claremontian has quickly become the fastest growing source for such media. As we continue to grow, we plan to offer more services and products to residents, students, business owners, and visitors with the best interests of ALL Claremontians at heart. This guide is the first of many more to come. We hope that this guide and our website (Claremontian.com) will continue to be your go-to source for information on the best of the best in Claremont. As always, follow us on the web for the latest information on all things Claremont. Thank you for your support! Best regards,

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about CLAREMONT

Compiled with information gathered from the City of Claremont and from original information collected through Claremontian research and reporting operations.

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laremont, California is a growing yet quaint college town located at the base of the

San Gabriel Mountain Range. Despite a bustling economy in the new, “West Village” and institutions that remain at the forefront of the national academic arena, Claremont is a town that stays true to its roots, many of which lie in history.

The first know inhabitants in the region that is now Claremont were the Serrano Indians. Mission San Gabriel was constructed in 1771, and Claremont was included in the land conquered by the Spaniards. Many Serranos were employed as shepherds on the padre’s land. In 1864 many of the California Missions were secularized by the Mexican government, and the land within Claremont’s City Limits was sold to Ricardo Vejar and Don Ygnacio Palomares and became an integral part of their “Rancho San Jose.” Palomares’ sister, Maria Barbara, lived in an adobe house with her family at what is now “Memorial Park.” By 1883, an outbreak of small pox had taken out most of the remaining Serrano population. In January 1887, the Santa Fe Railroad incentivized the creation of a formal community known as Claremont. A short-lived real estate boom brought land speculators to Claremont in search of ample space to grow citrus trees. A hotel, “Hotel Claremont,” was constructed in what is now the quadrangle at Pomona College to temporarily house speculators while they searched for land. A bust occurred in 1888 and Pomona College, previously located on White and Fifth in Pomona, acquired the hotel, upon which they would then build a top-notch academic institution. Claremont was officially incorporated on October 3, 1907 with a vote of 73 to 49 by the 95% of Claremont’s 131 eligible voters who turned up at the polls. This set the stage for Claremont to become the successful citrus town late 19th century land speculators had once thought it would become. Groves and ranches popped up all over the base of the foothills resulting in the creation of one of the first citrus cooperatives, “The Sunkist Cooperative.” Four packing houses, an ice house, and a precooling plant were constructed along the railroad tracks to support the booming industry. The industry continued to grow until the conclusion of World War II when large amounts of returning veterans forced suburban residential development. The majority of citrus growers sold their land to accommodate the nearly 34,000 residents of Claremont today. However, Claremont’s history is not swept under the rug; residents are proud of and knowledgeable about the city’s rich heritage. Small reminders can be seen at any number of locations throughout Claremont: the old train depot and the citrus packing house (on First St.), the Pomona College Office of Admissions Building (previously Hotel Claremont), the Back Abbey located on Oberlin Ave. (previously the old ice house), early 20th century homes located throughout the Village, the last functional citrus grove in LA County (located on Vincennes Ct. off of Pomello Ave.), the old Red Line Ticket Office (located on First St.), and more! So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore Claremont today!

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the best of

CLAREMONT

Despite being a city of only around 32,000 residents, Claremont is unique in that modern and historical characteristics converge in a cultural hub with something for everyone. Whether you are a football player at Claremont Mckenna, a PhD candidate at the Claremont School of Theology, a student at Claremont High School, a local business owner, or a visitor, whether you are looking for quiet and quaint or bustling and busy, Claremont will never leave you feeling bored. Here is the Claremontian’s best of the best, the Best of Claremont.

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Best Insurance Mr. Bond

Best Bicycle Shop The Velo

Best Dinner Theatre Candlelight Pavilion

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Best Bakery Some Crust

Best Juice Podges

Best Thai Bua Thai

Try their egg sliders for breakfast or an award-winning mocha cookie as a snack!

Large selection of smoothies, juices and sandwiches.

Claremont’s best and only Thai restaurant. Try a Thai Icead Tea.

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Best Pizza Pizza N’ Such

Best Organic Le Pain

Best Tapas Viva Madrid

Consistently serving the best “pie” in Claremont since 1979!

A little pricey, but serves only the higest quality organic and vegan ingredients.

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Best Glutin Free Market Power Over Flower

“The World’s Smallest Bike Shop!” Specializing in high-end vintage road bikes.

Watch a live performance following a nice dinner with family & friends.

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Best Local Market Wolfe’s Market

Best Shoes O’ My Sole

Best Women’s Clothing Maple

Best Musical Instruments Folk Music Center

Great late-night bar with awesome tapas!

Claremont’s oldest market has a unique selection and great meats.

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Unique selection that is constantly changing. 15% Off!

Restores and sells rare instruments from all over the world! Must visit!

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Best Burgers Back Abbey

Best Vegan Loving Hut

Best Italian La Parolaccia

Best Wine Shop Packing House Wine Merchants

Best Urban Wear Authentix

Best Men’s Clothing High Cottom Denim

Best Record Store Rhino Records

Great burgers and fries with a wide selection of craft beers.

Restaurant that specializes in an entirely vegan cuisine.

Great place for a family dinner or a dinner date.

Largest selection of wines in Claremont. Now serving up great food!

Sells the latest in shoe, hat, and t-shirt styles from Nike, Hundreds, and others.

Newly opened store with the latest fashions for men and women.

One of only a few remaining record stores in L.A. County. Great selection!

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Best Coffee Last Drop Cafe

Best Cheese Cheese Cave

Best Indian Delhi Palace Express

Best Outdoor Dining Union on Yale

Best Live Jazz Hip Kitty

Best Yoga Claremont Yoga

Great place to pick up a morning cup of joe. Free Cookie Sunday!

Cheeses and related products from around the world. Try their sandwiches.

Great selection on a budget. You can’t go wrong with their lunch buffet.

Fire pits and a bocci court make this Claremont’s most unique dining experience.

Best Handcrafted Goods Heirloom Sells handcrafted goods from around Claremont and the ie. 15% Off!

Great late-night atmosphere with fondue and live jazz.

Offers a huge selection of different types of yoga, from Hatha to Iyengar.

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Best Bar with Live Music The Press

Best Mediterranean Saca’s

Best Gourmet Mexican Food Casa Moreno

Best Dessert 21 Choices

Best Eco-Chic Goods Green Gypsy

Best Movies Laemmie

Best Spin Studio Pedal Spin Studio

Nice outdoor seating section. Try their fajitas with a margarita.

Claremont’s most popular dessert spot. Try a ‘Choice’ or create your own!

Only theatre in Claremont. Plays both popular and independent films.

Try a spinning class for free!

One of few night-life spots in Claremont. Awesome live music scene as well.

Great pick for a weekday lunch. Receive a free falafel when you buy asandwich and a drink!

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One-of-a-kind store specializing in creating goods from recycled materials. 15% Off!

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Best Fountain Flamson Plaza Fountain

Best Cookies Malott Dining Hall

Best Concert Venue Bridges Audtorium

Best Carniverous Dinner Hoch-Shanahan Dining Hall

Best Lunch McConnell Dining Hall

Best Fall Music Festival Doheny Days

Take a dip on a hot day and particpate in birthday pondings.

Freshly-baked each evening. Stop by beforehand for sushi.

Enjoy concerts and comedy shows from amazing performers.

Enjoy Steak Night at Harvey Mudd every Sunday.

A wide variety of meats, veggies, cheese, bread, and more makes it easy to customize your own sandwich.

Best Group Study Honnold Cafe

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Best Speaker Series The Athenaeum

Best Cafe The Motley

Best Ethnic Food Oldenborg Dining Hall

Best Pasta Bar Hoch-Shanahan Dining Hall

Best Place for Art Free Art Initiative

Best Independent Study Honnold Fourth Floor

Best Spring Music Festival Coachella

Enjoy dinners with and lectures from world-renowed leaders.

Save a walk to the Village and enjoy a sandwich from Podge’s here.

Speak in another language while you enjoy food from around the world.

A huge pasta bar makes it easy to customize your lunch or dinner.

The Free Art Initiative allows students to creatively express themselves anywhere.

Great place to concentrate and increase your overall productivity.

Join dozens of 5C students at the most popular music event in Southern California.

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Best View Kravis Center Rooftop

Best Pool Scripps Pool

Best Volleyball Beach Green Beach at Pomona

Best Late Night Grub Jay’s Place (The Mudd Hole)

Best Campus Music Festival Kohoutek Music Festival

Best Rental Service Zipcar

Most Highly-Rated Restaurant Wurstkuche

Study or relax and enjoy the view on the Kravis center rooftop.

Exercise, relax, or tan at the nicest pool of the 5C’s.

Play volleyball or hang out on a sunny Southern California afternoon.

Enjoy buffalo wings, pizza, and other good food late into the night.

Inspired by a comet in 1975, this free music festival is unique to Pitzer.

Extremely reasonable prices and easily accessible to 5C students.

One of the most popular eateries in L.A. Enjoy an exotic sausage and a craft beer.

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Best Rock Climbing Ducey Gym

Best Cardio Gym Tiernan Field House

Best Racquetball Rains Center

Best Fall Party Foam Party

Best Organic Garden Farm Project Garden & Orchard

Best Regional Transportation Claremont Metrolink

Best Restaurant Susan Feniger’s Street

The only place to perfect your climbing skills at the 5C’s.

World class cardio gym with a wide selection of machines.

The only racquetball courts at the 5C’s.

Bring your bathing suit to this foamfilled party!

Enjoy freshly grown vegetables while preserving the environment.

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Eat at Pitzer grad, Susan Feniger’s award winning restaurant.

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Best Weekly Parties CMC North Quad

Best Field Sallie Tiernan Field

Best Campus Gym Rains Gym

Best Spring Party Slippery When Wet

Best Outdoor Sports Venue Pitzer Sports Court

Best Movies on Campus CMC Movie Night

Best Beach Laguna Beach

Thursday & Saturday Night parties every week. Great place to meet new people!

Luscious green field with a great view of the campus and the valley below.

Great machines and top-notch athletic staff available at Rains.

Mudders flood the Case dorm courtyard with UV-dyed water for an epic event!

Challenge your Sixth Street rivals to a pick-up basketball game.

Enjoy new movies at movie night every Friday at the Mary-Pickford Auditorium.

Great dining, and beautiful beaches that aren’t too crowded.

Grab an afternoon snack while you study Enjoy a day at the beach with great music with friends. at this good-vibe music festival.

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about the CLAREMONT COLLEGES

The Claremont Colleges are the cornerstones upon which our wonderful city of Claremont was founded. Recently, the Claremontian published the first ever “Claremont College Series,” highlighting the many wonders of the Claremont Colleges and Universities in 9 extremely popular articles. The entire series can be found online at Claremontian.com. Below are previews of these articles along with additional information on the Claremont Colleges.

Claremont McKenna College

CMC’s academic environment has been defined by the time in which it was founded. CMC was founded in 1946 as Claremont Men’s College, an academic institution tailored to suit the needs of returning World War II Veterans. In 1976, Claremont Men’s College became a coeducational institution and was renamed in honor of founding trustee, Donald McKenna. Four decades later, CMC has become one of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the country.

Scripps College

Claremont’s sole school for women, Scripps college was created on the foundation of a close, open-minded, allfemale living and learning community. Scripps is often praised as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world, with students comparing campus amenities to those of a five-star resort. Scripps has a strong music program and world-renowned foreign language faculty.

Pomona College

The first Claremont College, Pomona, uses both its history and bright future as inspiration for its students. With a strong emphasis on the humanities, Pomona offers a renowned liberal arts education. As Seth Allen, Dean of Admissions, explained to us, Pomona is a place where students not only learn to gain skills that are applicable in the workplace, but also where students appreciate the nobel idea of learning for learning’s sake.

Harvey Mudd College

Created shortly after the launch of Sputnik, Harvey Mudd emphasizes a focus on engineering and the hard sciences. Notable rankings include: highest-paid graduates, best value, and highest percentage of future PhD candidates. Although Mudd offers a rigorous educational experience, Mudders find unique ways to enjoy their free time. As Dean Briggs explained, Harvey Mudd students “take their work seriously, but not necessarily themselves.”

Pitzer College

Pitzer College has experienced an unprecedented rise as one of the youngest liberal arts colleges. Pitzer maintains a strong focus on environmental studies and progressive activism, through its committment to five core values: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student autonomy, and environmental sustainability. 16

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‰‰ Try the breakfast sliders at Some Crust. ‰‰ Watch a live musical performance at The Press, and enjoy a basket of their garlic fries. ‰‰ Climb, bike, or drive to the Mt. Baldy summit. ‰‰ Go to a concert at the Folk Music Center. ‰‰ Hike the Claremont Wilderness Trail. ‰‰ Order every juice named after a Claremont College at Podge’s.

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‰‰ Go to a midnight movie premiere at Laemmelle’s. ‰‰ Eat at one of Claremont’s many foreign gourmet restruants. Try Walter’s for Afghan, Viva Madrid for tapas, Bua for Thai, Saca’s for Mediterranean, Kazama for sushi, or Casa Moreno for Mexican. ‰‰ Explore Claremont on a bike. ‰‰ Eat at a different restaurant every day for a week. ‰‰ Visit the campus of every college/university in Claremont. ‰‰ Attend a Peace Pipe football game or a Battle of 6th Street basketball game between Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (arrive half an hour early to get a good seat). ‰‰ Visit all of the museums in Claremont. There’s the Pomona College Museum or Art, Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology at Webb Schools, the Folk Music Center, and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Galleries at Scripps College.

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‰‰ Attend a live theatre performance at the Candlelight Pavilion. ‰‰ Attend a Ben Harper concert. Ben Harper is a home-grown Claremontian who owns the Folk Music Center. ‰‰ Take a beach day. Or two. Or three. ‰‰ Visit LA using public transportation only. ‰‰ Sneak up to the roof of CMC’s Kravis Center the night of July 4th to watch the firework show.

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