What businesses would you expect to find in a town with a population of 643?
A gas station? A true general store--post office, non-perishable food items, basic hardware supplies? A café, maybe?
And a church? Maybe a town hall or other type of community gathering place? A school?
Which brings us to Pescadero, California, pop. 643. I found this description of the town by "an expat Californian living in London and traveling the world" and rather enjoyed it:
"Pescadero was founded in 1856, which makes it ancient by west coast standards. Located just two miles inland from the stunning beaches along California’s famous Highway 1, the town is surrounded by fertile agricultural land and a well-known bird sanctuary. The main street is called Stage Road because it was originally a route along which a stagecoach ran, and the town’s church was built in 1867. Not exactly Roman ruins, but pretty impressive for California" (aladyinlondon.com/ 2011/11/pescadero-california-travel).
And yes, there was the all-in-one gas station, grocery store, and Mercado Taqueria de Amigos restaurant.
The Antiques store seemed to fit into the category of "expected," especially because of its character.
First on this list was the Arcangeli Grocery Co. (aka Norm's Market and aka The Country Bakery).
At this point, we were past the stage of being surprised.
"An authentic, curious, fun exploration of foods indigenous to our watershed for the purpose of enlightening ourselves to what foods we can eat to regain and maintain healthy, happy vibrant bodies (and souls) and at the same time working towards healing our environment and community."
Unexpected? Slightly. Surprising? Certainly not.
As we walked, we realized this was not a time to be wondering "How?" or, in the case of the Revolution, "Why?", but rather a time to enjoy what "Is".