Montrose History

F ounded on Washington’s Birthday in 1913, Montrose has retained its charming “Main Street, USA” character while at the same time serving as the center of local commerce for more than 75,000 residents who call the Crescenta-Canada Valley their home.

The subdivision of present day Montrose took place when developers Holmes and Walton auctioned off 300 acres of land at a catered barbecue at the approximate corner of what is today Verdugo Blvd. and Clifton Place near the site of the local Mobil Station.

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The original intention was that Montrose Ave. would be the main business district. In fact, Montrose Ave. was constructed as the widest road in Los Angeles County and retained that distinction for many decades.

This plan did not materialize however, and by the 1920’s, a two-block business district had grown up along Honolulu Ave., boasting a bank, hardware store, café, men’s clothier, drug store and a local newspaper, foreshadowing the opening of the Montrose Shopping Park in 1967.

Today, along shady, tree-lined streets, nearly 200 independently owned businesses satisfy busy shoppers with high quality gifts, retail merchandise, men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, an art gallery, antiques, dance and fitness studios and service businesses of every imaginable type. Montrose’s many restaurants, cafes and bakeries offer outside dining, serving up everything from beignets to barbecue and sashimi to spaghetti.

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Harvest Market and Marketplace

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Hours of Operation: Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 PM | Market closes only on Easter, March 27 and Christmas Day, […]

Wags N Whiskers, Kids N Kritters

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Sunday May 1, 2016 brings “Wags N Whiskers, Kids N Kritters Day” to the Montrose Shopping Park, 9:00am – 2:00pm

Memorial Day Ceremony

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Please join us for a brief ceremony of remembrance as we honer those who have given their lives in military […]

Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival

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Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th, 2016 Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. […]

Montrose Car Show

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the 2200, 2300 & 2400 blocks of Honolulu avenue […]

Montrose 6th Annual Film Festival

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Friday & Sat. August 12th and 13th, 2016 6th Annual Montrose Film Festival | beginning at 6:00 “under the stars” […]