Local non-profit alliance wins Mount Rubidoux cross auction

Local non-profit alliance wins Mount Rubidoux cross auction

The historic Serra Cross atop Mount Rubidoux in Riverside is set to remain in perpetuity following the winning bid by a local non-profit alliance. Totally Mt. Rubidoux (TMR) — an alliance comprising Friends of Mt. Rubidoux, Mission Inn Foundation and Riverside Land Conservancy — won the April 11th public auction held in front of Riverside City Hall for .43 acres…

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Through the years with Sears in Riverside

Through the years with Sears in Riverside

For nearly 85 years, national retail giant Sears has operated a “brick & mortar” store at three different locations in Riverside, with almost 50 of those years spent at its current Arlington Avenue location. However, the first two Sears stores were both located downtown, with the original store opening in February 1929 on the northwest corner of Fifth and Main…

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Supporting ‘Totally Mt. Rubidoux’

Supporting ‘Totally Mt. Rubidoux’

As most residents of Riverside (and the region) are well aware, a controversy developed late last year over the Serra Cross atop Mount Rubidoux. Last August, Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter questioning the constitutionality of the cross on account it was a religious symbol on public land. (Mount Rubidoux was deeded to the city…

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Solemn goodbye to Riverside officer Michael Crain

Solemn goodbye to Riverside officer Michael Crain

With several thousand in attendance, including police officers from throughout California and the West, the community of Riverside said goodbye to slain police officer Michael Crain on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Services began at The Grove Community Church before continuing at Riverside National Cemetery where Crain, 34, was laid to rest. Prior to his 11-years with Riverside Police, Crain served in…

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GO: Farrell’s triumphant return to Riverside!

GO: Farrell’s triumphant return to Riverside!

After nearly 30 years — and several months of anticipation — Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour is once again back in Riverside! The relaunched chain held a grand opening this week for its 5th (and largest) restaurant near Riverside’s Castle Park. Those who grew up in Southern California during the 1970s and 1980s will fondly remember Farrell’s. The festive atmosphere combined…

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Forever 21 closes Riverside Plaza store

Forever 21 closes Riverside Plaza store

As expected, clothing retailer Forever 21 closed its Riverside Plaza location this past weekend, leaving the Plaza’s largest building vacant. F21 opened at the Plaza in August 2009 replacing Gottschalks, which closed a month earlier as that chain ceased operations. The building dates back to 1957 when constructed for San Bernardino-based Harris’, which remained in the building as Harris-Gottschalks following…

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Gallery: Riverside — Mission Inn

Gallery: Riverside — Mission Inn

Built by Frank Augustus Miller in seven major phases between 1902 and 1931, the historic Mission Inn hotel covers an entire city block in downtown Riverside. The Inn’s four “wings” — Mission, Cloister, Spanish and Rotunda — are a collection of varying and eclectic architectural styles. The primary architects of the Inn were Arthur Benton, Myron Hunt, G. Stanley Wilson…

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Gallery: Riverside — Downtown Buildings

Gallery: Riverside — Downtown Buildings

Downtown Riverside’s first modern mid-rise — the eight-story Crocker-Citizens Bank building — opened in 1965. Since then, several more office buildings have popped up, adding to the city’s modest, but growing skyline. Some of these include Mount Rubidoux Manor (@1971), Security Pacific Bank (California Tower) (1973), County Admin Building (1975/2002), City Hall (1975), Riverside Centre (1982), Sheraton Hotel (Marriott) (1987),…

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Slate of eateries, bars and shops opening in downtown Riverside

Slate of eateries, bars and shops opening in downtown Riverside

Several new additions to the downtown Riverside entertainment and shopping mix have recently opened (or are readying to open), adding to the area’s already decent collection of eateries, bars and shops. Already open — 9th Street Italian Deli (Ninth & Market), Pixels Bar (near University & Lemon), and Beyond the Olive, which is inside the recently opened Aurea Vista: A…

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