12 Jul The Choo Choo Train and other Downtown Memories
Downtown San Mateo holds a special place in my heart. From growing up on the Peninsula and later on moving to San Francisco, I always found myself drawn to the simple, convenient, colorful downtown. As a child I have fond memories going to Central Park and riding the “Choo Choo” train and walking around with my parents to the local bookstore or cafe. As a teen and into my early twenties, downtown San Mateo was the place where I worked full time at DLXSM (skateshop). I always looked forward to meeting up with friends, helping customers and taking my lunch break to grab a burrito at Pancho Villa or Tres Amigos (RIP). Years later my mother moved to Downtown San Mateo which continued my time visiting and hanging out. Shortly after, I was presented with the opportunity to open my own skateshop with some friends, and decided to keep the tradition going (hanging out in a sweet downtown with good friends and family). Ten years later, I still love coming to Downtown San Mateo. There have definitely been some changes, some great and some that I can’t say I’m too crazy about. But the wholesome energy that drew me to Downtown San Mateo is still going strong.