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Whaling village becomes an antiques center ... Moss Landing.

Popeye would feel right at home chomping his pipe among Moss Landing's rusting boats and rough-hewn exteriors. This former whaling village, halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey, has yet to be gentrified. It's still surrounded by farmland and salt water, across State I from PG&E's 500-foot-tall twin power towers. Change may be coming (David Packard's Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute opens here later this year). But for today, the chamber of commerce is still headquartered in Moss Landing Diesel; call (408) 633-5100.

Even so, the town has a grand secret. It's the Central Coast's biggest antique center. No fewer than 25 stores, some stacked behind each other, in buildings old and funky and new (one's even in a green school bus), line up along Moss Landing Road close to State 1.

Some have been here for years. Others are recent arrivals fleeing the rising rents of Carmel and Monterey.

A map, free at most shops, names and locates nearly all the stores. But the pleasantest way to get acquainted is to browse. There's lots of variety: Hamlin Antiques, with four large paintings by A.D.M. Cooper, is built like an old hotel and specializes in California history memorabilia. Hole-in-the-Wall, the bus, sells only items under $20. Books, some rare, fill the shelves in Yesterday's Books. Shops' hours are a little unpredictable; most open 11 to 5 Wednesdays through Sundays.
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Date:Mar 1, 1989
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