The dream becomes reality

Fixing up the Bishop Arts District
This stitched panorama shows a typical springtime night in the Bishop Arts District. Photo by Danny Fulgencio
This stitched panorama shows a typical springtime night in the Bishop Arts District. Photo by Danny Fulgencio

In 1976, Laurie Duran and her husband, Catarino, rented the space at 405 N. Bishop for their business, Catarino’s Ornamental Plaster. “People always talked about fixing up Bishop way back then, and now it’s come to reality,” says Duran, who has lived near Kidd Springs Park since 1978. The Durans moved their business from Bishop in 1990, and later, an investment group bought the building. Linda Holt of Square Foot Inc. was part of the partnership that once owned it. “It is amazing to look at the transformation that Bishop Arts has gone through,” she says. “It certainly isn’t an all-of-a-sudden thing. Lots of peope have taken the risk in order for us to have the luxury of fine restaurats, great shopping and services at our doorstep.” Spillers Group, which owns Eno’s, Oddfellows and Union Bear, bought the building in 2009.

Views of and from what is now Eno's restaurant
The storefront adjacent to what is now Eno’s, which now houses the Laughing Willow boutique and a shot taken from what is now Eno’s, looking down Bishop to Bob’s Market, which is now the retail development anchored by Cafe Brazil. Photos courtesy of Laurie Duran

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