Railroad Square Happenings

Feb 17, 2014 in Development & projects, Events

Did you know that the Railroad Square Association has been restoring, preserving and promoting the Historic Railroad Square District for almost 40 years? In 1975, Monty Montague of Teevax brought together property owners such as the Welfare League and Whistlestop Antiques, merchants and other businesses to fight blight and improve the business climate in Railroad Square. According to Gaye LeBaron, Nan Taylor (Don’s mom) may have started the renaissance in Railroad Square by buying a seedy little store and turning into the hugely popular Omelette Express. (Thanks to Dee Richardson for this great Railroad Square history.)

The West End is very fortunate to have this charming, historic shopping district filled with a variety of wonderful restaurants, shops & coffee houses steps just steps from our homes.


Photo by Lea Barron-Thomas

Changes in Railroad Square: A new bank, Rabobank on Davis & 3rd, Norcal Modern Art Gallery and Legendary Beads on 4th.  Hotel La Rose will be re-opening their restaurant soon. Sonoma Outfitters is moving to Montgomery Village this spring.

Cast Away & Folk– Cast Away has a new location and is now a full service modern craft shop- knitting, crochet, sewing, weaving, felting, embroidery and more. Check out the beautiful community crafting space at 100 4th St. NOTE: Entrance on Wilson St. (in old Disguise the Limit space). www.castawayandfolk.com

Cast Away & Folk Modern Craft

Cast Away & Folk Modern Craft

NorCal Modern Gallery Opens Feburary 15th– Grace Slick personal appearance to promote her exhibit on February 21st, Friday 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP at 544-8525 or info@areaarts.com  Location: 105 4th Street Press Democrat

New Modern Gallery - Grace Slick showing


6th Street and Wilson Street Sewer and Water Improvements– Construction anticipated to occur between spring and summer 2014. This project will replace aging water and sewer systems. For more info contact Tracy Duenas, Associate Civil Engineer, City of Santa Rosa (707) 543-3952 TDuenas@srcity.org


Local Success- The West End Neighborhood Association sponsors are West End resident owned or West End/Railroad Square area businesses. As sponsors, they support our neighborhood activities and events. As loyal customers we help their businesses prosper. That’s micro-local success!

Don Taylor's Omelette Express is a West End Sponsor

Don Taylor’s Omelette Express is a West End Sponsor

The West End Neighborhood, home of the West End Farmers Market where urban-ism, preservation, art and people come together. For the latest updates, calendar of events and photos go to srwestend.com