The vacancy was predicated by Summerhouse, one of Mill Valley’s most popular housewares and furniture brands, which consolidated its three local spaces into two over the summer by taking over the former Cabana Home space at 238 East Blithedale Avenue.
For the previous 23 years, Summerhouse owner Robert Adams had kept a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in the building at 250 East Blithedale that formerly contained Mill Valley Services before it closed in September 2014, opening it on the weekends for customers to check out a larger inventory than was available at his stores at 21 and 57 Throckmorton Avenue.
Adams also saw an opportunity to relocate the inventory from the 21 Throckmorton store into the new one.
The building that contains the 21 Throckmorton space and the adjacent 23 Throckmorton that was the former home of the Tamalpais General Store until it closed in 2010 has a rich history in Mill Valley. According to the Mill Valley Historical Society, in 1929, there was a Studebaker Agency in this location, and in 1939, a pharmacy. Bennett’s Variety Store occupied the building from 1942 to 1980.
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