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July 11, 2023



Javier Santiago's chocolates are SO GOOD!!! Those bars -- YUM!!!

hollyroller@ gmail.com

Shaw's. On ECR in Millbrae was my favorite place. The toys, Gifts, colors, and the aroma were incredible. That was a long time ago.

Mark Lucchesi

Joe, I did a podcast last year with Irene Preston. What a wonderful hardworking lady. Indeed she sold the shop to Santiago who is doing an excellent job in revitalizing the landmark store. Kudos to Irene and all the hard work and passion that she poured into the store. Mark at the Mic


Thanks, Mark. I will save readers the work of finding the podcast. It's here:


Also added a photo of the historic signage!

hollyroller@ gmail.com

Did anyone know that the last COB Recreation Supervisor got his start in Burlingame, CA. at the Ice Cream Store on Burlingame Ave? There are plenty of photos available for purchase.
Those Uniforms were awesome. The "Flair" and the required Hair Net was Scary.

Jennifer Pfaff

Do you mean Randy Schwartz? Do you mean Baskin Robbins, Double Rainbow?-- before it (was) burned down. My brother got his first summer job at Baskin Robbins in the 1970s, and he lasted one day since he is colorblind. Bummer getting mint chip mixed up with the strawberry...I do not recall hair nets, but again, it was short-lived.


The DJ is catching up with this piece yesterday:

While the previous owner, Irene Preston, struggled through COVID and was forced to sell, Santiago looks to revitalize the business and breathe new life into one of Broadway’s oldest businesses. The shop was first opened in 1946 by Art Preston and purchased by Irene Preston, who had no relationship to the shop founder, in 1997.

Santiago took a page out of his mother’s cookbook. Every morning, he gets to Preston’s around 6 a.m. and starts cooking.

“This is my therapy,” he said as he swirled a large wooden cooking paddle around a caramel-filled brass bowl first gifted to the original owner by San Francisco chocolatier Douglas Shaw to whom Art Preston apprenticed.

The store will be having a grand reopening party on Aug. 19 where Santiago will be passing out samples of his candies. Small ice cream scoops will be sold for $3.


Aug. 19th is Art on the Avenue as well so they will have some competition.

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