Main Street Goldworks Closes After 26 Years in Business, New Pizza Place to Open on Highway 1

Our column brings you the latest in small business news from Half Moon Bay.

Main Street Goldworks, Half Moon Bay
Main Street Goldworks, Half Moon Bay

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news in and around Half Moon Bay.

CLOSING: Main Street Goldworks, 542 Main St., Half Moon Bay

After 26 years in business, the Coast’s family-owned full-service fine jewelry store, carrying a wide selection of diamond, pearl and wedding jewelry in platinum, gold or silver settings, is shutting their doors. Owners Jay and Patti Warshauer are planning to retire, stay in the area and “enjoy the Coastside without working retail hours,” said Patti.

Doors will officially shut on Dec. 14. Currently a sale that has done extremely well since mid September will continue, she said.

The Warshauers have done some restocking and their original design collection — Moonlight Pendant and earrings and Moon Glow pendants — is limited so shop early since they are taking special orders through Oct. 31. Customers should also drop off all jewelry and watch repairs by Oct. 31 as well.

Their son Jesse, 29, who works at the store and added the Spindrift and Koru pendants to the special design line is an award-winning designer, who will probably continue to design jewelry, said Patti. 

“He’s going to Notre Dame to get a teaching credential and become an art teacher with jewelry, marketing, and graphic experience,” she said.

One of the Warshauer's other four sons is interested in taking over the business but independently and the details are yet to be finalized and announced, said Patti.

“If it happens, he will open as an independent following in our footsteps with his own business sometime in early 2014,” said Patti, who thanks the community for “the magic moments” over their years in business on the Coast.

“We’ve shared so many special occasions with people on the Coast,” she said, “and each of those occasions has touched us as much as the jewelry has touched them.”

CLOSING: Quail Run, 412 Main St, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay’s quaint gift and garden accessory story is closing by Dec. 31 or “as soon as we run out of merchandise,” said owner Alan Nako, who opened the store 21 years ago with his wife Susan as a “part-time retirement thing,” he said. “She always wanted a gift store but we’ve been doing this for many years, and we’re in good health so it’s time to pay attention to our bucket list and travel.”

The Nakos say they may move out of the area “but anything’s possible,” said Alan.

There will be a big sale coming up but dates have not been announced.

“We will be liquidating everything, even the light fixtures,” said Alan, who adds: “It’s been a great business, and we’re very thankful for all the support we’ve had from the community.”

OPENING: Via Uno Pizza, 2810 Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay

A new pizza place is moving into the building that used to house Gin Wan Chinese Restaurant on Highway 1. Owner Massimo Sarubbi is making some renovations to the space including a new vestibule, ADA upgrades, parking lot improvements, and a remodel of the façade. Menu items and opening date are yet to be announced. Stay tuned!

Sprouts and Shutters brings you the latest on which businesses are shuttering —and which are sprouting — around Half Moon Bay. Do you have business news? Tell us in the comments.



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