Laine's Grocery Store, Alviso, CA
It had been raining for the entire week and we break in the weather, so it looked like a
good opportunity to visit the sleepy town of Alviso.
I've been wanting to shoot Laine's Grocery Store for a while now. It was originally established
as Tilden's General Store from 1865 to 1912, then Laine's Grocery Store from 1940 to 1960.
During the 1930s it was a saloon and dance hall.
Laine's is situated right next to an active rail line. Amtrak's Capital Corridor and the
Altamont Commuter Express share the line.
I had a Twilight Zone moment while I was shooting Laine's. Off in the distance I could hear what
sounded like a scratchy Victrola sounding music. As I was composing a shot, the
music kept getting louder and louder.
A man riding his bicycle carrying a full load of possessions passed by
playing his Victrola sounding music. The act of shooting the abandoned
Laine's Grocery Store and the music transported me for a moment back to the
The man actually stopped, picked up his bike and went to the back of the building.
I left it at that.