Get updated on the latest El Nino information from JPL research scientist and oceanographer Bill Patzert at the next Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast January 21, 2016 at Embassy Suites Arcadia, 211 E. Huntington Drive.
And join the Arcadia Chamber and Arcadia Historical Society in paying tribute to Claro’s Italian Market as the newest Arcadia Business Icon. Claro’s is not a supermarket but a “Super-ette,” according to co-owner, buyer, and VP of Sales Bob Lippman. It features catering service, a deli, authentic Italian merchandise and lots of Italian cooking ingredients and pastas imported direct from Italy — more than 200,000 pounds each year. The company also manufactures 100% pure pork sausage.
“Grandpa” Joe Claro opened the first store in San Gabriel in 1948 and his daughter Marylinda and her husband George Daddona opened a second store in Arcadia in 1971.
Bob Lippman married Joe’s daughter Rosemarie and has been helping run the Claro family business for 44 years now. Several generations can be seen working in the Arcadia shop, which is closed on Wednesdays but open on Sundays 9-2 and the other five days 9-6. Bob, who will accept the tribute Jan. 21, says the shops are closed on Wednesdays because union bakers do not deliver on Wednesdays. Who knew?
Now there are six Claro’s and 120 overall employees including stores in Tustin, Upland, La Habra, and Covina.
The Arcadia store, which specializes in party catering and sells hundreds of deli sandwiches every day, is now co-managed by Brandon Brown (husband of Cara Claro) and Frankie.
Attendees of the Networking Breakfast (third Thursday of each month), sponsored by Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, not only enjoy a great breakfast buffet and valuable networking with dozens of others, but also introduce themselves one at a time with a 30-second “elevator pitch.”
Tickets: 626-447-2159 or in the “Shop” area at www.ArcadiaCaChamber.org, or at Chamber office, 388 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, during regular business hours.