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Stroll around the Pomona Arts Colony.

The Pomona Arts colony isn’t shiny or sanitized. That’s part of the attraction. This funky mix of art galleries, clubs, shops and restaurants occupies what used to be Pomona’s commercial center.

Once left for dead, the downtown has been revived by the thriving arts scene. The Glass House is a popular concert venue, and live music and food can be found at such clubs as Yesteryears, the Tiki Room, and the Vault Club, located in a stately old bank building with high ceilings. Don’t miss the Da Center for the Arts, a gallery that was key to the creation of the colony. Most downtown buildings went up from the 1880s to the 1960s, and you’ll find some interesting examples of art deco and modernist architecture.

Restaurants range from barbeque to tacos to a New York deli. The best time to visit the colony is from 6 to 9 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, when the Arts Walk event draws crowds. “Don’t expect a mall,” says Ed Tessier ’91, the Pomona alumnus who spearheaded the creation of the arts colony. (See a special feature on Tessier.) “It’s a real urban village, which means some people will have weird colored hair. Some buildings might have graffiti on them. It won’t be a prepackaged and processed experience. But it’s safe, and it’s fun.’’
 
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