Next year marks the centennial of Atwater’s annexation by the City of Los Angeles. To mark the occasion, the Friends of Atwater Village has published a centennial calendar filled with images and stories spanning the decades. In addition to images provided by institutions, there are also personal family photos, including the photo above of Vince Caravella standing behind the meat counter of the market he opened in 1939 with his father Joe. Vince’s Market, located at Atwater Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard, is still there but is now operated by the Magallon family. “He loved the market. He loved the neighborhood,” said Sandra Caravella of her father-in-law, who passed away in 2003.
The Caravellas lived next door to the family business, which was one of five small markets that once operated on Silver Lake Boulevard in Atwater. Sandra Carvella’s husband, Joe, joined his father in the business and worked at the store until it was sold in 1986 (the Caravellas still own the property). Sandra Caravella, who worked on the calendar in partnership with fellow Atwater resident Netty Carr, said long time residents still remember the deli sandwiches at Vince’s, including a 50 cent ham-and-cheese special. The deli still sells sandwiches but that 50 cent ham-and-cheese deal is long gone.
Copies of the Atwater Village Centennial Calendar will be available at tonight’s Atwater Village Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland for a $10 donation and at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market.
Photo courtesy the Caravellas family/Friends of Atwater Village