Where Rigged Gets Rigged
People I've enjoyed doing business with...
I Love It
120 "J" St. Niles District
Fremont, CA 94536
Costumes -- Vintage and custom. Reasonable prices. Tell Jo-An "Rigged" sent you and get 10% off.
Jo-An treats me like a King
She does a great job and has a massive selection of outfits, jewelry, accessories, hats, shoes and stuff. She also has some cute birdies
that will try to converse with you but they only speak parrot.
Jack's Army/Navy Supply
353 Washington Blvd.
This place has the oddest collection of vintage war goods and modern hand-me-downs I've ever seen. They have stacks of uniforms,
hats, insignia, old and modern equipment of various kinds. Some of the stuff is purely decorative and much of it is very useful including
camo netting, parachutes, glow-sticks, self-heating ration packs, water cans, tent poles, snow boards (very useful in the desert, I
suppose), and tons of other stuff. The owner is Jack, who only works on Mondays, but knows every item in his shop. The other staff
are Jack's wife and their daughter. They're fun to hang out with even if you don't buy anything -- but you probably will find something
there that you can't live without. You can tell them "that black guy from Burning Man" sent you. It probably won't do you any good
though, except to provoke some interesting conversation.
Thorton Pure Water and Ice Cream
They have great-tasting water for $.25/gallon. They also sell sturdy plastic
water bottles from 1 gallon to 5 gallon size. (The 5 gallon bottle was
sturdy enough to survive the trip to 1999 Burning Man and back and I still
use it on a daily basis on top of a dispenser in my kitchen). They sell
dispensers and stands too. You can also get ice cream cones and freshly-popped
This little section of Fremont along Thornton east of 880 has lots
of little mom&pop businesses that I try to support because I rue
the day when they're all replaced by *bucks, The *ap, *ayless Shoes,
and all those other characterless chain stores. Around the corner on
Fremont Blvd. is a soda fountain called Cloverdale Creamery. It's probably
one of the last dairy/soda fountains in the country. They used to deliver
fresh milk by truck in glass bottles back in a day. One of their old
milk trucks is parked in back. Do you remember fresh milk in glass bottles
delivered fresh from the dairy just in time for breakfast each morning?
Advanced Auto Repair
328 Mowry Ave.
Fremont, CA 94536
Henry might be the last honest mechanic. He's sent me to other shops
for work he wasn't set up to do. He installed a rebuilt engine in my
Chrysler and gave me a great deal on parts and labor and my car runs
as good as new.