Owner Bryan Gerber sent the online publication a news release about the opening. Excerpts here:
The new shop “Get your Kicks On Route 66” billed as “A Pop-Culture Curio Shop” will act as the Hotel’s gift store, selling Aztec Hotel Souvenirs, Aztec/Mayan Cultural items, a wide selection of greeting cards, Route 66 curios, cool vintage items, curiosities, rarities, artistries, novelties, collectibles and gifts.
To reflect the connection the hotel has to its past Hollywood travelers, the shop also has a nice selection of Celebrity-themed items featuring; Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Bettie Page, The Wizard Of Oz and Betty Boop as well as other TV, Music and Movie Pop Culture icons.
With the absence of a local card and gift shop in Monrovia, local residents have been clamoring for a store of this type and “Get Your Kicks On Route 66” is here to fill that niche!
The Aztec Hotel, built in 1925 with its distinctive Mayan and Aztec-style architecture, emerged from foreclosure and has undergone extensive renovations with its new China-based owners, including opening a Mexican restaurant inside.
(Image of the Aztec Hotel in Monrovia, Calif., by Pete Zarria via Flickr)