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Blacksmith Square is a new Retail and Studio area in downtown Livermore
Located on the SW corner of Livermore Ave and Railroad Ave
in historic buildings which were most recently V&G Mufflers, but were a Blacksmith shop prior to that.
Renovation started around November 2004 with the sandblasting of the buildings.
Shops opened in the summer of 2006
See Historical and Renovation Photos
This photo was taken February 18, 2007, after the arch was added.
 


 
 
John Christopher Cellars Tasting Room
 
In the early summer

Shops at Blacksmith Square
   
Business Type Hours Phone Number
North (corner) Building
Swirl on the Square Wine Bar, Tapas & Desserts Thursday: 12:00 - 2:00 and 5:00 - 9:00
Friday 12:00 - 2:00 and 5:00 - 10:00
Saturday 12:00 - 10:00
Sunday 12:00 - 7:00
447-1400
Victorine Olive Oil Olive Oil Tasting and Sales Thurs Sun 11- 5.  Call for holiday hours 925-454-8777
Big White House and John Evan Cellars Winery Tasting Room (925) 449-1976
GreenLeaf BBQ Gourmet Barbeque products Thurs-Sat 10:30am-7pm  
       
South Building
John Christopher Cellars Winery Tasting Room Thursday 2-6 PM
Friday-Sunday 12-6 PM
456-9463
Thomas Coyne Winery Winery Tasting Room Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm to 6:00pm 373-6541
       
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retzlaff Winery Grand Opening Photos

8/25/06

     

News and Events

 

Date Time Event
September 4-5, 2010
Saturday & Sunday
12pm to 6pm Labor Day Weekend Party at John Christopher Cellars at Blacksmith Square
NO Harvest Festival Tickets Required
     
     
     

Labor Day Weekend Party at John Christopher Cellars at Blacksmith Square

Labor Day Weekend Party at John Christopher Cellars at Blacksmith Square Sept 4 - Sept 5th, 12- 6 PM Celebrate this years Harvest at John Christopher Cellars with award winning, small lot wines, delectable food, live music, art, jewelry and relaxing massages - all in ONE fun and happening place! AND, on Sunday, Big Al will be drawing LIVE on the courtyard amazing caricatures of you and your friends - he is gifted at capturing the "you" in you! (http://www.bigalart.com/) The courtyard will be rockin' with live music by Stones Throw on Saturday and Hwy 4 on Sunday - music starts each day at 3:00 PM. Pick up one of the delicious sandwiches available for purchase, including freshly grilled Tri-Tip or Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Also available are cheese and salami platters, pasta salad or a healthy green salad. All the entree's pair perfectly with JCC wines. Get to the courtyard early and grab one of the shady tables on the courtyard to enjoy all that JCC and its partners have to offer.

In addition, JCC will be releasing our NEW Courtyard Red this weekend - an incredible red wine with great bold fruit and subtle oak flavors - an excellent food pairing wine! . Wine specials this weekend include a 4 pack special at a 10% discount and 6 packs at 15% off. Plentiful parking is available in the parking lot next to Blacksmith Square (the old Lucky's lot) - all the fun is in ONE great downtown Livermore location.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend in the tasting room!

NOTE: There is NO charge to attend this event. Only wines purchased at one of the Blacksmith Square wineries may be consumed on the courtyard. Tasting fees waived with wine purchase. Complimentary live music provided by the shops at Blacksmith Square


History of Blacksmith Square

By Gary Drummond

Frederick Schrader settled in Livermore in 1890, taking over the blacksmith shop of James Beazell.  (It was Beazell who, in his role as State Legislator, sponsored the incorporation of Livermore in 1876.) 

Schrader was both an accomplished blacksmith and woodworker.  In 1904 he modernized his shop when he installed a 3hp motor to power blowers on three forges, eliminating the need for hand bellows.  His new power plant made his drills, grinding wheels and bolt cutters more efficient.

Schrader was also a real estate developer.  He created what he called the Model Block when he purchased an entire town block bounded by Seventh and Eighth, I and J streets. A twenty foot -wide alley was put through the property, with the intent that all automobiles would be garaged behind the residences. (Schrader's alley is the only one in Livermore.)

C. M. Montgomery became a working partner of Schrader's in July 1912.  Montgomery was an experienced blacksmith, having worked for Schrader some years earlier. 

In 1914, the C. J. Stevens estate was being sold off.  (The estate owned Blocks 1 and 2 that extended from First Street to the railroad reserve, and from Livermore Avenue to K street.)  This enabled Schrader, who had previously leased his site from Stevens, to purchase the property  which he had occupied for 15 years.  But more important, he now had the opportunity to re-build his shop.  In the fall of 1914, Schrader had bricks brought from the Livermore Fire Brick Company and to construct a new building, 30'x70', on the north side of his plant.

(In other news, Schrader was, in November 1914, the first man in Murray Township to be ticketed for driving too slow.)

Fred Schrader was found dead, sitting in his office chair, in February 1915. The next year, Mrs. Schrader's partnership with Montgomery was dissolved by mutual agreement.

Mrs. Schrader maintained the agency for McCormick farming equipment in the south building, and in 1918, leased the blacksmith shop to Joseph Pierrotti of Oakland, who opened a truck-building branch factory and a maintenance and repair facility.  Much of Pierrotti's  business supported the Malty Magnesite mines auto trucks.  This arrangement went on for some years.

By 1932, the blacksmith shop had become an automobile repair shop, but the use of the south building has not been identified.

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Past Events

Jazz at Blacksmith Square - July 15 1-4pm
Come on over to Blacksmith Square and hear the unbelievable music of Two's Guys. Both musicians are well-known in the Tri-Valley area, playing at a variety of venues, We can't wait to hear them on our courtyard.

Taste of Terroir  July 26  6-9pm
Taste of Terroir is always a sold out event - and I'm sure this year will be no different. Featuring 18 wineries partnered with 18 local chefs/restaurants, this event showcases great food and wine pairings from the Livermore Valley. Held at the Palm Event Center, you will be amazed at all the incredible offerings - its truly a gastronomic delight!. Tickets will be available starting June 4th through the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association at: www.livermorewine.com . Tickets are $65.00/person.

Live Music - Stone's Throw - July 28, 1:00 to 4:00pm
Enjoy classic rock tunes at John Christopher Cellars in Blacksmith Square located in downtown Livermore on July 28th. Stone's Throw will play from 1-4 PM on the courtyard where you can relax to some oldies as well as some new tunes as you sip John Christopher Cellars wine. A great way to spend a summer afternoon and try all the great wine offerings at our elegant and friendly tasting room. Try our newest proprietary Red Blend - Courtyard Red which we recently released!

Taste of Downtown.  August 11 & 12, 12:00 to 5:30pm
This is one of the most fun events in Downtown Livermore. Join us as we celebrate Taste of Downtown, featuring the many wonderful restaurants and shops in our newly renovated downtown. Explore all the shopping areas within the downtown using the complimentary Horse Carriages. For your convenience, there will be both a drop off and pick up location at Blacksmith Square.  To make it more exciting, you will also be given a Passport to complete with prizes awarded for those who visit all the locations!  Participants also get to vote on their favorite restaurant, shop and winery.

Live Music - Roger Kadinal - August 19, 1:00 to 4:00pm
Roger Kardinal plays classic rock guitar and sings live from 1-4 PM. His unbelievable voice and great strumming makes for a perfect afternoon of tunes and wine. Try our new Courtyard Red to compliment the afternoon fun!

 

 

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