Hemet’s Harvard Street merchants work to survive COVID-19 economic downturn

La Boutique and Bridal Museum, 146 N. Harvard Street in Hemet, which is owned by Eve Faulkner, remains open through the latest state health mandates. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
Historically significant Harvard Street in downtown Hemet, which is becoming the center of the city’s effort to bring art and culture to its residents, is the latest victim of the economic disaster brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but many are creatively finding ways to survive shutdowns ordered by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Some merchants and shopkeepers on the street are creating outside displays, hoping to attract more customers. The Diamond Valley Art Council, the Hemet Theater Foundation, service clubs and other nonprofits are finding ways to keep the history of downtown Hemet alive. Harvard Street is located off Florida Avenue, just east of State Street. In the early 1910s, it was the first stopping point for tourists traveling across the nation, offering its own opera hous
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