Loveable Rogue 867 Grant Ave, Novato, CA94945 The Loveable Rogue is part bookstore, part magazine rack, and every bit of what you’d expect to find around a…More guy’s own man-cave. Among the recycled book shelves there are military aviation photos, racks of classic magazines (including Playboys), boxing posters, MAD paperbacks and even a comfortable set of theater seats to facilitate perusing. Carlos Castillo opened the shop in August 2012 at a location formerly occupied by a leather goods retailer.
Marin Music Center 1559 S Novato Blvd, Novato, CA94947 Marin Music Center has been supplying musicians their tools since 1965. The store sells and rents a wide variety of…More instruments including guitars, drums, pianos and keyboards. You'll also find amps and sheet music for sale here. The proprietor is Jesse Harms, who played in a number of rock bands. Located in Tresch Triangle Plaza, Marin Music Center is in the same shopping area as Round Table Pizza, Fernando's Mexican restaurant, Redwood Bagel, a military recruiting center and a number of other small businesses.
Veterans of Foreign Wars 844 Sweetser Ave, Novato, CA94945 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is an organization dedicated to providing a voice for veterans with the…More goal of improving their lives and the lives of their families. As a National organization, VFW organizes several community services projects, fundraises and participates in projects benefiting veterans and active-duty military personnel. This location is Post 7816, Donald V. Westlund Post, where members can rent out the hall for community events. For more information about VFW, membership or donations, please visit their Web site.
U S Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team 350 Hangar Ave, Novato, CA94949 The Pacific Strike Team answers the call to marine disasters all over the United States such as the Gulf oil spill. They…More are known best for rapidly deploying with specialized equipment and incident management skills any time to any place or hazard. Many in the highly trained crew, based the southernmost hangar at the former Hamilton Air Force base, live with their families in the Spanish-style military housing enclave at the southern end of Hamilton. The team is connected closely to personnel at Coast Guard Island in Alameda and two other strike teams in the U.S.
In 2000, Homeward Bound of Marin opened the New Beginnings Center at Hamilton with the help of donations from local…More businesses, nonprofit groups and government agencies. It became the first homeless shelter in the United States built at a former military base (today there are more than 50).
Coincidentally, military veterans account for about 25 percent of this country's homeless population and a partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration reserves 16 beds at New Beginnings Center for veterans in need of housing.
New Beginnings was made possible by a $1-a-year/99-year lease allowed by the Novato City Council, and the city has continued to support its activities. The center provides 80 beds for men and women in dormitory-style housing with services that include counseling, access to job training, and classes in "life skills" like budgeting and money management.
The adjacent Next Key Center, opened in 2008, offers 32 studio apartments, administrative offices for Homeward Bound, a training kitchen for Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, and the Key Room event space. The Next Key Center also is home to the Fresh Starts Catering business.
New Beginnings Center is just off Hamilton Parkway near Nave Drive, across from the Courtyard by Marriott and next to the Marin Airporter depot.