Holiday ornaments, nostalgic gifts from Del Mar available online

For the first time ever, Del Mar has designed a holiday ornament for 2011 featuring the historic Stratford Square, circa 1927. The limited edition ornament, priced at $20, will be part of an ongoing collection depicting iconic historical buildings in Del Mar. The ornaments, in addition to a variety of other Del Mar memorabilia depicting iconic Del Mar history, are available online through the Del Mar Village Association website at https://


In 1927, Stratford Square which included a grocery store, beauty parlor, doctor’s office and a drugstore complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain, was a place where locals and visiting celebrities gathered.

Designated a historical site by the city of Del Mar in 1978, Stratford Square was originally known as the Kockritz Building, named after Herman W. Kockritz, a friend of William Kerckhoff, one of the founders of Del Mar. After several ownership changes, Jim Watkins bought the building in 1966 and restored the building to its original English Tudor style.

“Keeping history alive in Del Mar is very important to the residents of this community,” said Jen Grove, executive director of the Del Mar Village Association. “Not only does the purchase of these gifts provide wonderful keepsakes but a portion of the proceeds help fund projects designed to preserve Del Mar history.”

In addition to the holiday ornament, other iconic Del Mar gifts available for purchase include: “Discovering Del Mar’s Past”, a historical walking and driving tour book, $9.95; an eco-friendly Del Mar Village tote with a photo of surfers at Del Mar Beach, $25; and assorted prints of vintage Del Mar photos priced from $25 and up.