Sonya Paz: Memories of Faber's Cyclery

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Basically as far back as I can remember Faber's was a fixture on the edge of South First Street.

As a native San Jose'ean, it was the go-to place to go to locate that oddball bike part that you needed. If you think you are going to Fabers to have a traditional shopping experience - watch out!... You had best be prepared for get your work gloves on and dig, dig, dig for that awesome long lost frame or cherished Schwinn fork or fender for your cruiser or stingray!

Fabers Cycles was a bicycle museum, which was run and operated by Tony Faber. Tony was a walking historical wizard on everything Schwinn. Whatever you needed you can just tell Tony, he would ponder for a second and then miraculously walk over to a pile of bike parts and pull out the exact piece you need. Amazing.

When I learned of the fire this evening, creating damage to a large portion of this building, a sense of sadness fell over me. I will definitely follow this story and hope the damage is not too extensive.

-Sonya Paz, former Downtown Campbell business owner, former Downtown Campbell Business Association President

Karen Hunt May 01, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Who is Tony Faber? Here is some history from a family member. My name is Karen Hunt and my grandfather is and was Albert Jacob Faber. He owned and ran that bike shop up until his death in 1975. Subsequent to grandpa's death the house/building became the property of my grandmother, Lucille Faber. Upon her death, the property went to my mother, Jackie Faber-Cornick. In 1978, the business, not the building was sold to Alex Lariviere and he has conducted business since. The building was never sold and belongs to my mom, Jackie Cornick. It was her great-grandparents home back in the 1920's. We are shocked and saddened by this tremendous loss. At this time, we are trying to decide the fate of that beloved building. We are currently awaiting forensics tests, engineering and structural reports, and working with the City to keep it safe and prevent it from being vandalized and becoming a blight. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about the history of Faber's Cyclery. My grandfather was a man of character and integrity. Sadly, neither of his two sons became involved in the business. With that said, anybody claiming to be a Faber or son of Albert Jacob, is just misrepresenting the truth. Thank you for sharing your story and memories! Very truly yours, Karen Hunt Great grandaughter of the owner of the Original Fabers Cyclery.


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