The Claycord Online Museum – The Old Sport Chalet on N. Main St. in Pleasant Hill

August 10, 2021 14:00 pm · 12 comments


This is an advertisement for the old Sport Chalet on N. Main St. in Pleasant Hill.

Anybody remember this place?

Thanks to Carol Putman for sharing this advertisement, which was featured in the 1964 Diablo Valley College Ski Club brochure.

ABOUT THE CLAYCORD ONLINE MUSEUM: The Claycord Online Museum is made up of historical photos, documents & anything else that has to do with the history of our area.

If you have any old photos or items that you’d like to place in the Claycord Online Museum, just scan or take a photo of them, and send them to the following address: It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s just an old photo of your house, a scan of an old advertisement or an artifact that you’d like us to see, send it in and we’ll put it online!

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dbcoop August 10, 2021 at 2:33 PM

the only thing i remember about the place was the big moose head

Shoulda Coulda August 10, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Got my first baseball mitt at the Sport Chalet.
A Billy Martin autograph model. We lived a couple
blocks away and also used the old YE (Yellowstone)
phone prefix. Great place to shop for any sports
equipment. The place to go to buy or rent snow skis.
Just up the street from Gay 90’s Pizza.

Ilovepopcorn August 10, 2021 at 3:37 PM

Oh yes this is a great memory. I grew up in high school with the same prefix on our telephone number! YE stood for Yellowstone! My phone # was YE-7-0914! We got our ski rentals there. It was located where the Black Angus was! I know this dates me big time. I miss the good old days!

Shoulda Coulda August 10, 2021 at 5:12 PM


The Sports Chalet was located farther north, nearer
to Hookston Rd and the Knotty Pine Bar and Gay 90’s
Pizza Palace. The Black Angus location was formerly the
site of The Nut Bowl Restaurant. Famous for their pies.
I just tried to call your YE number to tell you this but it’s no
longer in service. 😳

HappyPappy August 10, 2021 at 4:47 PM

Great store, had everything…… my SCUBA certification there, made some good dive buddies too, we had many fun dive trips together.

Dr. Jellyfinger August 10, 2021 at 5:04 PM

They had some of the most beautiful, top of the line, laminated recurve bows ever produced.
As a kid I used to drool looking at those expensive bows.
I wound up buying, refinishing and selling quite a few of them over the years. I’m down to my last 7 favorites now….They’re keepers.

Shoulda Coulda August 10, 2021 at 5:29 PM


Do you watch the tv series Mountain Men?
Have you ever tried to make an Indian style
bow like Tom does. I remember those beautiful
wooden bows that you describe. Fiberglass and
all the new composites will never compare.

whome August 10, 2021 at 5:57 PM


And Dudley Perkins Harley-Davidson…

redrazor August 11, 2021 at 4:58 PM

Bought my first .22 pistol there in 1977.
The “Naughty Pine” bar was a doozy.
I think the Harley Shop was first owned by Bill Cheney.(?)
The Gay 90s was “Straight as an Arrow” LOL

JG27AD August 10, 2021 at 9:36 PM

Rented skis there until I bought my own stuff at the REI ski sale in Berkeley. I can still smell the ski wax from the upstairs area where the rental shop was.
Looking at the brand names of ski equipment brings back great memories.
I had Head Skis, Marker bindings, Reichle Boots (with flow). Those boots were as comfortable as bedroom slippers !!!!

Sandy G August 10, 2021 at 10:11 PM

I worked there when it was Oshmans Sport Chalet. The stories I could tell you.! So many good times, but bad times, too. Got SCUBA certified. Met some really great fun people, and some not so nice people.

jose August 11, 2021 at 5:10 AM

In 1972 I bought a rifle & a shotgun there for hunting……later on I purchased a bow for archery. Then later on in the years I bought a couple pairs of ski boots and a set of ski;s and bindings. Great place that sold nice stuff.

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