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Most of Sierra Madre’s commercial activity consists of that occurring in restaurants, retail shops and boutiques, salons, florists, fitness facilities and professional services such as accounting and real estate. The community’s tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly downtown business district is the perfect place to stroll, windowshop, dine or relax in the town center, Kersting Court. With plenty of free parking, the town invites leisurely visitors and busy shoppers looking for the refreshing ambiance of a small town.


There are some industrial facilities in Sierra Madre. Ironically, in a town whose residents delight in the absence of traffic lights, one of the primary industries has been the manufacturing of traffic light parts! Other industries include woodworking, furniture building, printing, welding, storage and art, mostly in the Montecito corridor just northeast of downtown.


Nearby Hollywood has made it clear that its movers and shakers see the unique charm Sierra Madre residents enjoy every day. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Lethal Weapon 4, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, The Testament, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Sergeant Bilko, Kicking and Screaming and K-Pax are among the long list of major motion pictures with scenes filmed in Sierra Madre.

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