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Palm Deserts New DMV

By Denise Ortuno Neil

I almost didn't want to share this tidbit of information. I mean, there's already people who know..but not everyone..and if you've ever waited in line at the DMV, you'll understand my apprehension. Ok, I'll give up the goods. Palm Desert now has its own DMV location. Now, this may be be old hat to some of you..but to those who didn't know, like me, it's a revelation, or at least a new convenience.

The new spiffy DMV just opened last September off Cook and Gerald Ford, quietly tucked away behind Starbucks and Arco, and is easily overlooked.

Previously to the Palm Desert location, CV DMV seekers had to trek to Palm Springs or to the lovely Indio location off of Jackson. Both of which are uncomfortably overcrowded and in serious need of a ventilation overhaul ( the Indio DMV in the summertime...not pretty).

But the brand spanken new locale in Palm Desert is devoid of such nuisances. The energy efficient building has high ceilings, GREAT ventilation, plenty of seating, and even boats a killer view of San Jacinto.

The employees seem to be happier too, driving a stake into the heart of government worker stereotypes.

So the next time you need to renew your license, registration or need any of the other myriad of services the DMV provides, come check out the new PD location in the CV. It just might make what used to be an annoying chore into an actual tolerable one...just don't tell anyone.

The Palm Desert DMV is located at 74-740 Technology Drive off of Gerald Ford. For more information visit

Treasure Hunting at The Palm Desert Antique Mall

By Denise Ortuno Neil

It's a soothing time for me when I get to stop by an Antique Shop. There's just something about all of the treasures hanging around that intrigue me. I wonder as I walk by the items of where they came from, who had it last, how old it is and how did it end up for sale. If only the treasures could speak...what a conversation that would be.

I've purchased many things from Antique Stores in the past that I still consider my favorite material goodies. There's a gorgeous Marcasite cross ring that I bought years ago, as well as a Poison ring that I'm sure could tell a few tales ( hopefully it never represented its nefarious moniker).

One of my favorite prize hunting spots is the Palm Desert Antique Mall off of San Pablo and Hwy 111. The mall is comprised of small alcoves and condensed floor space where different collectors have their finds for sale. There is an array of different things to choose from. Everything from classic tea cups, to costume jewlery, to the real thing. You can even find a timeless Carousal style horse for your childs room, if you were so inclined.

It's a wonderful way to spend a quiet afternoon and I look forward to stopping by the Palm Desert Antique Mall again soon, hopefully to find my next treasure.

The Palm Desert Antique Mall is located at 44-855 San Pablo #7, Palm Desert Ca, 92260


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