In 1947 the next Candelas store opened on Cesar Chavez Ave (formerly Brooklyn Ave) in the Boyle Heights District of Los Angeles. It was a hit and with the rise in popularity of the Classical guitar, folk, and Mariachi music, a 4th shop was opened on 1066 Sunset Blvd. With four stores in two countries, the brothers were stretched thin. By 1967 just having left the army, Porfirios son Candelario (named after his uncle), joined the family business. Candelario possessed the skills of both his father and uncle, had skills for running a business, played guitar and enjoyed building. He was dedicated enough to build on the legacy that the two founders created: building handcrafted quality guitars instead of giving in to the popular temptation of machine-built models. The shops were booming and a fifth store was added in Hollywood. Like the experience in Tijuana, more artists found the shop including: Jose Feliciano, Arlo Guthrie and Hoyt Axton as well as the most famous Mariachi bands of the time. Visit our website for full information about us.