Updated: Arnold Schwarzenegger Visits Los Gatos!

Famous Austrian-born professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician shops and dines in downtown, stopping by Bella Rosa Boutique on North Santa Cruz Avenue.

Update: 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24: Los Gatos Patch reader Stacie Wilson reports having had her photo taken with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this morning outside

Wilson was courteous enough to share the pic snapped on North Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos of the famous movie star and former politician to publish on our Patch site.

Wilson said she and friend Danielle Cleveland had come to the popular breakfast spot after working out at  when they saw Schwarzenegger in the cafe, eating breakfast.

"Had we known The Governator was in town we would've put something cuter on! We walked into the restaurant and there he was, sitting at the very first table on the right (behind the sign in sheet)," Wilson wrote in an email.

"He was seated closest to the aisle, facing the door with an entourage of about four to five people. He was finishing up breakfast as we waited for a table, and we worked up the courage to talk to him. And when he got up to leave we asked if we could take a photo with him. He was very nice about it and said, 'Sure, outside.' Pretty cool."


Oh, my! Guess who stopped by and shopped at Thursday afternoon?

The one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger ... yes, that's right, the former governor of California who's trying to revamp his acting career, and stars in the new summer movie The Expendables 2.

According to Bella Rosa Boutique owner Deborah Rutlen, the Austrian-born former professional bodybuilder was visiting friends in Los Gatos this weekend and came to the store after having lunch at

"He and some of his friends did a little shopping and spent a little time at the store and was gracious enough to let us take a picture with him," Rutlen exclaimed.

The "governator," as he's endearingly called, "looked in great shape," added Rutlen. An entourage of about six friends accompanied the famed Hollywood star, she said.

"He came in. We realized who he was and he was talking and commenting on the store saying how beautiful it was. He was just sitting there and talking to his fans ... we said, 'We can't let you go without getting our photo taken with you,' and he said, 'No problem, on the way out.' "

Rutlen and several of her employees posed for a photo with Schwarzenegger including Bita Dabir, store manager Gina Barsanti and Christina Secchi.

This was not the first time the women's clothing store, 145 No. Santa Cruz Ave., has been visited by a celebrity. Debbie Gibson, Anne Heche and others have also shopped there, according to Rutlen.

Is Schwarzenegger still in town? Well ... "Maybe," said Rutlen without revealing who the star was with, or what specifically he purchased.

Bella Rosa Boutique has been owned by Rutlen for eight years, since 2004.

Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 08:41 PM
OMGosh! That phrase he said to Deborah Rutlen, 'No problem, on the way out,' doesn't that sound like something he would say in one of his Terminator movies! LOL!
Esmée St James August 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
That's very cool! Arnold sounds like a lovely person.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Ha! I didn't ask Deborah, but I will when I call her back!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz August 24, 2012 at 09:12 PM
The "Former" Governor. He is a nice man & just as Human as you & I. Welcome Arnold!
Julie Davis Berry August 24, 2012 at 09:19 PM
It's no surprise that even famous people would love to come and hang out in lovely Los Gatos. It's always been the jewel of the South Bay. Thanks for sharing Sheila!
Kathy Schmidt August 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I saw him in Restoration Hardware this morning. Too chicken to ask for pics with him. He was with a group of about 4 or 5.
Kathy Schmidt August 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I saw him in Restoration Hardware this morning about 10:30. He was with a group of 4 or 5. No pics :(
sunny August 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Arnold and J. Morrel both went to worked out at Courtside Club last night and this morning.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Awesome! Such a great example of fitness!
Bonnie Westman August 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM
That is really something! Wish I had been shopping downtown Thursday afternoon!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Bonnie, I hear he's in town all weekend! You may want to head downtown this afternoon or this evening and catch an autograph or a photo! Share, please!
Friend of Sunny August 24, 2012 at 11:16 PM
To clarify Sunny's comment, Arnold worked out with Ralf Moeller (of 'Gladiator' fame) at Courtside club on Thursday night and Friday morning.
sunny August 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Sorry but correct spelling for Arnold's friend should be Ralf Moeller - another bodybuilder.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Friend of Sunny and sunny ... do you have pics to share? Add them to this article or send them to sheila.sanchez@patch.com. TY!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Love Arnold's two-three-word liners! Just like the Terminator!
shaleen dae August 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
He was nice enough to take a picture with me at Los gatos Roasting co. while he was enjoying coffee and relaxing with friends...Thats me in the picture attached in the red dress.....we kinda match....love ya arnold!
sunny August 25, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I was at Courtside attending my regular classes last night and this morning. > I have had no chance to see Arnold and Ralf Moeller (Gladiator TV series), > both an actor and body builder. Apparently, both are friends of a Courtside > member but they still have to sign a waiver as his guest. My husband was > working out with Arnold side by side last night but my hubby respected his > privacy and didnt say a word to him. Arnold was doing the lat pull down > machine at the fitness room. Both Arnold and Ralf came back to Courtside > this morning. Arnold fever was in the air!
Stacie Wilson August 25, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Thanks for publishing, Sheila. Arnold's comment to us, "Sure, outside.", totally sounded like a terminator line! A man of many words. ;o) We were so starstruck we didn't say much to him either though. LOL! Very sweet of him to take time to pose for a photo with us.
Sarah Conner August 25, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Come with me if you want to live.
Judy Stanley August 25, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Asta la vista, Baby!
Kit Menkin August 25, 2012 at 04:29 PM
He had dinner at Deo Deko. While he was doing this, Maria was helping her son move into the dorm at USC, as reported in Google. Her daughter was helping in the move as she also goes to USC.
Mckenna Smith August 25, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Your clothes... give them to me, now ... LOL
Joseph Sordi, Sr August 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
My wife, Sheila, and I had lunch at the Wine Cellar yesterday. I spotted Arnie walking by toward the California Cafe. I told my wife and she just wouldn't believe me. Today I read that he also had lunch at the California Cafe. Told Sheila that he probably took our table after we left. LOL.
Joseph Sordi, Sr August 25, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I mean at the Wine Cellar.
johnconnor August 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I hear he was staying at the home of Robert Emami who was also the member of courtside who brought them
shaleen dae August 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Hi All! Its Shaleen Dae( from TANGLES SALON) above with the pic of me and Arnold in the red dress.I talked with Greg Kihn and Chris jackson from KFOX 98.5 this morning about meeting Arnold! They called me and we had a fun talk and laughed a lot.It was so great to see Arnold around LG...I hope ya'll heard the conversation.It aired this morning Aug 27th! Love all the comments.I got nothin but respect for Arnold! Bye ya'll! Shaleen Dae
lgsocialite August 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I've seen Arnold several times in Los Gatos with Robert Emami They are great friends.
Peter September 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I saw Arnold this weekend 9/7 at Forbes mill
Anne Haynes February 06, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I miss Los Gatos and love seeing these photos. I'm not a huge Schwarzenegger fan because of his infidelity and running up California's debt.
Don Prolo February 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Arnold was at My Neighbor Robert Emami's house last weekend 2/23/13


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