Hermosa's hippie heritage fading

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Greeko's Sandals owners Steve and Yoshiko Yerkes are closing up the hippie/New Age shop, which has been part of the Hermosa Beach downtown since 1966.
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Becky

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Nov 24, 2008
 

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I roamed those streets during the hippie era. Good old stomping grounds, when I lived in P.V. Sorry to see it go. Maybe they can modify their sales techniques and blend in somehow with locals. Where are all the good people going?
pril

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Nov 24, 2008
 

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Kind of sad to see Hermosa turning into any other boring town full of overpriced boutiques and standardized stores.
Jose Sixpack

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Nov 24, 2008
 
pril wrote:
Kind of sad to see Hermosa turning into any other boring town full of overpriced boutiques and standardized stores.
Hermosa has been like this for a while....
pril

Klamath Falls, OR

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Nov 24, 2008
 
i know it has. I visit the south bay every couple of years and every time it's more like every other place I visit. It's hard to tell anymore where one is when every place one goes is just like the one you left.
Great

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I am glad the hippies are gone, what a bunch of worthless people.
Hmmm

Hermosa Beach, CA

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Nov 24, 2008
 
Great wrote:
I am glad the hippies are gone, what a bunch of worthless people.
You missed it. They're moving to Washington, D.C. Grand opening in January.
HB Guy

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Great wrote:
I am glad the hippies are gone, what a bunch of worthless people.
The hippies were just young people of all backgrounds espousing "peace and love". Psycadelic fun and games. We were a nice small beach-surf town then. I suppose us surfers were(are) worthless too? You PV snob. Just VW bugs and busses, vans and old wagons. A better purer time and people then the McMansion owning, Lexus/BMW/Mercedes driving, spunge-log surfing yuppie Obama wimps that now inhabit our once quaint haven.
rolly polly

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bunch of transplant yuppie post college morons living in hermosa now...they should all quit wasting mommy and daddy's money and go back to the mid-west....
JIM DAVIS

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Great wrote:
I am glad the hippies are gone, what a bunch of worthless people.
Iím one of the worthless hippie/surf bums from that era. Hung there it was allowed in those days. Sleeping on the beach beneath my board and surfing all day until in the evening you could free roam Hermosa from one party to another and often would end up in front of Greekos as it was an anchored and prevented one from floating off into space, ha.
One last thing before the snobs go casting aspersions on that period in Hermosa and the people who live that life this one at least went on to serve in the Marine Corps and later worked for the Hermosa PD and other Police Departments in the South Bay. What have you done?
Local Guy

Huntington Beach, CA

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Nov 24, 2008
 
makes me sad to see it go.... bought my first water pipe there... :(
michael d

El Segundo, CA

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#13
Nov 24, 2008
 
if the original owner really eants to see the place keep its place in hermosa maybe since he owns the property he could let the bussness be run as a nonprofit buissness,with all profits after rent to be givin to charitable causes,just an idea
Le Boulevardier

Covina, CA

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Nov 24, 2008
 
I remember in the 1980s when Sweetwater closed. It was in the Redondo Beach triangle where Gold's Gym is now. That was the best music bar in the South Bay.

When it closed, it marked the end of an era too. An ad, written by a young woman, appeared in the classifed section of the Easy Reader. It lamented (and I paraphrase): "Goodbye, Sweetwater, it was wonderful while it lasted. Hello, hotels, condos and Z-car "I'm so hot" license plate mentality. No thanks." Her little ad captured my sentiments exactly.

Old Hermosa is pretty much gone. The Insomniac coffee house, a yupped-up Lighthouse, 52 Pier, Dianne's Tacoburrito's, Shenanigan's and on and on.

Soon the Mermaid and the Poopdeck will be gone too, and that will be it.

The end began when Fat Face Fenner's Falloon was bought (1973?) by some guy from Boston (John Bowler?) who immediately raised the prices and began plotting the demise of Old Hermosa, gained control of the City Council, and eventually created the horrendous drunk-fest that is now Pier Avenue.

Ah, the Good Old Days!
Le Boulevardier

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Nov 24, 2008
 
I even miss Cavanaugh!(And don't forget the Leaning Tower of Hermosa.)
Honest Abe

Saint Albans, WV

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Nov 24, 2008
 
Grekkos has had my business for many years. Just a store w/ lots of 60's and 70's stuff.
I'll be stoping in to get some deals. Thanks for all the GOOD times. Hope the doors stay open.
Honest Abe

Saint Albans, WV

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Nov 24, 2008
 
Great wrote:
I am glad the hippies are gone, what a bunch of worthless people.
Just another snobby PV nose in the air knucklehaed.Ha8er!!
Paul

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hippies never take showers they stink like old socks
Honest Abe

Saint Albans, WV

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Nov 24, 2008
 
Local Guy wrote:
makes me sad to see it go.... bought my first water pipe there...:(
Where did you get you last one?
KBq2

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#21
Nov 24, 2008
 
Wait a minute...as long as we're still California,weed will be the State Flower.I see yuppies and post hippie leftovers alike engaging in herbal appreciation.Maybe the place can have a mixed use? Cafe/cute clothing/and ...ummm..tobacco accoutrements.But I suppose it's too late now.
Bummer....
tiedied but not dead yet

Seattle, WA

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Nov 24, 2008
 
Long live the Rat theater!! And Sweetwater!!
Gone but not forgotten!
HB 32years

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Nov 24, 2008
 

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Yet another piece of Hermosa's unique character has been chipped away... Sad to see it go!

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