Hermosa's hippie heritage fading

Hermosa's hippie heritage fading

There are 105 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Nov 23, 2008, titled Hermosa's hippie heritage fading. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

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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Sam Gompers

Los Angeles, CA

#24 Nov 24, 2008
The changes started when the AAAAARDVARK left town.
South Bay Native

Torrance, CA

#25 Nov 24, 2008
I am soooooo bummed!!!!!! Greekos is an institution. How sad to see it go! I was just as bummed when Either/Or bookstore closed. Hermosa has no charm anymore! It SUCKS!
South Bay Native

Torrance, CA

#26 Nov 24, 2008
HB Guy wrote:
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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.
South Bay Native

Torrance, CA

#27 Nov 24, 2008
They should turn it in to a Medical Marijuana clinic!What a fantastic idea!!
jim_redondo beach

Upland, CA

#28 Nov 24, 2008
...after Benz left town...I hear they lost 50% of their business...

Torrance, CA

#29 Nov 24, 2008
Wow... first the Bijou, then the Either-Or-Bookstore and now this? Sad times. Good bye to the old , colorful and creative bohemian culture and Hello to the insipid "upscale" culture.

Too bad because now it seems that all Hermosa Beach attracts are drunks.

Corona, CA

#31 Nov 24, 2008
Great. I guess in the social darwinism of things preppy unoriginal dime-a-dozen frat boy = winner, down to earth real unique genuine people = losers. ;(
Hermosa Resident

Pasadena, CA

#32 Nov 24, 2008
Such a shame. Hermosa has been overrun by outsiders. It will never be the same again.
Hermosa Resident

Pasadena, CA

#33 Nov 24, 2008
No the problems started when Hennesseys expanded taking away Diana's/Taco Bills. Then after that they closed down the street and turned it into a promenade. Then all the places started falling 1 by 1 after that. It's been going on since the early 90's
rolly polly

Waianae, HI

#34 Nov 24, 2008
all of these mid west and east coast transplants need to leave their mentality back home and adopt OUR california lifestyle of living...back in the day they would got knocked out and gone home crying...It was fun...now there's too many laws around that protect them and there yuppie mentality....oh well, it was good while it lasted...
Don Diller

Pasadena, CA

#35 Nov 24, 2008
There has always been something reassuring about Greeko's, knowing that it was always there, like our youth. Even though in our adult lives we don't have the time or inclination to pass through its door, just knowing it was there somehow kept alive good memories. We will miss it because it reminds us of our mortality.

Ventura, CA

#36 Nov 24, 2008
Le Boulevardier wrote:
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!
I completely forgot about Sweetwater. Never got to go, was only 17 in 1980 but I wanted to.
A Thought

Glendale, CA

#37 Nov 24, 2008
Hermosa Resident wrote:
No the problems started when Hennesseys expanded taking away Diana's/Taco Bills. Then after that they closed down the street and turned it into a promenade. Then all the places started falling 1 by 1 after that. It's been going on since the early 90's
As I recall, it was the Hermosa residents who wanted the street shut down so there would be only foot traffic, to go from bar to bar. Either way, Hermosa isn't the garden spot of California that everyone seems to recall. It's always had its share of problems throughout the years, just like any other place. But kind of rediculous to complain about outsides coming into the city. Its called money, and without it, Hermosa would fade away all together.
torrance resident

United States

#39 Nov 24, 2008
Yup, no comparison between the laid-back old Hermosa of my teen-aged years (which was simultaneously spawning the greatest West Coast punk bands) and the cookie cutter yuppified Hermosa of today.
THS Alum

Cerritos, CA

#40 Nov 24, 2008
Long gone are the days of cruising from Redondo to Manhattan, 4th of July on the Strand, tacoburrito that was a real meal, sauce sandwiches at Mickey's, great rock n roll (an E note still transports me back in time!)and good people that didn't care what auto they drove, didn't have to live in McMansions. Ah...the good ole days.

Glendale, CA

#41 Nov 24, 2008
Nooooooo! Greekos... dont go!!! Im 28 yrs old and I remember getting my first piece EVER there when I was 14. It was the awesomest piece ever... it was there for me through thick and thin and I owe it all to you! Greekos you will be missed.
bad news bears

United States

#42 Nov 24, 2008
Just like Platypus Records in M.B. & Taki in H.B., all good things must end. Glad we got to enjoy it before the infestation.
Yeah Man

Glendale, CA

#43 Nov 25, 2008
It sucks. I wish Hermosa could stay like it was, just hippies and surfers, drugs and alcohol, little shanty beach houses and being able to drink and sleep on the beach all day. I hate to see nice, beautiful homes, increased value on my property, better city services, income from tourists and other locals nearby, and a prosperous city! Wish it would have stayed a haven for runaways and drug use like it always had been! Get over it, the 60's are gone!
Fred Lite

Glendale, CA

#44 Nov 25, 2008
Fred from PV wrote:
I am glad to see Greko go, I am going to miss the day all of the Hermosa Skinhead posse could hang out and talk **** about Jews.
Fred.....wish you and your comments would fade away like some of these businesses!

Highland, CA

#46 Nov 25, 2008
9 grand a month
no wonder
circling the drain
no market
small town
9 grand and dated material
sure to fail
half the draw
the ocean
a retailer nightmare

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