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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robert

Camarillo, CA

#94 Nov 8, 2009
South Bay Native wrote:
Does anybody remember the 1.00 movie theater that was in Redondo near the pier?
you have to be a fairly old guy to remember the Fox
hal hiner

Lucerne Valley, CA

#95 May 1, 2010
Tom Liringis wrote:
I worked at Greekos for 5 years back in the 70's with Hal Hiner. I'm sad to see it go but I will always remember the great times I had and even still dream about it til this day.
hi tom! how are you?
hal hiner

Lucerne Valley, CA

#96 May 1, 2010
Johnny Greeko wrote:
I'm sad too that Greeko's Sandals is closing after over 42, almost 43 years, in business. Est. in 1966. I opened up the original sandal shop of 600 sq.ft. at 1128 Hermosa Ave. next door to the present location with only $400.00 of my own money, made my first pair of custom made sandals, barring the name..........Greeko's Sandals, in June of 1966 with my own 2 hands. In late 1969 I moved down the street to it's present location, and in 1972 I enlarged the store again to about 4,000 sq. ft. when Callahan's Bar next door moved out of the building. Callahan's opened in 1947 when the building was built, and they were in business for 25 years from 1947 to 1972.
I hope all of you find this great and sad Daily Breeze article by staff writer Andrea Woodhouse about Greeko's closing, interesting..........It's SAD, and I feel SAD about the store closing too.
I'm still in somewhat in a state of SHOCK! about Greeko's demise/closing. Allot of great memories for me and allot of other people, were made at Greeko's, through the last 42+ years to say the least. So the employees have a place to work and the customers, have a place to shop at a store like Greeko's, we are going to try to keep Greeko's open, or at least 1/2 of the shop, if at all possible.
However, at this time I want to thank all of the great past and present Greeko employees, and all of the great loyal customers that have stopped by and shopped at Greeko's through the past almost 43 years, that made what Greeko's is today. I miss Hal Hiner, a great artist that managed Greeko's Sandals and hand drew all of my Greeko store signs and ads, and did his own comic strips for the Easy Reader from about 1970 till around 1978 for a period of over 8 years, and oh yes, no one can forget the 3 Helms-Greeko, bakery trucks, I know I can't and the Zig-Zag-Man.
PEACE & LOVE,
John Warren,
AKA John Greeko
i miss you too
hal hiner

Lucerne Valley, CA

#97 May 1, 2010
don't even get me started on how cool hermosa's history is...we rocked!! www.myspace.com/canor
goodbye ruby tuesday

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#98 May 1, 2010
hey look i'm an applebee's now!
Professor

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#99 May 3, 2010
Hermosa's image is sad and old. The women who are the ages of 40-plus in this town should start dressing their age. The ugg boots are way to ugly to be wearing all the time and cut your long, dried out tresses,who do you think you are, 20 years old? Oh and yes when I go to my relatives little league games, please refrain from drinking your homemade margaritas in the stands and the coaches should not be holding a drink as they stand in the dugout with the kids.
Jah

Australia

#100 May 4, 2010
Professor wrote:
Hermosa's image is sad and old. The women who are the ages of 40-plus in this town should start dressing their age. The ugg boots are way to ugly to be wearing all the time and cut your long, dried out tresses,who do you think you are, 20 years old? Oh and yes when I go to my relatives little league games, please refrain from drinking your homemade margaritas in the stands and the coaches should not be holding a drink as they stand in the dugout with the kids.
go fck yourself kook, we dont want you in our town and we dont care what outsiders like you think of us. GO HOME !!! and take all the other sht bags from out of town with you.
Professor

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#101 May 5, 2010
Jah wrote:
<quoted text>go fck yourself kook, we dont want you in our town and we dont care what outsiders like you think of us. GO HOME !!! and take all the other sht bags from out of town with you.
If all the other sht bags from out of town are gone, there wouldn't be any business coming in. Excuse me, I was invited to your town/city. Hermosa does have an image and it was made by people who live there. So your saying it's okay to have alcohol, freely drinking parents at kids little league games? The coach in the dugout holding a margarita? C'mon there has got to be some morals. Everyone who I have met in Hermosa is not even a native or from California, so talk to them about your issue.
Jah

Australia

#102 May 5, 2010
Professor wrote:
<quoted text>If all the other sht bags from out of town are gone, there wouldn't be any business coming in. Excuse me, I was invited to your town/city. Hermosa does have an image and it was made by people who live there. So your saying it's okay to have alcohol, freely drinking parents at kids little league games? The coach in the dugout holding a margarita? C'mon there has got to be some morals. Everyone who I have met in Hermosa is not even a native or from California, so talk to them about your issue.
i dont see anything wrong with adult fans enjoying a drink in the stands, as for the coaches, i doubt any of them are drinking in the dugout, ive seen many games at clark stadium and i have never seen that. i dont doubt that you have never met a hermosa beach local, we know what your kind looks like and we stay away. you people (your relatives) move here from god knows where, you dont understand the way things work around here and you get in our way, this place will never be like the cities you come from so stop trying to change it !
Professor

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#103 May 6, 2010
A yeah, a coach was drinking in the dugout. How do the things in Hermosa work? I live next door to your city, I'm a native.

Since: Nov 07

Hermosa Beach

#104 Aug 5, 2010
Professor wrote:
A yeah, a coach was drinking in the dugout. How do the things in Hermosa work? I live next door to your city, I'm a native.
Then why didn't you call the police? It is illegal in the U.S. to drink alcohol out in public, on any government owned property, except in New Orleans.

Oh, you are one of those who sit & bitch and DO NOTHING. That is why. Or have your own reasons to be afraid of the police.
roaddawg31

Los Angeles, CA

#105 Aug 5, 2010
JIM DAVIS wrote:
<quoted text>
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?
The thing is, those snobs as you call them, have only lived in this commercial, chic "beach city" and think that's how a beach city is supposed to be. Look from Manhattan Beach to Huntington Beach and anywhere else. Where have the sleepy beach towns gone?
inquiring minds

United States

#106 Aug 5, 2010
not for lack of trying not to be- redondo
U Dont Say

United States

#107 Aug 5, 2010
pril wrote:
Kind of sad to see Hermosa turning into any other boring town full of overpriced boutiques and standardized stores.
Come-on now, it has always been that way, just on a smaller scale. It is still a quaint little town, just a little bit noisier! You know, population does that to any town. I still love Hermosa Beach and always will.
U Dont Say

United States

#108 Aug 5, 2010
roaddawg31 wrote:
<quoted text>
The thing is, those snobs as you call them, have only lived in this commercial, chic "beach city" and think that's how a beach city is supposed to be. Look from Manhattan Beach to Huntington Beach and anywhere else. Where have the sleepy beach towns gone?
Those "sleepy beach towns" are very much still here! They are just filled with people and now they are awake!!! So much for the free parking spaces!
xislanda

New York, NY

#109 Aug 5, 2010
Too bad a great relic, took my kids there. Think they were the only ones from Martyrs that went in there. Got in to area in late 70's when the bikers hung out along with the rest and have to agree it was a much more pure place. Over built, over priced, too crowded with all the wrong people.
Unfortunately cannot roll back the clock
RB Mom

Downey, CA

#110 Aug 5, 2010
HB Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
I agree... the South Bay beach area has completed lost its original charm. I hate the idea of yuppie businesses and hotels taking over the area. As a kid, I remember the quaint ice cream stands and skate rental shops along the strand. It is sad to see it go.
RB Mom

Downey, CA

#111 Aug 5, 2010
robert wrote:
<quoted text>
you have to be a fairly old guy to remember the Fox
I remember it fondly! Didn't it have the round restroom foyer? The Bijou Theater in Hermosa was fun, too.
zfire

Torrance, CA

#112 Aug 12, 2010
rolly polly wrote:
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...
I feel you. I moved to Hermosa to partake of the laid back lifestyle and attitude I've always had and felt was never appreciated in Miami, Philly, and NY. Now I feel I'm home and just chillin. I love this town, my neighbors, and the weather. I kinda feel bad for the locals that grew up here that have to see everything change. I hope in the long run it isn't for the worst. I've been having a pretty good time.:)
zfire

Torrance, CA

#113 Aug 12, 2010
Worrywart wrote:
<quoted text>
Perhaps "the city is so poor" is due to the huge retirements previous officials voted themselves and their employees.
Or perhaps they are broke because Hermosa is only exceed by El Segundo in the state of California in the police officer/resident ratio (this one square mile town has 38-active with pending retirement benefits).
The largest expenditure in Hermosa Beach's yearly budget is "retirement obligations".
Maybe the doubling of the design budget for Valley Park (a former council member's daughter master's project) helped spend the money ($400,000 - her whole college bill?), and don't forget completing the project itself cost THREE times the estimate and budget.
Then, look into the cost overruns and delays on the Pier Plaza project.
Check out the number of bars in Manhattan compared to Hermosa:
http://www.pubclub.com/losangeles/manhattan.h...
Then go ahead, post an informed comment.
You know, it was funny. I was thinking that I noticed many more bars in Manhattan than Hermosa. I also don't like the faux upscale feel of Manhattan. Reminds me too much of Lincoln Drive in Miami. Thanks for pointing that out to everyone as I'm a transplant and didn't think I should post without knowing.

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