Ramona is latest San Pedro downtown b...

Ramona is latest San Pedro downtown business to close its doors

There are 32 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Mar 4, 2008, titled Ramona is latest San Pedro downtown business to close its doors. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Ramona Bakery has become the latest in a string of what were once traditional, family-owned businesses to close in San Pedro.

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pril

Klamath Falls, OR

#1 Mar 4, 2008
It's really a shame to see some of my favorite places in San Pedro closing up.
Civic Minded

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#2 Mar 4, 2008
The math is easy when Costo is selling baked goods at 1/3 the price and his real estate is worth more than he'll net from the business in the next 15 years. It's only a matter of time before Comrade Hahn and the Walker Ave. communists try to prevent Bodnar from developing his property into housing. Maybe the Eastview Little League gang will get involved and demand it be given to them for free.
Joe

Inglewood, CA

#3 Mar 4, 2008
I live in San Pedro and I try to take my business to these family owned or small independent places whenever possible. If more San Pedrans did the same these places wouldn't be going out of business. The Chamber ought to be looking for ways to aide small business to trive in San Pedro not just chains.
Carolyn Brooks -Wood

Madison, IN

#4 Mar 4, 2008
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ~ My Grandmother Jaunita Sabano Brooks (who passed away in 1974) use to get all her baked goods there for special occasions as did her many friends from the Native Daughters of the Golden West! I live in North Idaho now and am SO glad I went in a little over a year ago while in town and left with about two dozen yummy assorted goodies!
Thank YOU Romana Bakerys for your many years of the best ever breads, cakes and pastries!
Sincerely,
Carolyn Brooks
Good ridance

Pearl City, HI

#5 Mar 4, 2008
these fake San Pedro people claim that gentrification on the backs of taxpayers was for San Pedro but they really just wanted to increase thier own property values. They blame the Port and others but never accept the blame for rnning minimum wage businesses and maintining run down properties (as in downtown). They were not advocating for San Pedro but negotiating for thier own pocketbooks
Janeen Murray

Walnut, CA

#6 Mar 4, 2008
In reading this article, it does sadden me that landmarks such as Ramonas and McCowans are gone. It is hard to say goodbye, the chamber is "grappling" on how to provide the same or similar services, the sad news is, Ramona's and McCowans are like family members, you cannot replace them when they pass away, Ramonas was my first job was I was 15 years old, everyone I know in my family and others had started there, so yea, it is hard to say goodbye.
MARY

Las Vegas, NV

#8 Mar 4, 2008
pril wrote:
It's really a shame to see some of my favorite places in San Pedro closing up.
I AGREE. IT IS SOO SAD TO SEE THESE PLACES THAT REMIND YOU OF HOME ARE ALL DISAPPEARING. I DON'T LIVE IN SAN PEDRO ANYMORE, BUT WHEN I COME TO SAN PEDRO I LOVE TO VISIT MY FAVORITE PLACES.
Old Timer from Pedro

Torrance, CA

#9 Mar 4, 2008
okay i am so shocked. i cannot imagine my birthday without a cake from ramona. god bless their rum cake. costco vons etc ..how do i say this "their cakes werent worth a second on the threadmill"

man i just dont know what to say..i am so devastated..

this is a huge huge blow for san pedro..

utterly shocked ....
Christina

Redondo Beach, CA

#10 Mar 4, 2008
I'm shocked! I had no idea they were closing! Ramona's has been our go to place for any celebration for years...now what...truly bummed...thank you Ramona's for many, many years of great treats!
Another down

Compton, CA

#11 Mar 4, 2008
Businesses like Ramonas and McCowans were there for decaeds and cannot be replaced overnight. It was places like this that give a community "flavor" and the loss will be felt for a long time to come.

Torrance Bakery has excellent cakes too!
SEVE NIRON

Bakersfield, CA

#12 Mar 4, 2008
Civic Minded wrote:
The math is easy when Costo is selling baked goods at 1/3 the price and his real estate is worth more than he'll net from the business in the next 15 years. It's only a matter of time before Comrade Hahn and the Walker Ave. communists try to prevent Bodnar from developing his property into housing. Maybe the Eastview Little League gang will get involved and demand it be given to them for free.
Those vultures at Eastview LL won't ask for the land but they will no doubt continue to hit up Bodnar for finacial support although I doubt there were very many EVLL parents who bought their baked goods from his Ramona Bakery as they were to busy shopping at Costco and whining and moaning with each other about how they deserved and expected a new field of dreams. Ramona's will be missed, RIP.
Civic Minded

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#14 Mar 4, 2008
I don't get my baked goods at Costco or Sams. Mine are fresh from Polly Ann's or Meyers. I do see all the union lugs loading up at the discounters though, the same guys that demanded the rest of the world support them during the walkout and boycot Walmart beacuse it is non-union. Hypocrites.
Sad Neighbor

Bellflower, CA

#15 Mar 4, 2008
Darn! I guess I can scratch Ramona's Bakery off the list to get my Fav Cake...now where do I go...to get that Banana & rasberry filling...darn it!!...Polly Ann's or Meyers huh?...ok I'll go there...Bye Ramona's...and thank you for being my neighbor...when it came to deserts..you were the spot to hit the spot. I sure will miss you!!
Sparrow

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Mar 4, 2008
It's difficult to balance the desire for San Pedro to grow and become commercially viable; with the desire to retain the small town community richness of San Pedro. You can't expect local establishments to pay the exorbitant rents being charged as their current leases expire; and you can't expect the offspring of these business owners to put down the plush lives that they have been afforded for really hard work.
Hillsiderpv

Chino Hills, CA

#17 Mar 4, 2008
My establishment has been a prescence on the border of RPV and San Pedro for over 45 years... We are being forced to seek other ventures due to the vulters, hiking up leases and cams.. We consider ourselves San Pedrans...WE are so proud of our little town. It is true to Sparrow what he writes.. Our Rents at our Plaza have gone up 39%.
We will miss Romana's this bakery has made every single birthday, wedding, shower for generations in our family. Strawberry bannana whip cream was the staple of our birthdays and Party's. We understand when all the increases of the economy increase, gas, electricity, minimum wages going up. It really hurts.. As business owners we are living off of nickels and dimes.
kmcleod

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#18 Mar 4, 2008
I am surprised this took a week to hit the papers. My husband and I stopped by for cannoli last Sunday, only to find a note for the postman on the door and cookies still in the case inside.The cashier at the grocery next door told us that the day before someone from the bakery came in at 3pm and told them it was the last day for Ramona. I wish I had known, I would have got some goodies for the freezer. Man, I am going to miss those mini cannolis.
JBT

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#19 Mar 4, 2008
Civic Minded wrote:
I don't get my baked goods at Costco or Sams. Mine are fresh from Polly Ann's or Meyers. I do see all the union lugs loading up at the discounters though, the same guys that demanded the rest of the world support them during the walkout and boycot Walmart beacuse it is non-union. Hypocrites.
You are a selfish, small minded Bitch, Totally out of touch with the world. I'm done reading your bile...
Bud

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Mar 5, 2008
Why is it that with the heartbreaking news of Ramona's closing, Civic Minded has to start off with his name-calling? JBT, it seems that our dear Civic Minded doesn't care for anyone, small long time businesses, unions, big businesses or residents. He labels Community activist as Communist. Perhaps it takes one to know one. He is giving people on the hill a bad reputation.
kmcleod

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#21 Mar 5, 2008
So, where's the outrage at good riddance's post? I mean, who, exactly are the "fake San Pedro people?" Civic minded at least has a good point about the financials, even it was put in an abrasive package. It's probably not Costco killing the business, though, it's the in-store bakeries. But hey, it's a competitive world out there. You can't tell grocery stores they aren't allowed to sell baked goods.
PAUL SHYKORA

Calgary, Canada

#24 Mar 5, 2008
.....god bless..

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