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Gentrification is Winning

Editor, I have been shopping at Coast Liquors, corner of Mountain Avenue and Coast Highway, for half a century. Now the new owners who bought the Coast Inn across the street want to replace the liquor store with a swimming pool, so rumor has it. The stock in the store is slowly...

Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

Editor, For decades, Laguna Beach had a large gay bar on Main Beach and later the Boom Boom Room at the Coast Inn. Luckily a gay man owns our much smaller and only remaining gay bar, the Bounce, and has made recent changes with more improvements coming. When “Pappy”...

Local Investor Doubles Down

As a youngster growing up in Laguna Beach, Chris Dornin considered himself steeped in artists. The high school’s teams then were still named Artists, rather than the current Breakers. He studied art with retired art teacher Peter Tiner, entering projects in local art...

Remembering Bygone Merchants

Editor, After attending a most enjoyable evening of the “Lagunatics” show, one of the numbers “Down in Laguna,” listed about five long gone downtown businesses. My memory was stimulated to remember over 50 more! See those listed below. I only go back to about 1960 in Laguna ...

Gay Intervention?

  Editor,   The city of Paris subsidizes some businesses because they believe they serve a unique public service. The City Council could have easily told the new owner of the Coast Inn to keep the Boom Boom open because it was a destination dance and food establishment...

Striving to Keep Alive the Gay Vibe

Perhaps not as storied as New York’s Stonewall Inn, site of a 1969 police raid and uprising that sparked the modern gay rights movement, still Laguna Beach’s Boom Boom Room is revered nearly as dearly among Orange County’s gay community. The dance club best known for its...