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  1. Michael Robertson
    September 26, 2019 @ 12:02 pm

    Great stories of Carmel past. The kindness the people and merchants of Carmel gave to my family when we immigrated from Scotland to Carmel was overwhelming to my parents and helped my fathers two stores, The Scottish Shop and Robertson’s to become very successful. My parents loved Carmel and always felt at home even though home was thousands of miles away in Edinburgh Scotland.

    Thank you again for sharing your memories.


    • Anointed Journey
      September 30, 2019 @ 2:33 pm

      Yes, so true, Michael. We were all so blessed to have such a special place to grow up. My entire family always spoke so highly of your father. I appreciate your kind words.


  2. Betsy Seccombe Smith
    January 23, 2020 @ 11:58 am

    I spent my early childhood in Carmel. When I was eight, we moved to a St. Louis suburb. I was being kicked out of the Garden of Eden! Returned in the sixties, worked at the Village Corner and married a Carmelite. We spent several years on the Monterey peninsula, but life took us to the east coast.Now I am 74, living in Pennsylvania, but Carmel is still my heart home. We had a wonderful family gathering there last summer to honor my husband, Sam, who died last year. My top priority now is living near my children, but I will continue to visit Carmel as long as I can.


    • Anointed Journey
      March 26, 2020 @ 10:24 pm

      Thank you Betsy for your kind words. I wonder if I possibly knew your husband Sam? I am so sorry to hear of your loss.


  3. Stephen Myrick
    March 9, 2020 @ 11:40 pm

    What a wonderful walk through Carmel’s past. Oh, how I long for that simple life! I grew up on Mission Street between Alta and Vista and went to Carmel Woods through the Fifth Grade. Great memories of selling the Carmel Pine Cone and playing in Pescadero Canyon. The years went by, and I was blessed to own Myrick Photographic, a camera store in Monterey, from 1979 to 2017, where many of your Grandparent’s customers shopped. I always loved the sign they had on their door! I must admit that Hansel and Gretel was my favorite store and most of my profits were spent there. Thank you for this wonderful essay.


    • Anointed Journey
      March 26, 2020 @ 10:22 pm

      Wow, Stephen. I remember your store and going there several times. I also grew up in the Carmel Woods and went to Carmel Woods School as did my Uncle Kevin Hale. You probably had Joe Lowe in First Grade, I imagine. The Pine Cone was wonderful in those days. I also played in Pescadero Canyon and our dear family friends Lee and Ged Carlon lived on Alta. Hansel and Gretel was my favorite candy store too and I still use one of their recipes with my kids. My middle daughter broke her tripod a few years ago on a visit to Carmel, so I took her into Green’s Camera World in Salinas to buy another one. The owner began to chat with me and remembered me from my grandparents’ camera store in Carmel (Camera Craft), he refused to take my daughter’s money for the tripod. He proceeded to tell her all about his fond memories of our family and their integrity and knowledge. It was such a special treat to hear his stories about my mom, uncle, and grandparents. He even remembered me from when I worked in the store as a kid, which I found astounding. Thank you for sharing your precious memories. We were so blessed to have such a magical childhood. I just spent a week there, two weeks ago, staying with various friends. Always so fun, to walk down memory lane.


  4. Michael Coleman
    May 28, 2023 @ 12:01 pm

    Carmel, you certainly couldn’t have a more fitting name! I was in the radio business for 25 years and in that time did the morning show on KRML when it was at its original
    location, at Carmel Rancho Shopping Center.
    Then we moved it to the Crossroads. Clint Eastwood and Hank Ketchum were two notable listeners. Clint called to compliment me a few times and one morning after my show, I went to my fax machine and there was a personal thank you note from Hank Ketchum, for talking about his jazz paintings I’d seen in a gallery opposite the parking garage at Nielson Bros market.
    You write with such color and authenticity! I
    Love it, especially sweet Beverly Cleary stopping by. I donated a signed copy of one of her “Ramona” books to my son’s grammar school, after meeting her at Thunderbird Books. Your stories are enthralling. I can’t wait to read more!


    • Anointed Journey
      May 29, 2023 @ 6:55 pm

      Your stories are equally great! Thank you!
      I did talk radio for 23 years and was a DJ at KSPB and KSAC for awhile in the 80’s.
      You have some great radio stories!
      Small world, my Mom babysat for Hank Ketchum in Carmel in the 1950’s. My mom used to joke whenever I read the comics, “I babysat the real Denace the Menace!”


  5. Judy DeAmaral Shannon
    June 16, 2023 @ 1:13 am

    Carmel is my ancestral home. My great-grandfather came to Carmel/Point Lobos in the late 1800s from Portugal. My grandfather, father, and older brother were all born in Carmel. My father and all 4 of his kids graduated from Carmel High. I remember with a little sadness the Carmel that used to be. Ice cream from the Dairy, toothpicks and cinnamon oil from Carmel Drug Store, sitting and relaxing on the grass in the park, and drinking endless cups of 10 cent coffee at Sambos.


    • Anointed Journey
      September 7, 2023 @ 5:44 pm

      Yes me too! Thank you for sharing some great memories.


  6. Kathee Fischer McFarland
    November 6, 2023 @ 6:36 pm

    my mom came to Carmel with her parents about 1930 when she was about 3 years old. my father was in Pacific Grove at that time growing up over there. they met and lived in Carmel and had us three girls. my dad worked for the Carmel Police department as did his identical twin brother. many of the memories that you share are also many of the memories that my sisters and I share with you. the storekeepers were very tolerant of my little sister and I, we were kind of rowdy to say the least when we were about 7 to 10 years old. but Carmel was safe then to run around town and not worry about getting kidnapped or gunned down. we spent many many hours at the beach as children. we were truly blessed!


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