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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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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