Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vintage Pic Wednesday

Whittwood Mall Ad

Monday, October 29, 2012


By now you understand how much I love Whittier and the nostalgia that Whittier has to offer. Remembering all of the great places that once stood and existed in Whittier makes you long for the "good ol days". Every now and again a place comes along and pops up right under your nose and makes you do a double take. In the land of what seems to be a hair cut spot on every corner it is so hard to be original. One hair spot looks like the next and the next one looks like the next one. Not for Tip Top Barber Shop though. I knew the minute I saw the logo they were on to something special. Standing out like a fresh throw back jersey from yest er year Tip Top does it right.

Tip Top Barber Shop
13127 Whittier Blvd


Andre "Dre" Perales opened Tip Top Barber Shop about 8 months ago and has carved out his own special niche. Andre Perales is also a Tattoo Artist who has been working his art form for 10 years Andre grew up in the area and decided he wanted to open up a Barber Shop in Whittier the city he grew up in. He said many people were sceptical at first saying "Why Whittier?" but he says "Why not Whittier? I grew up here, I live close by and it is a great city." I agree. So not only did he have a vision for his shop he took the time to walk the streets of Whittier and find something that would tie his new vision of today with respect for Whittier's past. He was walking with his girl Uptown one day and she suggested that they visit the Whittier Museum. As he was taking the tour he noticed an area in the museum that displayed Whittier's first barber shops Tip Top Barber Shop. This was Whittier's first Barber Shop over 100 years ago, Genius!

Owner Andre "Dre" Perales

Tip Top Barber Shop back in the day

From there things started to fall right in place! he was legally able to obtain the name and move forward from there. Naturally I had to not only admire what they were doing from a far but I had to go in and test the product. I went in on a Saturday afternoon and even though the place was busy I was able to get seated right away. Also if you get off of work a little late these guys are open until 8pm on Wednesday & Fridays. That is huge I have got burned so many times because most decent places close at 6 or 7.

Great looking shop with a great vibe

The place has an awesome decor with and "Old School" feel with the swag of today. We can talk logo's and look all day long but what hooked me the most was the way they were conducting business. As a consumer I am all about customer service and these guys are on top of it. Robert the Barber that was cutting my hair was great. Professional and cool to talk to. Dre was there giving me the low down on the shop and it was just a great vibe. With all of the stress of the work week on your shoulders it is nice to hit the Barber Shop and just relax and chop it up with the fellas for a nice hair cut.

Barber & Vampire Robert

At the end of the day I was super stoked with my hair cut. I also couldn't help but notice all of the customers that continued to come in one after another. Happy guys looking for a nice cut for the weekend. This was their spot and they were all greeted by name to! It was a great experience.

Total guys place they do not specialize in kids cuts.

Take it from me if you need a hair cut and you want great service I recommend Tip Top Barber Shop. Go by and see what they have to offer you will appreciate the great service and special attention these guys take to their cuts. This place is MY WHITTIER APPROVED.

Please go out and support local Whittier business it is good for the soul!

Tip Top Barber Shop features all the traditional charms of the American Gentleman's barber shop. We specialize in men's signature hot lather straight razor shaves, contour cuts, high n' tights, and more.... all in a vintage parlor setting.

Tip Top Barber Shop also offers specialty packages. Whether it is a private event for a Bachelor's party, Birthday celebrations, or just a reason to get the guys together, we have something for you.


Business Hours:


Mon-Tues-Sat. 10am - 6pm
Wed-Fri. 10am - 8pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vintage Pic Wednesday

Boy Club Opening 1979
Whittier Historical Library

Thursday, October 18, 2012

MAP Property Management in Whittier

When I started the My Whittier blog I wanted to make sure I was giving people an honest and comprehensive look at the city of Whittier. I wanted to cover everything from food and entertainment to business and current events. Being that I was raised in Whittier and enjoy living in the city so much it always pleases me when I come across a company that does Whittier proud.

Map Property Management

7036 Bright Ave Suite B

MAP Property Management is a company that has been doing business in the city of Whittier for 30 years. Jerry Morgan founded this company in 1976 and it continues to be a family owned and operated business. MAP offers more than lip service they provide a personal touch that most company's now a days just don't do. Map Properties can help you find a great place to live in Whittier. They have expertise in all areas of property management whether it is Leasing Services, Resident Relations or Inspections. Map can do this and so much more. I have had personal dealings with MAP and I absolutely love the service they provide. President Laurie Perschbacher has helped her family run and operate the family business for 23 years. Over the last 23 years Laurie has made it her job to maintain the winning formula for the family owned business. Honesty, Integrity and exceptional Customer Service is her priority.

President Laurie Perschbacher
23 years experience, Family owned and operated for 30 yrs

So if you are looking to move back to the beautiful City of Whittier all you have to do is give them a call at 5862.945.3404 or check out the website to search for rental properties. the staff here will be more than happy to assist. If you are in the Uptown Whittier area stop by and visit the newly renovated leasing office.

Bungalow in Uptown! Call today.

MAP Properties manages 100's of properties in some parts of Orange County and Los Angeles so if you are looking for help in those areas please make sure you give them a call.  
MAP is currently members of the Apartment Owners Association of San Gabriel/Inland Empire, Apartment Association of Orange County, Better Business Bureau, Whittier Chamber of Commerce and California Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to Owner Jerry Morgan as the newly installed

Board of Director for the

Uptown Whittier Association

Map Property Management is My Whittier Approved give them a call today! Thank you for supporting local Whittier business it is appreciated by all. Tell them My Whittier sent ya!

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday by Appointment Only

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012


I have been driving the streets of Whittier pretty much my whole life. I have seen restaurant's come and I have seen them go. I have tried just about every cheeseburger, slice of pizza and taco in town with the exception of one. I have been driving past the Puffy Taco for years and I have never stopped. I have wanted to stop so many times but never did. I would always ask around and get other peoples feedback on it and it was always a positive response. So I had to make it a point to head over there this weekend. I made my way over on Saturday afternoon to see what was going on over at the PUFFY TACO. It didn't take me very long at all I live near Whittier High School and the Puffy Taco is over on Leffingwell. As I pulled in the parking lot was full and things seemed to be buzzing, I was pretty excited. I pulled in and low and behold A FRONT ROW PARKING SPOT right in front of the order window. Destiny?

15693 Leffingwell Rd
Whittier 562.947.2250

As I get out of my car I see all of the people making their way to the order window and I have to say they looked really happy! Which in turn got me even more geeked up to order some puffy tacos. I go up to the window and the owner is there to greet me with a smile. Now I have never met the man in my life but instantly I felt like I knew him my whole life. He says "looks like you are ready for the season" for a minute I hesitated and then realized I had my Laker shirt on. I said "oh my shirt?" he says with a smile "no your license plate".

Five Championships For KOBE!
If you see this it's me
My Whittier

Needless to say we are off and running on the right foot and I order two tacos "Puffy" of course. I make my way over to the side and take in the sights and sounds and as I'm doing that more and more people are making their way to the order window. I decide to walk inside to the little dining area and right there in the corner is a framed James Worthy Jersey hanging on the wall. WOW! and not only that but there was a signed picture of Big Game James Worthy with the owners of Puffy Taco. I also couldn't help but notice some other autographed memorabilia hanging there as well it was awesome! I knew I was in the right place, I was "home" lol.

Mini Laker shrine it was really cool!

Real nice eating area if you want to get out
of the heat

Inside people were sitting down loving the food I started up a conversation with one gentleman who lived in the area. I asked him how he liked the food he said he really enjoyed it. He said he moved to Pomona for a five years and recently moved back. When they finally moved back he asked his wife what she wanted to eat and they decided on In & Out Burger. He remembered Puffy Taco and threw it out there as a last minute choice and his wife's eyes lit up and she shook her head yes. He said he had been coming for years and always enjoyed it.

Two Puffy tacos with flour tortillas so good!

Soon my number was called and my tacos arrived and I was not disappointed. I have never had a deep fried flour tortilla shell and I was pleasantly surprised. Over at the counter they have salsa and fresh salsa to take your tacos to the next level if needed.

Salsa is on the counter on the left
I had such a good time eating these tacos and taking in the ambiance of the place I cannot wait to get back. When I go back I'm going BIG I plan on two tacos and hitting the burrito portion of the menu. Real good stuff. I can't believe I have never been here before but now that I have tasted the Puffy Taco I will be back often. I have some serious making up to do!

This place is without a doubt "MY WHITTIER APPROVED" so please go check this place out if you haven't tried it yet. Make sure you get out and support local Whittier business it's good for you!

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A few weeks ago My Wittier had a Facebook Raffle for a chance to win two Dodger tickets. We had a great response so many people have supported the page since it was started in August of this year. It was such a great way to kick off the Facebook page and promote the My Whittier Blog. As you know Whittier has a special place in my heart and I am so thrilled to see the support from the community. I have received so many emails thanking me for starting the blog and Facebook page. I will continue to blog and fill you in on Whittier happenings.

Contest Winners!
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Cheers Whittier!
It was even Hello Kitty Bag Night!!
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Nothing but the best
for Whittier Peeps!
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Thank you Whittier