Friday, May 16, 2014


So here is the scene. There are 10 promising business owners and they are all standing in a row. They are all asked to look to the right and to the left of each other. They are then told "half of you will be out of business within the first year". The other five are told "You will be damn lucky if you last 3 years." This is the harsh reality of business today. But there are exceptions to every rule. When the stars align with talent, product and vision. When you have the ability and business scents to make your dream a reality you then have the microscopic chance to be in business for 14 years!

Yep 14 big ones and that is what SPITFIRE INTERIORS has been able to accomplish

Spitfire Interiors
12907 Philadelphia St, Whittier CA
Whittier's Best Kept Secret

"The Gruesome Twosome" Manny and Laurie Cordova took a leap of faith in 2001 and upstarted their dream of having their own shop. It started out with a small space in back of an old Hobby Shop on Philadelphia St. in Whittier, California. They were selling custom made "Rock N Roll" Furniture and at the time most people thought they were nuts. After a short amount time they started to hit their stride and "it was really working!" All of the sudden the hobby shop owner they were sub leasing from decided he wanted out because his biz wasn't doing well. The Gruesome Twosome went in to panic mode and talked the owner in to trading places with them and took over the front of the shop. Eventually the hobby dude left and they were able to take over the entire space. They have never looked back, Laurie admits "it hasn't been easy and we have made a lot of sacrifices" but they would never trade it for anything. This family run business is alive and well going strong for 14 years and counting. Laurie's love for Classic Monsters coupled with Manny's artistic ability, love for music and the Punk Rock scene created the perfect storm. It is a shop that reflects who they are and that is as unique as you can get!

Unique and original. They were the first to do it in Whittier and they do it like no other. Spitfire Interiors customer base is world wide and their unique style has really stood the test of time. In my opinion It is more relevant now that it ever was.

Monster Candles in shop

Spitfire Interior has custom made items just for you. Manny does custom furniture pieces and Laurie's long time love for Classic Monsters ensure that they always stock the best and hard to find items in the genre. Laurie says when people come in and see the store for the first time they always say "How long have you been here?" She says "Since 2001" and they follow with "I have lived in Whittier forever I never knew this was here!"

One of a kind items at
Spitfire Interiors 

Yes folks it is here come and check it out. The design of the store alone is worth a visit or shop online.

Manny is one of the best Pinstripers around
and he does baddass custom signage 

When you do something for the love of it you can't lose. I say this because I have met the owners Manny, Laurie and Daughter Amelia and when you meet them you immediately understand why they have been in business as long as they have. Down to earth, super cool and very helpful stop by and say hello you will be glad you did! Whittier's own Spitfire Interiors.

Come and visit the Gruesome Twosome :)

Spitfire Interiors has such a variety of items. Everything from sunglasses, original jewelry, unique candles, Monster T shirts, Men's hats, accessories, one of a kind furniture items, original art work from artists local and non local. Wallets, bathroom decor, shoes, kid tees.

Ton's of great T shirts, They even carry
My Whittier hats & Tees

 Handbags, throw pillows. Kitchen Decor, Women's Pomade, custom wall art & signs. Do yourself a favor and go check them out. 

Hand backs that accessorize who you really are

Once again I am so thankful that we have great business owners in Whittier that bring originality and add to the business landscape of our city. We have so many small business's and restaurants to be proud of here in Whittier. Keep an eye out for future blogs and if you have a chance get out and frequent all of our awesome establishments here in Whittier.

Spitfire Shop Hours

Tuesday-Saturday: 12 - 8:00pm
Sunday: 12 - 6:00pm

Special Thanks

The Cordova Family
I appreciate you guys taking the time to speak with me when I drop by and always offering the best in customer service. My wife also thank you because I always find her the best gifts here at your store!

My Whittier Approved!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Owners Bill & Dorothy Milhouse, second cousins to 37th President of the United States
Richard Milhouse Nixon

It is never easy to say goodbye and when you have to say goodbye to an old friend or family member it is even harder. That is exactly what the Seafare Inn is to the folks of Whittier. It has been one of  Whittier's oldest and most cherished restaurants. Established August 8, 1961.

 If you are from Whittier there is no doubt that you and generations before you walked in to the Seafare in for some great seafood. It is and has been an institution.

How many times did you do this walk?
There have been so many rumors swirling around regarding when the Seafare would close so I thought it would be best to call the Seafare myself and get first hand information. I was lucky enough to get Scott Milhouse on the phone and Scott is the son of owners Bill and Dorothy Milhouse. Scott told me he was just 3 years old when the Seafare Inn opened it's doors, "This is all I have ever known, I have been doing this for 53 years." You can hear the heartfelt emotion in his voice. He has been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from everyone. Along with the kind words he has even heard all kinds of different suggestions from people in hopes that they would give him the right suggestion to keep the doors open. I laughed and said "I'm sure you haven't thought of any of those suggestions yourself have you?" 

Suggestions aside Scott had to take a good hard look at the business and over the last 5 years the Seafare just has not been getting the steady flow of customers like they once did. He went from employing 45 to employing 27 and with the announcement of the restaurant closing that number dwindles from day to day. The cost of seafood keeps going up and the maintenance on the old building is never ending. It was a gut wrenching decision but it was one that had to be made. News of the close didn't come out the way he had planned. Scott actually wrote a heart felt letter to the staff that was meant for staff only and a photo of that letter was taken and it was later posted on another Whittier Facebook page. Scott was a little bummed about that but at the end of the day it was going to come out anyway. 

photo: Jeff Hensley

The love for the Seafare Inn is at an all time high right now and everyone from Whittier and beyond have been trying to stop by and get one last taste before the doors close forever. Scott was laughing because he had 150 Seafare Inn T Shirts and he put them out for 5 bucks thinking nobody would want them and they ended selling out within a week! Whittier collector's item right there. I asked Scott when the last day of business would be and he said, "You know I really can't say. We are trying to stay open in to June but the reality is one day you will show up and the door will just be locked."

"One day the doors will just be locked"

To The Seafare Inn Family, Thank you for 53 years of service. I have been driving up and down Whittier Blvd most of my adult life and I have passed the Seafare Inn a Zillion times. Every time I passed it I would look and admire it just as if I was seeing an old friend. The brick, the rock, the fountain and baby palms. These images will forever be etched in my mind. "You don't know what you got till it's gone." Sadly the Seafare Inn will soon be inducted in to the MY WHITTIER HALL OF FAME along with Skateland, Hinshaws, Sackett & Peters, The Plush CUE, Ambrose and all of the other legends of Whittier's past. Godspeed Seafare Inn, take care you will be missed tremendously.

Thank you Scott Milhouse for taking the time to speak with me. I really appreciate it and respect you and your family even more now for doing so. 

Make sure you stop by and say goodbye to one of Whittier's All Time Best before it's to late.