Raku folds after 56 years in Claremont

Wednesday’s column tells the history of a long-lived Claremont gift shop, Raku, that closed earlier this year.

And let me say, without my blog, this column might not exist. I posted news of Raku’s closure here, several of you commented (Meredith Evans and George Goad’s comments made the column), and Doug Lawrie, the store’s co-founder, saw the post somehow and emailed me. Then he put me in touch with Jerry and Peggy Miller, the other co-founders.

Seemed like a piece of Claremont history that ought to be told. Rather belatedly, here it is.

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  • Bob House

    Really nice and informative column on Raku. Sad to see another icon of the Village go away. At least the Grill will be there forever. Especially enjoyed the mention of Jay Doty. His record store was the place to go to use the listening booths before buying (or usually, with no intention of buying) a 45 and pick up the weekly Top 40 lists for KFWB and KRLA. I went to a Don Ho concert in the middle 60s in Northern California and discovered that Jay was Mr. Ho’s road manager.

    • davidallen909

      I knew some subset of readers would see Jay Doty’s name and say, “Yeah!”