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Gum Tree to Celebrate 100 Years

The building that houses the neighborhood cafe and boutique was built in 1911—a celebration for its centennial is planned July 7.

Gum Tree on Pier Avenue plans to celebrate the 100th birthday of the beach bungalow that houses the quaint cafe and gift shop during  on July 7. The 238 Pier Ave. address has been a part of Hermosa Beach since 1911.

Will and Lori Ford opened at the location after purchasing the restored property from late cancer activist Barbara Robinson, a Hermosa Beach resident who operated her upscale clothing store p.i.n.k. at the site, raising money for the Robinson Breast Cancer Research Fund.

"Over the years it’s seen many different inhabitants, from a family originally, to a Hippie flop house in the 60s, a graphic design business, hair salon, vintage furniture store and clothing store p.i.n.k. just before we arrived," Lori said.

Now the Gum Tree cafe sits on the east side of the house (its design is inspired by Will's native Melbourne, Australia.) And the Gum Tree shop sits on the west side, where shoppers can purchase design elements for the home, jewelry, trinkets and gifts.

The shop and cafe will be open until 9 p.m. on July 7 as the Fords host an American Barbecue on the store's front patio with live music and special treats in celebration of the house's centennial. 

During normal business hours, Gum Tree is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and closed on Monday. There is metered parking and free street parking nearby.

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