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076-82 Carmel 100 Years_152-161 Garcia story 4/27/13 3:34 PM Page 2 E nterprising individuals have long local history librarian Ashlee Wright, and com- been drawn to the land surrounding munity ties also remain strong. That ladder still hangs on the wall, says current owner Rich Pepe. He grew up working in Carmel Bay, from Native Americans "That's why the businesses here have thrived. who made their lives there, to Spanish mission- The community is very much about local busi- aries who constructed a church, to developers ness, and I think that's true all over the penin- "As far as we know, there have been only who drew up maps and established a village. sula," she says. "Carmel has a lot of pride in four owners of the building in its 100-year his- Carmel-by-the-Sea will celebrate 100 years in what it does." tory," he says. "It has always been operated as 2016, but local businesses and organizations pre- Looking for further proof? Here are eight dating the city's 1916 incorporation have already local organizations with real staying power. passed the century mark. While details related to CARMEL BAKERY bakeries in New Jersey and purchased Carmel Bakery from Hector De Smet in 1988. Carmel Bakery." Pepe is proud to head up one of Carmel's oldest continually running businesses, and he still When Carmel Bakery opened in 1906, pine serves Scottish shortbread and English scones trees outnumbered buildings on Ocean made from recipes passed down by previous Some of those structures have Avenue. Back then, the business' founding fami- bakery owners. He appreciates the lively mix of changed little over the past ly lived in the bay-windowed apartment residents, shopkeepers and visitors who sup- 100 years, explains above the store, and the baker went to port his shop. He also finds it rewarding to work via a ladder connecting the first and operate a business that serves as a community ownership and operations have changed, many are still housed in the same buildings. second floors. gathering spot. C ARMEL MAGAZINEā€¢SPRING/SUMMER 2013 77

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