I CAN’T BELIEVE
I didn’t put a date on this photo of the grand opening of Pier 1 Imports, but I’ll guess it’s around 1984. Most Pacific Beach residents have only known American Apparel on the site. Older folks recall it as Stadler’s Drug Store. Really old folks remember it as John’s Drugs, which opened just after the end of World War II.
— John Fry may be reached at
(858) 272-6655, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.