The 60s and 70s are officially dead

No surprise here, really.

That old fashioned “Let’s go outdoors and explore the world!” mentality is long gone. Young people these days would much rather seek their reality looking down into a glowing screen.

Sport Chalet announced on Saturday it has stopped online sales and is in the process of closing all of its locations, including dozens of stores in California, the retailer announced in a statement posted online.

All Sport Chalet stores will remain open for “several weeks,” offering customers the opportunity to use their remaining rewards and gift cards, the company said. A final closing date was not immediately provided.

It also sent out an email to Sport Chalet customers, informing them of the imminent closures.

Unlike today, Sport Chalet wasn’t just about buying clothes. With its maps and tools and books and camping paraphernalia all in one bazaar-like space, it represented a world view and sense of possibilities that was quite appealing for the time. Especially the one in La Canada. Not just travel, but exploration. And certainly nothing about business and career.

Wonder how long Adventure 16 has?







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4 responses to “The 60s and 70s are officially dead

  1. Anonymous

    Gotta love “The Recovery!” First Yahoo, now this. Oh wait, sorry, I meant “Arduous Journey . . . ”


    • semichorus

      You’re words. Not mine.

      Putting words in people’s mouth again, eh? To make, what? Some kind of point? About something…?

  2. DixieFlyer

    Great Business.

    Great Ownership.

    Great Management.

    Several Generations have enjoyed the Outdoors, various locations, various seasons thanks to the suggestions from employee’s who cared.

    Sport Chalet promoted the Great Outdoors!!!

    • semichorus

      Yeah, which unfortunately is way out of style. I still miss Kelty’s on Victory. Those places always generated a great sense of the possible whenever you walked inside.

      Joe Coulombe btw ran Sports Chalet for Norb after he sold Trader Joe’s. Interesting history there — he helped with their big expansion effort, which was successful for a while. Some kind of fight went on though and he didn’t last.

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