It’s Been Almost 10 Years!
It was 2003
It takes a lot of imagination to envision a big, messy space as a warm and inviting store, but the Lassens think big! There had been a lot of demolition of old stuff and a lot of clean-up when this picture was taken.
|I asked them recently why they looked so grumpy in these pictures, and they replied,
“Because we were grumpy! It was like 120 degrees in that place!” Sorry guys!
The original Mr. Lassen, Hilmar, was always up for a project. In fact, projects were what kept him from getting grumpy! He was still smiling through the heat! He was 89 years old, but could still outwork 2 or 3 guys!
Grand Opening, October 2003
We were really happy with our first Bakersfield staff. This photo doesn’t show the whole first crew, but today there are still a few who have worked for us for the full ten years!
Our supplement selection is extensive. Oda was pleased to see that wall of vitamins and minerals and other nutritional supplements! Today, we are able to purchase lots of locally grown produce and other items from farmers and producers in the Bakersfield area. We bring those beautiful products to our stores, too. There’s no picture of it, but we do all of our bulk packaging in our Bakersfield store as well.