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General trove

A Kailua shop's grass-roots approach leads to a pleasing retail mishmash

By Nadine Kam

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 23, 2014

~~<p>As gentrification of Kailua continues, Steven Parker is aiming to create a link to the past. A cultural anthropologist by education and construction worker by trade, he put both skills to work in creating Kailua General Store, a place where families can enjoy a round of shave ice; kids can grab a fistful of penny candies; dads can pick up footwear, tees and Adoboloco Hamajang hot sauce for the grill; and moms can shop for accessories and skin savers from the apothecary shelves.</p>
<p>&quot;Growing up, I always wanted to go camping, fishing, do outdoorsy stuff,&quot; Parker said. &quot;I'm not a fan of the new or trendy, the latest technology. I like old-fashioned, genuine stuff. I've always been drawn to general stores, surplus stores, and when I go out into the world, that's what I look for. To me everything looks better with a patina.&quot;</p>
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As gentrification of Kailua continues, Steven Parker is aiming to create a link to the past. A cultural anthropologist by education and construction worker by trade, he put both skills to work in creating Kailua General Store, a place where families can enjoy a round of shave ice; kids can grab a fistful of penny candies; dads can pick up footwear, tees and Adoboloco Hamajang hot sauce for the grill; and moms can shop for accessories and skin savers from the apothecary shelves.

"Growing up, I always wanted to go camping, fishing, do outdoorsy stuff," Parker said. "I'm not a fan of the new or trendy, the latest technology. I like old-fashioned, genuine stuff. I've always been drawn to general stores, surplus stores, and when I go out into the world, that's what I look for. To me everything looks better with a patina." Login for more...



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