Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year at Tippecanoe’s,
a vintage clothing store.
“We get customers right up to closing,” said Chazz Wergeles,
co-owner with Barbie Hawk of the store. “Sometimes we are here until
8 or 9 p.m. It can get frantic.”
Wergeles hires extra staff for Halloween customers who come in
right up to party time.
“The girls get them dressed from head to toe,” Wergeles said.
“They choose wigs, dresses, jewelry and accessories, even cigarette
Everything is for sale. No rentals.
“We make it cheaper to buy than to rent,” Wergeles said. “The most
expensive dress in the store right now is $28.”
A showstopper of silver paillettes, sort of oversized sequins,
sold recently for $22.50.
Tippecanoe’s began displaying outfits suitable for Halloween the
first week in September.
“It gets earlier and earlier every year,” said Wergeles, who plans
to dress up this year as a hard-working vintage store owner.
Wergeles and Hawk have owned the store at 648 South Coast Highway
since 1995, worked there since 1982 and shopped there since it opened
in 1976. They will begin shopping for Halloween 2003 on Nov. 1.
Ron Baron, owner of five Candy Baron Stores, including the one at
231 Forest Ave., also will not be in costume on Halloween.
“I am English,” he said. “We are reserved.”
However, his wife and daughter will be costume to hand out candy
to the children of Laguna.
“It costs us more than we make, but its only once a year,” said
Baron, who came to this country 11 years ago.
He opened a store that year in Monterey, then the store in Laguna.
“I just signed a new five year lease,” Baron said. “You can’t say
that for many stores in Laguna.”
Baron said his candy is a little too pricey for some folks to pass
out by the handfuls.
“But I just had a customer come in and spend $70,” he said. “I
don’t know if it was for Halloween. We get people from out of town
who say their kids want to come here before they go to Disneyland.”
Candies popular with children included Nerds, Gummie Rats and Sour
He suggests wrapped candies for parents’ peace of mind.
Halloween is a fun time for Charles Thompson, owner of Charles’
Wigs at 1816 South Coast Highway.
“I once dressed up a rock star with a pink, spiked wig clear down
to my butt, black tights and a white shirt with puffy long sleeves,”
But his real fun comes from selling, styling and renting wigs for
“Customers get ideas from the mannequins in the store and they
know I am creative,” said Thompson, who portrayed Jesus in the Last
Supper at the Pageant of the Masters for 30 years.
About 30 wigs are displayed at any one time in the store, from
natural colors to sherbet shades.
“This year, pink, blue, orange and violet wigs are popular,” he
said. “But recently someone wanted to be the “New Cher” with blond
Some years there is a trend: everyone decides to be Marilyn
Munroe, for instance. If an insufficient number of suitable wigs are
in stock, Thompson will order them. It usually takes two days at the
most to get delivery.
“I will take orders right up to Oct. 30,” Thompson said.
The next day he plans to spend with grandchildren.
Trick or Treat
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