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The Sea Horse Store : Laguna Beach, Florida
Image above from a 1950's post card Click-on image for a larger view This page was last updated on April 22nd, 2012
Located on Beach Road U.S. 98 about 10 miles west of Panama City, Florida, the Sea Horse served as grocery store, post office, laundermat,
restaurant (originally called Joy's Dining Room -- click-on here to view menu and ad sheet), cottage rental office, game room and gift shop.
From 1948 thru 1968, the Sea Horse was owned and operated by Grier C. Barnhart of Laguna Beach. Mr. Barnhart himself came up with the
Sea Horse name. After selling the store, Mr. Barnhart (click-on here to view 1950s photo w/daughter Joy, wife Pansy
) ran a cottage rental
and real estate office behind the Sea Horse building until his passing in April of 1978.
Sometime after the end of the 1960's, the Sea Horse became just a laundermat and game room. The Charlie Lahan Carousel, located a few
yards west of the Sea Horse and in business since the 1960's, took up where the Sea Horse had left off, serving as home to a grocery store
and gift shop, plus the Laguna Beach Post Office.
For many years from the 1980s into the early 2000s, the Sea Horse was known as the Sea Horse Cafe. Shortly after the 4th of July 2002,
the Sea Horse Cafe closed its doors for good. The building was torn down and a mini-condo complex now sits on the property.
I am currently looking for any photos, articles, ads and memorabilia related to the Sea Horse, as well as the Little B'Ham (Birmingham) Lounge
and Liquor Store. The Little B'Ham was the only Laguna Beach establishment (as far as I know) to be located on the beach side of US 98 (Front
Beach Road). The B'Ham was in existence until the early 1970's.