The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce bristles at the tone and lack of knowledge shown in your article (Shopping, Life, Jan. 15). Perhaps your columnist was confused when she wrote the amazing story about our town.
The headline "It's Small Town U.S.A., With a Bit of Seashore Class" was somewhat amusing but not very enlightening. As for "no place to take the kids," we have the Corona del Mar State Beach. She didn't mention this fact in her article, or that we have small children parks at the foot of Carnation and along Bayside Drive, or the Grant Howald Park.
It is true that we have only one excellent toy store and no department store, but it really isn't missed with the wide selection of clothing, linens, bath and gift shops. To quote her statement that "surviving in the shadow of Fashion Island has not been easy" was not true when Fashion Island was built, nor is it a threat today.
The article stated that "while the strip is not booming, it is far from dead." The majority of the businesses mentioned are quite new to the community, some will make it and some won't, but I would suggest she should have gleaned a bit of information from well-established businesses. Their successes are well-documented.