The year was 1976. Michael Hurwitz, 15, and Mitchell Hurwitz, 13, were too young to get summertime jobs.
Why not open a business that the boys could operate with a product never before sold anywhere: a truly genuine chocolate chip cookie – not like those you could buy in bakeries or grocery stores but the real thing, just like mothers made in homes across America, with real butter, fresh eggs, and the finest pure chocolate.
Michael and Mitchell’s father, Mark Hurwitz, found and rented a small, abandoned taco stand on the bay at Newport Beach, California. Patricia Beaver helped develop a special recipe. The boys scrubbed and painted. An oven, refrigerator and floor mixer were installed, along with a hand-lettered sign that read “The Chipyard.”
The Chipyard, which sells cookies (not frozen bananas) is still active today, with one location in Boston.
EDIT: Mitch Hurwitz recently talked to Los Angeles Magazine about the story behind The Chipyard.
11:14 // 6 months ago
Last Tuesday, Maria Melendez witnessed a half-dozen sheriff’s deputies fatally beating 33-year-old David Sal Silva—hitting him with clubs and kicking him— in Bakersfield, California outside Kern Medical Center. She began to film the scene on her phone, yelling to the cops that she was filming them.
Melendez, who had been visiting her son at the hospital, reported that the deputies beat Silva for eight minutes as he screamed and cried for help. He was “basically pleading for his life,” said Laura Vasquez, another witness with Melendez. “Then we couldn’t see him anymore. That’s how many cops were on top of him.”
A spokesperson for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department says that Bakersfield Police Department officers had a warrant for both phones they confiscated last week. Law enforcement officials apparently plan to continue holding the phones, as part of the investigation into Silva’s death, and all of the officers involved have returned to full duty.
16:34 // 6 months ago
The women injured when Los Angeles police opened fire on them during the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner have reached a $4.2-million settlement with the city, sources told The Times.
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich announced a settlement had been reached Tuesday afternoon. More details were expected at a 2 p.m. news conference.
Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were delivering newspapers in Torrance on Feb. 7 when LAPD officers shot repeatedly at their blue Toyota Tacoma. Hernandez was shot twice in the back, and Carranza was injured by broken glass, an attorney for the women said.
We’re glad to hear that these two women will be taken care of financially, though they undoubtedly would have preferred simply not to be shot at. Still, it’s hard not to see this as a positive outcome, considering there was once some doubt they’d even get a new truck.
23:13 // 7 months ago
Ridiculous Story of the Day: A California high school student set up a sting operation to catch a locker thief at Linden High School, only to discover one of her teachers was actually the one guilty of taking students’ money. Naturally, after she showed the footage to her principal, he asked her to delete the footage. Yes, really. (ht Gawker) source
15:33 // 9 months ago