The Sea Horse Store : Laguna Beach, Florida
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A place to remember
| Image above from a 1950's post card . . . . . Click-on image for a larger view

Located on Beach Road U.S. 98 about 10 miles west of Panama City, Florida, the Sea Horse served
as a gas station, grocery store, post office, laundermat, gift shop, cottage rental office, game room
and restaurant. The original name of the restaurant was Joy's Dining Room (Menu and Ad Sheet).

From 1948 thru 1968, the Sea Horse was owned and operated by Grier C. Barnhart of Laguna Beach.
It is said that Mr. Barnhart himself came up with the Sea Horse name. After selling the store in the
in the late 1960's, Mr. Barnhart continued his long-time business of cottage rental and real estate in
an 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, but at
times the cafe and bar section would be revived. The Charlie Lahan Carousel, located a few yards west
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, a gift shop, as well as 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.

The author of this web-page currently seeks any photos, articles, ads and memorabilia related to
the Sea Horse, as well as the Little B'Ham (Birmingham) Lounge and Liquor Store. Little B'Ham was
the only Laguna Beach establishment (as far as is known) to be located on the beach side of U.S. 98
(Front Beach Road). It existed until the early 1970's.

Little B'Ham Liquor Store and Lounge Images, 1950s-60s

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Bham 1950s Ad

Little B'Ham .... 1950s Advertisement
Bham 1950s Close-Up

Little B'Ham .... 1950s, Closer-Up View
Bham 1960s Lounge

Little B'Ham .... 1960s, Lounge Interior

Sea Horse Images from the early days

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   May 1948, before the front entrance
   was modified.

   Sea Horse ... May 1948
   Early 1950's, with front entrance patio
   cover added.

   Sea Horse ... Early 1950's
   Business Card Ad

   Sea Horse Business Card

July 5th, 2002 -- And After
Last Photos of the Sea Horse Building
The Mini-Condo Complex now in its place


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1: Front of Store - Centered       2: Front of Store - looking right       3: Workshop, Back of Store

RE # 3 .. Mr. Barnhart and his friends often brought fish they had caught to be cleaned, usually doing
so in front of the workshop door located in the middle near the right part of the image.

4: Right Side of Store . . . At various times this area housed either a gift shop, game room or bar-lounge.

5: Left Side of Store . . . Mr Barnhart's office (nearest to road) and private quarters (towards back of store) were here.

6: Looking westward towards Charlie Lahan's Carousel from behind SeaHorse

7: Looking westward towards Charlie Lahan's Carousel . . . The Carousel sign is a little right of center in this image.

8: Looking eastward towards Panama City Beach

#'s 9 and 10 - - - Aerial views of the old Sea Horse property with the new condos.

9: Wide view, showing nearby Charlie Lahan's Carousel

10: Close view, showing mainly just the condos

The Sea Horse Store : Laguna Beach, Florida

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