Since Randall brought up Bob's and Baskin-Robbins, I should mention that Trader Joe's started right here in Pasadena. on Arroyo Parkway. The Trader (as those in our circle have always called it) was such an essential part of my twenties, with their $2.50 a sixer San Miguel, their excellent shrimp, and their inexpensive, superb coffee. Plus, an old friend was manager of the La Crescenta store, and he gave me the employee discount when buying cases of canned fish for my cat.Trader Joe's is a staple here in Indy. I go there to buy frozen langostinos. Can't get them anywhere else. I use them as a garnish for my parmesan-crusted cod. Great prices on cheese, too.
And speaking of Bob's, as far as I know there's only one left hereabouts, in Burbank. The chain was literally not the same after Bob Wian sold it to Marriott in 1967. Nonetheless, the chain thrived here for years, until they over-expanded and collapsed of their own weight.
Oh, and regarding Baskin-Robbins, in the screencap I posted recently from "Lovely Alibi," Stu had just passed the first store to sport the "31 Flavors" rubric. I think it was the main store for many years.
EDIT: Come to think of it, there was a predecessor to Trader Joe's, Pronto Markets. These were small outlets, about the size of a 7-Eleven. Founder Joe Coulombe revamped the concept, expanding the store size and product line, and called it Trader Joe's, with the first outlet of the new concept opening in Pasadena in 1967. The Pronto stores abided for decades, but I believe they have all been replaced by full-size Trader Joe's.