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Unique Sunset Beach Business Closing After 50 Years

by: Chris MacDonald
Published: July 4, 2022


Eric Bakker in front of Antiques of the Sea


SUNSET BEACH...Sunset Beach character Eric Bakker, 86, is closing his Antiques of the Sea 16811 Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach business after more than 50 years of selling nautical treasures and collectibles.

His maritime marvels, which he gathered from all over the world, have been featured in such famous movies as The Perfect Storm (starring George Clooney), Greyhound (Starring Tom Hanks), Midway (Starring Dennis Quaid & Woody Harrelson) & Waterworld (starring Kevin Costner).

“Eric is indeed a real unique character, who, along with his wife, Elaine, have helped make our coastal town thrive for over half a century,” said Mike Van Voorhis, former Community Association president and current Huntington Harbour Commission chairman Mike Van Voorhis. “Not only has their nautical antiques store helped bring Sunset Beach international fame but their Sandcastle business was one of the most popular restaurants around. I wish Eric, and his wife, Elaine, the best in retirement.”

His love of the sea began when he grew up with his Dutch parents on the Indonesian Island of Celebes, before moving to a seaside town in Holland. He later came to the United States’ West Coast and became successful in sales, merchandising and owning restaurants, including the popular Sandcastle in Sunset Beach.

For an appointment to his closeout sale, call 562-592-1752. His website is Photo:Chris MacDonald


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