Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The Strange Case of the Pomona Wannabes
Lots of people go out of their way to NOT be associated with the name Pomona (most typically Phillips Ranchers). But an afternoon spent perusing the yellow pages as I waited for my car to be fixed reveals that: there are some folks claiming Pomona when they don't even have to.
The Pomona Box Company, for instance, is not located in the City of Pomona, but in LaHabra. Pomona Feed & Fuel and the Pomona Open Door? Both in Montclair. The Pomona Pregnancy Counseling Center is in Upland and the Pomona Print Shop is in Rancho. I respect that these business owners are bucking popular wisdom and wearing the Pomona name with pride. And let's not forget that there is a whole college brave enough to represent Pomona, while not actually having to live in Pomona or shop at the Garey Avenue Stater Bros. Tho I've always halfway expected Pomona College to petition for a name change.
The flip side of the coin? Not as many businesses as you might think are claiming Claremont while not actually being located in Claremont. Most of the guilty parties are, I'm sad to say, located in Pomona:
Claremont West Suites is in Pomona (Pomona is west of Claremont after all). Claremont Auto Care and Claremont Auto Body are also located within Pomona City limits. Claremont Care Center? Pomona. Claremont Community Care Clinic and Claremont Dental Center? Pomona, Pomona. In short, if you want to fix your car or straighten your teeth or care for the community, you're gonna have to do it in Pomona.
The biggest suprise to me was that the Claremont Tattoo Studio is NOT in Pomona. But it's not in Claremont either. The Claremont Tattoo Studio is in
...Rancho Cucamonga. I'm sure there's a story there somewhere.