Today Is the 20th Anniversary of OB’s Green Store

by on April 22, 2009 · 12 comments

in Education, Energy, Environment, Health, Ocean Beach, Organizing

David Brower-silver haired older man at center of photo - joins the Green Store on opening day, Earth Day, April 1989. Colleen is to Brower's right and Kip is behind him.

Everyone is welcome to drop by the store to celebrate – 4827 A Voltaire Street – from 2pm on…

OCEAN BEACH, CA. Twenty years ago today, Colleen Dietzel and Kip Kruegar and other local environmentalists opened The Green Store on Voltaire Street for the first time.  It was Earth Day 1989 – April 22nd.

Ever since, the iconic ecology store has steadfastly held its ground, offering books, magazines, bumper stickers, buttons, T-shirts (OB Rag blog has our shirts there), posters and other green products and mementos, while also serving as an anti-corporate space, a lending library, a meeting site for area groups, and the headquarters for any thing green in OB.

For instance, during the days that OB Grassroots Organization was alive, it used to meet at the Green Store. Plus when the group sponsored the garden at Voltaire Park in the empty lot across the street from the Green Store, the store was the center for maintaining the garden.

Colleen at the first protest against Starbucks in OB, Spring 2001.

Twenty years ago, Colleen and Kip were synonymous with OB’s Green Party.  As their activism in that group faded, they kept active around any and every environmental issue, whether nukes, Styrofoam or protesting Starbucks.

Colleen can still be found in the store most days. She does recycling for a number of Ocean Beach bars and restaurants as her other paying job.  A few volunteers help her out in the Store.  Kip works for the Urban Corps.

There is a celebration starting at 2pm at the store. Everyone is welcome to come by for cake and other goodies. The store is located at 4827 A Voltaire. Go by and wish them a happy anniversary. Twenty years – most businesses never last that long.  Colleen and Kip have made it happen.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie April 22, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I just returned from the celebration at the Green Store. They had organic cakes and organic wine, and a keg of beer. Isn’t that enough? Colleen and Kip were both there, Dave Sparling, Enrique, Colleen’s brother, Helen, Kathy Blavatt, Keith and Joanie, Dave Gilbert walked by with 3 dogs, Patty Frank, ….


Patty Jones April 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Congratulations to the Green Store, Colleen and Kip!

And I’m sorry I missed the cake….. ;-)


Peter Dustrud April 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Congratulations to Colleen and Kip!
20 years! Wow! Go Green Store!


OB Joe April 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I was there in spirit guys. Yea, congrats! thanks for hanging in there Colleen and Kip. For many years you two personified OB environmentalists. Cheers to you both.


Debbie April 28, 2009 at 8:21 am

Ahhhh…it was a beautiful day and celebration. Best wishes for another 20 years! Photo sent of Kip and Colleen for posting :-)


launa prince May 11, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Do any of you know Patty/Pat Kopit? I am trying to get word to her that one of her long-time, close friends has just gone into hospice care, but I don’t know how to reach her–other than the miracle of the internet and people who care.

If someone responds, I can leave a phone number for Patty to get in touch with the family of her friend.

Thanks ever so much,
Launa Prince


jean shea November 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Did you ever locate Pat. I am a long time friend of hers and would like to find out where she is. Jean


Launa Prince April 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Jean Shea,
Wow, it’s 2014 and I’m just now seeing your message, sorry. I did, briefly, find Pat. I do not have any contact info for her at all, phone or address. I so wish that I had a way to be in contact with her. How about you? Have you found her? If so, please tell her Launa wishes to connect with her. You can find me via Facebook or white pages, I believe. Are you my namesake?


Rio Mezta November 28, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Integrity,Passion,humbleness,wisdom and heart.That to me is what true activism is.Colleen Dietzel embodies this,she is the person whom i try and model my own life and activism after.Life is my classroom,experiences my education and Colleen the best teacher one could hope for,.Its not about ego,its about truly wanting to create change.To the mat we have gone together for truth justice and peace.Big brother can watch me and this soul sister all they want,truth and love will always be on our side.Kip Krueger,another hero of mine.My greatest teachers and heros are those who truly walk the walk,its what i will always try and do.Colleen and Kip,thank you for being real,for fighting the good fight.Much love respect and gratitude.You had a profound impact on my life


Jeffrey Blake February 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I love your early awareness of Green. Its great there is some recognition. Im inspired.


Jen May 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Colleen, you truly are an inspiration to many.
Rio, Colleen, and several others I have met in OB have really made me evaluate my priorities.
Eternally grateful to all of you,


Janelle Diters February 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Tomorrow you will get the premier issue of Ecotistic magazine deliverd to the Green Store. We are honored to be have an editorial about Flea Free Organically. Feel free to contact me at any time.
Janelle Diters, Owner | Operator


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