This is a tribute mug produced by Bamboo Ben to celebrate his grandfather, Eli Hedley.
Eli ran his Island Trade Store on Beach Blvd in Midway City in the 1950s-1960s, and the tiki this mug is based on originated there and was later sold to Trader Mort's Liquor & Deli where it has since become iconic .
This is the first mug in the Trade Store Collection. Bamboo Ben has plans to produce the other three tiki mugs that originally stood alongside this one at the Island Trade Store.
The mug comes with a photo of Eli’s store, pre Trader Mort’s, with the four tikis lined up.
This mug was made by John Mulder at Eekum Bookum and was limited to 100 mugs. The first 50 mugs were sold at Tiki Tom’s in Walnut Creek, CA on January 22, 2022 and the other 50 mugs were sold at the Bamboo Club in Long Beach, CA on February 5, 2022.