Best of the Beach 2022: Door and Windows

Bob and Jim Cook took over the family business from their father Chuck, who took it over from his father Bert and Uncle Ed. Easy Reader file photo

Doors and window

Cooks Doors and Windows

It all started with Uncle Ed back in 1920. He was the first of the Cook family to leave Cedar Rapids, Iowa and try his hand in the South Bay lumber business. His company Tri Cities Lumber was located on Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach, where Learned Lumber is today. Business was good and it didn’t take long to persuade his brother Bert to leave the cold Midwestern winters behind and open his own lumber yard in nearby Lawndale. 

Today, Aimee Cook, Bert’s great granddaughter, runs the business with her dad and uncle, Jim and Bob. 

Over the decades, the Cooks have witnessed cycles in architectural styles, from Spanish Colonial to Italian Mediterranean, to the recent Caribbean Plantation. Aimee described today’s most popular style as Coastal Modern, characterized by clean, minimalist lines. A popular window for this style is their Western Windows System, which offers large, aluminum framed, energy efficient windows, and sliding and folding doors.

“We put in a lot to keep this a family-run business. We’re born and raised in the South Bay, we know the customers, and we know the location,” she said.

Cook’s Doors & Windows

14410 Hawthorne Blvd.

Lawndale, CA 90260

(310) 679-2212



One Stop Windows & Doors

23650 Hawthorne Blvd.


(310) 373-3483


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