LOOKING UP – November 6, 2017

First I want to remind my Facebook readers to click on the link below for all the pictures and the full story.

This chilly morning walk found me looking up at the buildings along Historic Front Street in Coupeville. Then next time your in Coupeville your should look up, you’ll see some interesting thing and some historic things.

Let’s start with a mermaid. Hanging in the second story window of Aqua Gifts you’ll see a mermaid.

Aqua Gifts Mermaid

Across the street is the old Glenwood Hotel built in 1889. It now house McPherson and McPherson Law Offices. Up in the third story window is a lady in waiting for her sailor man to come home.

Lady In Waiting

On the side of the 1886 Coupeville Cash Store, which now houses Whidbey Isle Yarns and Far From Normal, is what appears to be a small French balcony.

Fremch Balcony

A not often talked about practice in Coupeville and many other historic waterfront towns was the privy’s built at the back of buildings where people would go to the bathroom which immediately went into the water and flushed out to sea by the tides.

There is still one building that is rumored to have and old privy like that but is never used.  That would be the 1916 Benson Confectionery which today is the Kingfisher Book Store. I believe this outcropping on the back of the build is where it is. Part of it is a deck but part of it is enclosed.

Benson Privy

At the west end of Front Street is Gillespie’s Livery built as Terry’s Dryer in 1897. The old “Gillespie’s Livery- Drayage  On Short Notice” sign still hangs from the peek of the building. There are a number of different business that now reside there.

Gillespie's Livery

I hope you enjoyed that little tour. Anytime you’re in a new town it always pays to look up, there are always little treasures to be seen.

Thanks for walking with me and we’ll try to do it again tomorrow.

FRONT STREET NEWS – May 20, 2015

Big things are happening along Front Street in Coupeville. Toby’s Tavern is getting a new face-lift and Whidbey Isle Yarns are moving into the 1886 Coupeville Cash Store building.

Monday they started work on Toby’s Tavern to restore the front of the building. In 1955 the store front was covered with grooved plywood and painted. The process begins with removing the signs.

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During this mornings walk I saw that they had removed all the signs and old plywood, exposing the original tongue and groove cedar siding.

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While it’s impossible to read in that photo I did a little searching and manipulation in Photoshop and figured our what was written on the original siding.

High up on the building it says “Coupeville Cash And Carry”. On the left side top is says “Willy’s Service” as it was once upon a time a service station. The light blue panel near the bottom left says “Motorite”. Do any of you remember “Motorite”?

Motorite

This is what the building looked like before it was covered with plywood.

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John Rodriguey, owner of Toby’s Tavern and the original Whidbey Mercantile building, said: “I have an old photograph from about 1900. “I’m trying to duplicate it as close as we can get it. There have been a lot of changes over the years.”

To read all about this history of this building click “HERE“. To read about the remodel click “HERE“.

A little closer to the wharf I spotted Dena moving all of her wares into the old “Coupeville Cash Store”.

Dena is the owner of Whidbey Isle Yarns and I’m very excited to see her move into Front Street. Her business was previously on Main Street but this should be a much better location and a much better fit for our historic front street than the real estate office the was previously housed in this space.

You may remember the photo I took of the knitted bicycle out in front of her old place of business.

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The thing that is so nice about Dena’s business is everything is hand selected or made by local artisans and as she says “Nothing from China”!

If you love yarns and would like some of the very best, along with some antiques and art pieces, Whidbey Isle Yarns is the place. Also Dena is very knowledgeable and loves to talk “all things yarn!”

This is the front of her new store.

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While nothing is really in place yet it will be by the time she opens this weekend.

This rack of yarns caught my eye and made for a lovely photograph.

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I hope you enjoyed that little tour of Front Street and all the excitement. Now get over the hump and slide down to the weekend.

NOBODY HOME – April 6, 2015

I started the week off with a nice walk out to the Ebey Prairie and back. I saw some interesting things along the way that I’d like to share as you walk with me.

Just up the hill from our house I spotted a “herd” of deer. While I’m not sure what actually constitutes a “herd” there were six deer which I think is the most I’ve seen roaming together in one group around town.

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One of them was just begging me to take his photo so I obliged.

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I always get a kick out of this “knit” bicycle that’s out in front of Whidbey Isle Yarns. Someone put a lot of work into it.

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One of my blog followers mentioned that they’d like to see more old houses around Coupeville so I thought I’d do just that. I’m sorry I don’t remember the person’s name.

This is the Jacob Jenne home built in 1889. I was built for Jake, as he was called, by H. B. Lovejoy who built many beautiful old Victorians around Coupeville. Jake moved to Whidbey Island in 1876 and was a farmer up until 1886 when he purchased the Central Hotel on Front Street. He died in 1908.

It currently is a Thai restaurant called “Pra Nakorn Thai Cuisine”.

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Here’s a photo of it from around the time it was built. This photo came from “Images of America, Coupeville” by Judy Lynn, Kay Foss and the Island County Historical Society and Museum.

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Unfortunately I couldn’t get a very good photo from that side of the building because there are too many tall and bushy trees.

And finally I saved the best for last and the reason this edition is called “Nobody Home”. I do believe the photograph is self explanatory. I really liked it and I hope you do as well.

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Thanks for walking with me, I hope you have a great week ahead and come back again soon.