Two and a half weeks ago the face lift of our building began. Old cedar shakes were removed, but before fresh paper and shingles was applied a bit of history was revealed.
It might not look pretty, but the original painted signage for the coffee shop that once existed in my building revived pleasant memories for many of my customers. The old coffee shop was a well loved fixture in the Freeland community for years. I have been told the coffee was always hot and fresh, the baked goods were “to die for,” and the greeting you received when you walked in the door was always warm and genuine. The owner fixed lunch for the Nichol’s Brothers Boat Yard “boys.” The lunch meal would be on the table, family style, when the workers arrived each day. A dear friend’s mother cooked there for many years.
I enjoyed hearing the many stories, and being gently teased by customers for the misleading advertising!
The old signage is again hidden from view and the application of new shingles is nearly complete. Our sign and light will be back in place later this week and flower pots will once again flank the front door. Yellow primroses, purple violas, and cheerful daffodils will soon greet you as you approach.
Spring is coming to Whidbey Island and we will have a fresh, new face with which to greet it!
Francie of The Scented Cottage says
I love seeing the history of buildings…thanks for sharing that.
Ahhh spring…I am sooo ready for it and it looks like you will be too.
How wonderful to see the old signage. And how sweet that now it’s still sort of the same, only with T E A!
Oh..If I could only visit for real…
I’m sure it’s a wonderful in person as it looks here..
I love these old stories and am always wondering what “old” stories are we weaving right now? Who will remember us so fondly? “Remember when Dori had the tea shop on Whidbey Island and she had all these friends from all over the country…”
June Beach says
Dori, I love seeing the old sign! How charming…….