Each of these pieces have a little story to them, like what they are, why I chose them, what they mean to me personally. I also wanted to share my image sources.
ALL PIECES ARE MADE FROM CUT UP POP AND BEER CANS
Built in 1907 as the Burton Trading Company. When I was young it was the destination for us Quartermaster Drive neighborhood kid’s to ride bikes to for penny candy, yes you could actually get candy for a penny! Jack Stevens ran it then later when I was a teen Sandy bought it. I bought my first legal six pack of beer there.
When I got my first ten speed bike, Kevin Gallagher, Chris Browne and I rode our bikes to Burton Store, then to “Bert’s” Tahlequah Store, after that we headed to Portage Store, then we were on our way to Dockton Store but our stop at the Country Club pool ended our “tour of stores”. Tahlequah Store was one of many waterside stores in the South Sound catering to boaters and locals now all sadly gone.
Kress’s Colvos Store was closed before my time, Barbara Steen’s grandfather ran it and she has told me some stories about it. Four generations later my son went there for haircuts from Karen Pruett. It warms my heart to see these building still in use.
Portage Store Is another store we used to ride bikes to for candy. One of the oldest stores the first Portage store (on the far right, and still standing) was built in 1903 by Charles Van Olinda the “new” Portage Store was built in 1906. Long time owner Cliff Lavender would let us peak at his classic cars as kids. The Smith’s ran the store until closing it, and started the exercise bike tradition.
King County Tax ID Photo
This was a cool find, thats the Brenno’s Service truck parked out front. When you zoom in you can see that the logo painted on the door clearly matches family photos of the truck. Now housing John L Scott this was my dad’s family’s local store. When I was a kid it was Carrier’s Market.
King County Tax ID Photo
Mackie’s, Market now a private home, was on Westside Hwy at the road that leads to Beula Park and the Cove Motel. I remember walking up there for candy while my sister was at piano lesson’s at the Schurman’s house, and stopping for munchies while out cruising the Island as a teen.
Photo, Brian Brenno
I don’t know a lot about the Dockton Store I know like many of the others it was a grocery store, dry goods store, Post Office, meat market and meeting place for the community much like Thriftway is for us now. I did flag football through the King County parks (before Vashon Park District) and was on the Dockton team. Robert Browning was our coach, he called us a bunch of little scrotums I didn’t know what it meant and had to ask someone.