AM Downtown

Published July 11, 2003 / by Steve Berentson

It’s enjoyable to watch downtown Anacortes prepare for another day … and when it’s washed with summer sunlight it is beautiful as well. Laurie Gere and her staff at Gere-a-Deli get an early start, hustling in the kitchen as customers begin to trickle in. On this morning, some customers take their coffee and pastry outside to the sidewalk dining area on Commercial Avenue. Just down the street, the sun illuminates a colorful window display at Dewey Inkum & Howe, maker of rubber stamps and vendor of all kinds of delightful gifts. Shadows stretch onto the sidewalk from outside tables at the Star Bar Cafe, where two patrons sit at a small window table sipping coffee and sharing conversation. Next door to Gere-a-Deli, a contractor from McCool Construction arrives to open the doors on the building formerly occupied by The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. The building is under renovation by owner Barbara Wells and her daughters, and is a real eye-catcher with a new coat of paint and trim. Ultimately, first and second story spaces will be available for tenants.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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