Among fading signs of this community’s rich history is the lettering on this 2nd Street building behind Anacortes Marine Hardware and Supply. This business, still going strong next door on Commercial Avenue, has roots dating to 1913. Efthemios “Mike” Demopoulos emigrated from Greece to the U.S. in 1906, ultimately settling in Anacortes. He scoured county roadsides for discarded items, expanding his business after saving enough money to buy a horse and cart. In 1910 he purchased waterfront property for the ‘Anacortes Junk Company.’ Three years later, he started a marine supply and hardware store to accommodate the burgeoning fishing industry in town. To this day, Anacortes Marine Supply and Hardware carries marine, clothing, hardware, antiques, and surplus merchandise. Steve Demopoulos now manages the store, which many also visit for its museum-like character. (See “Days gone by” in Activities section.)
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