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Business and development tidbits for June 19

Red Leaf Organic Coffee
Thursday, June 25, 2020

History museum

A new museum is moving downtown.

Gil Gramson discovered he had lots of extra space after building the new office for his Sandridge Construction. So he offered it to Diane Collier for her collection of historical photos, books and other memorabilia.

Last year, Collier closed the museum she ran at the Oregon Welcome Center in Youngs Bay Plaza. Now Collier and several friends and history lovers are forming a nonprofit group to operate the new museum on Main Avenue, across from City Hall.

Eight people attended a meeting Wednesday afternoon at the new site and they’ve begun getting the space ready. The construction company will use the back half of the building.

Fish market closing

Warrenton Deep Sea Market, which has sold fresh, smoked and canned seafood, chowders, jerky and condiments to tourists and locals, will close its doors for the final time at 2 p.m. today, July 19.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce … (we’ll) be closing our doors for the final time,” the company wrote on its Facebook page. “We can’t thank you enough for the support you gave us over the years and decades.”

Too many small things, including a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, took their toll on the business.

The market and smokehouse is owned by Bornstein Seafoods, a local family business since 1934.

Coffee bar opens

Red Leaf Organic Coffee has opened its café-roastery-bakery inside the new TLC branch next to Walmart.

Manager Kiana Rich has been out visiting businesses to introduce herself and the coffee bar, which began operating June 8.

Middle school

Erosion-control work has begun on the site of Warrenton’s new middle school.

The start date for the earthwork was initially scheduled to begin last month, but was postponed to ensure work crews follow proper COVID-19 protocols, a consultant for the school district said.

The building is expected to be complete by July 19, 2021, with staff occupancy a month later.

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