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Notice new retail on First and Morris streets

Call it a women’s movement – shop on!

 

September 1, 2021

ANOTHER HAPPY CAMPER RETAILING IN LA CONNER – Why not open a store in La Conner in the midst of a pandemic? Heather Smith did, her Latitude Longitude La Conner debuting on South First Street in February. Hers is one of some 20 – yes 20 –businesses opened in town since last fall. – Photo by Ken Stern

Like La Conner, the remote town of Skagway, Alaska, depends on tourists.

Unlike La Conner, those tourists come on cruise ships – descending in May and vanishing in September, leaving just 1,200 residents to soldier on until spring.

After one too many Skagway winters, Jim Thompson and partner Lisa Sentle pulled up stakes for La Conner last summer. The business they brought with them, Kirmse’s Antiques, they reopened at 501 S. 1st St., evoking southeast Alaska and the Klondike Gold Rush.

Named for gold rush jeweler H.D. Kirmse, the store features Thompson’s extensive museum-quali...



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