3rd Street & Beyond
Many of you know that I that I became a woman without an office a few weeks ago, and everything (I mean everything) in it went. Breaking those chains has been nothing short of pure freedom, but at the same time a realization that I still needed some kind of home office set-up for posting and writing reviews hit me.
My commitment to local shopping was at first a challenge, where was I going to find new furniture and decorations that were as local as possible? Then it hit me, why not go vintage, and vintage I went. While I still have yet to discover a desk, I made numerous finds in Bothell, Everett, and Monroe (more than can possibly fit), but didn’t stop there. I also made a stop by a shop I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile, Le Vintage Finds.
You will find this little gem located along 3rd St, the heart of local businesses, in Marysville. Like most vintage shops, it features a mix of locally made products, old items made new, and antiques assembled together by various vendors. What I like about this shop, and what sets them apart from many others I’ve been to is that most if not all of the booths are set up beautifully, instead of items just being put in where they fit, and each of them looks unique. Most even have there own little theme.
There are places to shop, places to eat, and even get a cup of coffee to warm you up while out and about in the PNW’s notoriously cold and wet weather. You will find all of the businesses warm and inviting as well.
“3rd Street embodies traditional Marysville. The businesses have been there for a long time, folks go down there, it is walkable. It is the kind of place where you don’t just go in to buy stuff, you walk in and talk to the people who own the businesses, get to know them.”
– Mayor Nehring
Moving beyond 3rd Street you will find even more positive and community oriented changes. Just two blocks away you will find the Ebey Slough waterfront area has grown to not only include a park but a trail that follows the waterfront. A little birdie tells me that there is a possibility that same trail may even eventually connect with the Centennial Trail.
Better still, just a block away from 3rd Street stands the Marysville Opera House. The building just happens to be the only one in the city to be on the historical register, and now officially owned by the city in an attempt to preserve its history and place within the community.
“We really felt that it was a community asset that needed to be preserved and become somewhere where people can go. We leased it for three years to see if we could make a go of it, make it into a location for community events, and it has gone so well that we were able to purchase it. That opens up all kinds of opportunities for the city and those who live here”
– Mayor Nehring
That purchase is just one of many ways that City of Marysville is striving to maintain its small town feel and its identity. I can’t tell you how refreshing that is during a time when those things are being tossed aside left and right by other cities, my own included, in order to make way for more development, chain stores, and chain restaurants.
Those cities don’t see the value in local businesses and what they mean to the community. Marysville, on the other hand, sees them as an asset.
“The things that really appeal to people who visit and live in an area are little coffee shops, eateries, and shops. Local businesses that step in and create a hometown feel. Those are the kinds of things we think will increase our city’s appeal and we want to support growth that fits with that.” – Mayor Nehring
Not only is Marysville choosing the opposite, its mayor not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. He tries to shop locally whenever he can, so much so, that he can’t even pick a favorite when it comes to local businesses.
“For me to pick one would be hard. I use a lot of our local business. E&E Lumber is a place that I use a lot,.Marysville Cleaners, Hilton’s Pharmacy, and Oosterwyk’s Bakery. Most of our shopping and eating out is done at local businesses.” – Mayor Nehring
If you ask me, Snohomish County could do with more mayors like Jon Nehring, and more cities willing to think and support local like Marysville has chosen to.
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