So, umm, yes, it has been 3 long years since I’ve posted on this blog (it took forever to remember how to log-in) but my interest in local history and Humboldt’s beautiful historic architecture has never waned. Nor has my interest in the local community—local prosperity.
I went into the now-closed Old Town Coffee and Chocolates (OTC, 211 F Street, Eureka) the other day to pick up some crafts the owners had been generous enough to let me sell there – and had to be let in through locked doors by one of the owners- who I’ll call G. She had to let me in because there was no staff on site.
The café was dark and oh-so-quiet. I told G that OTC had been one of my “satellite” offices, as I work from home, but did not share that I had also enjoyed many Thursday night Open Mics there too. Evenings where you could hear angelic voices singing beautiful love songs, or a man with no home sharing Viking ballads or the most brutal poems. It was a gift, that space. Those nights. For both the performers and the audience.
And now… Damn. There are no words. Old Town Coffee’s Henderson Center shop is still open and I hope it stays that way. But I can only hope.
Until then, a distraction…
Enjoy this post of the Rick’s Building- where Old Town Coffee and Chocolates and many other businesses recently thrived. And still may, someday.
If not, as the map from 1889 clearly shows, things will change. And change again…
Ricks Building- F Street, Old Town, Eureka
1889 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map (Source: HSU Special Collection)