Jacks Country Store and Ocean Park are anything but usual. Visit the 126-year-old retailer, situated in a delightfully quaint oceanside town, and you will quickly understand why some people just cant quit talking about the place.
eattle magazine proclaims that, Jacks is to the average seaside shop as Tiffany is to Fred Meyer. Its simply the ne plus ultra of shopping on the coast. Whats that? you ask. Well, this writer anonymously admits to needing to look up that term. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as,The highest point, as of excellence or achievement; the ultimate; the most profound degree, as of a condition or quality.
Compliments of this grade occur regularly. Superlatives are necessary to describe some of the stores lines of merchandise. For example, Jacks has the worlds most comprehensive line of genuine Aladdin mantle-type kerosene lamps. They also have the absolute best selection of American-made cast iron cooking utensils. Even the array of marshmallow forks is impressive enough to warrant a rating by the Wall Street Journal.
The merchandise array is exceptional by any standard. It covers a full grocery selection, housewares, RV parts, sporting goods, a hardware selection that is legendary throughout the western U.S., and everything in between.
Throughout the store you will encounter uncommon items such as hand-crank popcorn makers, graniteware pots and pans, high quality wooden kitchen utensils, ice cream makers, and campfire pie irons. Nostalgic toys, tools, gadgets, and candy are abundant.
Dont forget to look up. The store covers half an acre, and is absolutely filled with merchandise. Even the ceilings are used for display of items like tin signs, flags, and wind socks. High shelves around the perimeter are packed with everything from galvanized tubs to sundials.
Knowledgeable and helpful people are always on duty to assist customers. If you have looked far and wide for something special, yet couldnt find it, be sure to ask any of the stores staff. Caution: Unless youre serious, be careful not to begin your inquiry with, Ill bet you dont have Friendly wagers are frequently accepted and seldom lost.
Founded in 1885, four years before Washington became a state, Jacks Country Store has withstood the ages to claim the title of Washingtons Oldest Store. A few steps inside the place are all it takes to convince skeptics that this general store is the real article. Jacks has expanded numerous times over the years but has not abandoned old time features like wood floors, track ladders, oak showcases, and a beautiful stained glass ceiling.
Very few examples of this traditional American all-purpose retail store can be found today. Its one place you wont want to miss.