Sneak a peek at ‘new’ Oysterville Store

<p>By peeping in the windows, customers have been keeping tabs on ‘renovations in progress’ as they eagerly await the Grand Re-opening of the Oysterville Store. An official ‘Sneak a Peek’ day is planned for this Saturday, according to owner Greg Rogers.</p>

OYSTERVILLE — The historic Oysterville Store will open its doors for one day only, Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“You can call it a sneak preview or a book signing or a ‘party! party! party!’ It will be all of those things and more,” says new store owner Greg Rogers. “But we won’t be open on an everyday basis until July 6. There are just a few finishing touches to be done and besides, all of our stock has not yet arrived.”

Although the Oysterville Post Office at the building’s west end has been operating continuously since Rogers purchased the historic property, the store portion of the 95-year-old structure has been closed since last November. Gradually, Rogers has been renovating the interior of the landmark general store, carefully restoring much of its 1918 ambiance.

Perhaps the most dramatic innovation has been to incorporate the back room into the main part of the store, enlarging the retail space considerably. Multi-paned, old-fashioned windows have been installed in the south wall, flooding the store’s interior with light as well as revealing a secret garden behind the building.

“Officially,” says Rogers, “Saturday’s event is a sneak peek party to be held in conjunction with a book signing by Sydney Stevens from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At 1:30, she’ll be giving a talk about her new book, “Legendary Locals of the Long Beach Peninsula.” And we’ll have a cake!”

In addition, Rogers promises, “The windows will be decorated, the lights will be up, everything will be painted and cheerful. Jean Stamper’s greeting cards will be available and I will have as much of the shelving filled as possible. We will all have a good time.”

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