The Loading Dock Village offers waterfront office space in Ilwaco

<I>NANCY BUTTERFIELD photo</I><BR>Michele Parrish and Mike Donahue have completely remodeled the Cymbolics building at the Port of Ilwaco and are offering eight unique office and retail spaces for rent at The Loading Dock Village. A grand opening is planned for Friday, Sept. 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PORT OF ILWACO - Mike Donahue and Michele Parrish of The Loading Dock Village are offering something a little different to people wanting to be part of the thriving Port of Ilwaco.

The couple have completely remodeled the former Cymbolics building which now includes eight individually designed office and retail spaces in a 4,500 square-foot area with stone tile floors and cedar plank and shingle walls in the entrance area. Each 18-by-15-foot office has heaters, DSL, phone and fax lines and leaded glass doors.

Originally from Monterey, Calif., Donahue and Parrish operated Cosmic Journey Studios and Silk Screen Express for many years before deciding to move to Ilwaco permanently. Donahue plans to exhibit his abstract paintings in his second Cosmic Journey Studio gallery at the Loading Dock when remodeling work on the harbor side of the building is completed in the spring. "We'll be living on the premises as the former owners did," he said.

Parrish said they have been coming to the area for several years to visit friends and to fish and had been looking for a house to buy. "We fell across this building and decided it would be our retirement," she said. "We want local artists to bring their work to The Loading Dock Village to display and sell and to give them exposure," she said.

"The Port of Ilwaco is becoming the hottest spot on the Peninsula," Donahue said. "The Loading Dock Village is the only office-retail complex available on the waterfront. Now is the time to expand or establish your business on the port. Eight unique spaces are now available in this one-of-a-kind building."

A grand opening is planned for Friday, Sept. 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the annual slow drag at the port with wine, food and music by local bluesman Al Carson.

For more information, call (831) 601-3676.

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