Since I've been spending more time visiting my hometown, Vashon Island, I've started to think about photographing more specific locations. A lot has changed since I grew up there, and it's interesting to compare what I remember with what's there now:
The Fuller Store - when I was growing up, Owen's Antiques occupied this building. I'm not sure what it was before that, but since then it's hosted a wine shop, art gallery, tattoo artist, and probably a few other businesses. It was empty on the day I photographed it, with a 'For Rent' sign in the window. Who knows what it will become.
Dave's Mean Diner - I've often observed the sign for this tiny garage/shed turned antique/curiosity shop on the main highway, and finally stopped to take a picture and browse around. I don't know when the business opened. I don't remember if the building was used at all when I was a kid.
The Little House - This building used to be a nice red color, and has always been a favorite gift shop. Plus, they have candy and stickers. It used to host the annual community Christmas tree lighting in it's backyard, and I remember caroling at the event when I was in elementary school. The owner is planning to retire, soon, so I thought I should take a picture before then.
La Boucherie - As an adult, I have not been to this restaurant. As a kid, it was a favorite place for burgers & shakes, called The Malt Shop. I still remember the owners at The Malt Shop - Jack and Jean - and the classic diner decor. My favorite drink was the Cherry Sparkle: Sprite, with cherry flavor and lime.
Red Bicycle Bistro - When I was growing up, this place was a restaurant called Bishop's Pub, and I can only vaguely recall once or twice having pancakes for breakfast there. The Red Bicycle Bistro gave it a bright new makeover - including a sushi menu - with a more family-friendly atmosphere. I remember my first experience at Red Bicycle when a friend invited me to hear Vicci Martinez play there.
Sporty's - As far as I know, I've never been to Sporty's. According to the sign, it was established when I was still in high school, but it's taken me almost 20 years to notice the gargoyle on the roof.
Casa Bonita - I don't remember specifically when this family restaurant opened, but I remember eating there when it was new, and it quickly became a favorite place for lunch or dinner.
There are lots more interesting places on the Island that I hope to photograph and share. Thanks for reading!