Posts Tagged ‘Coupeville’

The trail calls to you. (Sarah Kirkconnell photo)

Cow Town is kickin’ your fanny, South Whidbey.

It’s Coupeville which is “the most progressive town for alternative transport trails on the island.”

That’s the assessment offered by noted hiker, best-selling author, and frequent rabble rouser Sarah Kirkconnell, also known as my sister.

While the former longtime Miriam’s Espresso barista calls the South end of Whidbey home these days, it’s the Walking Ebey’s Trail System which gets her stamp of approval.

Having navigated the newly improved system recently, with two of my three nephews along for the hike, she’s hit the interwebs this morning with her review.

To check it out, add to her page hits, and win me favor (and free food!) pop over to:


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Sara and Tyler Hansen (Photos property Oystercatcher restaurant)

The restaurant was founded in 1998 by chef Susan Vanderbeek.

They’re looking to streamline.

After a nine-year run operating Coupeville’s popular Oystercatcher restaurant, owners Sara and Tyler Hansen are placing the business up for sale.

The last day under the current leadership is set for Sunday, Oct. 30.

The duo plan to turn their focus to their other business, The Little Red Hen Bakery, and are moving that establishment back from Front Street to Grace Street.

That storefront will be open Thursday, Sept. 1.


The Hansens released the following letter:


To Our Oystercatcher and Little Red Hen community (near and far):

Together we are approaching our 9-year anniversary since we took over the Oystercatcher restaurant.

The experience has been life changing for us; it has allowed us to put down roots in this place we call home, grow from those roots, have fun and experiment, and get to know you all – our community, fellow business owners, friends and staff that have become family.

You all have nurtured us so that we could realize our dream of the Oystercatcher, together.

With that realization has come the deep understanding that it is time for us, Sara and Tyler, to step back, refocus and devote our energy to other passions and to let someone else take the reins.

We are starting the process of listing the Oystercatcher restaurant for sale and wanted you to hear it directly from us first.

Please know that this is not a decision we came to lightly, we’ve put a lot of heart into this business and are extremely proud of what we have accomplished with our talented, dedicated and creative team members throughout the years.

Instead, we are choosing to listen to our hearts and realize this is the right time for us to step back and look ahead.

We are lucky to be working with local broker extraordinaire, Janet Burchfield, on the listing of our beloved business and feel extremely well cared for throughout the process.

If you are interested to know more, please direct all inquiries to Janet at frontstreetjb@aol.com.

As for us, we are not going anywhere.

Over the last few years we have purchased the building at 901 Grace Street, which currently contains our production bakery for Little Red Hen and upstairs the current Oystercatcher restaurant.

With this sale, we are digging down deeper in our Coupeville community and are thrilled to be able to partner, and nurture, the creative talents of the next chefs and owners of the restaurant space.

Our resolve to enrich our island community has only gotten stronger and we look forward to continuing further down the path of simply good food.

With that being said, the Little Red Hen Bakery is going back to its roots.

We’re moving our retail storefront from Front Street back up to our production bakery at 901 Grace Street – where it all started.

Our beloved breads and craft pastries will be available just mere steps from where we pull them fresh out of the oven.

The Little Red Hen Bakery at 901 Grace Street will (re)debut on Thursday, September 1, and will have plenty of open-air seating for you to sit and enjoy our craft breads, pastries and drip coffee – with more cover to come as the seasons change.

We love this community, and we want to preserve ourselves to be here for the long haul.

Sometimes you need to take a moment to slow down, to move forward with intention.

Stay tuned for Little Red Hen and Oystercatcher updates, for exciting new ventures from our longtime staff members and for special celebrations as we approach the Oystercatcher’s last day this coming fall.

We appreciate this community more than we can put in words and will be forever thankful for the opportunity you gave us with the Oystercatcher.

That has led to Little Red Hen Bakery and given us the chance to prove just how much we value this Whidbey community and want to continue to share our passion of simply good food with you all.

With love,

Sara and Tyler Hansen
and the Oystercatcher & Little Red Hen Team

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A parklet has sprung up in downtown Coupeville. (Sarah Kirkconnell photos)

NW Grace Street is now an ideal “resting zone” as you peruse the shops.

It’s news to me.

I live less than a mile away from the waterfront views of Front Street here in Coupeville and yet had no clue when my sister asked me if I had seen the changes to one of the side streets.

Now, “have no clue” is my default setting, so…

But anyway, it’s true — NW Grace Street is permanently blocked off and a spiffy new parklet has sprung up just in time for an official debut during this weekend’s Arts and Crafts Festival.

The new structure eases traffic congestion in the area, while giving folks a place to rest as they walk through downtown.

Otherwise known as “man benches” for guys waiting for their wives or significant others to finish hitting all the waterside shops.

Before wandering through Coupeville, tourists and locals alike can garner info on the best paths thanks to an article my sister posted today.

To find that, pop over to:


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Coupeville hoops stars have taken their game on the road. (Photo courtesy Brad Sherman)

They play here. They play there. They play everywhere.

Basketball is booming in Coupeville, and one huge positive is how many young kids are willing to trek off Whidbey for a chance to work on their skills.

A three-day hoops camp in Anacortes, which kicked off Tuesday and runs through Thursday, attracted 13 Wolf hoops stars.

Making the trip:

Colton Ashby
Halle Black
Alec Christie
Brayden Grinstead
Damien Howard
Liam Lawson
Jonah Meek
Dreyke Mendiola
Abel O’Neil
Braxten Ratcliff
Kamden Ratcliff
Brady Sherman
Nicholas Strong

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Jacob Weigert

Justice for Jake.

That’s what friends and family of Jacob Weigert, a 23-year-old Everett man who died after a pedestrian/vehicle accident Wednesday in Coupeville, are asking the local community to help with.

Weigert was killed after being hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross Highway 20 on foot.

He had come from the Ryan’s House for Youth campus and was going to a bus stop which sits in front of the Island Transit complex.

It’s a fairly short, but often very dangerous trip, crossing a road where the speed limit is 50 MPH and drivers are often picking up speed as they leave Coupeville.

With many of the teens and young adults who are staying at Ryan’s House not having transportation of their own, and Whidbey’s bus system being fare-free, the stop in front of Island Transit is frequently used.

Weigert’s friends and family want Island County to consider placing a sidewalk or crosswalk in the area to make traversing Highway 20 safer and have launched a petition in support of such a move.

A Facebook account for “Justice for Jake” plans to hold a protest in front of the courthouse in Coupeville July 28 at 11 AM.


For more info or to sign the petition, pop over to:



There is also a GoFundMe set up to aid Jacob’s family:


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