The Olga Store is a beloved historic building and a vibrant East-side community anchor.

Spring Evening in Olga by Susan Mustard

 
 
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Mission

The Olga Store on Orcas Island has charmed residents and visitors for decades.

The landmark building stands as a beacon of simpler times and rural community, yet it has stood vacant and abandoned for many years.

We are the Friends of the Olga Store Building and we are moving to reclaim this beloved property.

We envision a revived East-end community anchor, an inclusive and welcoming place to receive mail and sip coffee.

In May 2019, the current Olga Post Office building was put on the market, with the current lease ending in October 2019. At that point the situation became urgent, both to save the building from development and to ensure that Olga retains its post office as the focal point of the community.

We now have the opportunity to preserve the history of this building and to provide the Post Office with a long-term lease in Olga, preserving the store as public space on a rapidly privatizing island.

Our intent is to purchase the Olga Store building and manage the location as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We plan to restore the building, maintaining its historical character, and to rent out space to the Post Office and a bakery cafe.

Community support is growing. We need your donations, your talent, and your time to make this happen.

The time to act is now.

Join us!

History

Olga was founded in 1860 and named after the mother of the first Olga storekeeper, Anthony Ohlert. This small hamlet has retained its rustic beauty for more than 100 years.

In the early 1900s, The Olga Store was located in a different building nearer to the beach. It moved in 1937 to the current beloved building. As a general store, it was the hub for the east end of Orcas Island. The store was close to the dock where fresh strawberries were shipped to Seattle markets. The mail would arrive by boat before it started coming from Eastsound by road.

The first Olga Post Office, established in 1890, was initially housed in a log cabin at Buck Bay, then later moved to the current Olga Store Building. The Post Office was moved across the street to its current location, and the store evolved into different establishments: a lunch nook, a fine dining restaurant, and a general store where you could get homemade ice cream.

(Edited excerpt from Images of America Orcas Island, published by the Orcas Island Historical Society and Museum, page 29.)

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The first Olga Post Office, established in 1890, was initially housed in a log cabin at Buck Bay, then later moved to the current Olga Store Building. The Post Office was moved across the street to its current location, and the store evolved into different establishments: a lunch nook, a fine dining restaurant, and a general store where you could get homemade ice cream.

(Edited excerpt from Images of America Orcas Island, published by the Orcas Island Historical Society and Museum, page 29.)

 

The current Post Office location was sold and the lease ends October 2019

The current Post Office location was sold and the lease ends October 2019

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