Fire rubble

Last May a spectacular fire destroyed the Baja Cantina and Sequim Consignment Store on Washington Street, leaving a scorched and collapsed shell. The Sequim Consignment Store has since relocated further east on Washington Street. I don’t know whether the Baja Cantina will reopen.

The building owner has been working with her insurance company to evaluate the loss and determine next steps for the charred remains. Heavy equipment descended on the site recently and all that was left the other day was a heap of debris.

Rellano

I’ve been searching for a good chile rellano since I left California. I know, I know. The further north you get from the Mexican border the lower the odds of finding one. But I still try. Last week we went to Jose’s Famous Salsa on East Washington. All in all the food was good. Compared to most I’ve had the rellano wasn’t disappointing. In fact, it was pretty good and the salsa’s really good. I think I’ll return and try their tacos and tamales. But I may have to head south for what I’m craving…or break down and get cooking.

Inventor sculpture 1

I discovered some new sand sculpture in process last week on North Sequim Avenue. Sue McGrew, who recently completed a beautiful piece at the Arts in Action Festival in Port Angeles last month, was at work on this as I drove by.

Inventor sculpture 2

I don’t know the genesis of this piece but it looks to me like unique advertising for the law office behind it.

Update: The Peninsula Daily News has reported that this piece was commissioned by Jacques Dulin who is celebrating 50 years of patent law. Here’s a link to the article.

Civic Ctr Sept 14

The last time I showed you the new Sequim City Hall, in August, there really wasn’t much to show. Within days of that post the structural framework was erected, quickly defining the new building. The completed facility will be 34,000 square feet and will include both city administrative offices and the police station.

Civic Ctr Aug 14

So far there’s not much drama as the new Sequim City Hall begins to take shape. But compared to my first post last June, here, you can see progress. I was lucky to find an open gate that allowed me to avoid those nasty “through the cyclone fence” construction shots.

Civic Ctr 2 Aug 14

The foundation’s been poured and the blue coloring you see is insulation. The garden of upright piping, seen better in the top shot, is stubbing for plumbing and electrical.

Restrooms

Sometimes a public restroom is a very welcome sight. Yet they can run a real gamut of what constitutes “welcome” and a restroom. Though I haven’t gone in to inspect this one by all appearances Sequim has rolled out a rather nice welcome mat here.