When the Island View Market prepared to open its new wine and beer patio, the owners only announced the opening by email to a list of newsletter followers.
After opening at noon on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the place was packed by 2 p.m.
Jim Ohlinger and his wife, Chris, renovated what used to be a small apartment behind the store, located at 7102 Ray Nash Drive NW.
The store has been in business since 1950. The Ohlingers have had the store for almost two years now, after a friend bought it just to stop it from going under.
It’s more than beer and wine the Ohlingers have in stock; there’s root beer floats, hot dogs and retro sodas. There isn’t a big-name label in there either.
“We try to keep it all local,” Chris said.
The cheese, the salsa and the smoked salmon all come from nearby. The beers and wines are from Washington and Oregon.
Closest to home is 7 Seas Brewing. The Island View Market will host a brewer’s night on July 31.
Gig Harbor winery Carl’s Pond has been popular, too. Chris said it’s hard to keep on the shelf.
It’s the view that is a big draw. The dock sits on the water and boats come and go. There’s herons and deer out in the woods and water.
“It’s like sitting here watching National Geographic,” Jim said of the back porch.
Colloquially, the spot is known as “the back porch,” but that’s not all there is to it, Chris said. Inside are chairs, bar stools and tables.
It’s a local space, Jim said, because 90 percent of the customers are regulars from the area. In the winter, it’s the local support that keeps the market afloat.
Years and years ago, the Island View Market was the Rosedale Community Center, and that spirit is still alive.
“It’s like it’s getting back to the community center again,” Jim said. “It came full circle.”Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Gateway_Karen