A “Little” Nostalgia

Steve Brown, the shorter one, and his cousin Scotty Lee pose outside the little store on the corner of Trenton and Stoneway in the early 1960s.

After we ran the story about The Little Store, I received the following e-mail. I asked permission to publish the letter here and requested photos. As you can see, Teresa Gillett came through.

Hi Steven,

I wanted to write to you to thank-you about doing the article on “The Little Store,” but probably not for the reason’s you are thinking of.

I grew up weekends in this store because it belonged to my Grandfather and Grandmother Jesse & May Monroe. They owned it during the time it was “just the little store.” They ran that store by themselves, 7 days a week, from early am til into the night.

Some of my earliest memories and family photos are from in front of the store during the early sixties and into the seventies They also lived there as well but it was renovated, I believe in the 90’s.

Steve Brown and his grandmother May Monroe wait outside the little store for the city bus headed downtown.

Right off the top of my head, I can’t tell you when he bought it but he had it for over 20 yrs. (Sometime in the 50’s) I learned a lot about people in that store. I also learned about kindness and tolerance and watched as my grandfather, an ex cop from Eastern Washington, took care of the neighborhood people–his people. He looked out for the whole neighborhood and gave food to those who couldn’t afford it in ways that maintained their dignity. He didn’t brag or talk about it either, that wasn’t his way, he just did it.

So many memories.

So thank-you for giving me pause and time to recount wonderful memories and moments that helped structure not only my values and beliefs, but those of my brothers and well, the people in that neighborhood and the very people who brought back the store!

Last time I went into the store, about 6 yrs ago, I felt sad for my Grandparents, my Grandpa especially because they were selling drug paraphernalia and it just made me feel incredibly sad. If you could pass this on to the new owners I would appreciate it. I live in Bremerton and one of my brother’s owns a marine hardware store in Port Townsend. He is a big Seahawks fan as well. We’d like to stop by his store and say hi.

Sincerely,

Teresa Gillett

PS I hardly ever buy the paper anymore. But, for some reason today, I just felt like picking it up and buying it. I guess my Grandparents were feeling a little proud and wanted to share this with someone who could really appreciate the changes!

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