A fire downtown Edmonds in August 1909 destroyed many buildings and left many businesses without storefronts to conduct affairs. A number of citizens saw this as an opportunity to rebuild downtown with materials that would be less susceptible to fire in the future.
Dr. Jacob Danford Sherrick, who arrived in Edmonds around 1907, owned the land on the north side of George Street ( Main Street) between 4th Ave & what is now the Edmonds Theater. He began with the plan to build a cement block building on the northeast corner. This building became the Edmonds Drugstore until 1914 when the Edmonds Trading Company moved into the building. Dr. Sherrick sold this building April 1921 to John McGinnis for a shoe repair shop. The building later became a grocery store and the Edmonds Flower Shop.
In November 1921, Frank D. Hoffer purchased land “immediately west of the [Princess] theatre” from Johnson Sherrick (Dr. Sherrick’s son). He erected a permanent building. which the following April would become the Forget-Me-Not Luncheonette and Kandy Kitchen. In September 1929 the Hoffers changed the name to Hoffer’s Tea Room. In January 1942 they sold it to P.J. Quiett of Woodway Park who turned around and sold it that September to Mr. & Mrs. Murlin I. Hoffer. From there ownership continued with Mr. & Mrs. Bud Little who moved Ben Stine’s Ten-Cent Store to this location. The building is now occupied by Comstock Jewelers.
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