Luepke Florist Center

The original Luepke Florist building was built at this location in 1909. After a fire in 1937 it was rebuilt.

“The building is historically significant for its direct association with local civic and commercial leader Rudolph Luepke, and for its locally-excellent representation of Moderne architecture, created by locally-prominent architect Donald J. Stewart.” Clark County Washington

When I visited the site yesterday to take some pictures I fell in love with the big round window and the old fashioned neon sign at the top of the building. Inside it was all done in white and looked very elegant, modern and stylish. But it was actually a mix of old and new. The flower cool room was the original room and the cash register was definitely from the early 1930’s though it may have been only for display.

I wish I had taken a better close-up of the register keys – but look how they are labeled for very small change. Back in the days when a nickel really bought something. See this fun infographic – What you could buy for a nickel

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2014 Columbian article: Luepke Florist closing


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I’m in between the in between. Ever been there? That state of being where you are waiting for one thing to slip into place so you can do the next thing?

And though you know there are a ton of things you could, should be doing none of them quite seem to fit the moment. I guess it’s time to sit down and make a list or a plan of how to move into phase two of whatever.

Oh well, I’m sure it will all work out. Truthfully I think I have a bit of a cold and that is sapping even my energy to “think” about what to do next.

Then too I am reading a very good book and I keep slipping off to read just one more little bit. That throws me off track as well. The book is called, Cold, Cold Heart by Tami Hoag. It’s a sequel to her first book, The 9th Girl that I read when I was at the coast. I forgot to take a book with me and this one was left on the shelf by either the owner or some kind person wanting to share. I managed to get it done while I was there but it definitely got me hooked into this author. On the flyleaf of her book it says that over 40 million copies of Tami Hoag’s books are in print in over thirty languages. Geesh. What planet was I that I never heard of her? A monastery? Maybe.

The author is super good. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it is a bit gruesome. Let’s say a lot. I keep “not” wanting to read it because of that but then I just have to find out what happens next. Definitely not a book I would have been reading in the monastery.

Anyone have a good book to recommend? I love finding new books.

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