Double Scoop of History

It’s not officially summer but the weather has been so gorgeous, who can say no to an ice cream cone? I recently discovered this little ice cream shop called Kapaws Iskreme in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. The building dates to 1890 and has functioned as an ice cream shop since 1968 (doubling then as a coffee shop because you know how Seattle-area residents feel about their coffee!).

Coupeville is one of Washington’s oldest towns and is part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve (the nation’s first historical reserve, dating to 1978!). Thirty-two of Coupeville’s historic buildings date back to the Territorial Era (1850-1875).

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The ice cream parlor ca. 1970, photo courtesy of Front Street.

Curious for more? Coupeville has a website devoted entirely to the history of their buildings, called Front Street. There is a lot of text but the old photographs make digging worth it.

Enjoy the sun!

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