An island icon has gotten a makeover, and on Mothers’ Day Eve, May 10, a block party will be held at Doty’s Marketplace.
Doty’s Marketplace was once the Doty family home and business, A1 Cafe and Bakery, which now houses Edna Gallery and Shearwater Kayaks. In recent years Patty Doty Miller, a member of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee and the County Critical Areas Ordinance committee, bought the property from her parents.
The recently remodeled Marketplace includes the Home Grown market, managed by Rick Doty for over a decade and recently sold to new owner Kyle Ater, Laura’s Clothes Horse, Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio, Ama Tara Healing and Meditation Center, and ClearPath Counseling.
To celebrate the new era, each business in the Marketplace will be hosting welcoming activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The “block party” will feature live music with local artists in the courtyard or out front on the Main Street sidewalk.
Edna Gallery, relocated from the Porter Station building on Main Street, will be giving away free truffles to all and offer a 10 percent discount for all sales that day.
Shearwater Kayaks has paddled their business over from the Prune Alley side of the Marketplace to the North Beach Road side. They will be having a “block party spring sale” on equipment, classes and tours.
Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with open Yoga practice from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students, teachers, and anyone with a yoga practice who would like to join them. New students can stop by the studio during the open house and receive a pass for a free yoga class at Orcas Mandala! www.orcasmandala.com or 360-298-0218.
Stacy Lutz, who is opening the “Ama Tara Healing and Meditation Center” where Shearwater Kayaks used to be on the Prune Alley side of the Marketplace, will host her grand opening at the Block Party. She will serve California Rolls for people’s gastronomic pleasure and hold drawings for free sessions (acupuncture, acupressure, massage and bodywork, consultations) and classes such as guided visualization and mantra.
Michael Gerard Mele will host an open house at his “ClearPath Counseling” business (above Ama Tara Healing & Meditation Center and Mandala Yoga Studio), where you can browse his photograph gallery. The first 50 visitors will receive a hand-signed print of one of Michael’s original photographs in honor of Mother’s Day.
Home Grown Market & Deli, which has recently completed a major remodel and technological modernization, will be open and serving their usual array of organic and health food products.