Gilman Village

317 NW Gilman Boulevard

Gilman Village entrance sign, Issaquah, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Row of storefronts, Gilman Village, Issaquah, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Stores, Gilman Village, Issaquah, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
More Stores This Way sign, Gilman Village, Issaquah, August 25, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Gilman Village, 1992, Issaquah Press photo, Courtsy Issaquah History Museums (2013.003.401)
Gilman Village construction, Issaquah, ca. 1985, Courtesy Issaquah History Museums (2013.003.620)

Gilman Village sprang from an idea in 1972 by two local businesswomen, Betty Konarski and Marilyn Gray. The two women operated a small arts and crafts store named The Country Mouse that operated out of a house built in 1909, but the house was in danger of being razed for development. Konarski approached local developer Marvin Mohl with the idea to move the house (and two other nearby older houses which were also scheduled to be razed) and start a specialty shopping center with the buildings. Mohl liked the idea, and by the end of 1972 Gilman Village had opened.

Gilman Village opened with four buildings on the site — the three transplanted buildings, and the Wold House, which dated from 1908. This house has the distinction of being the only building in the village which is in its original location. By 1992 Gilman Village had grown to 28 buildings, most of them old houses dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. But there are other buildings in Gilman Village, including an old feed store, a drive-in, and even a couple of former garages. The little homemade shopping center has successfully weathered changing tastes and times in the past half-century, and currently there are approximately 40 shops operating in Gilman Village, ranging from restaurants to home dĂ©cor to pottery.

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