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The Carleton Avenue Grocery has the distinction of being the longest continuously operated grocery store in Washington State. Although it didnâ€™t begin as your friendly, neighborhood grocery store.
It was built in 1904 as a saloon with attached overnight rooms (roadhouse) but later was converted to a grocery store in 1911. Prospere Casteran had owned the building as early as 1904 and ran the first grocery store as well.
It began as a bar and bordello called â€śThe Country Inn Roadhouseâ€ť owned by Everett â€śBig Hutchâ€ť Hutchings located on 201 Estella Street (Carleton Avenue) along with about six other saloons. They were the â€śRoxyâ€™s,â€ť owned by Roxy Reber; â€śRainer Bar,â€ť owned by L.C, Bregonze; â€śLincoln Park,â€ť owned by Charlton and Bowman; â€śGermania Park,â€ť owned by F Brand; â€śVienna Grocery and Bar,â€ť owned by L. Pavish; and â€śBohemian Park,â€ť owned by Richard Bishop.