About three months ago, Marnie Kirk noticed a “For Sale” sign in front of her business. That was her first indication that the property on which she earns her livelihood could soon be sold.
The owner of Marnie Farmer’s Vintage and Antiques shop found herself wondering where she could set up her business if the new owner should choose not to continue her tenancy. She dreads the notion of packing and transporting her inventory of collectibles, art and household items.
Kirk leased the space in 2015 after moving her inventory from a previous location on Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor. She said that during her first year at the current site, where 134th Street meets the Key Peninsula Highway, “most people who came in said, ‘You’ll never make it. Nobody ever does.’”
Over the past two dozen years, the property has housed a meat-smoking business, a veterinary clinic, a video rental store, a pizza parlor, a variety store and a retail shop that sold glass paraphernalia for vaping and smoking marijuana products.
The property was listed for $429,000 and is now listed at $419,000. It contains a residence and two commercial spaces. The three-bedroom home, built in 1978, has 2,204 square feet. Two commercial spaces total 1,600 square feet. It is zoned and taxed as residential property and is being advertised for its income potential. Zillow estimates the property value to be $342,762.
Kirk met the listing agent, Seth Courtney, who works for Windermere Real Estate-Key Realty. Courtney said the owner had moved to Bellevue and decided to sell. He said he has shown the property a few times but no offers had been received at press time. The residence is being leased to a new tenant.
Kirk had spent two years looking for a location on the Key Peninsula. She is trying to stay optimistic about the future of her business.
“We hope the new owners will want to keep us. We don’t want to lose this location,” she said.
Her son and store manager, Dylan Kirk, said, “We just hope to be able to stay here. We enjoy working with the community.”
The shop will have an anniversary/holiday open house the first weekend in November.
“This holiday season, I would like to offer great deals to my wonderful customers, who allowed us to get this far,” she said. “I am truly grateful to you all.”