After 20 years, Jim and Julie Schumacher spruced up the Carlsborg Station with a new centerpiece.
Since the business opened at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Carlsborg Road in April 29, 1999, the couple’s gas station and convenience store has proudly displayed a mural of the Olympic Peninsula by the late Tim Quinn above the convenience store’s entrance.
Weather faded and wore down the once bright piece, however, leading the Schumachers to take it down. (Another mural by Quinn remains inside the shop.)
As they considered options for the outside mural, a friend referenced them to Port Angeles artist David Latimer.
Their goal, Julie Schumacher said, was to maintain a similar theme with a train, the Olympic Mountains and other local landmarks.
Trying to replicate Quinn’s art wasn’t an easy task, Latimer noted.
“It was nearly impossible,” he said. “But it was important to keep the same placement and the train because those have been there for so long. I wanted to recreate it and still do a tribute to (Quinn).”
The 20-foot mural is the largest painting Latimer said he’s done in his life.
“I’m really proud of the piece,” Latimer said.
“It’s something I was honored to do because it’s been a part of the area for so long. I want to use my art to uplift this community.”
The new Carlsborg Station mural features an array of paints and styles including exterior latex paint, spray paint, paint pens and clear coats used with brushes and air brushes.
Latimer said Quinn’s mural didn’t hold up to the weather as long likely because of the difference in paints back then.
Julie Schumacher said she and her husband are happy with Latimer’s work. She said they intend to go up annually to refinish Latimer’s mural it so it’ll last even longer.
Latimer, a Port Angeles native, said he started as a pencil artist and grew more fond of painting over the years. Now he’s beginning his own painting and crafts business under David Latimer Art. Find more about the artist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DavidLatimerArt.
More about Carlsborg Station
Jim and Julie Schumacher have lived on the Olympic Peninsula their whole lives with Jim working as manager at Forks Thriftway and Julie at Rayonier. They purchased the Carlsborg Station’s property in 1997 before developing two years later, which is now the Shell gas station and convenience store. In July 2015, they add a Blimpie Sub Shop with a drive-thru.
The couple held a 20 year celebration on April 25 the same day as their 27th wedding anniversary.
“We’ve been the same owners for 20 years and built from the ground up and raised three boys while working here,” Julie said. “We’re very thankful for all our local customers and our regulars who have been very loyal to us. We’re still here because of them.”
The Schumachers said they’ve survived through a lot of competition and Blimpie has a good flow of customers now.
“Everyone is trained to work the Shell side and the Blimpie side,” Julie said. “It’s something healthier with sandwiches and salads.”
The couple plans to add grocery orders through Blimpie’s drive-thru for everyday items like milk, bread and more.
“We want to make it more convenient,” Julie said.
For more about the Carlsborg Station, 20 Carlsborg Road, call 360-681-2290.
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