Marty and Char Martin bought Sequim Spice and Tea, 121 W. Washington St., in April of last year before moving it a little over a week ago into the former space of Pacific Mist Books to accommodate a growing need.
They moved to Sequim in 2012 for Marty’s job from Virginia and originally are from the Twin Cities. The couple continues to work full time with Marty for a phone company and Char in health care while operating the store.
Marty said they decided to move because they outgrew their old space.
“How often do you get a highly visible space like this downtown?” he asked.
“We’ve been really busy. We’re extremely pleased.”
With the new space, the couple added a seating area, more display space and more products and supplies.
Sequim Spice and Tea offers samples of teas and salts and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.sequimspiceandtea.com or call 683-2050.
Question 5: If you could appear as the main character in any medium, who would you be?
Marty Martin: I don’t know. I have more drama in my life than any character and I’m funnier than most comedians I watch. I struggle not to be a character and have character already.
Question 10: What is one thing people might not know about you?
Char Martin: I’m learning how to do stained glass art. I looked for classes locally but there weren’t any available. There were some in the past, but I’m learning online. It’s going pretty well.
Question 29: Who is your favorite artist/writer/musician?
Marty Martin: Shawn Phillips. He was a nationally touring musician. Interesting enough his two biggest followings are in Washington and Minnesota. It’s not surprising I ended up here. I liked his message of peace, health and clarity. At the time, music on the radio there wasn’t anything similar. He’s a very, very gifted writer. He used words you had to look up and when he used a specific word, it was the right word.
Bonus Question 1: What’s your favorite song of his?
Marty Martin: “Early Morning Hours.” It just really spoke to me.
Bonus Question 2: Are you both fans?
Marty Martin: She kinda had to be.
Char Martin: He and several of my siblings were always listening to Shawn Phillips.
Question 45: What do you like best about yourself?
Marty about Char: Her kindness. She is very forgiving.
Char about Marty: I like his sense of humor. He is very funny.
Question 50: What is the greatest driving song or album?
Marty Martin: It all depends on my mood. But if I had to pick it’d be J.J. Cale. He’s just good tunes.
Char Martin: I like The Wailin’ Jennys. Their music is so harmonic. But if we’re in the car and talking, I can’t concentrate while talking and listen to music. He’s the opposite.
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