Random Questions with Marty and Char Martin

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.

Marty and Char Martin bought Sequim Spice and Tea


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.


In Random Questions, members of the community each draw five random questions (sometimes more) out of 50 from a bag and he/she will answer these questions for your entertainment. With suggestions for random interviews, e-mail Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.


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