Not quite three years ago the word was out, the 13,400 acre Cascade Ranch had once again been sold. While Lake Creek has phone service, it couldn’t operate quite as fast as the rumor mill. After all, despite its size, the ranch had gone through a couple of owners and expansion of its acreage since Glenn Jackson and partners owned it some 40 years ago. One owner saw the value in timber and started selling it off. The next owner was more interested in golf courses. Neither owner had an interest in the community of Lake Creek. So when it was learned that Betty Knoebel was the new person in charge, the community viewed her with a jaundiced eye to be sure. Betty wasn’t expecting that and the old-timers weren’t expecting her.
N’er the twain shall meet goes the saying. But it appears Knoebel has proved that line in error. Upon her arrival, Knoebel said she was committed to the community and wanted to be a part of it. The most recent and certainly most obvious commitment to the community is the new Lake Creek General Store. It also was the focus of the most concern when the community learned the nearly 100 year structure would be torn down. The permitting process, concern over liability and basic health and user-friendly issues marked it for demolition.
Another major commitment to the local community is very evident as Knoebel selected Greg Grissom to construct the building. Teresa Stockton is the store manager and all the art work and the outside mural is the work of well-known Lake Creek artist, Teresa Schleigh. All local Lake Creek folks.
Last Friday at 6 a.m. the new Lake Creek General Store opened. It is definitely designed to be a community gathering place. The “plank” flooring appears to be wood, but in fact, it is concrete. If cork boots do happen in, the floor won’t be harmed. The parking area is spacious and paved. The porch or decking around the 2700 sq. ft. store and ice cream parlor is handicap accessible.
Inside the store one will find a good selection of basic food and picnic needs along with built-in coolers for beverages and items needing refrigeration.
Store hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m . And during the winter, the store will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent