Pursuing their hearts, pair updates landmark hotel

PORT TOWNSEND — This few arrived to Port Townsend to begin an completely distinctive lifetime.

“We had been the two furloughed from our work all through COVID,” explained Eric Wennberg who, with his lover Jessica Jennings, took a move back from his urban occupation — and then a leap into a new area in this rural county.

Jennings and Wennberg purchased the landmark Bishop Lodge at 714 Washington St. 6 months into the pandemic. The former proprietors, Cindy and Joe Finnie, were being completely ready to retire they marketed the 132-12 months-outdated building for $1,950,000 and, at the finish of previous yr, bought their other residence, the Swan Hotel, to the Northwest Maritime Centre for
$2 million.

Now that Wennberg and Jennings have weathered above a 12 months of hospitality in challenging conditions, they’ve expanded their business. The new Bishop Block Bottle Store is a wine bar-cafe with counter company indoors and dining out in the backyard — with fire tables for warmth.

“This was an opportunity to imagine exterior the box, and re-imagine what we were being doing,” Jennings said of their preceding occupations. Initially from Detroit, she invested a long time managing new music venues and places to eat in Seattle.

Wennberg, a hairstylist and educator, traveled a whole lot. He did have some hospitality expertise as a resort valet when he was 18 — but just about every little thing about this new undertaking has been “a shock and a mastering curve,” he explained.

COVID protection mandates incorporate a different layer to the company, the pair acknowledged, when Jennings emphasized they are in complete guidance of Jefferson County’s procedures.

“Everyone that performs listed here is totally vaccinated. We just take it severely,” she extra.

Nonetheless, as in industries across the state, staffing has been a massive problem.

“Last summer was intriguing,” Jennings stated, “and fortunately we had a trusty team of 4 people today, which includes us,” to operate the 16-suite resort.

Caring for a composition crafted in 1890 provides still a further mastering knowledge, Wennberg mentioned. The Bishop Block has led a lot of life, including

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