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Rainier Market (Behind the Shell gas pumps)

I Remember When … The Rainier Market

"I Remember Rainier When..." by George Johnson The Rainier Market Homer's Rainier Market was kind of the center of Rainier.  Just about everyone in town stopped in once in a while to catch up on rumors.  You could sit in the corner with a cup of coffee and kibitz with everyone that came in.  It was the town meeting place and a lot of politicking went on in there as well. Every Saturday the Rainier Market sold "Homer Dogs."  We would set up a table with chafing dishes and keep them full of quarter-pound beef brands and buns.  Many customers would stand in line on Saturdays, waiting for the Homer Dogs at 10 AM.  The price was only a dollar when it first started, so many families made it their Saturday lunch stop. We were all a little crazy.  You had to be to work there!  Homer was always trying to scare ...
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Rainier Market (Behind the Shell gas pumps)

I Remember Rainier when…

 Homer & Wilma Sheets I have lived in Rainier for the last 27 years.  I had the fortune to have been an employee at the Rainier Market for the first twelve of those years.  I got to know many wonderful and not so wonderful people that frequented the Rainier Market under the ownership of Homer and Wilma Sheets. As memory serves me, just about everyone in town worked there at one time or another. The shortest I remember anyone being employed at the market was 30 minutes.  She work as a cashier.  The first time she went to the register, she twisted her knee.  The last time we saw her, she had become a lifetime worker's comp case. We went through lots of employees.  The sane people never seemed to stay long.  Most of us had issues or we probably would not have worked there, because sanity went out the ...
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Bomb Squad

The Bomb Squad

I've lived in Rainier for over 27 years and worked at the Rainier Market for almost 14 years.  During that time, I've seen it all. There was a night, at midnight, that one of our city police officers came in and said I would have to close the store.  He said that the street was being closed because he discovered a BOMB in the laundromat across the street.  The Olympia bomb squad  was on the way to "disarm it." I decided to not close the store.  I  just watched from the store window, not believing that anyone would bomb the laundromat in Rainier. Well, the bomb squad showed up with the disposal unit and carefully entered the building. After a few minutes they all came out laughing.  It turned out that it was not a BOMB, but rather it was a BONG.  We nicknamed the naive Rainier police officer "The ...
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Sonjas Restaurant

Sonja’s Restaurant Sells Groceries

"I Remember Rainier When..." by George Johnson Sonja's Restaurant Sonja's Restaurant opened in 1994.  When it first opened, it was just a small burger stand. Sonja and her husband, Gene Cram, rebuilt the restaurant into what it is today.  Gene did most of the work himself.  He said "I made everything in the restaurant.  I enjoy everything I do, so it's not work.  If you don't enjoy doing something, you probably won't do a good job." When I asked Gene what he thinks about all the changes they've made in the restaurant, he smiled and said, "It's SUPER!" Sonja's fridge with food for sale to the public. Sonja's Restaurant started selling groceries in Rainier after the Rainier Market closed.  When you first walk into Sonja's Restaurant, you'll pass a commercial refrigerator filled with produce, eggs and dairy products.  As you move into the seating area, the walls behind you are again ...
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