By Julie Wiessner
New businesses have been popping up within a two-block area of the Standin’ On The Corner Park in Winslow.
A new restaurant, Los Maria’s, is located on the north side of Second Street and serves authentic Mexican food.
Two Native American galleries have also opened, one Navajo, called Akoshilláa Sheila!, the other, Hopi, called Arizona Indian Art, features a Hopi gentleman who sits outside his shop during the day carving Kachinas.
There is also the Arizona 66 Trading Company, which sells jewelry, T-shirts, native crafts, and a wide variety of items associated with Route 66 and Standin’ on the Corner.
Kenna’s Corner, located at Williamson Avenue and Second Street, is so named for Tess and Lawrence Kenna, a mother and son who have bought from eight to 10 buildings, and, according to Greg Hackler, vice president of the Standin’ On The Corner Foundation, “have put forth a lot of effort in fixing up those buildings and cleaning up those properties.”
One example, says Hackler, is “what used to be Skylark Bar has had its roof removed and is now called Skylark Courtyard. This is now a very usable building. The Kennas are also working on getting people into those buildings and helping to make the downtown area invigorated.”
Two businesses located in the same building, one a soda fountain, Fizz ‘N Cream, and Stars Route 66 Diner will be going in soon. It had been slated to be located in the old Seattle Grind Coffee Shop, however, upon city inspection, it was found that some floor timbers that would not hold the weight of equipment needed, hence the decision to move across the street and two doors down.
According to one of the owners, Darlene Ritchie, “We are hoping to be opened in a couple of weeks; we’re just waiting on an electrician. This is a pretty good sized place, our address goes from 101 to 109 W. Second St.” The food will be all American, “nothing frozen,” said Darlene. “We will be patting out individual hamburger patties, but my specialty is chicken fried steak.”
The Winslow theatre opened last fall and is also in the same area on Kinsley Avenue.
The Standin’ On The Corner mural is being repainted currently, with work to be completed by Sunday, Aug. 11. Artist John Pugh and apprentice Nikki Greer only work at night, so mornings reveal to passersby the changes occurring during the artist’s nocturnal work.
By Julie Wiessner