LONG TIME LOCAL HAT MAKER WAPITI WOOLIES GOES ON MARKET
Greenwater native’s Bob and Debbie Grubb have placed their iconic retail and coffee shop ‘Wapiti Woolies’ on the market for sale. A pit stop for many skiers in the winter and sight seeing hikers/gondola riders in the summer, the successful shop is now on the market. Seattle Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s Brian Hopper (Enumclaw native and Crystal Mountain Ambassador) and Andy Keating have the $1,500,000 listing.
Debbie spent her growing up years on the sunny beaches of Cape Cod Massachusetts, while Bob grew up in Sumner, and then quickly moved to the mountains as soon as he could to enjoy the lifestyle he craved. Back in those days Bob worked any job at Crystal Mountain he could in order to support his ski habit. In the winter of 1976 Bob was living in a cabin at Silver Springs. That same winter Debbie showed up on the scene and worked at the Alpine Inn on the mountain. Bob quickly took note of the new girl... beach girl meets mountain man! The rest is history!
That was the start of their relationship and the ski hat business that would come to be known as Wapiti Woolies, which today has become a successful retail/coffee shop that also serves up fantastic ice-cream in the summer. The Grubbs got their start in the hat making business in the cabin Bob owned in Greenwater. They later moved down Hwy 410 to the small building that used to house the restaurant formerly known as Buzzy's. The entrepreneurial couple then moved from the old Greenwater General Store during the winter of 1977 to its present location....
Wapiti Woolies is an interesting name for their business, but it seemed to come to mind easily for Bob and Debbie.
Quite different from today, during those early years Wapiti Woolies was a winter time business. The family spent time knitting ski hats and sweaters while they lived above the store. The thriving business kept expanding, as well as their family. In November of 1978 they had their first child, Melissa. Daughter Jill came along next, and in the summer of 1986 they added more living space to the Wapiti building. A short time later they built the home that they live in today, moving out of the Wapiti building. That opened up quite a bit of space in the shop so they next expanded to include a coffee stand and started serving up ice cream. That newer addition has been a tremendous success.
Many of the customers that frequent the shop have grown to become life long friends of the Grubbs. The Grubb’s children grew up as avid skiers. It was most certainly a way of life, and it showed. Melissa became a ski instructor at Crystal Mountain at the young age of 14. She later moved to Jackson Hole to teach skiing, which is where she met her husband Tim. Melissa now has a hair salon business in Seattle and still is an avid skier. Jill still loves to ski as well and had a competitive edge to her skiing growing up on the mountain as a member of the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club (CMAC). Today, Jill’s daughter is a member of the same CMAC race team. You can find Jill cheering her on each weekend. Jill is also an active part of the family business today as the shop manager.
Bob and Debbie still ski more than ever but have started to enjoy traveling together more and more. While the mountains have been calling the Grubbs for years, they are looking forward to many new adventures.
Although the Grubbs haven’t thought about life with out the shop, one thing is for sure, you will always find them up at Crystal Mountain, and for now at the shop they started back in 1974.
Bob & Debbie Grubb
Founders / Owners
Live the dream, quit your day job and move to the mountains. We are pleased to present this opportunity to obtain the coveted and sought after lifestyle that comes with being the new owners of Wapiti Woolies. Wapiti has a strong reputation with Northwest outdoor enthusiasts and has been featured in many publications, and has held a spot in the heart of many for years. Nearly 40 years ago it was birthed out of a passion for the outdoors and a desire to be connected with nature and the slopes of nearby Crystal Mountain Resort.
This beloved retail shop offers a fine section of hats, clothing, gifts, outdoor apparel and equipment. It also features a Coffee Shop serving Starbucks drinks, famous Huckleberry Ice Cream, hot Sandwiches and other snacks. While boasting a successful retail/coffee shop, Wapiti also features living space above the shops below. Now a thriving and successful business, it can become yours allowing you the lifestyle you have only dreamed of. This legendary and favorite stop for so many is making it’s debut on the market for the first time since opening it’s doors in 1974. Don't miss the opportunity to share in the story that is Wapiti Woolies.
58414 State Route 410 E
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Offered at $1,399,950
Residential Apartment Located Upstairs
Newly Paved Parking Lot
20KW Onan Diesel Generator
Tractor Included in Sale
Covered Storage and Shed