The Goldendale Sentinel - Headlines & History since 1879

By Deb Brumley
For The Sentinel 

Jim Allyn on birthdays and business


Deb Brumley for The Sentinel

MINDING THE STORE: Left to right: Jim Allyn, owner of Allyn’s Building Center of Goldendale, and long-time ‘right-hand’ employees Bonnie Decker and Javier Short.

Seven days a week the doors of the combination white paint, tar-papered and vintage wood multi-shaped building supply store on North Mill Street in Goldendale are swinging wide, from all sides. Primarily trucks loaded with carryall frames are seen leaving the building supply store parking lot with layers of lumber on the racks and needed supplies in brown paper sacks or tucked-in lock boxes or behind the pickup seats. More often than not, a dog is riding sentinel in the back many of these trucks. The trucks are leaving with a myriad of supplies: stain, nails, grass seed, carpet, fencing, tile, requisite nails, or paint. Seated inside, just behind the piled-high counter, phones ringing wit...

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