Echo Donut Lounge offers treats, books, music and more

Open mic night is set for Friday

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o Echo Donut Lounge, 1801 Main St., is open Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

o Free wi-fi is available.

o An open mic night will be held Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Comedians, musicians and poets are invited to share their talents, with performance times limited to 10 to 15 minutes each, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups will begin at 6 p.m.

o For more information, call 335-9104, email info@echodonutlounge.com or visit www.facebook.com/EchoDonutLoungeandResale.

o Echo Donut Lounge, 1801 Main St., is open Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

o Free wi-fi is available.

o An open mic night will be held Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Comedians, musicians and poets are invited to share their talents, with performance times limited to 10 to 15 minutes each, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups will begin at 6 p.m.

o For more information, call 335-9104, email info@echodonutlounge.com or visit www.facebook.com/EchoDonutLoungeandResale.

When Sarah Arnold ran Echo Resale, in downtown Washougal, people would often drop in, look around and leave.

That business, which was primarily a consignment shop with new and used clothing, music accessories, and arts and crafts supplies, was open from October 2013 to mid-April.

Since then, Arnold and Bret Van Horn have opened Echo Donut Lounge, three blocks from her previous business.

“There is more space here, with food options and a hangout factor,” she said. “We wanted to provide a place to go, with things we’re excited about — books and music.”

Before moving into the new location, a remodeling project involved painting and installing plumbing and new flooring.

The building’s co-owner, Bruce Kramer, updated the electrical system. He and his wife, Heidi, operated Main Street Mercantile, formerly named Salvage Safari, at that site for more than a decade.

The Kramers now sell global gifts, home decor and clothing. That includes hand carved/painted wood decor from Indonesia, clothes from Nepal and India, tye dye from the U.S. and Egyptian blown glass at fairs, festivals and through an online store, www.mainstreetmercantilewashougal.com.

Echo Donut Lounge sells record albums, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs, as well as music equipment and housewares. There are greeting cards and soaps made by local residents.

Toppings for the mini doughnuts include berry jam, chocolate and sprinkles, sugar and cinnamon, powdered sugar, salted caramel, maple icing and sweet chili sauce.

Beverage options include chocolate milk, Martinelli’s apple cider, hot chocolate and Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters coffee, of Vancouver. The owners of Paper Tiger, Kenny and Sue Fletcher, live in Washougal.

The Echo Donut Lounge also sells bottled Mexican Coca-Cola, Jones green apple soda, several varieties of hot tea and cans of Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Mug Root Beer, Sierra Mist and Mountain Dew.

Candy, such as M&M’s, Sour Stars, Root Beer Barrels and Gummy Bears, are available, priced by the pound.

Senior citizens, age 60 and older, are eligible to receive 10 percent off all food and drink items.

The lounge, with a music performance area, includes seating and several tables with games such as Scrabble and chess that are available to play at no cost.

There is also a vintage Super Nintendo Entertainment System with an assortment of video games that are free to play.

“The Downtown Washougal Association is seeking safe places for kids to hang out, and they can enjoy live music,” Van Horn said.

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