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By Beka Compton
The Times 

The Royal Block sees new owners, lots of history, bright future

Joe Roberts and Tiina Jaatinen are committed to uncovering, sharing the Main Street building's history


Beka Compton

Joe Roberts and Tiina Jaatinen, the new owners of the Royal Block are using the building's history to breathe life back into the Main Street building, and they hope to have the business up and running in May of this year.

WAITSBURG-218 Main Street has contributed its fair share to Waitsburg's history. Built in 1888 by G.W Loundagin, the Royal Block has housed many businesses including a hotel, multiple pharmacies, apartments, restaurants, a craft store. According to a souvenir booklet printed by the Oregonian in 1904, the building was known as the Loundagin Block & Hotel Royal. In 1977, Sid's Pharmacy, Treasures in Tole, and 'apartments' were listed on a Historical Registration application that encompassed the entire Main Street.

In 2020, Tiina Jaatinen and Joe Roberts purchased the historical building,...

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