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Yachats’ Laughing Crab Gallery prepares to scuttle south

With their art gallery space on the market, owners are moving the business to Florence's Old Town bayfront

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Yachats’ Laughing Crab gallery prepares to scuttle south,” Cheryl Romano’s story about the art gallery’s pending move to Florence, was published originally on July 5, 2021, by YachatsNews.com, an ArtsWatch Community Partner. ArtsWatch is republishing the piece with permission.

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By CHERYL ROMANO/YachatsNews.com

The Laughing Crab art gallery is leaving downtown Yachats for a bigger space on the Florence bayfront.

“We’re sorry to be leaving our friends in Yachats, but since our building is being sold, we had to make the hard decision to move,” said Kim McLaughlin, co-owner of the gallery with husband Gary Manos. “We hope everyone will come see us in our new location — 1341 Bay St., in Old Town, between Beachcomber’s and Bay Street Grill.”

Plans are to reopen in early August.

Kim McLaughlin and her husband, Gary Manos, are moving their Laughing Crab Gallery from downtown Yachats to downtown Florence. Photo by: Cheryl Romano/YachatsNews.com
Kim McLaughlin and her husband, Gary Manos, are moving their Laughing Crab Gallery from downtown Yachats to downtown Florence. Photo by: Cheryl Romano/YachatsNews.com

The gallery had been on a month-to-month lease with the owner of the building, Douglas Sowden of Eugene.

But not knowing the new owner’s intent, “we decided not to wait to hear our fate,” McLaughlin said.

The couple couldn’t afford to buy the space themselves. “We tried our best to find a buyer on our end that would rent to us — no luck, unfortunately,” she said. “There was nowhere else to move to in Yachats, so we’re reluctantly moving to another town.”

The gallery had been offering wine tastings and outdoor patio music and food, with the final event June 30, the day their wine license expired. The two owners, who live in Florence, plan to keep the Yachats gallery open through much of July.

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