Mountain View Gifts & Decor/Laughing Lizard Cafe

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Laughing Lizard Cafe 2010. Photo by Judith Isaacs.

This structure was built in the 1920s and first served as a dance hall and warehouse. Then the building just south of the Presbyterian Church became a café that changed hands several times; two of its names were the Palace Cafe and the Chili Bowl. It then operated for years as a widely-known destination: The Laughing Lizard, owned and operated by Elsie MacKinnon. It was a much beloved community gathering place; Thursday nights were local nights. When Elsie retired, the village turned out for a wake in the Lizard’s honor. Today the building is occupied by a gift shop.

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Mountain Views Gifts & Decor, 2015. Photo by Judith Isaacs.