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Back in 2004
It was an auction barn
Looked quite different
But has been popular for a long time!
Today it's artwork

The Companies @ the Muse

The Conway Muse and Northwest Theatre Arts are located in a converted 1915 Norwegian dairy barn.  We are a music venue with small and medium sized performance spaces.  Located in the very tiny town of Conway, WA (population 91 – about 55 miles north of downtown Seattle). We are a full service spirits, beer and wine restaurant, open to all ages (no minors after 11:00 pm).  Northwest Theatre Arts is a performance space, rental facility and community hall.  NW Theatre Arts is available for rental to private parties for shows, weddings, birthdays, and private events.


History of the Property

The Conway Muse was originally a Scandinavian dairy barn built in 1915.

 During the last century it also had a life as a glass shop, antique shop, and auction barn.

The original hay loft doors and rail can still be seen in the Will Bard Loft.

Today, the Muse is owned by Elfa Gisla and Tom Richardson who purchased it 2004, and with TLC gave it a new life as a unique and eclectic performance, culinary and visual arts venue .

The Conway Muse was named after the Greek Muses who inspired the arts.

About the Owners

Prior to 2004, Tom and Elfa were living in the exquisite town of  La Conner. When they found this commercial building for sale, it required quite a bit of imagination to visualise what it has become today.   Tom was (and is) a firefighter working in Seattle and the move from La Conner did shorten the drive, but regardless of those 20 minutes saved each way, it's clear today that the deal didn't save him very much time 🙂

The friends made, the drinks consumed, the games played all took a time toll, and also, there was some work required.  But, what a game changer!  Life took a turn for the better - Not only for Elfa and Tom, but for so many people they would have never met if they would have made another decision.  People are married now having met at the Muse!  Many couples have married at the muse and Elfa has given some of them together. 

The long lasting friendships, the love seen, the sense of community - all of these personal connections and new experiences have filled their life with joy... dot's they could never had connected when making that lifechanging decision back in 2004.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

Steve Jobs

Welcome to the Muse - Where Magic Happens!