It's just like in the movies, a small boutique in an old Victorian film festival town closes up and two of the employees who grew close had two options. Get other jobs or build their own unique boutique. They knew the town shoppers, the visitors and what they could offer to everyone. They also wanted to have that Pacific Northwest feel and look that anyone from every age could find that special something and go home with a memory. After searching high and low, they landed in the best location right on Water Street in the heart of Port Townsend. Next was figuring out a name and that's when 1851 was born.