The buzz at Ellen's Cutting Edge: After a recent move into a neighboring space, the barber shop has introduced a new employee and is taking walk-ins.
Owner Ellen Saager moved her business from 11 Boyer Ave. to 9 Boyer Ave. in the corner space of the Flatiron Building where Saager has operated her shop for 23 years. The new space was formerly home to an Ameriprise Financial Services office.
The change has allowed Saager to grow in staffing. Karen Harbuck, who recently moved to the area from Alaska, joined Saager about six weeks ago. Harbuck is taking new clients. The extra pair of hands has made it possible for the shop to accept walk-in traffic, which wasn't possible before, Saager said.
"It's a bigger, nicer location and we're really excited," she said.
Shady Lawn Antiques invites visitors to check out its Artists' Studio and new Garden Courtyard with a grand-opening celebration this weekend.
The Rose Street antiques business owned by Dave and Jill Emigh bills Saturday's event as "a celebration of creations from paint, wood, rust and seeds."
The creation of the new courtyard builds on last year's addition of the artist's studio for watercolor specialist Leslie Klicker, known for her Blue Mountain scenes and custom portraits. Klicker's studio space, in a separate building from the antiques shop at 711 N. Rose Street, was previously open only by appointment and for special events. But the creation of the new courtyard space now connects the two buildings, Dave Emigh explained. With help from friend Ken Struckmeyer, an associate professor of horticulture and landscape architecture at Washington State University, the courtyard was created with reclaimed beams from an 1860s barn, doors on each side of the courtyard and a planted container garden featuring antique hops baskets.
Emigh said he sees the operation as "the Pike Street market of antiques and d?copy;cor for the Valley." The courtyard, filled with antique and rustic items, even includes some goldfish in a water feature made from an old well pump. Emigh and his wife are the fourth generation of his family to operate at the 1870s-era building once home to the Shady Lawn Creamery. They've had their antiques business there for 15 years. In addition to reclaimed and rustic items, their inventory includes jewelry designed by their daughter and friend from pieces of broken china and typewriter keys, hardwood boxes made by their son from reclaimed wood, rustic birdhouses and silverware windchimes.
Saturday's celebration runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature refreshments, ink drawings by Struckmeyer of scenes from Walla Walla to Europe and Klicker's work in watercolor and acrylic.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-526-8321.