Creekside puts emphasis on ‘resort retail’

Looking around the expansive space she has turned into Creekside of Enumclaw, owner Penny Larsen says she was attempting to create “a real resort-y, Aspen kind of feel.”

The 7,000 square feet that formerly housed Suburban Soul is now home to everything from jewelry to backpacks, makeup to hiking boots.

Larsen’s goals were to provide a “resort retail” atmosphere while also carrying lines of merchandise that weren’t solely for those with expensive tastes.

The end result, she said, is a selection that is “very woodsy, outdoorsy” in nature. It’s an approach, she said, that should appeal to both locals and visitors to Enumclaw.

Her clothing selection includes evening apparel, coats, fleeces, parkas and everyday wear.

The active type can find hiking poles, tents, snowshoes and goggles.

Upstairs, there are fresh pastries and a coffee bar, and a wine bar will be included as soon as all the hoops are cleared with the state of Washington.

Larsen, who took a break from the corporate world to launch Creekside of Enumclaw, will operate her store from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. An exception will be made during the holiday season, when she will be open on Sundays.

The store at 1335 Cole St. can be reached at 360-825-5026. A website, Larsen said, is on the way.


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