Good manners gets emphasis

Heidi Hines and Suzanne Sagiao are friends who share a common goal – “to introduce children and teens to the fine art of good manners.”

That mantra is at the heart of Simply Charming Etiquette, the business venture the Enumclaw friends will be launching in January.

The two are taking all the necessary preliminary steps now, getting out the word and planning for the day when they’ll welcome young clients. One of the key steps in the ramping-up process is an open house planned for Sunday afternoon.

Hines and Sagio believe young people often lack the social skills necessary to help them succeed later in life. To help, they’re offering courses that address everything from hand shaking to the importance of thank-you notes. In between, they’ll give tips on social conversation, proper posture, table manners and more.

Classes are for kids 6 to 18 years old, last three hours and will take place in an Enumclaw home. An afternoon tea, complete with pastries, will accompany each class.

For information about the business, including the upcoming open house, visit www.simplycharmingetiquette.com.