Those who fancy themselves as expert shoppers for both clothing and home decor have three fresh options in Enumclaw.
Unique Boutique, The Platinum Hanger and The Quiet Nest opened their doors during the summer and are finding Cole Street and Griffin Avenue much to their liking.
Sarah Payne has teamed with her grandmother Ruby Tiller and mother Vicki Ellefson to open Unique Boutique at 1237 Griffin Ave.
A women’s consignment store with more describes Unique Boutique. Payne creates 95 percent of the jewelry the store offers. She also fills custom orders and does rhinestones. Her grandmother’s custom, Christian-themed T-shirts are on sale. Payne is also ready to launch a hairpiece line – barrettes and hairbands – called Hair Jazz.
“We want any woman to feel comfortable to shop here,” she said. “We’re not brand-oriented. The women who bring clothes in here are very caring.”
The ladies at Unique Boutique are also caring, donating unsold clothing to a Tacoma women’s shelter.
“We’re going to be involved in town,” Payne said, noting they’ve joined the Chamber of Commerce. “We’d like to make a difference in town.”
The Quiet Nest
Practically next door at 1231 Griffin, Victoria Beck and Ella Hatfield have set up The Quiet Nest, a gift and home decor store that features European chic, cottage, handmade, salvage and one-of-a-kind items.
“We’re not an antique store. We’re not a thrift store,” Beck said, pointing toward the upholstery done by Hatfield and the specialty woodwork done by her husband.”We like to have things that have a story behind them.”
Beck, who has been in the business for 30 years, said she and Hatfield were doing mostly shows, but jumped at the chance to stay in one place. The downtown location includes a work room in the back where patrons can watch projects materialize.
“It’s kind of a process,” she said. “People can see it come together.”
The pair also focus their collections with seasonal themes, the next to be unveiled Dec. 3.
The Quiet Nest can be followed on Facebook and through a blog, thequietnest.blogspot.com.
The Platinum Hanger
During the summer’s Wine Walk, The Platinum Hanger moved into 1617 Cole St., the former home of Judy G’s Frame Shop.
Owner Cindy Highsmith said it’s been a great four months for the store, which carries new and consigned women’s fashion and accessories, as well as some home decor and furniture.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better spot,” she said.
Highsmith spent 14 years working in real estate and had an office in Auburn before she moved to Enumclaw.
“I’d been thinking about a store for three or four years,” she said. “I thought it would be a great place to do it. It’s been a really good experience so far.”
Since opening, Highsmith has expanded the inventory and space inside the store. It includes formal and casual wear from top designers in a wide range of sizes.
The Platinum Hanger’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.