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Bad Girls Antiques celebrates 20 years of originality

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NORTH BEND - No doctors or licensed therapists actually work at Bad Girls Antiques, but for 20 years the people there have been dishing out a winning prescription.

Known locally for its logo "Retail Therapy for the Wayward Woman," this treasure of an antique shop located at 42901 S.E. North Bend Way in North Bend has a rich history worth the intrigue of its name.

Joanne Marie Klein originally purchased North Bend Secondhand with her husband Brian Suttie. Klein, a native of Virginia, originally came to the Snoqualmie Valley with no interest in antiques.

After the purchase, Suttie managed the shop while Klein continued to work full-time at a commercial photography company. When that endeavor went out of business, Klein made the move into the unknown realm of antiques and collectables. She would become more involved in the fate of the business than she ever imagined.

A divorce ended her marriage but sparked something inside of Klein. With a newfound attitude toward the antique business, Klein decided about eight years ago that she wanted to take the business to the community with new vigor. It was a feeling she was experiencing in her personal life as well.

"After the divorce and the decision to go completely antique in business, my behavior at the time led to the name of my business," Klein said.

Diane Chrisopherson, a faithful business partner and employee of Klein's, dismissed the name Bad Cats Antiques and Bad Girls became a legend.

Klein's initial distaste for antiques stemmed from her childhood.

"As a child I hated antiques. I was completely uninterested and became bored with the thought of it because bottle collecting was very common when I was young," she said.

As an adult, Klein realized the vastness and wonder of the antique business, which has helped establish Bad Girls Antiques as one of the the best shops on the Eastside.

What makes Bad Girls Antiques different, Klein said, is a completely different approach that could be considered unique not only for a local store, but for antique businesses throughout the state.

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