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Snoqualmie businesses find new homes

The historical building along Railroad Avenue and King Street in Snoqualmie that most recently housed a curiosity shop and dance studio is in a state of transition.

The 1903 building was originally home to the International Order of Odd Fellows civic organization and had most recently been owned by Cris Coffing (who also owns Isadora's in Snoqualmie). It was purchased in June by entrepreneur Peter La Haye, who plans to renovate the building to its original state. He said he also plans to develop the building into a business, but declined to discuss details at this time.

With the new purchase, the businesses that resided in the location have had to find new homes.

Dance All Night dance studio has been in the upstairs portion of that building for at least six of its 12 years operating in the Valley, said Lupe Finch, who is business partners with her brother Bill Ramos.

They found a new studio at STARS in North Bend and moved to that location in May.

Though the December notice that Dance All Night would have to relocate came as a surprise to Finch, she said the transition has been relatively easy.

"We're still in the Valley," she said, noting that the new studio boasts more modern facilities and air conditioning.

The Flying Frog Antiques & Collectibles, a curiosity, antique and collectibles shop on the first floor of the building, is closing Aug. 6 to relocate to a shared space with The Falls Pharmacy at 8112 Railroad Ave. S.E. in Snoqualmie.

The store expects to reopen by the end of August, said owner Mike Condit, under the new name: The Flying Frog Curiosity Shop.

Previously home to The Sno Valley Eagles, Condit began leasing the space in 1995 after he and his wife moved to Issaquah from the Chicago area.

His shop does not take item donations, but does feature antiques including classic books, classic toys, clothes and artifacts, as well as collectibles (such as rare Star Trek figurines) and curiosities including wands, jewelry and trinkets.

"I like doing what I am doing," he said, noting that he hopes the location will give his shop - and The Falls Pharmacy - more visibility to tourists, locals and those driving through on state Route 202.

"Visitors want to be entertained and, hopefully, they'll buy something," he added.

Because the new space is smaller than the one he is in currently, Condit said he will have to decrease inventory. Until the store closes, he is reducing prices. It's a good way to get rid of old stuff and bring in new, he said.

"We will still have interesting things to bring into the shop," he added.

Dance All Night is now located at 1546 Boalch Ave. N.W., Suite 20 in North Bend. Call (425) 785-6483 or visit www.danceallnight.net.

The Flying Frog Curiosity Shop will be located at 38601 S.E. King St. in Snoqualmie until Aug. 6. Then it will share its space with The Falls Pharmacy along Railroad Avenue. For more information, call (425) 888-9776.

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