DT Vintage invites community to soft opening Saturday during North Bend’s Holly Days

DT Vintage invites community to soft opening Saturday during North Bend’s Holly Days

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 1:24pm
  • Business

DT Vintage & More, 107 Main Ave., North Bend, will celebrate a “soft” grand opening, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, to coincide with the city of North Bend’s Holly Days Festival.

The new boutique specializes offers everything from vintage treasures to current fashion trends, new clothing, jewelry, old books, household items, furniture and more. Shop owners Denise Stone and Tammy Marum-Hayes (the D and T of the store’s name) will also use the shop to offer a venue for local artists to do consignment sales.

DT Vintage & More officially opened in late June but delayed the grand opening because of the city’s downtown plaza project work.

When asked if the results of the construction were worth the inconvenience to the shop, Stone and Marum-Hayes agreed it was a tradeoff. They appreciated the new sidewalks, but noted the downtown core lost four curbside parking spots, and said it was difficult for customers to find their shop during the construction.

They invite the community to stop by the shop during the tree lighting festivities for hot chocolate, cider and cookies.

“We carry merchandise in our small boutique that is ever changing and appeal to the Snoqualmie Valley lifestyle that I would use and want in my home,” said Marum-Hayes.

All store bags are handmade, too. Customer Deslie Seaman commented that the store bags were like a gift in themselves. “I love that the bags have hand tied bows. I bought a gift on the way to a party and appreciated that DT Vintage & More wrapped and cleverly bagged the items and I was able to present (the gift) in a beautiful bag without doing anything else.”

Marum-Hayes is a life-long resident of North Bend, born in Nelem’s Memorial Hospital and growing up in the Silver Creek neighborhood. Her parents, Andre and Linda Lavigueure, built a log home on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River and in the early 1990’s opened Log Cabin Creations, selling hand built custom log furniture. Marum-Hayes helped run the family business for 20 years, also operating Log Cabin Bed and Breakfast and the Rosebud Cottage gift shop.

Her father retired in 2015 and Log Cabin Creations slowed production, but the DT Vintage owners are working to start up the mill again to create hand-made custom wood furniture pieces.

“There have been customers in DT Vintage & More who ask about products we carry in our shop that look similar to existing pieces in their home,” said Marum-Hayes. “We get to talking and learn the customers, new to the Valley, bought homes that have original pieces built by Log Cabin Creations.”

In addition to log cabin décor, DT Vintage & More sells farmhouse furniture using reclaimed material, and makes custom farmhouse furniture in the family wood shop.

Stone has lived in North Bend with her family since the late 1980’s and is new to owning and operating a retail business. She retired in 2014 after a 30-year career in federal law enforcement, as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“When I retired I was not used to ‘not working’. The concept of opening a vintage business in my community that sold recycled and upcycled new merchandise appealed to me,” Stone said. “Operating a retail shop is a totally different lifestyle and I’m enjoying my new line of ‘work.’”


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