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A brand new business in Sequim has a familiar face. Jamie Parrish, a journeyman plumber with 14 years experience working for a local plumbing company, branched out on his own in July and already has customers coming his way. One even followed Parrish home in his patriotically painted work truck and offered him a job on the spot. “People really have noticed the truck – it’s a humongous billboard! I started my own business for the freedom of being my own boss,” the 37-year-old Sequim native said. “I’ve always been good at working with my hands.” Jamie Parrish Plumbing Inc. offers 24-hour plumbing service and repair, especially for emergencies “with continued on page 4 anything causing damage to the home,” By Patricia Morrison Coate
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Owner Jamie Parrish says his patriotically painted truck is a good billboard. ~ Photos by Pat Coate
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Parrish said, noting he doesn’t charge an additional fee for after-hour service calls, nor for travel to the job. He also offers free estimates and senior and military discounts. With 8,000 hours of training invested in his journeyman plumber’s license and nearly a decade and a half of experience in the field, Parrish is well-qualified to handle any plumbing need. “Really, no job is too small or too big,” he said. From tracking down and repairing leaks, to replacing old galvanized pipes and hot water heaters, to installing and maintaining water filtration systems, Parrish stays busy. “I really specialize in hot water heaters and water filtration, especially water filtration because I’ve had training in Cascadian water filters and products,” Parrish said. “Being able to turn some of the worst water into some of the best is very rewarding. I’ve also gotten a good reputation for water filtration services even among other plumbers who don’t do it.” If anyone could be described as being enthusiastic about plumbing, Parrish is it. “I enjoy dealing with the people, the work and putting things together. I’m very professional, quick and provide service with a smile,” he grinned. “I’m a perfectionist, and this is a hard trade to be a perfectionist in, but I do things like putting a level on the back of a toilet after installing it. There’s a lot of trust involved in this business and I work to create relationships with my customers. I take my job really seriously.” But he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Asked about the worst part of the job, he laughed, “The spiders!” from page 3
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Not only is Parrish proud of the quality and honesty customers see in his work, but he also beams about customers asking him for referrals to other trades, “because if I trust them, then my customers feel they can.” He cautions homeowners against “buying cheap,” noting he can purchase higher-quality plumbing components probably for only slightly more through his network of suppliers. Parrish promises a one-year warrantee on all parts and labor and welcomes customers’ questions, often being able to diagnose problems over the phone. Eventually he’d like to expand into installing and servicing well pumps and having two or three trucks. “But until I’m working weekends and nights, it will just be me,” Parrish said. Like numerous other locally owned and independent businesses in the area, Parrish said he plans to give back to his community by sponsoring youth sports when he’s able. “I look forward to serving past and future customers in my new business,” he said. “Don’t hesitate to call with questions regarding your plumbing concerns.” “Like” Jamie Parrish Plumbing Inc. on Facebook at www.facebook. com/#!/JamieParrishPlumbing. Plumber Jamie Parrish says working in cramped spaces just goes with his job.
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Patricia Salman creates the charming displays at Sandy’s Kitchen Shop such as this collection of crockery in autumn colors. ~Photos by Kelly McKillip
time expecting to find cookware and cutlery. Responding to what the customers wanted, they began carrying basic kitchen items, a few at first, and then eventually building up an entire inventory. Cabinetry was phased out and the shop moved to the current location at 609 W. Washington, Suite #8. Almost any type of small kitchen tool, tableware or appliance can be found at Sandy’s Kitchen Shop. Simmons and her employee of eight years, Patricia Salman, work to keep familiar brands and items made in America in stock, such as Anchor Hocking glassware. For those with European tastes, they also continued on page 6
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from page 5 carry Bormioli and Spiegelau glassware from Italy and Austria and Wusthof Culinar knives from Germany. The customers, whom Simmons describes as very nice, are the best part of the job for her. Many of the regular visitors to the store have become friends, offering hugs as well as patronage. Connecting with and supporting the community always has been high on Simmons’ list of priorities. Her three children grew up in Sequim and she has four granddaughters, Willow, Gwendolyn, Katelyn and Alyssa, who help Grandma in the store. The business donates to programs for children such as The Boys & Girls Club. Simmons continues to listen to what her customers want, which perhaps explains why, despite heavy competition from big box stores, the business has thrived. She and Salman take customer requests and comments very seriously, researching sought-after items and bringing them into the shop when possible. Feedback from the community about the items they sell also is critical and much appreciated. Kitchenware not coming up to standard is pulled off the shelves. The store recently was remodeled with new carpeting, fixtures and layout to make it more inviting, homey and accessible to folks with walkers and scooters. The charming and colorful displays are arranged by Salman. Both women do their best to remain knowledgeable, not only about their products, but about cooking in general. Helping customers figure out how to use a newfangled can opener or explain why bread isn’t rising properly is
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all part of the service. As for the future, Simmons is delighted that her 14-year-old granddaughter, Willow, is interested in carrying on the family business one day. Sandy’s Kitchen Shop is at 609 W. Washington, Suite #8. Stop by or call 681-7718 during business hours 9 a.m-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. In December the shop also is open Sundays 10 a.m-4 p.m.
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Employee Patricia Salman (pictured) and owner Sandy Simmons invite customers to come and browse the great selection of kitchen tools and tableware in their newly remodeled shop.
A variety of American and European tableware is available at Sandy’s Kitchen Shop.
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Sitting comfortably in the relaxed ambiance of her Heather Creek boutique, Rebecka (Becky) Owens admitted that many of her customers come into the store just to enjoy the tranquility and serenity they feel there. It was a similar circumstance that led to Owens buying the store in June 2011 from its previous owner. “I just came in to say hello and look around, and when the owner said she was selling the business, I bought it on impulse,” she said. Having been born and raised in Port Angeles, Owens said she lived for 30 years away By Elizabeth Kelly
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from the peninsula in Seattle, Spain, Southern California and lately in Vancouver, Wash. With her first venture into retail, she has most definitely found her niche at Heather Creek. Along with her husband, Robert (Rob), and her daughter, Danielle Owens-Kim, who work at the store with her, Owens said she spends a lot of time working, but nothing like she did when she first opened the store. “We all work together,” she said. She likes the fact that the eclectic boutique has “something for everyone,” Northwest continued on page 8 items, country, traditional,
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rustic, contemporary, shabby chic, and also furniture, antiques, artifacts, even some clothing. “A person can spend from $1.25 for a bar of soap up to $3,000 to $4,000 for one of the sofas,” she explained, adding that they like to keep their inventory fresh and have many one-of-a-kind items. Owens-Kim said that often times if customers don’t pick up an item when they first see it, it might not be there later when they decide to purchase it. “I always tell customers that if they see something they like, they should buy it because it probably won’t be here when they return,” she said. Much of their merchandise is purchased on their frequent trips to the Pacific Market Center in Seattle, but they also shop at from page 7
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welcomed into the boutique, including children and pets. “This is a fun store. A lot of people felt they couldn’t bring their children in, but at Halloween last year, I wouldn’t give out the treats unless the children came in. If I hadn’t broken something, I know the children wouldn’t,” Owens smiled. Her 2½-year-old granddaughter is often in the store. People can even bring in their dogs, she added, and the doggie water dish in front of the store attests to that. A popular item they had during the holidays last winter was the Christmas tree decorated with owls. “People loved the owls,” said Owens-Kim, and they will be from page 8
having them again this holiday season – some of the same as last year and a few new styles. This year, they are looking at a nautical theme for their tree, she added. “We will have new lines of gifts for the holidays that we didn’t have last year and a small selection of ornaments,” she said. Heather Creek offers some unique choices for those looking for new apparel. They carry a variety of scarves as well as some outerwear such as sweatshirts, and an assortment of lounge wear, pajamas, robes and slippers. “I always ask people where they are from,” Owens said, “and we have had shoppers from Jerusalem, Taiwan and elsewhere.” She
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Danielle Owens-Kim adds to a floral arrangement.
smiled, adding that when they first bought the store only one in 40 people who came in were from Sequim. “Now, we have a lot more local customers.” There are regular groups from Renton and Issaquah who frequent the store, as well. “We are very friendly and kind of goofy,” she said. “You never know what kind of music will be playing here.” When Owens and her daughter leave for a buying trip in Seattle, Rob takes over the store. “Many of the ladies who come in love to pick on my husband when we are at market,” she said. Some people come in for “what I call their Heather Creek fix,” Owens said. There is always something
new to see and experience. They change the window display often, but one hot summer day they had to change it three times during the course of the day, because people “kept buying what we had showing in the window,” she laughed. Not a bad problem to have.
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He appreciates his loyal, repeat customers and plans to continue doing everything possible to serve their needs despite the difficult times. Rusty Sage of Sage Landscaping and Design, LLC, is one of those customers. He says that Cascade Bark always comes through and takes care of him, even when the order is rushed. All manner of garden necessities including soil, bark, sand, gravel, compost, fir shavings for stalls, sawdust, nuggets, rocks, mulch and manure (from contented Sequim cows) are available on site. Many of the products are organic. continued on page 12
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From left, floor manager Sarah Pexton, owners Larry and Rene Bauer, mounting technician Joanne Berry and art walk coordinator Sue Bartz greet customers at Karon’s Frame Center.
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years. “He started as an apprentice when he was just 12 years old,” she said. “He’s always been a locksmith.” Millar explained that one problem in the industry is that people think they can install locks and make keys by themselves, when they actually need an experienced locksmith. “A little knowledge can be dangerous,” she said. Rash deals with all the commercial business and is a licensed, certified locksmith who holds certification with X-09 Electromechanic government security systems, as well as with Medeco High Security (resistant to lock picking) Locks. Medeco locks have from page 17
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a patented security protection against unauthorized key duplication. “This is just about the highest security lock you can have,” Millar said. “He can also make keys for old locks,” she said, describing how Rash once made a key for a late 1800s safe. (One interesting feature in their large showroom is the glass encased exhibit of Rash’s collection of antique and rare locks and keys.) He is authorized to repair American Security (AMSEC) products, as well as keys for safety deposit boxes. There are literally thousands of types of keys for homes, safes, autos, boats, motorcycles and
recreational vehicles, Millar said. If a lock and key system is discontinued by the manufacturer, it can be hard to replace, “but not impossible,” she said. “That’s one of the things we like about EMTEK® — they don’t discontinue their products.” Founded in 1981 in California, EMTEK® makes products that are assembled in the U.S. with parts made mostly in Europe. They manufacture a decorative door line that can use one style on one side, and another one on the other side, whether the door knobs are passage or privacy or dummy (doesn’t turn) hardware. She explained that privacy knobs are mostly continued on page 19
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used in bathrooms or bedrooms and have a small privacy screw that can be removed, if for instance grandchildren might be visiting and one doesn’t want them to be able to lock a door from the inside. “We carry a wide variety of EMTEK® decorative and designer door knobs that can add personality to a home,” she continued. “We are the only authorized locksmith to repair EMTEK® products in this area, but we are not a warranty center for them.” Lockout rescue is a specialty for The Master Locksmith, be it losing keys to doors, desks, file cabinets, mailboxes or a car. “When someone calls because they are locked out of their car,” Millar said, “we give them a time frame of when we can be there to help them and we charge a flat rate, regardless of how much time it takes.” She explained that most people have roadside assistance with their car insurance and can be reimbursed for their costs after they pay Master Locksmith and submit their paid invoice. This is another important educational point, she said. “It’s important to have more than one key, especially if it’s a remote key. Automobile remote or “transponder” keys communicate with the computer in the vehicle. If the key is lost, then the from page 18
car has to be towed into a dealership to have a key programmed and cut for the vehicle, or the owner can take it to a locksmith who has the technology to come out to make a new one. “We can make most domestic car remote keys” Millar said, “but they can run from $40 up to $250. We really encourage people to have an extra key for their automobile,” she said. Millar said she and Rash are looking forward to eventually getting new machines to cut more foreign car keys. “I’m very proud of our industry and of being a small business owner,” she said. “Being in business for yourself is not easy, especially in this current economy, but business has picked up some and we will be adding on to our showroom soon.”
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Stu Smith, co-owner of Bargain Warehouse, is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. The family owned and operated furniture and mattress warehouse sells new recliners, beds, sofas, love seats, sectionals, dining sets, entertainment stands and much more for a lot less. “We don’t have to have the best but we always have good, solid products,” Smith promised. “We look for ‘meat and potatoes,’ not ‘cheese.’” Smith started out as a partner in the business and eventually took over ownerBy Ashley Miller
ship in January 2006. Now, he works mainly behind the scenes and has turned the majority of ownership over to his son, Jason Smith, and son-in-law, Ryan Fritzer. His daughter, Wendy Fritzer, also is a key component in the company’s success. “This is truly a family business,” Stu Smith said. Bargain Warehouse is known for its low prices. “Our pricing is very good,” he said. “Our main competition is Angeles Furniture but we don’t really compete much at all. They continued on page 21 are a good company
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with great products and they are excellent employees but they attract a different type of of the highest caliber. They can consumer.” tell you things about the products In fact, Angeles Furniture doesn’t I don’t even know.” even sell most of the products Every product at Bargain Warefeatured at Bargain house is new and Warehouse and viceoffers a full warranty. “Furniture versa, Smith said. If the customer has The bestselling any problems or creates an products at Bargain complaints, the staff image. It Warehouse are by does their best to help enhances a far the Englander no matter what. mattresses, according “We always go way house into a to Smith. The store beyond what the boiler warm, sharp, plate says,” Smith said, showroom displays at least 25 different styles perky home.” referring to the genof mattresses alone. eral contract. “If we Stu Smith Another coveted can fix it, we’ll do our Bargain Warehouse product is the “stressbest. If we can’t, we’ll co-owner free” leather recliners. do our best to make Merchandise is the customer happy.” organized throughout four separate Customer satisfaction is, after all, showrooms and a large storage space. a top priority. Coincidently, when he was a “We want the customer to have young man, Smith worked as a a happy taste in their mouth janitor at an Englander factory when they walk away,” Smith said. while attending college. “That’s our goal.” “I didn’t dream 40 years later I’d Customer privacy also is valued be selling those mattresses,” he at Bargain Warehouse. mused. “We have extensive warranty Several of the staff members at records but we never use that Bargain Warehouse have been with information to try and get people the company since the beginning. to buy more things from us,” “Even though they aren’t family Smith said proudly, “ever.” they have come to feel like it,” Even after a decade, Smith still Smith said affectionately. “They thoroughly enjoys his job. continued on page 22 know the product inside and out “It sounds from page 20
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altruistic but there is a certain satisfaction to seeing a customer happy,” he said. “People know they get great products and good service across the board and we are proud of that.” Six months same as cash financing is available. The company delivers and sets up, too. If customers see a product they’re interested in but want a different from page 21
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Left: Bargain Warehouse sells new dining sets at an everyday low price. Above: Purchasing agent Dwayne Fluid and co-owners Ryan Fritzer, Jason Smith and Stu Smith, left to right, take a minute to discuss business.
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