Entrepreneurship class spurs boutique shop
A new boutique and coffee shop has sprouted up in Arlington.
Established by a group of local entrepreneurs who banded together, The Station is becoming a landmark business for the region – and a popular spot for holiday shopping.
The mid-century building at 225 Locust Street just off the freeway has housed several businesses over the years, most recently the Bee Sweet Bakery and Rivers Edge Deli. But now, it has a new look, and it is dripping with holiday season vibes. It is truly a must visit.
Known as “The Station,” the building is now home to the goods of nine vendors and a coffee shop.
Last winter, a group of women from Arlington attended an entrepreneurship class called “Co-Starters.” The class was taught by Brittany Dark of Rufus – a trainer for the Co-Starters program and Community Ambassador with the Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce.
Co-Starter’s mission is to help take a business concept and make it into a reality.
And while business concepts did come to fruition, the friendships and camaraderie that were born out of the Co-Starters class helped to galvanize the group.
“I didn’t know any of these women,” said Debra Copher who is the owner of Grandma Crackers and has a space inside of The Station. “The classes got us all together and we saw an opportunity.”
After the class, the group collaborated with the Oregon Frontier Chamber to establish “The Pop” – an outdoor retail space for the spring and summer months.
With a small building constructed by the students at Arlington High School and a few additional mobile sheds, a group of dedicated volunteers began working together on a pop-up retail zone. It was an instant success. Not only did it
attract locals who were coming for food and live music, it also pulled-in tourists and passers-through.
“We needed each other,” said Bobbi Jo Vaughn, who owns Bobbi’s Joe Cruise Through Coffee.
As summer turned to fall, the group began to think about next steps.
“We knew The Pop was a temporary thing,” said Tessa Herra, owner of Tzigns, which sells handmade beanies and accessories inside of The Station. “We said, let’s see how retail does here.”
As luck would have it, Pat Shannon was looking to do something with the old Rivers Edge building, which he was renting from Devin Oil. Shannon was working to get the U-Haul business going at the site and saw the storage sheds at The
Pop and thought he might sell those too.
The group began to realize that beyond a retail space, the community of Arlington needed more places to hang out and to gather, something that Shannon also believes in.
“Seeing what they’ve done, it’s just been a blast,” Shannon says.
The community immediately began to embrace the effort.
“Whether it was sales or friendships and connections, the town felt like it needed another place for people to go to,” Tessa Herra says.
Working together, the group started cleaning the building and then painted the walls.
Inside the Station, nine vendors from Gilliam County have a variety of items for sale. Those vendors are:
- Bobbi’s Joe Cruise Through Coffee and Broken Step Design – coffee, gifts, tumblers, clothing & custom designs (Bobbi Jo Vaughn-Danze)
- Barbette – vintage clothing and decor
- Momma Cov’s – candies, fudge, baked goods (Kathy Covey)
- Leah Shannon – vintage and repurposed items and furniture
- Tzings – handmade beanies and accessories (Tessa Herra)
- Grandma Crackers – hand painted home decor and gifts (Debra Copher)
- Bingo’s Bakery & Boutique – healthy dog treats, wax melts & soaps (Sheri Brooking Terp)
- Paradise Rose Chuckwagon – olive oils, seasoning, candles, framed art, rustic furniture (Rod McGuire)
- Miracles and Wonders – laser & 3D printed gifts, props, signs and games (David Anderson)
At the moment, each corner of The Station drips with holiday cheer and has cozy areas for relaxation. There is also a fitting room that is elegantly decorated – the entire building is a real joy to visit.
Grab a coffee while you shop for that treasured Christmas gift from these inspiring folk.
To visit The Station, head down to 225 Locust Street in Arlington.
HOLIDAY HOURS: 10am – 5pm through Saturday for shopping / 8am – 5pm for coffee on Saturday.