Owning a business together had been brewing for years, but it wasn’t until the spring of 2018 that we formed an idea. Cozying up around a warm campfire, roasting marshmallows under a starlit sky, the momentum had started to build. We were camping at the old military barracks at Fort Worden in Port Townsend with all four of our kids and Rebecca’s partner, David. He wouldn’t admit it now, but his enthusiasm about the idea gave us the little nudge we needed. We were excited about promoting a woman-owned business and showing our kids what a little elbow grease and passion can do. In fact, they also helped to bring the store to life by stripping and demolishing the floors down to the concrete of the original five-and-dime.

Our friendship began years ago when our kids were extremely young, so life became a bit of a routine sharing activities together and camping any chance we got especially at our favorite spot in Kalaloch on the Washington Coast.

As fortune would have it, Lori walked into Glass Expressions to ask business partners Kathy and Lael if they would share what business was like in Burien. Our kinship grew from there and we discovered how much we all had in common. Sharing retail space might seem crazy to some, but we found the bond we have couldn’t be more practical and inspiring. Starting out under their wing is a lucky thing to have.

We hope to build the same longevity and connection with our customers as they have. We can’t wait to serve our community and help those that walk in our door. We are looking forward to the coming year. Read on to find out why we chose the Sitka Spruce tree…

Why SITKA, you ask…

If you have read our story, you understand the profound love we have for the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. For us, the Sitka Spruce tree encompasses many virtues that resonates with us. Their grandeur and timeless presence are not unlike Giant Sequoias, something we hope will pass along to our business and the relationships we build. They are the goliaths of the Northwest Coast, personifying the “Mother Tree”, female protector and guardian. As women and mothers, this too resounds with us. We identify with their restorative nature (healing oils/#1 tree replanting forests) and our belief that your home should restore your soul.

SITKA ~ In a Word

Spiritually intense, the name brings charm, love, new starts to life and attracts prosperity. In business, it is the creator and promoter of original ideas and the enjoyment of considerable financial success. “Sitka” embraces the arts, drama, and science. It desires contentment in the home and a certain intuitiveness about its surroundings.

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