On Main Street

Compiled by Karen Larsen

This is an occasional column that highlights business news in Waterville and smaller Douglas County communities. If you have business news that you would like to appear in this column, please email larsen@empire-press.com.


The Rustique Divas Vintage Market will be coming to Waterville’s Pioneer Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 22-23. This will be the fourth year that Kim Katovich, Windy Osborne and Jennie Munson have organized the sale to raise funds to benefit local organizations. An admission of $3 buys a wristband which will be good for both days of the sale. Children under 12 are free.

The market is a good place to look for a variety of antique and handmade items. Teresa Ruud of Checkered Tablecloth will be serving fresh sandwiches, salads and desserts.

One of those selling items at Rustique Divas will be Kimberly Gormley of Signs Etcetera. Gormley wrote, “This is my first year at the Rustique Divas and I am very excited to show off all my signs. Besides truck lettering, store front and business card signage, I keep busy making custom signs on distressed wood. I do a lot of wedding signs and special gifts for new babies and grandparents. If you are thinking of a special gift for someone or even for yourself, contact me at 745-8744, Gormley@nwi.net or check out the Signs Etcetera Facebook page.”

The park will be filled with vendors from around the state. Other local vendors will include Funky Junk and Urban Prairie.

Bruce and Cathy Clark of the Blue Rooster are in their eighth year of promoting local artists in the art gallery located in the café in the old grange building. They are always seeking artists interested in bringing their art in for display or sale. The Clarks wrote, “We also plan to continue our tradition of presenting a Waterville High School Student senior project through an art show in our venue. The Blue Rooster venue for students has been an enjoyable and beneficial experience for both the gallery and the student in the past years.” Interested artists can contact Bruce and Cathy at (509) 293-6070. Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/BlueRoosterBakery.

The Gamble Sands Golf Course, overlooking the Columbia River in Brewster, opened for play on Aug. 2. The course, designed by David McLay Kidd, offers “18 holes of true links golf with traditional fine fescue grasses, wide fairways and massive greens,” according to a press release. The course was built by the Gebbers family on land they have owned and operated as apple and cherry orchards since the 1800s. It will be managed by OB Sports Golf Management and will offer complete practice facilities, a pro shop, a café and pub. For more information, visit www.gamblesands.com or call (509) 436-8323.

As always, the Waterville Historic Hotel lobby is open and welcomes drive-by and walk-in guests until 1 a.m. each night. The hotel will be open for the season until the beginning of November.

Waterville’s popular espresso business Highway 2 Brew has added two unsweetened summer teas to its list of favorites. “Be sure to try Mango Green Tea and Blood Orange Tea, which tastes like oranges and pomegranate. Our newest syrup flavor is Pina Colada which makes a great smoothie, Italian soda or milkshake. Blue raspberry, salted caramel and pomegranate are other popular choices. Based on consumer requests, we have also added Spark energy drink and flavored lemonades. We open weekdays at 5:30 a.m., Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m.”

If you are looking for back-to-school clothing or generally want to get your wardrobe ready for fall and winter, you may want to check out The Douglas County Historical Society Thrift Shop. They have lots of nice fall clothing, backpacks, sweaters and jackets on the racks.