On Main Street

Marie Harding of Auntie Bling's Attique stands next to one of the prom dresses she will be selling as part of the upcoming "Heck Yes To The Dress" event. (Karen Larsen photo)

Marie Harding of Auntie Bling’s Attique stands next to one of the prom dresses she will be selling as part of the upcoming “Heck Yes To The Dress” event. (Karen Larsen photo)


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.

Auntie Bling’s prepares for dress swap event: Marie Harding, owner of Auntie Bling’s Attique, is gearing up for a prom dress swap March 28. The event, called “Heck Yes to the Dress,” will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. and will give girls the chance to find the perfect dress at a reasonable cost. It is also an opportunity to clean the closet of prom dresses used in the past. Harding said that she is accepting donated prom dresses or dresses on consignment from now until March 27. During the March 28 event, local stylist Tasha Palmquist will be at Auntie Bling’s to give hair tips and live up-dos. There will also be hair accessories, gift cards, jewelry, shoes and dresses available. The event is a kick-off for a prom dress sale which will go through April 25. For more information, call 860-2233.

Another piece of news about Auntie Bling’s is that, starting March 7, hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Harding said that in making the change, she talked with Eyvonne Loomis of the neighboring Coyote Pass Cafe. Harding and Loomis want to give local folks, as well as tourists, the chance to have a meal and a shopping or browsing session in the same trip. Loomis said that the Coyote Pass Cafe will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Loomis, who has run the cafe since last November, said that she is known for her open-faced Reubens and her fish tacos. She also offers daily specials, and everything she serves is made from scratch. She said that it is helpful if customers make reservations for parties of six and more. She can be reached at 888-4189.

Kathie Norrbom of Yesteryear Quilting is planning a quilt made from old Waterville T-shirts to be raffled off at Waterville Days as a benefit for the Waterville Main Street Association. She is still in need of eight more old Waterville T-shirts to construct the quilt. Call her at 745-9306 to donate T-shirts.

Harvest House will be opening from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings the first week in April. Owner Keith Soderstrom said there will be a new menu created by Chef John McKiver. Soderstrom, who is the president of the Chamber of Commerce, also said that samples of new chamber brochures will be going out to all who have business licenses in Waterville.

The Blue Rooster Art Gallery & Coffee Shop will reopen on March 31 and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday through the spring, summer and fall. Morning offerings will include various coffee drinks, smoothies, cocoa, a selection of hot and cold teas, root beer floats, toast and jam, maple bars and other baked goods. Owners Bruce and Cathy Clark will also open the coffee shop by appointment and for special events, such as birthday parties, wedding receptions, music recitals, meetings and art shows. They will continue to display the work of local artists, for viewing and for sale. Artists who are looking for an opportunity to display their work should give the Clarks a call at 293-6070.

Waterville Historic Hotel will reopen for the 2015 season in mid-April and will offer lodging until the beginning of November. The updated website at www.watervillehotel.com has current information.

The Thrift Shop has lots of spring clothes, with new merchandise being put out daily. Volunteers are needed.

Knemeyer’s will be closed March 1-12. It will open again at 11:30 a.m. March 13.

The Waterville Main Street Association is collecting all kinds of electrical cords as a fundraiser for Waterville Days. The cords will be accepted at town hall or at the recycling center.

Amanda Viebrock, owner of the Waterville Family Grocery, is excited about the new cash register system, which will increase efficiency at the store.

Margaret Viebrock of Highway 2 Brew said the stand has many choices for quick breakfasts. The heart-healthy “Umpqua Oats” comes in eight flavors that stay piping hot until you get to work. Other early morning choices include egg and sausage croissant, hearty breakfast cookie, bagels and muffins. The mocha protein “fit frappe” drink is low in calories and high in fiber. The stand is open starting at 5:30 a.m. weekdays, 6:30 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.