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Goldendale-style gifts and glam just off the beaten path

 

Brittany Allen

PLEASANT MIX: A fun and diverse array of beautiful things await at Barn Board and Lace Gift Shop.

At 10 a.m., Glenda Isom, owner of Barn Boards & Lace Gift Shop, opens her doors. Customers are first invited in with the aroma of an assortment of seasonal candles and several signs displaying phrases such as "Friends Welcome."

The shop is not very large, but it contains gifts galore, housing rooms of handbags and holiday-themed home decor.

Glenda opened Barn Boards & Lace back in February of 2005 after a friend of hers inspired her by whisking her off to a gift show in Pennsylvania. Before going into the rustic retail business, Glenda and her husband Joe owned and operated Thumper's Quick Lube.

"We just went from that to this," Glenda says. "God was good, because He saw around the corner when I didn't. I just went from that to this and it kinda grew."

According to her, the barn which is now home to her unique boutique used to be the largest barn in Goldendale. Given her location and assortment of collectables, Glenda's shop seems to cater well to the rural-style niche of Goldendale. As we walk around the shop, discussing her experience, she points out a few items she finds particularly interesting, one such item being a sign reading: "Behind every successful rancher is a wife that works in town."

Glenda's interest in decor actually started when she was a child living in the Yakima Valley.

"When I was a little girl I used to decorate our barn," Glenda reminisces.  "We had a huge barn up in the nile in Naches, Washington and I remember I would decorate it. Isn't that funny? I decorated before as a little girl, and now I'm decorating a big barn."

As the proprietor of Barn Boards & Lace, she has enjoyed the opportunities to interact with people and to help people find just the right gift for any occasion.

"I try to get in something for everybody," Glenda says, holding up a small fishing gadget she just got in stock. "I enjoy meeting new people and friends bring friends, and that's always fun."

Located at 1113 W. Darland, Goldendale, Barns, Boards, and Lace, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just stop in or call (509) 773-7082 to learn what festive finds await. Currently in stock are decorative items to furnish your home from now through Christmas.

 

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