Downtown Sumner economy is in bloom

Sumner Downtown AssociationMarch 12, 2014 

As like in most communities, businesses seem to come and go in an economic downturn, and usually they go more often than not. However, Sumner’s downtown is in full bloom when it comes to filling empty storefronts.

Within the last two months, Sumner has welcomed Memory Haven, which features two memory care cottages located on Parker Road East. The industry expects to see significant growth in the next 10 years.

Located in a nice, well-established neighborhood, Memory Haven looks to be a perfect fit.

Just down the road from Memory Haven, on the corner of Parker and Main Street East, you will find Plum Crazy tucked just behind the car wash. It’s a wonderful, quaint furniture and home décor consignment shop.

Owner Tammy Ryan is the smiling face that will greet you the moment you walk through the door. Watch for their outdoor patio to open later this spring. It will include a special tea or coffee service.

Speaking of the car wash, Sumner will welcome the Pink Elephant Car Wash. The old car wash was deeply in need of repairs, as well as improvements, and the new owners are working to upgrade and repair the old facility.

In the historic downtown, you will find a new clothing store called My Closet Envy. AT MCE, as it’s better known, you will find fashion-forward jeans, T-shirts, scarves, accessories and other apparel for hip teens or cool parents who have great fashion sense.

The store was the brainchild of Guy Maughan, a senior at Bonney Lake High School. As part of his DECA project, he put together a business plan and, with his mother’s assistance, My Closet Envy was born.

They also have a consignment shop by the same name located next to Jack in the Box on Valley Avenue.

In conjunction with those businesses, Sumner will welcome Stuck Junction Saloon to downtown. After a significant remodel of the old Sharkeys/Bottomz Up Tavern, Stuck Junction Saloon will offer half-pound gourmet hamburgers and a wide array of other items.

Cindy and Terry Soos, two young entrepreneurs, have a vision to make the establishment a great sports bar for business professionals and visitors alike. With eight flat-screen televisions and the ability to access a variety of channels, it likely will become the new local hangout for sports fanatics.

Last week, Goodwill Industries announced a $90,000 corporate foundation grant to support the May grand opening of its newest “blue” boutique on Main Street. It will be a small retail store that will feature name brands and higher fashion items in a modern resale establishment next to SugarBabies. The store will add six new jobs and $150,000 in annual wages and benefits.

“Blue” is the newest brand extension of Goodwill and will be highly welcomed in the community.

You will have an opportunity to visit many of these establishments, as well as all the other merchants, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 29 during the annual “Bring in Spring” event. Merchants hold open houses for their patrons and invite you to “Come ... spend some time in Sumner.”

Laurie Miller is the executive director of the Sumner Downtown Association. She can be reached at 253-891-4260.

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