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Take one Air Force kid with a Moroccan mother, mix travel, careers in nursing and graphic design, stir in a big romance and a love of antiques and you have the story of Kris Mack.
After graduating from Eastern Washington University, a stint in nursing, graphic design and marrying back into the military, Kris Mack landed back in Spokane. And she’s landed with style. She's working with partner Wendy Allen and their new shop, Artemis, is opening this weekend.
I was able to get her attention long enough to answer a few questions about the road to Spokane and what we can expect from Artemis.
What brought you to Spokane?
“(My husband) Brian received orders in 2009 to Fairchild AFB where he is a pilot in the KC-135. We moved here in January of 2010. My parents now live in the Tri-Cities, so it's nice that they are close.”
What made you decide to start a business here and open a store?
“With my own business, I could create an environment of positive energy and help other people. I learned these principles from my own grandparents in Israel. My grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Morocco and they owned shops there. My grandmother Simi had a restaurant. I don't know that grandma ever made a dime from her cooking. They fed Muslims, Christians and Jews and really lived this incredible life. They touched a lot of people's lives regardless of religion with their generosity and sense of community. This shop symbolizes so much for me.”
What can we expect from Artemis?
“You'll see a lot of new artists, funky antiques, vintage clothing, upcycled furniture and an expanding clothing and jewelry line. Artemis supports local artistry and craft. One hundred percent of our new clothing, jewelry, furniture and art is made in the USA. We are committed to spending our dollars locally, buying wholesale from and promoting new designers from the USA.”
How did you find just the right vendors for your store?
“The deal with local vendors was really serendipitous. Last year I bought a desk from Al and Lynda Rogers of Yesterday and Today Antiques and I just kept coming back. Once we had begun construction on the shop, I heard that they were closing up and it just gutted me. I sent Al a quick note and asked him to get in touch with me and from there we had a series of conversations that lead to them putting their antiques in our shop! I started searching for other vendors. I found Ronni Ryno of Glamarita and Kadra Evans of Assassin Apparel. I just sent them a note and they responded.
I found Jessica Fouche and Rachel O'Brien on Etsy. Artemis will have their jewelry and soaps and lotions.
I also met a lovely woman, Judy Rosier of Frosting, that will be providing Artemis with our free cupcakes on Saturday. We are also looking into carrying some items from Gladys Hanning of Junebug.”
With Artemis launched, what’s next?
“Our new website artemishop.com coming in 6 months We also have a daughter business called 'Pickn' Chicks.' We will sell your estate (buy your estate in some cases) or help you clean out your garage, barn, house. We're developing that side of the business currently.”
Artemis Grand Opening Details
Where:3109 N. Monroe
When: Saturday, April 16
Hours: Mon - Fri: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sat: 9 am- 5:30 am; Sun: 11am-5:00 pm
For more information call: 509 995 8860
(Vendor inquiries welcome)
Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes for The Spokesman-Review. Her essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She is the author of “Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons” and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Too often, women who love to spend hours looking at vintage items at a flea market or in an antique mall, do it entirely on their own or they go with a group of friends. They wouldn’t think of having a husband around.
This is definitely not the case with Kelly and Monte Tareski. The couple, who own Cascading Creations, share more than a business. They share a love of junking that has found an important place in their relationship.
“I have always had a passion for the weathered and worn out item,” Kelly told me. “As a child, I remember going to the Southern California flea markets and spending all day digging, hunting for the perfect piece of junk and at a young age being able to negotiate the ‘right price.’”
Eventually, Tareski wanted more than just fun. She wanted to make a career out of rescuing and re-imagining vintage items. Fortunately, her husband shared that desire.
“Just in the past couple of years I have had the opportunity to turn that passion into a business. With Monte's passion for the same, it makes it very easy to go treasure hunting and we have so much fun together,” she says. “One of our favorites is when we get the call to go ‘pick’ at an old homestead.”
Transforming a building on the grounds of their Airway Heights stone business, Tareski turned her new project, GardenStone Creations into an appealing and popular place for shoppers. She was able to find a way to combine her love of the hunt, with a desire to own a unique business.
What came about is an outlet for local artists, artisans and creative types.
“I am a huge supporter of local artisans and the buy-local movement,” Tareski says. “I am proud to say that I have my shop 80 percent stocked at this time with local merchandise from local businesses and artisans. I’m working towards 100 percent.”
But, once a treasure hunter, always a treasure hunter. As proud as Tareski is to have started a business and carved a successful niche in the competitive antiques and vintage market in a relatively short time, what matters the most is spending time with her husband and having something positive and productive to show for it.
“We not only love the hunt, but getting to hear the stories behind the treasures we find,” she says. “Then we love retelling those stories to our customers who purchase the items.”
Harvest Treasures ( For more info click Continue Reading…)
Saturday, August 14 at GardenStone Creations in Airway Heights, Kelly Tareski will present Harvest Treasures, an event featuring hand-picked vendors selling antiques, hand-made crafts and one-of-a-kind items.
Here are the details: For more information call 509.244.0900
Where: 1515 S. Lyons Rd, Airway Heights
When: Saturday, August 14
I got up early to get started on what promises to be a busy day. My first stop was the Boutiques and Blooms sale at the home of Holly Dalke. The sale is part of the Inland Empire Gardener's Club Spokane in Bloom Tour.
Dalke's beautiful white farmhouse is the perfect setting for such a summery event. Local antiques and crafts vendors set up their tents and displays with fun vintage wares and handmade items. Dalke, owner of Shabby Stems, provided one-of-a-kind greenery with funky items planted with lush perennials and annuals.
I couldn't stay long, but I did have time to chat with GardenStone Creations diva, Kelly Tareski, as well as the ladies from Unexpected Necessities. Cedar House Soaps, A Country Hen and other vendors were there with lots of fun finds.
My finds? I brought home a couple of vintage aprons from Michelle Chastain's Audubon Home and Cottage. I prefer the full-length aprons to those that tie around the waist so I always pick them up when I see them. The faded vintage cotton prints are so sweet.
The day's not over yet. If you have time, head over to Boutiques and Blooms. For more photos Continue reading...