Business partners Carolyn Yoder and Melissa Moller opened Sea Hags last month in the Finholm District, 8805 Harborview Drive.
Longtime residents and business women, the pair offers a collection of fine art, gifts, coastal and cottage decor.
Although they have different styles, the women feel their items creatively complement each other. They collaborate to put their styles together.
Moller favors coastal decor, and Yoder enjoys cottage designs and creating planter art. They’ve merging their styles to produce a unique blend of merchandise.
Friends for years, the co-owners had a business venture together a few summers ago in Hoonah, Alaska — a small cruise ship destination near Glacier Bay. It was a challenge to not be full-time residents, but it turned out to be a preview of their ability to partner, something they wanted to continue to do in Gig Harbor after they closed the original gift store in Alaska, Moller said.
The women found the space of the former Harbor Travel Agency in the developing Finholm neighborhood.
“The Finholm area is being revitalized,” Moller said. “It’s important to offer retail to boaters, tourists and residents for a vital downtown area. Finholm, with many new businesses and restaurants, is a great place to be located.”
The store’s space is filled with regional and local art, including RD Shady, a fused glass artist, Roger Moore and Craig Marshall’s fine woodworking pieces. The store also has jewelry, candles and smaller art items.
Tiny, colorful “little Shirley” vases are signature pieces.
Moller received one to serve as a reminder from her mom as inspiration to keep her dream alive and open a store some day. Part of the proceeds from vase sales go to the Susan B Komen breast cancer research fund.
“Sea Hags is a great place to find a nice gift,” Yoder said. “We will do custom container gardens and other artwork for clients.”
As the store took shape, it took a life of its own and blended two shops in one, based on the idea of integrated creativity. The pair partnered with Laurie Anthony, who runs the back half of the shop for Vital Health Options.
An registered nurse for 30 years, Anthony promotes healing therapies and allows people to find alternative self-care therapies.
Anthony took to heart a statement from Michelle Edwards: “We don’t have a health care problem, we have a self-care problem.”
Also a certified yoga instructor, Anthony teaches YogAlign, an individual posture and strengthening form of yoga, and she’s a level one certified Healing Touch specialist, a nurse-based energy work. She also offers aroma therapy.
Anthony said she appreciates the chance to move from traditional treatment to self-care after her years in a hospital and the home health care field.
Sea Hags will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It also will hold a raffle for a container garden. Anthony will answer questions and give demonstrations on Sunday.
The gallery will have artists on hand and refreshments available both days.
All of the women appreciate the warm response from the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, which has helped to spread the word about their location.
In the future, Sea Hags will offer classes on art and container gardening, and guest artists will hold demonstrations.
A Ladies Night Out event next month will feature live music from Gig Harbor’s Steve Stefanowitz.
For the holidays, the store will offer a gift registry for spouses to pick up what they email@example.com.