Pat’s Alley welcomes Rosewood Cottage & Gallery into its mini-mall family of businesses at a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at 1414 Adams Ave., La Grande. All the Pat’s Alley businesses will participate in the shopping gala to welcome Rosewood Cottage.
Store owner Cozy Barker and daughter Sarah Barker have become the newest tenants of Pat’s Alley, but they are no strangers to the community.
“We have been in business at 1801 Adams Ave. since August 1997,” Cozy Barker said. “I opened the store with my daughters Dana Schaad and Sarah Barker. Dana passed away about four years ago. Sarah is still working with me.”
Barker explained that while she worked at Rosewood Cottage all those years, she also raised her children, grandchildren and a great-grandchild at the store in the back room, their second home. As they grew up, several family members have chosen to help Barker operate the business.
“My daughter Bethany has worked for me the last seven years and will fill in at the new store, and my granddaughter Paige Barker, now 21, also helps out, as does my daughter-in-law Elizabeth Barker. So it’s really been a family business.”
At one time, Rosewood Cottage employed up to 12 workers, including Barker’s family members and employees who have become life-long friends. But recently Barker and her family decided it was time to downsize.
That meant selling the century-old house that she has operated in for the past 22 years. “A sale on the house is pending,” said Barker.
The Barker family has been looking for a new location for a while when a store space opened up in Pat’s Alley that fit their needs. The space has great visibility from the street, lots of “gorgeous windows,” she said, and a dry indoor mall where customers can browse at their leisure in comfort.
“There were two main reasons we decided to relocate. First, we wanted to be downtown where there was more foot traffic,” Barker said, “and second, we could not take care of this building very well anymore. Some of our customers are in walkers or wheelchairs and can’t get up the stairs of our former store, but they can easily get into Pat’s Alley.”
At the new 1414 Adams Ave. location, Rosewood Cottage offers a variety of kitchenware, gifts and home decor products such as Fiesta dinnerware of all styles and colors, Yankee and Swan Creek candles, and bath and body products by Naked Bee, Camille Beckman and Bend Soap Company plus a variety of wooden home decor signs.
“We also carry Chala and Bungalow handbags and accessories,” Barker said. “We have Demdaco home decor products, including Willow Tree angels, along with assorted kitchen, western and wildlife decor items.”
Rosewood Cottage also carries Warmies and Jim Shore collectible decor and, of course, its customary seasonal promotions and delicious fudge. When Barker finds a place to set up her food trailer, she will continue to offer her Hawaiian shave ice with 24 flavors, a side business she’s had for the past seven years in the warmer months.
“We are excited to be in Pat’s Alley and love all the people there,” Barker said. “We hope the public will come and visit us there during our grand opening this weekend.”
With the addition of Rosewood Cottage, Pat’s Alley will have filled all its suites with retail and service businesses, including Cock ‘n’ Bull Italian Restaurant, Alley’s Salon & Barber, the Mitre’s Touch picture framing shop and art gallery, and Fitzgerald Flowers and gift shop.
“We’re happy about Rosewood Cottage moving in,” said Marcus Arnson, head cook and manager at Cock ‘n’ Bull. “We think it’s going to really complement our businesses here in Pat’s Alley.”
“Having another retailer in the mall will make the customer’s shopping experience more diverse and enjoyable,” said Dave Yerges of Mitre’s Touch.
“I’m excited for them to be part of our little family. It’s going to be fun,” added Rachel Darrow of Alley’s Salon & Barber.
Julie Bodfish, owner of Fitzgerald Flowers, also welcomes the new retailer to her family’s namesake business mall. “We are thrilled to welcome them to the Pat’s Alley family,” she said.
Rosewood Cottage is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The store can be reached at 541-963-4310. Visit the business on Facebook and learn about the Shop Hop and Holiday open house event planned for Nov. 8-9, complete with treats and prize drawings.