Klamath Falls, Ore. – First-time business owners are helping downtown Klamath Falls make a comeback.
Opening the ‘Blonde Pineapple’ was a dream for co-owner Katy Baker.
“I always wanted to have my own store.” Notes Baker. “I worked in the mortgage industry for 10 years, and this is a dream of mine.”
Baker and business partner Leah Philips sell women’s fashions, baby items, and home decor.
Baker believes that her boutique will fill a need that a ‘big box’ store can’t match. “I believe in this community, and I think that they want to support local, and I think that they want businesses. And I see that there was a need in this community for something like this.”
‘Surf’s Up Sunglasses’ opened up just a few weeks ago directly across the street.
A full-sized VW bug is the centerpiece of the sales floor.
Owner Hayden Lam says his shop is the only one of its kind downtown.
Baker is optimistic that a healthy economy, and a positive attitude will help make her business gamble pay off.
“This is a dream come true.” Baker reflected. “I think when you have a passion for something, it just makes you that much more eager to succeed.”
T-J Maxx, Del Taco, Planet Fitness, and Natural Grocers have also invested in new stores in Klamath Falls.