Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Red Feather Mercantile, the Oak Street store owned by Dick and Linda Templeton, will close in mid-March. Red Feather opened in May 2003.
The Templetons will remain in Trout Lake, Wash., where they breed Icelandic horses.
Red Feather sells furniture, artwork, dinnerware, textiles and other home decor, as well as clothing, books and gifts.
Dick said that after their most recent warehouse sale, some customers asked if this was to be their final one.
“People kept asking us this, and Linda and I started talking on the way home one night, and we said, ’You know what; it’s getting close to retirement time.’”
Added Linda, “We just said, ‘Now is time.’ “Our grandkids are growing up way too fast. We’ve been so busy here, we had to work so hard over last couple of years because of the economy, we couldn’t get away.
“Before we realized, it was two years since we went to their house.”
The Templetons have two children and four grandchildren, living in Portland and the Bay Area.
Said Linda, “It’s time we can’t recapture, but this is a very hard decision for us.”
“I think there’s a lot of things we’ll miss; the customers,” Dick said, “People we’ve come to know who in many cases started out as customers and became our friends. That is something that will impact us for quite some time.”
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