Home of The Ferndale Emporium.
The Ferndale Empo-rium is located in the 1899Eastlake Victorian that wasoriginally built for theLowenthals’ Ferndale Reli-able Store. Since that timethe building has seenmany changes such as aBuick dealership, theater,skating rink, mortuary,church, art gallery, amongothers. The FerndaleEmporium continues thelegacy of a quality store inthis location. Over thepast 11 years we havemade friends and cus-tomers that we ship to allover the world. We inviteyou to visit our store inperson or via the Internetat (www.ferndale-empo-rium.com).Our unique andaffordable boutique spe-cializes in items for thatspecial friend, girlfriend,sister, or mom. Make herday special with one of akind jewelry, purses,scarves, or travel acces-sories.To enhance your bathand spa area, mirrors,towel racks and accessoriesare matched together withour broad range of bathproducts and candles,including candles fromWood Wick and Archi-pelago. The ThymesCompany provides prod-
The Ferndale Emporium celebrates 11 years
Guys are welcome at Girlie Girls
After being open only one year, the trendy littleshop, Girlie Girls, hasexpanded. Due to a largenumber of requests fromthe local community they’ve added men’s cloth-ing to their inventory.The “back room” atGirlie Girls is now dedi-cated to “the guys,” sport-ing Levi’s, Lucky brandand Big Star jeans andapparel.“What a fun yearwe’ve had,” commentedLaurel Johnson and KimRenfer, sisters who co-own the shop. “Our com-munity has been very supportive and we are sograteful. We are listeningto our customers anddoing our best to bring theitems they want at rea-sonable prices.”One step inside GirlieGirls and you know you’renot in Kansas any more.The fragrant MainStreet store is filled withglitter, sequins, jeans,peek-a-boo heels andeverything a girl couldever want to feel, well,
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Find Girlie Girls in the pink on Main Street.
form that many peoplethink has died out or asso-ciate solely with horse-shoeing.In the BlacksmithShop’s collection of hand-forged pieces, it is clearthat blacksmithing is aliveand well. The productsoffered for sale cover awide range from func-tional art such as cutlery,bottle openers, clocks, mir-rors, lamps, tables, beds,fireplace tools, wine racks,pot racks, and candle-holders to decorative itemssuch as wall art and sculp-tures.In 2003, they opened agallery two buildings downfrom the main shop at 491Main Street to increasetheir display area for largerfurniture and sculpturalpieces. Most of the prod-ucts for sale are hand-forged iron, but there arealso pieces made usingbrass, copper and bronze.Many of the sculpturalpieces for sale are castbronze, like Mark Hop-kins’ fishing sculptures andTim Cotterill’s (aka TheFrogman) frogs.While the majority of the Blacksmith Shop’sinventory is made frommetal, they also sell finehand-made products inother media, some of which is made locally likeHolly Yashi jewelry, Fireand Light recycled glassdishware, glass paper-weights by Jesse Taj, andwire sculptures by Eliza-beth Berrien. Otherunique offerings includeOrient & Flume glass andBovano enameled copperwall hangings, both forwhich the BlacksmithShop is the exclusiveretailer in HumboldtCounty.The Blacksmith Shop’sextensive inventory has putthem on the map amongretailers of hand-made art.The Blacksmith Shopat 455 Main Street wasestablished in 1979 withone objective: to create anextensive collection of contemporary black-smithing. Thirty yearslater, this objective hasbeen achieved, as the shopbuys from over 125 black-smiths, mostly fromwithin the U.S. The shophas two reasons for main-taining this size of collec-tion – one is to supportblacksmiths by purchas-ing their work, and theother is to introduce thegeneral public to an art
Wide variety of handmadeart at The Blacksmith Shop
The Blacksmith Shop at 455 Main Street houses an extensive collection of contemporary blacksmithing items.
The Blacksmith Shop Gallery can be found just down the street from the main store at 491 Main Street.
girlie.Renfer and Johnson’sfour daughters are also very much in the picture,along with other employ-ees, running things andstamping the shop withtheir hip, girlie styles andsensibilities. “I was toldnot to buy without my daughter Jenny’s approval,”laughed Kim, though she’squick to add that she wearsGirlie Girl’s trendy, con-temporary clothing andaccessories herself.“We’ve had fun exper-imenting with differentdesigners and lines to meetthe desires of our clien-tele,” said the owners.With a wide assort-ment of designer jeans forevery fit, dresses for every occasion, and tops andcoats from comfy casual tocosmo to dressy, GirlieGirls can dress you in style.And, if you are look-ing for accessories, look nofurther. This little store hasit all, in every color. Fer-ndale has never had a storequite like this, claim theowners, whose family haslived in Ferndale for gen-erations.“We are truly enjoyingbeing part of the businesscommunity of Ferndale,”they say. “Count on us tokeep a close eye on the lat-est fashions and bringthem to our town.”Come in to see what isnew at Girlie Girls. Witha new exciting line of jew-elry, the “coveted” 501Levi’s and a full line of contemporary men’s cloth-ing, Laurel and Kim areworking to keep Ferndalein style. You don’t want tomiss this!