By Adeena Hires
Mother and daughter duo, Janet and Lacy Montanye, started their small-town, locally owned gift shop “This and That Gift Shop” three years ago.
While starting out is a small, off the beaten path building in Tonasket, Montanye explained, “Unfortunately, people were not seeing our small business at the current location so it was hard for us to live up to our potential as a fun gift shop.”
Despite the struggles of being a small business owner, Janet and Lacey continued to put their heart and soul into making this unique gift shop thrive.
“We made it for three years thanks to our wonderful community, family, and friends. We have always had the dream of getting a bigger store and one day joining the other businesses on Main Street,” declared Montanye.
Their opportunity for expansion and a new location came this year. Montanye announced, “At the beginning of 2023 we were blessed with the opportunity to move into our current new location at 315 S. Whitcomb Ave., and are thrilled beyond words! It just goes to show — never give up on your dreams.”
Just like the namesake, “This and That”, this exquisite gift shop offers a little bit of everything.
“We feature unique gifts, unique metal art, clothing and accessories, jewelry, cards, gift bags, candy, handcrafted bath products, pet supplies, toys, cold drinks and so much more," Montanye said. "We strive to have a little something for everyone. You are guaranteed to find something unique in our gift shop."
"We are continuously adding fun and unique items that you just won’t find anywhere else," she said. "You never know what is going to be for sale in our cute shop. We are always coming up with fun and exciting new products. A lot of our products are handcrafted by us.”
“This and That” is opened Tuesday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays. Not only does shopping local help local communities, but one never knows what fun and exclusive items may be found.
“Be sure to stop in and say 'Hello,'” said Montanye. ♦
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