Business has soft opening on Saturday at location on Elliott Road that formerly held laundry mat and employment office

GARY ALLEN - Vineyard Valley Furniture owner Terie Thomas sits amid the stock available for purchase at the Elliott Road store.

A soft launch took place Saturday at Vineyard Valley Home Furnishings in Newberg, which showcases unique furniture, art and accessories and features anything from contemporary to traditional style.

"We named it Vineyard Valley because this is wine country. I kind-of like the name, it is classy," owner Terie Thomas said.

Thomas was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in design. She has been ensconced in the industry for more than 40 years, all the time determined to open her own store. So determined, it seems, that when she was moving furniture in anticipation of the opening she injured her shoulder. She saw a doctor, then returned to work, painting a room in the building the next day.

"Yeah, I work like that, I just want to keep going. It is hard for me to sit around," she said.

Thomas spent 27 years as a manager in Eugene for M. Jacobs Furniture and in 2015 opened a store in Battle Ground, Wash., while freelancing in design. Her Battle Ground store was larger than Vineyard Valley, where she employed a more boutique style than her previous venture.

"The store in Battle Ground was successful, I just closed it to start here," Thomas said. "It has a really welcome home feeling here. The beauty of the area is what drew me here and I also have some family here."

Vineyard Valley Furniture is open seven days a week and offers just about everything a major furniture store would, but on a smaller scale. They have everything from bedroom sets to mattresses and accessories.

Thomas said she tries to purchase primarily United States-made items and likes to sell homemade and local stock. They also have an Amish line and one-of-a-kind lamps made in North Carolina made from iron, ceramic or glass.

"We are loaded with accessories," Thomas said. "I love accessories. I spend a lot of time finding nothing but U.S. and a lot of handcrafted items.

"I like to get connected with local artisans. I don't want to be like every store. If I left here and went to another furniture store and then down another street, they all have the same stuff on the floor.

"We are very casual, you are not going to be greeted at the front door (by somebody) in a suit," Thomas said. "The thing is that I don't want customers to feel that can't afford to shop here."

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The store is located at 317 N. Elliott Road.

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