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First Street business has new showroom and storefront has undergone renovations

GARY ALLEN - Ken and Daughter Jewelers recently moved its First Street showroom next door into a larger and newly-remodeled showroom.

BY SUSAN BRANNON

Newberg Graphic reporter

Ken and Daughter Jewelers has revamped the front of its storefront and moved the First Street shop from the former 300-square-foot showroom into an adjoining 450- square-foot space that opened to the public Sept. 24. The new area strings along the front of the building with two large street facing windows.

"We just took 10 gallons out of a five-gallon bucket and put it into a 10-gallon bucket," Greg Salmon, a partner in the family business, said. "We have new trim, new paint, new carpet and new track lighting -- you know, lipstick kind of stuff."

The 1960s-style orange-colored brick on the outside of the building has been painted a hue of grey that draws the customer into the renovated store, which also features a similar gray palette. The doors to the jewelers shop and office windows are trimmed with dark wood that matches the wooden jewelry cases and center door. The outside pole, which supports an arched roof, has been boxed with a dark-stained wood that matches the artistically crafted wood inside.

The business was originally started in the 1950s by Ken Roush in Montana. In 1980, he moved the business to Newberg and ran the store for years with the aid of daughter Edie Salmon, who later took over the business. In 2013 Edie Salmon's son, Greg, joined the business.

The building at 707 E. First St. was built in 1957 and was originally designed to house four shops. The family rented the 300 square foot showroom and another 100 square foot space on the north end of the building to use as the jewelry shop.

Around 2005, the middle third of the building became available; it formerly housed a number of businesses, including a chocolate shop, a flower shop and a hair salon.

Four years ago the family purchased the entire building and the space where the hair salon resided was used mainly for storage until the remodel effort began.

"Over the last four years we have moved the rooms around to get them where we wanted," Greg Salmon said. "We've been working toward making a four-tenant building laid out into a one tenant building, because it was very chopped up. Four bathrooms, four front doors, four electric meters, four power bills. We had multiple addresses; we finally got it all worked out."

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