The Grove: Stayton embraces shared-space concept

December, 2016 Posted in Community

Break the Chain Apparel’s Tami Burns is just one of the business owners setting up shop in The Grove and joining in the vision to bring more retail options and shoppers to Old Town Stayton. Photo by: Jerry Stevens

By Mary Owen

Holiday shoppers are invited to mingle at The Grove. The new full-service boutique, home to a collection of boutiques and artisans, is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Stayton. “As downtown gets busier, we will expand our hours to accommodate,” said Teri Mesa, owner of Moxieberry Floral, one of the stores in the new venue. The boutique, she added, “will bring life and shopping back to Old Town Stayton.”
Moxieberry Floral is joined by Break the Chain Apparel, Mama Roost Vintage Market, Paul Toews Art Studio and Friends of the Library to showcase gifts and accessories in what Mesa calls “a beautiful, upscale setting at modest prices.” A few other retailers are interested in joining in the near future, she said.

“By offering a wide variety of gift and décor items, we are bringing shopping local again,” Mesa said. “You no longer have to drive to Salem to find a unique gift for giving this holiday season.”

Mesa came across a similar business model after researching ideas for historical buildings in small cities.

“The Village in Washington, Iowa opened their doors in 2008 at the height of the recession in a town the same size as Stayton with this concept and is still running today,” she said. “I made contact with the owner to see how she put it together and here we go. Our interior will have a totally different look and feel.”

A few spaces are still available for interested retailers, she added.

“Each retailer will have their own store front unlike other business models being offered in Salem,” Mesa said.

Participating retailers at The Grove hope the new boutique will increase consumer traffic downtown, making Stayton Old Town a destination.

“Revitalizing the whole community,” offered Tammi Burns, owner of Break the Chain Apparel. A Holiday Open House is set for Dec. 3 in conjunction with Stayton’s annual Christmas movie and downtown activities. “Many other events to be announced,” Mesa said.

“It has been a blessing to combine our talents and create a fun space that we enjoy working in and people enjoy shopping at,” she added. “We feel like we are spearheading the revitalization of downtown, and hope the community will get behind the vision.”

Mesa said Friends of Old Town Stayton and the businesses who have stayed through the years are working to breathe life into downtown. “It is exciting to feel the energy building and know what the future is holding,” she said.

For information, contact Mesa at

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