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New home and garden store opens in downtown Brookings


Debra Harwood is pictured in front of her new store, Ambiance by the Sea, located at 530 Hemlock St. (Photo by Claudia Elliott)

Ambiance by the Sea, a home and garden store, has opened at 530 Hemlock St., Brookings.

A grand opening celebration will be held today, in conjunction with the Second Saturday Art Walk, from 3 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to visit the store, enjoy refreshments and have a chance to win prizes.

Owner Debra Harwood, a Brookings native, formerly operated The Garden Swing at the north end of town in the early 2000s. And she showed her floral creations and other crafts at the Community Christmas Bazaar at Brookings-Harbor High School for 20 years.

But in recent years she’s had to balance her creative spirit with other work, including that of a caregiver.

She’s excited about the opening of her new boutique and the opportunity it provides for her to showcase not only her own talent, but that of other artists and craftspeople.

Watercolors by the late Liz James is being featured this month. Her work is on display throughout the shop.

Cedar and redwood birdhouses created by a master craftsmen and stained glass work by local artists are among merchandise offered, along with bonsai and many other items suitable for gifting or the home.

Harwood also plans to have classes at the store in the future.

Business hours are 11 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For information call 541-254-4097.