Linda Macedo, who opened her new shop, Natasha's, on April 1, said, "It's my first adventure in retail and I'm enjoying it."
She is excited about providing one-of-a-kind designs, many of which she makes to order, for clients who are looking for something special and don't want to see themselves walking down the street.
"I only create fashion designs of my own and I refuse to duplicate," she emphasized.
Macedo, who has an engineering background, was a sales manager for ATandT for 30 years before her move from San Jose to Brookings about two years ago. "I retired early," she explained.
Over the years she designed, sewed, and knitted garments for herself and friends, and she is now expanding her horizons to use her creative talents to produce exciting special designs for others.
But, it isn't only dresses, wraps, sweaters, hats and other wearables that can be found in Natasha's.
Shoppers can find an eclectic array of housewares, fruit baskets, paintings, trays, decorative handwork, lamps, jewelry, Indonesian art and clothing, and much more in her shop. "I have jewelry made by Oregon artisans, plus Indonesian and vintage jewelry.," she said.
In addition, Macedo offers the special soaps that she has perfected over the years. "They are made with no preservatives, all handmade with 100 percent glycerine, my own fragrances, including English lavender, and infused with olive oil," Macedo explained, adding, I make a pure, cleaner soap."
In addition to the small selection of soaps available in her shop, Macedo produces soaps to order for wedding, baby shower, and anniversary favors, and for other special occasions.
Macedo is also excited about the location of her intimate boutique type shop located in the mini mall at 1105 Chetco Ave., that includes Seaside Peddler, Dottie's Corner, and Glassic. "We do things for each other, and help each other. It's a nice arrangement, everyone helps and shares and works," she said. "And we all get to be tasters when the bakery is trying something new."
Natasha's is open Wednesday through Saturday. "I need to be home sometime to sew," she explained. However, she added that she may move her sewing machine to the shop and stay open additional days.
"Come and visit me and look around," Macedo invited.