New shops opening for business

Published on Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Read More News

Mei-Jia Antique

A new consignment shop specializing in Asian antiques and decorative arts is coming to Birch Bay Square.

Mei-Jia Antique is now accepting quality consignments and will be opening for business in late May. The shop will carry a full range of Asian art and Chinese furniture: Calligraphy, bronzes, enamels, porcelains, cloisonné, figurines, fans, vases, paintings and carved wooden figurines.

Allied with Mei-Jia Antique in Vancouver, whose tagline is “Canada’s largest antique shop,” the shop in Birch Bay will feature more than 3,500 square feet of showroom space.

Although it specializes in Asian antiques, manager John Brown said Mei-Jia accepts high-quality consignments of all sorts. He added that a grand opening would be held in early June.

Mei-Jia Antique is located at 8125 Birch Bay Square Street, Suite 203 in Birch Bay Square, exit 270 off I-5. Pre-opening consignments can be brought to the store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 360/656-6842.

Country Kat Treasures

Country Kat Treasures has been selling antiques, collectibles and vintage from its location on Blaine Road since mid-February.

Visitors can browse an extensive collection of vintage sports items, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, furniture, clothing and gems from all over the world. Owner Dennis Wingerter said the shop is set up to make it easy for customers to wander through and see everything on display.

Wingerter owns the shop with his wife, Kat. “I’m the country, she’s the Kat, and our 7-year-old son – he’s the treasure. That’s how we came up with the name,” he explained.

Country Kat Treasures has a Facebook page where customers can see photos of items for sale:  The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and is located at 8870 Blaine Road. For more information, call 360/526-2106.

VW’s Home and Garden

Van Wingerden Garden Center is changing its name to VW’s Home and Garden, part of a rebranding effort from the company that is still family-owned-and-operated on Portal Way in Blaine.

“We’re changing the name to let people know what we offer so we can better serve our customers,” said Tim Burger, marketing and sales manager. “We want people to know that we’re not just a nursery. We grow many plants in our greenhouse, but we also buy plants from other nurseries so we have a huge selection. We also sell home wares, gifts and tools.”

The company is in the process of redesigning its website for easier navigation and updating its logos. The web address is

VW’s Home and Garden is located at 8210 Portal Way, a half-mile north of Birch Bay Square. Spring hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from July to December 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 360/366-3906.

EM Signature Hair by Janara

Janara Pocus has been cutting and styling hair for 11 years, and decided the time has finally come to start a business of her own.

EM Signature Hair by Janara has been open in the Loomis Hall building since April 1. Pocus has the expertise to cut anyone’s hair, but her passion is in styling and coloring.

“I love to see the huge change. When someone comes in for coloring or styling, and when it’s done they look 15 years younger and so natural – that’s the best,” she said.

Pocus came to the U.S. from Lithuania 16 years ago. 

The name of her business is based on her father’s initials. 

“He was a doctor who always signed his name with his initials. It’s his signature in me that allows me to serve my customers so well,” Pocus explained.

The shop has a homey, cozy feel that puts customers at ease, Pocus said.

Located at 288 Martin Street in Suite 105 of the Loomis Hall building, the salon’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information or to make an appointment, call 360/483-8790.