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WL's 'best-kept secret' is back in business

WLACC gift shop reopens in expanded space

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - The gift shop at the West Linn Adult Community Center is open and offers more treasures than before.

The West Linn Adult Community Center’s gift shop is open again, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Part of the building expansion included knocking down a wall to give more space for displaying gift shop merchandise. And luckily, the additional space came with additional windows that add much needed natural light.

Veronica Ferenz and her husband John worked very hard to set up the new space with additional display drawers, new shelving and many new items. They were motivated by the fact that all the merchandise was stored at their home during the three-month construction project. Whole rooms were unusable. You would expect this to make the Ferenzes a little cranky, but no. They complained about the disruption only sparingly, and with only medium exasperation.

During the restocking, the Ferenzes locked the doors and covered the windows with paper so no one could see the new space until “the reveal,” which took place last week to great acclaim. You may have noticed the spotlights sweeping the night sky. Or not.

So, now the gift shop offers carved wood wine bottle stoppers, pen and desk sets, themed umbrellas, new gloves, manicure sets, fascinating fascinators, additional scarves, and handmade (by Lis Dymond) wooden signs with sassy messages like “Wildflowers grown by a wild woman,” and “I cook with wine — sometimes I add it to the food,” and “Give a man an inch, and he thinks he’s a ruler.”

And, of course, the Ferenzes are always adding new merchandise including many seasonally themed items. St. Patrick’s Day and Easter wares are coming soon.

The WLACC gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Merchandise is plentiful and prices are shockingly low. Despite months of waiting and planning, the gift shop is still the best-kept shopping secret in West Linn.

This week’s lunch menu includes taco salad Friday, Feb. 26, Cassandra’s Surprise Monday, Feb. 29; and birthday brunch on Wednesday, March 2.

Questions? Call Tiffany Carlson at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.