The only store in the new Union Park retail development opens May 9, but it hasn’t suffered for lack of attention.
People have peered through the windows and tried to come into It’s All In The Details as owner Gretl Crawford and others arranged items such as exotic wooden bowls from Egypt and coffee mugs depicting vintage photos from the Pendleton Round-Up. The curious also have watched workers hang custom lighting fixtures and art depicting everything from elk to stately English halls.
“We like things that have a story,” Crawford said.
Located in Crawford’s second commercial construction project at 26th Avenue and Union Street in Kennewick’s Southridge neighborhood, the store is her first foray into retail. But given the local demand she’s seen for unique items to decorate homes or fill out a wardrobe, she and others working with her said they know they are filling a niche.
Crawford, who has a degree in interior design, has worked in residential construction since 1998 and went into custom home construction as one of two female general contractors in the area about 12 years ago. She’s been a perennial Tri-City Parade of Homes award winner, taking the People’s Choice award in 2013 and 2014.
People have often sought out Crawford to help them decorate their homes after seeing the interiors she’s created. That work takes a lot of effort, though, Crawford said, as there’s a limited selection of materials and pieces available in the Tri-Cities that match what she looks for.
“I’d have to hunt things down or go to Seattle, and then it might have too high a price point,” she said.
That led to the idea of It’s All In The Details, which Crawford decided to pursue along with Union Park after finishing her first commercial development at Duportail Street and Kennedy Avenue in Richland’s Queensgate area.
The store covers 5,000 square feet and is filled with furniture, objets d’art, stationery, women’s fashion and jewelry. The styles range from coastal to cowboy, garden to great outdoors. A portion of the store is aimed at a more masculine sensibility, with darker tones and rougher details, but there’s also an area dedicated to nursery needs. Crawford sought pieces with a cottage, rustic and “found object” quality, she said.
“I want to bring in things people see in the magazines but can’t find anywhere here,” she said.
It also was important the store have something for everyone when it came to price. There are big ticket items, but some of the store’s merchandise retails for $5. Price tags on the dresses tend toward $100 or less, and the bulk of the jewelry lines don’t go north of $40.
General manager Jen Ackerman, who also co-owns Apricot Lane at Columbia Center mall, said it’s been exciting to work with Crawford on selecting the lines and products for the shop.
“There’s nothing like this in the Tri-Cities,” Ackerman said.
The only other tenant in the development also is Crawford. After years of working from home, she’s moved her custom home construction business to the second floor office above the store. Now she’s on the look out to fill the other suites, which include two with patios, and one of those has a drive-thru. If they can complement the motif of It’s All In The Details and give people more than one reason to visit Union Park, all the better.
Doors open to general public at 10 a.m. May 9. The grand opening is May 16.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.