UNION GAP -- Even before owners of the Glass Hook spoke before the city council this week, council members decided the store selling glass pipes and bongs should reopen.
"I'm no expert by any means, but I've been in mini-marts and have seen this stuff," Councilman Dave Butler said.
The store at 3916 Main St. opened in late December but was closed a few weeks later when Development Coordinator Dave Spurlock discovered an omission on the shop's business application. He thought the store was selling "glass art," when it was instead selling "smoking accessories."
In accordance with city ordinances, he revoked the business license because material information was missing from the application.
Owners Garnet Christensen and Seth Dune, who runs a similar store in Pasco, appealed Spurlock's decision to the city council.
At the hearing, Dune apologized for the oversight on the application. He said he and Christensen are proud of their store, and they have nothing to hide.
Council members agreed. They noted the store is legally entitled to sell the merchandise, which can be used for tobacco products and prescribed medical marijuana.
They unanimously voted to allow the store to reopen immediately, to the relief of Christensen and Dune.
Christensen opened a similar store in Pasco in 2004, which is now run by Dune. The Union Gap store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.