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t Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21    i * l, i  'i   ...... i Journal photos by Lloyd Mullen Clockwise from top." Vera Roberts, left and Debrah McOrae have been refurbishing furniture for as long as they can remember; a vase is on display in their new shop, the VintageDragonfly; with a fresh coat of paint, Roberts and McCrae attempt to bring new life to old furniture. From desk drawers to headboards, they paint it By LLOYD MULLEN Iloyd@masoncoun com Vena Roberts and Deb McCrae enjoyed their time in the Navy. Now they're turning their attention to another endeavor -- restoring vintage furniture. The transition to working full-time in their shop has been anything but stressful according to Mc- Crae. The two women recently opened Vintage Dragon- fly at 211 E. North Bay Drive in Allyn. The shop is three minutes from their home and about 100 yards from shore. The building is a soft yellow and appears to be hid- den in the hillside. Their freshly painted sign guides the curious into their shop. When Roberts and McRae open their doors, the sunlight gives the furniture a faint glow. 'rou come in, light a candle, turn on music. It's creative, relaxing,'? McCrae said. The one thing that has come between the two is how Roberts answers the telephone. "She thinks everyone is supposed to be happy-go- lucky when they answer the phone," Roberts said. Roberts and McRae said they noticed people pre- fer real wood furniture. Customers, they agree, want something that is going to last. As Roberts looked through her shop, she remarked on her latest piece. "The dresser, I would paint the whole thing white and then drops of gray. The hinges, I would paint them a different color to look pretty." If there is any internal damage to the furniture, McRae and Roberts adhere wallpaper to spruce it up. The two women retired from the Navy before mak- ing their move to Allyn. "I processed Vena into the Navy," McRae ex- plained. It wasn't until three years later that the two were stationed on the same ship together, the USS Oakhill. "It was interesting and fun," Roberts said. 'ou get to see a lot of places in the Navy." Roberts was deployed twice on that ship. The duo takes their time restoring the furniture and for Roberts, painting is the best part of the job. "I like seeing a piece of furniture that looked dingy, look very pretty after I've painted it," Roberts said. "I'm not a very visual person. I have to see it done." McCrae prefers to envision the changes. The two got the idea to open up their shop from a longtime friend, Mary Beth, who owns an antique store in Allyn. "Since she decided to open her shop, she's had to double her space," McRae said. "She's doing so well." The Vintage Dragonfly's grand opening is April 12. BUSINESS BRIEFS North Chamber calls for ambassadors The North Mason County Chamber of Commerce called for new chamber ambassadors at its first meeting yesterday. The ambassadors will represent the chamber and current members, new members and prospective mem- bers, and make sure that all members are informed, according to a release from the North Chamber. Chamber trustee Shawna Stice-Haley lead the group. For more information, contact President and CEO ber.com or call 275-4267. Gallery to raise money for homeless Offthe Walls Gallery will host a fundraiser for the Mason County Shelter in June. Owner and operator Shelley Barnett chose to raise money for the homeless because it is such a pressing issue. "I believe very strongly in the cause. I want to help promote it and give back through art and mak- Stephanie Rowlan d at stephanie@northmasoncham: .... ing people aware," she said.. Barnette used to work for the Timberland Library in Shelton. It was there, where she noticed how much of an issue homelessness is. "After working at the library, I know there are a lot of people that don't have any place to go -- take a nap and stay dry," she said. "It's an issue everywhere." Barnett said that she will donate 10 percent of her proceeds to the Mason County Shelter. "I know that the artists are willing to give back in the ways that they can. Hopefully it will fly off the walls," she said. For more information, email Off the Walls Gal- lery at offthewallsgallery@gmail.com Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mullen v - 7 I I