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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21 Journal photos by Lloyd Mullen Hope Byars shows off her variety of medical wares in her shop Hope's Scrubs, Uniforms and Gifts. High hopes for Shelton based scrub shop By LLOYD MULLEN Iloyd@masoncounty. com Hope Byars wanted out of the casino business. "I actually opened Little Creek (Resort) and worked there," she said. She eventually went on to work as a pit boss and shift manager at the Lucky Dog Casino. After 15 years of working gambling clubs, Byars decided she was going to go back to school for a lab assistant job. "I wanted out of the ca- sino business," She said. For the past six years, Byars has been working as a lab assistant for Ma- son General Hospital. It was during that time she decided to start her own business. "I started an online business before I left," the owner of Hope's Scrubs, Uniforms and Gifts said. While Byars sat in her lab, she overheard someone talking about wearing uniform scrubs. She said she hated the idea. "I thought that this would be wonderful for this town to have a place for nurses and health care workers to come and shop for something at a rea- sonable price," she said. "Not to have to leave town to walk into a uniform shop. I thought it would be nice to open shop in Shelton and make it more com- fortable." As her business grows, Byars said she expects to introduce a more casual style with a vintage flair to "You work the hardest you've ever worked and yea Jove every minute of it" Hope Byars, owner, Hope's Scrubs, Uniforms and Gifts her wares. Her location, 1800 Olympic Highway S. Suite B in Shelton, was as close as Byars said she could get to the hospital. Byars loves owning her shop. "It's exciting starting your own business," she ex- plained. "You work the hardest you've ever worked and you love every minute of it. You put your label on it. You put what you have into it. When you drag yourself home at night, you feel fabulous about it." The largest challenge Byars said she faces is getting people to know she's here. "That's the challenge for a lot of small busi- nesses in this town," she said. "There was nothing for so long that people got into the habit of plan- ning their monthly trip to Bremerton or Olym- pia that they forgot to walk down their own city streets. I think that's what a lot of people in this town need to overcome." As a military brat, Byars lived most of her life in Washington. She's been in Mason County for the past 20 years. "I came here my senior year of high school," Byars explained. "My parents found a place by Alderbrook (Resort & Spa)." Hope's Scrubs Uniforms and Gifts is having a grand opening this weekend. "I'm trying to get out and meet the small business owners. It would be nice to get the people here on the hill interacting together. There's a lot of small business owners up here," she said. Flower-covered scrubs hang in Byars' shop. BUSINESS BRIEFS i; Belfair Saturday Market celebrates 21 years The Belfair Saturday Market, previously the Bel- fair Farmers Market, will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 27. The market will sell a variety of wares, including arts and crafts, jewelry, fresh produce, cut flowers, local honey and plants. The market is at Northeast Roy Boad Road. For more information on the Belfair Saturday Market, call 277-3246. Business. Expo finds new location The Business Expo & Bite, a Shelton Mason Coun- ty Chamber of Commerce event, will open its doors at the Shelton High School Mini Dome on July 17. The event, geared toward local services, retailers and restaurants, seeks to provide attendees with a fun, casual atmosphere, according to a Shelton cham- ber release. Guests who complete an event passport are en- tered to win a grand prize drawing of a basket full of the vendor's items, gift certificates and merchandise. The event starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 6 p.m. Ad- mission and parking are free to the public. For more information, call 426-2021. Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mullen