The name for this beach town shop stands for the new, inspired, vintage, artful and green creations by Ramsay Design. Made in Seattle and marketed nationwide, Ramsays work is now produced and presented in a shop and storefront in downtown Long Beach. The shop is open noon to 6 p.m Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and noon to 7 p.m. Friday. For more information, call (360) 642-2327.
What do you do?
I carry a mix of handcrafted new things, practical gifts with a green twist and vintage, quality old things because a lot that is vintage has a great deal of quality. I have craft kits for kids and a green toy department, toys made of recycled plastic. I also have a lot of retro tin toys that are popular. Everything is made in the USA, like the soaps made by aromatic genius Rick Smith from Seaside. I make a lot of what I carry here, and I make it right here in my shop in the back. I make purses out of old record albums, in addition to silver ornaments, jewelry, window garlands, magnets and lots of little things. I want to keep the store small, so I can spend a lot of time working in the shop making things people want.
How did you get started doing this?
I have been making things since I was little, and professionally since the mid 1980s. I have had the good fortune to work as a freelance artist most of my life. I have made scale models for film, display windows and sculpture. I made all of my merchandise in a studio and marketed it through sales representatives in Dallas, Atlanta, Southern California and Seattle, where it was carried in gift shops and museum gift shops. I was living in Seattle but got priced out, and moved to Tacoma ten years ago. My youngest sister married here in Oysterville and I started looking around for a place with a shop and found this place, a little store with a big studio.
What is your volume of business?
Through the sales reps I am represented in several hundred small retail outlets, and about 20 retail museum gift shops. My outlets carry from a dozen to two dozen items in each store. I have a core of 15 outlets that re-order about ten times a year, and most put in new orders twice a year.
How does the economy affect your business?
Business has definitely slowed down and opening this retail space is part of my strategy for adapting to the economy. I see this store as an extension of my wholesale business. I was working in a suburban setting, paying a lot for rent in an anonymous industrial building and never saw anyone. It is less expensive here, and now I am part of a community where I feel we have a lot to offer each other. While there is of course tourist traffic, I want to cultivate local trade and my business hours reflect that.