Business Comings | Renovation Turns Historic Building into New Gift Store

If it can work in North Bend with Birches Habitat and Selah Gifts, then it’s probably time Snoqualmie gives it a try.

Since August Snoqualmie resident Peggy Lefly, along with the help of her boyfriend, has been carefully renovating the corner retail space at Railroad Ave and King Street – turning it into the backdrop for Snoqualmie’s newest storefront business, Corners Gift Store.

The spot, the former home of Bella Vita Salon, got a lot of TLC and a big facelift. The end product is cozy, comfortable and a great addition to the downtown business area.

Walls were removed, former center hair stations were demolished, everything (inside and out) was painted, all new moldings were installed, the historic wood floors were restored and re-stained and creative window displays made of wood pallets were added.

The front counter was constructed by Patty herself, topped with beautiful reclaimed wood from Issaquah Lumber. She seems to have overlooked nothing in her attempt to create a fresh space and a comfortable home gift shop.

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Font counter area of new Corners Gift Store in historic Snoqualmie.


Peggy’s background in visual merchandising shows when you walk through the door – and her work experience at other gift stores is quite evident, too.

She says she plans to offer home decor along with seasonal merchandise and gifts at Corners. When the doors open Saturday, corners window displayOctober 10, 2015, patrons will find the Christmas spirit alive (notice the very realistic artificial trees), but don’t worry, fall wasn’t forgotten.

Corners will also offer furniture pieces, realistic silk plants, lighting, candles (real and some very realistic battery-operated), wall decor, kitchen accessories and food and drink lines.  Peggy says she will also be responsive to feedback from patrons and will change and add things as she goes.

There’s a little bit of everything inside Corners – and too much to list. What I loved most about the shop was the atmosphere – cozy, eclectic with careful attention to detail in the renovation. I think the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum folks would be impressed.

So stop by and visit Peggy when she opens for business this weekend…. and stroll through the rest of historic Snoqualmie while you’re at it.  There are some great restaurants and shops.

Welcome to the town Corners Gift Store – and good luck Peggy!

Former home of Bella Vita Salon, now renovated and home to new gift store opening October 10th.


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corners front area






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  • I can’t wait to check this new store out! Moving here from Ohio, I desperately miss all the wonderful gift shops, especially at every different holiday time of the year! The pictures look wonderful. I just hope the shop doesn’t sell only breadbox-sized items! BUT, not having to get on I90, priceless!!! Good Luck!

  • Thank you SO much, Danna – this is my Mom and Dad’s old TV shop from the 1930s to the 1970s, starting out as a second-hand store. I met you once there. My dad, Bill Shinner, introduced television to the Snoqualmie Valley – and my Mom actually gave birth to 3 of my siblings in the back of that store, where they were living at the time. They would be proud to see it becoming what it is today.

  • Stopped by your store today….opening day. Very nice. Had been at Salish earlier for lunch so saw some of the same things in their gift shop….but more expensive there. You DO need more stuff and better walk-thru plan…..too easy and too fast to walk in and out. You need people to spend more time in the store! I’ll be back in a week or so to see what’s changed. I want you to be my go-to store for gifts, home décor, and spur-of-the-moment finds!!! I’m telling everyone on Ridge to stop by. Good Luck!!

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