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Talking Business: Upscale vintage furniture shop opens downtown

2014-03-02T20:15:00Z 2014-04-21T10:05:34Z Talking Business: Upscale vintage furniture shop opens downtown Longview Daily News

Cathleen Miller wants furniture shoppers to make Catalina’s Cache in downtown Longview their first stop.

Miller and her husband, Paul, opened the second-hand furniture and home decor shop at 1248 Commerce Ave. in October after learning that Longview doesn’t have a used furniture store.

“It’s not your average thrift store,” Cathleen Miller said Thursday. “You come in and can’t figure out if stuff is new or used because the stuff is that nice.”

Miller haunts estate sales, Craigslist and garage sales to fill her shelves. She handpicks everything in the shop. She cleans and refurbishes the items “to make something nasty someone had stashed away in their garage look absolutely beautiful,” said Miller, who gets requests to paint custom pieces.

“I could carry tons of vintage stuff in my store, and people love looking at it — but they’re not buying it,” Miller said. “I’m about the farmhouse table you need in your kitchen, or a china hutch or a fluffy man’s chair or dressers.”

In addition to sideboards, tables, bar stools, rocking chairs, easy chairs, Asian screens and plant stands, Catalina’s Cache sells lamps, candle holders, oil paintings, dishes, copper, Indian-motif items and a variety of new handbags. Miller updates the shop’s Facebook page daily with information about new items and what’s sold.

Miller, who graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1981, worked for 20 years in corporate sales selling steel in the construction market. When the economy went downhill and she was laid off, Miller decided it was time to make a career change and fulfill her lifelong dream of opening her own store.

Her extensive sales experience comes in handy — she takes a consultative selling approach, learns what customers need and helps them track it down, even if she doesn’t have it in her store yet.

“There’s a lot of joy involved with my store,” Miller said. “I’m in control of my own destiny now.”

Catalina’s Cache is at 1248 Commerce Ave., Longview. Phone: 360-425-8699. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bottom lines

Longview Urology recently partnered with board-certified Portland pediatric urologists Daniel Hirselj and David Lashley to improve urologic services for patients in the local area, Patrick Lassen, M.D., of Longview Urology said in a press release. Patients will be evaluated at the Longview clinic and then referred to the doctors at their Portland offices as needed.

Dr. Hirselj received a medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his internship and residency in urologic surgery at Saint Louis University Hospital. He then completed fellowship training in pediatric urology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Dr. Lashley received a medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University, where he also completed his surgical internship and residency training in urology. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

Amy M.E. Fischer covers Longview city government and local retail businesses for The Daily News. ​Reach her at 360-577-2532 or afischer@tdn.com.

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(4) Comments

  1. 15th Avenue Cruising Committee
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    15th Avenue Cruising Committee - March 03, 2014 2:17 pm
    So the quality of items at Walmart-Fred Meyer-Target are of such a low manufacturing quality in 2014 that people rather buy vintage items? Yep... I think this woman is onto something! It also keeps the money in the community rather then allowing dollars to be exported through corporate dollar vacuums out of the community. How many dollars are sent out of Cowlitz County everyday by Walmart, Fred Meyer, Target, Petco ect. All we get is a few low paying jobs, imports and a strip mall out of it..
  2. RelyLocal
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    RelyLocal - March 03, 2014 4:10 pm
    I Love the look and feel of this business that will give everyone just one more reason to Shop Local. Congratulations on your new business!!! :)
  3. TDNCom
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    TDNCom - March 03, 2014 4:58 pm
    15th Ave Cruiser hit the nail on the head. The big box stores are draining the wealth our of this community. People need to make an effort to shop local and pay cash. Only use credit cards at the big box stores.
  4. RelyLocal
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    RelyLocal - March 03, 2014 6:44 pm
    Well said TDN and 15th a strong local economy starts with support from the community. When you go to a local sport or community event who is the list of sponsors who made it all possible? ... It is almost always made up of our locally owned businesses we rely on them so they need to be able to rely on us! :)
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