Making themselves at home at Dana’s

Terri Bryant (above) and Mary Terry are the new owners of Dana’s Showhouse. - DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo
Terri Bryant (above) and Mary Terry are the new owners of Dana’s Showhouse.
— image credit: DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo

Well-known faces at ‘the Showhouse’ take over the shop from owner Dana Berg.,/i>

The bunkbed in the kids’ nook at Dana’s Showhouse is always colorful and inviting, an island among the cards, rolled up rugs and pine desks and bookcases.

Terri Bryant remembers about 15 years ago she heard a customer’s son, about 7, suddenly yell, “Oh, Natalie, no!”

His sister, about 3, had taken off her shoes and pants and climbed right into the child’s bed on display and pulled up the covers for a nap.

“I laughed so hard after they left,” said Bryant with a chuckle of recollection, “but I think that does say how comfortable we make it here for people.”

Not much is likely to change at the Winslow Mall shop since owner Dana Berg sold the business to Bryant and business partner Mary Terry recently, said Bryant.

Berg said after 29 years, she decided that it was a good time to move on as there are many things to do in life. She plans to lead easy and fun bike tours on Bainbridge Island to around the world.

Sustainability and business also are on the list. Berg says she would like to work with the farmers market and local groups and businesses. In August she and friends plan to go on a 100-mile diet, whereby they only eat food grown within 100 miles.

“I just want to have time to do these other things,” Berg said.

The transition at Dana’s Showhouse will be easy. Bryant will be focused on the management aspects, while Terry, who worked for Berg when the store was located on Ericksen Avenue, will concentrate more on buying and design.

Terry is also the former owner of Esther’s Fabrics. Her wide knowledge of fabrics and the consulting she does with customers about fabrics for curtains, upholstery and rugs keep her in touch with local tastes.

“If anything, Mary will work on emphasizing the roots,” Bryant said. “We want to make sure the furniture roots don’t get lost.”

At the same time, though, Bryant says the shop will continue to look for quality pieces at reasonable prices and stay flexible to try new products.

One new aspect that is attracting some interest from customers, Bryant says, are locally made pieces by woodworker Alan Vogel and, more recently, David Kotz.

Bryant started sharing the space with the Showhouse in 1991 when she took over the former Hallmark store there and Terry suggested moving the Showhouse into the same space to solve Berg’s issue of what to do with the store while Berg was in France for six months.

Although the two businesses were separate for 10 years, after a while, Bryant said, she and Berg decide that it made more sense working together.

When asked what she thought was the secret to the store’s 29-year run, Bryant said some factors include the fact that customers and their kids feel comfortable there.

Also, “I think Dana has a lot of interests. She has a real sense of what the community is about and Mary has the same sense of the (community’s) taste,” Bryant said.

“I do think that Dana established this as part of the community (in terms of its) comfort level, interests and ability to change with the times. We want to keep that notion and remain in tune with the community.”

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At home

Dana’s Showhouse is located in the Winslow Mall on Winslow Way. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11-5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call 842-6945.

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