WALDPORT — People perusing the handmade merchandise and food and beverage items this summer at the weekly Waldport Wednesday Market and each Saturday at the Newport Farmers Market have certainly taken note of the colorful tie-dyed items for sale beneath a tent under the name “Coastal Ties.” Earlier this month, local Emily Meredith and business partner Cheyenne Leonard established a brick-and-mortar home for their unique creations.
Meredith and Leonard, both mothers in their mid-20s, opened Coastal Ties’ boutique at 820 NE Mill St. in Waldport — look for the colorful banner at the intersection with Keady Street — where the duo hopes to spread a little extra sunshine to residents and travelers passing through the area via their bright and colorful creations.
“As a local, I looked around, and yes, there’s a lot of thrift stores, there’s a lot of restaurants, but you won’t find good quality tie-dye that you buy from the artist,” Meredith said. “I believe wholeheartedly that my tie-dyes speak to the person that I am, so when I look at them, I want them to be bright and colorful and cheery and happy because that’s who I am. I like to put that out here through my art.”
Earlier this month, Meredith said Coastal Ties’ showroom will be available to customers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays, but hours could fluctuate depending on the amount of business or special events her tie-dyed troupe attends in order to sell more merchandise. Though neither Meredith nor Leonard have yet to reach the ripe age of 30, jumping into a business venture together to sell tie-dyed goods wasn’t some haphazard idea thrown together.
In fact, a Coastal Ties boutique in Waldport has been in the works for more than five years.
“We’ve been talking about trying to open up a shop for years, so it’s taken us a little bit with kids and whatnot,” Leonard said. “But both of us are artistic, and (Meredith) has been teaching me the ways because I’ve always been a painter. But the second I saw Emily’s tie-dyes, I immediately thought about how that’s something I could really get into.”
Meredith says her tie-dyed creations are an extension of her personality.
“I like to take everything to the extreme,” Meredith said. “I like to look at something and think how I could really do something with it, and I’ll just throw colors on it until I’m satisfied with the final product and it’s something I’m proud of.”
Merchandise, such as T-shirts, women’s tops, long-sleeved collared shirts, socks and leggings, dyed by Meredith and Leonard and in stock at Coastal Ties, range in price from $10 to $30, so there’s something on hand for most every budget. Things get more expensive when customers request custom works or specialty designs, bulk or significant projects for dyeing, such as bed sheets.
Meredith and Leonard agree they’re ready to help out with whatever a potential customer wants, be it custom work or a design ready and waiting in the boutique, and they can’t wait to make a name for themselves in the community.
For more information or to inquire about custom orders, call Meredith at 541-270-3571 or Leonard at 541-961-8307 or visit Coastal Ties on Facebook.
“We’re go grateful that we’ve gotten the opportunity to open our doors and welcome people in here,” Leonard said. “We’re excited for the future, and we can’t wait to get to know some customers.”