Busy B & Co. a labor of love
By Tara Nelson
Bridgette Sanford is a woman with an out-of-control hobby. Fortunately, she also has the business sense and know-how to back it up.
Her passion for crafting hand-made goods led her to open Busy B & Company in Blaine last month. Before that, she operated busybaprons.etsy.com from the basement of her home, earning the recognition of Martha Stewart executives looking for new products to feature on their show.
“I’ve always done crafty things,” she said. “I get bored easily.”
Sanford grew up in the rural town of Snohomish and left a career of corporate event planning and marketing to take on a job where she could be creative and enjoy a better quality of life.
So when Blaine resident Christie Lonquist put her Northern Meadows Gift and Wine shop at 684 Peace Portal Drive up for sale last year, Sanford bought it, taking over much of the inventory and bringing in her own products that are both kitschy and functional.
Such items include custom-made “meat lover” aprons, beautiful floral dishwashing gloves and standard issue U.S. Army bags dyed black with bold and fun floral prints.
The store will continue to sell wine with an emphasis on local varieties but will feature more hand-made goods by local residents such as Daniel Su, Elizabeth Woods, Sharon Swanson, Cathy Taggett and Ron Snyder. She will also offer more gourmet food, women’s clothing, accessories, custom sewing and giftbaskets.
Busy B is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and can be reached at 332-4921.