Review: Harmony By The Bay
Posted in the Port Gamble Forum
#1 Dec 8, 2008
Harmony by the Bay is a gifts & collectibles store located in historic Port Gamble. The inventory includes an eclectic mix of imported items from the far east, works created by local artists, and pieces collected by Katherine 'Kat' Klint herself.
Kat opened the door to Harmony by the Bay in summer of 2007. The store instantly became a popular hit with locals and tourists alike. She expanded the store into the kitchen this past summer, and is currently at work building a website to serve customers near and far.
Prior to Harmony by the Bay Kat has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial endeavors. In 2004 she opened her first store, The Kat Walk Consignments in Kingston. She added a booth at the Port Gamble Trading Company in 2005 where she included collectibles & home accessories.
When the Port Gamble Trading Company closed doors in early 2007 The Kat Walk Consignments moved to 2 new locations: one in Poulsbo and one in Edmonds. Kat says "The sales were not what they had been in Port Gamble, so I began to look for a space in that town."
Now Kat occupies the New York House in Port Gamble Washington. Also known as the Blue House, this large victorian era home is a beautiful backdrop for the work Kat has collected. Many of the local artists she worked side by side with at the Port Gamble Trading Company now sell their work in her new store.
Harmony by the Bay has something for just about anyone. Handmade wired-tied jewelry, hand blown pyrex glass rings, bamboo clothing, vintage colored glassware, Fiesta Ware, old books, structural pieces rescued from Burmese temples, Tibetan singing bells & bowls, Nepalese hats, mittens & hoodies, Indian scarves, exotic boxwood carvings, nautical pieces, paintings, handmade custom signs, rugs, lamps, statues, purses, bags: The list is staggering.
Soon she will be adding a collection of consignment furniture that includes exotic furniture from the far east as well as American and European collector pieces. Apparently the sky is the limit for this eduring entrepreneur!
When asked to what she attributes her success in a failing economy, Kat offers this advice: "Find your passion and follow it. Work hard, and do the best you can. We have a standard of service in our store based on the level of customer service you would find at Nordstroms."
"If a customer needs something shipped, we ship it. If they need directions, we will go online and get them. If a customer is looking for a particular piece of glass, I will look for it" she said.
Amazingly, the store does keep a 'hunting list' of items customers need. When they go out scouting for collectibles, the team takes this list and actively hunts out pieces for their clients. They have gone so far as to have a handmade bracelet duplicated for a customer whose child had greatly admired the one she purchased.
"When we make someone happy, that person is going to come back, and they will tell their friends. So we do whatever it takes to help our customers. If we can't do it, we'll help them find someone who can."
Kat's passion for collecting began when her parents took her to an uction as a child. Her granmother was also a collector, and this helped fuel her ambition. Kat owns some of her grandmothers pieces. "I love that I have to hold or use, items that people loved and used everyday, over 100 years ago" she says.
Kat has one more piece of wisdom: "This saying is taped to my computer and I read it every day -'Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty, well preserved body, but rather skid in broadside thorothly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming "WOW" - what a ride!"
Katherine 'Kat' Klint was raised in Calgary. She studied Business Management and Marketing at the University of Colorado. Kat is a member of the Kingston Community Center Foundation, she sits on the Board of Jefferson Beach Estates, and she is a volunteer for Kingston Rotary.
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