Enterprise businesses close, expand, move

Jay Connolly has purchased a building on Main Street in Enterprise to house his computer business and music store. Photo by Rick Swart

There have been a flurry of changes on Enterprise's Main Street in the last three months, with several businesses closing, moving or expanding.

Most recently, city residents saw the closure of Enterprise Flower Shop, a longtime Enterprise business mainstay. Owner Lee Bollman said the decision to close was made because the store was not doing well financially.

What was intended to be a two-week closing sale last month ended up lasting half that time because the merchandise sold out early. The Enterprise Flower Shop building, adjacent to Cloud 9 Bakery across from the courthouse, is for sale, and Bollman said he'd had several potential buyers express interest.

Bollman, until recently president of the Enterprise Merchants Association, said he plans to continue to operate Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise.

Sterling's clothing store also closed this summer

The Gadget Shop, owned by Matt and Amy Cross, moved down four doors into the the vacated building at 114 W. Main. It retained its old storefront to use as office and warehouse space. The new retail Gadget Shop opened at the same time the Crosses' related Internet business, MA Gadgets, which they'd been operating for almost two years in their home, rented downtown office space.

The business is thriving in both Internet and retail sales, now employing 10 full-time employees and expecting to temporarily expand the workforce at Christmastime.

"It's a lot of work, but we're trying to build up the business," said Cross.

The couple purchased a franchise that will soon see a business called Candy Bouquet move in with The Gadget Shop. It will sell bouquets made of gourmet candy "that don't wilt or fade and last as long as you can resist eating them," said Cross. Delivery will be an offered service.

Another business that closed this summer was JM Electronics, operated for about a dozen years at 110 W. Main St. by Dave Miller, who has moved to Arizona.

The space was quickly occupied by another established business, J's Place, a computer and guitar store which moved around the corner from River Street.

This is the fifth move for his business since it first opened it in the Wallowa Valley Mall in November 1997, admitted proprietor Jay Connally.

He now plans to carry more guitars and amplifiers and add more "fun stuff" for personal computers, such as software, joysticks and multimedia sticks.

The closure of the electronics repair business leaves Wallowa County residents without any place to take stereos, CD players or other electronic equipment for repair. "It would be a good niche for somebody," noted Connally.

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