There will soon be a quilt shop in Grand Coulee.
Owner/operator Marlene Oddie, from College Place, has purchased the former ice cream shop across from the Teepee Drive-in, and will soon begin the process of getting it ready for an opening shortly after the first of the year.
Oddie had been working out of her home in College Place, but finds herself in the Grand Coulee area after her husband Duncan, hired on at Grand Coulee Dam as a mechanical engineer.
Oddie spent a number of years with Bank of America as a consultant and finally opened her own shop out of her home.
She plans to do longarm machine quilting for those who prepare their own quilt tops. Oddie said she will do quilts on commission or for those who want a special quilt made for them.
Even though she will have twice as much space as she did at home, it will still be a tight fit. She hasn’t ruled out expanding the building a bit, but wants to get open first.
[This story has been updated with the correct spelling of Marlene.]