Tuesday, January 2, 2018/lk
Opening her own store comes naturally to Nansi Lopez, the owner and manager of Grace’s Revente, located on Vintage Parkway Drive.
Her mother and father, Maria and Raul Lopez, longtime Zillah residents, were in the business of buying and selling all manner of merchandise for as “...long as I can remember.”
She said opening the store in November is a “labor of love” and a tribute to the work ethic they instilled in their children.
Grace’s Revente is a mix of new and gently used items from furniture to custom jewelry made by local artists. Lopez’s mother also adds to the merchandise with designer pillows and on occasion sells special order tamales.
The shop has a boutique feel, one Lopez hopes is inviting enough to have people return again and again.
For the past few years, Lopez has, along with her brother, operated vendor booths in the greater Portland, Ore. area.
“I came home to help out my mother after my father died. But I also want to give back to my hometown,” she said.
The Zillah High School graduate said she hasn’t lived in Zillah since leaving to attend college. She earned a degree in criminal justice and social work. Working in the criminal justice field is her “day job.”
Grace’s Revente is her passion.
“I want to develop the contacts to encourage female artists to sell their crafts at the store,” she said.
In late January, she will host a vendor show featuring local small businesswomen at the Zillah wine country event center, also located on Vintage Parkway Drive.
“Some of the details are still in the works,” she said.
Lopez is happy to be back adding her merchandising efforts to the community.
“City hall and the mayor have been very welcoming,” Lopez said.
While Lopez continues to commute from Portland to Zillah, she has hired a manager for the store and her mother and sister also work at the shop.
“We are getting in new merchandise all the time, she said.
The Grace’s Revente’s winter hours Tuesdays-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.