Little did Monte Tareski know one purchase would yield a new business venture, but that's exactly what occurred almost five years ago. As an owner of a landscaping business, Monte brought home a business sign engraved in rock, and when his wife Kelly saw the sticker price, she was determined to learn how to engrave. The result was a dynamic second family business called Gardenstone Creations, a 4,500 sq. ft. country store featuring her engraved stones along with clever, fun, and unique handcrafted items from artists throughout the Northwest.
Offering a personalized touch, Gardenstone Creations' customers choose their own decorative rocks from over three acres. Moms and dads appreciate four-legged friends like Lavern & Shirley, the business's eco-friendly weed control goats, who entertain the kids while they shop. For their Facebook Fans, they offer occasional Free Mocha Mondays, treasure hunts, and other fun specials.
The Tareskis, both born and raised in Spokane, are deeply committed to supporting their local community and it shows. From matching funds to building an outdoor classroom for Nine Mile Falls Elementary to actively engaging and advocating the community's Buy Local program, they go above and beyond to support other businesses, education, and nonprofit organizations.
Several times a year they host Girls Night Out giving the opportunity for local artists to showcase their work while providing family-friendly activities, door prizes, and games. Over 300 attended the first event. Due to the success and requests for a full-day event, Harvest Treasures was born and the inaugural event on Saturday, August 14th from 9 am to 5 pm will feature local artists and small businesses.
So if you are looking for unique gifts and Northwest artisans, look no further. Visit Gardenstone Creations in Airway Heights, and be sure to grab a cup of joe at their coffee bar, feed the goats, and introduce yourself to Monte and Kelly.