Dunsmuir sees three grand openings in one day

Richard DuPertuis
Professional tattoo artist Jaime Meredith inks shading on storm clouds inhabited by the God of Thunder in her Olde Thyme parlor in Dunsmuir Saturday. A six-year veteran of the trade, Meredith says she has tailored about 1,000 inkscapes to customers' body parts, using either drawings on special ink paper or composing directly on the skin. This customer, Redding sawmill worker Steven Smith, said his illustrations honor his family.  Photo by Richard DuPertuis

Three new businesses, literally in row, held a joint grand opening Saturday in downtown Dunsmuir.

Supporting the vacant bank building at the corner of Dunsmuir Avenue and Pine Street, the three storefronts closest to the Avenue on Pine all set “Open” signs in their windows at 11 a.m.

Olde Thyme Tattoo is owned by a six-year veteran in the industry. Wonderland Pop Culture Record Emporium sells rare, decades-old used phonograph records, posters, comics and photo memorabilia, and Goldenclay Designs features the owners’ beaded jewelry, and the consigned works of artists from northern and southern California.

The business opening trifecta is yet another part of the answer council member Ed Steele has for the people from other areas who ask him, “What’s up in Dunsmuir?”

“We’ve got three shops that fit perfectly into the small spaces under the bank,” said Steele. “They are varied, unique businesses that are catering to a niche market. They found a place in Dunsmuir to do that.”

Steele said he gets the “What’s up” question when he goes to meeting throughout the region because Dunsmuir’s ongoing growth spurt runs counter to the economic downturn taking a toll on other parts of the country. “They recognize in Dunsmuir a new vitality and sense of community they’re not seeing in other communities,” he said.

He believes it’s that spirit of community that is attracting people to the town.