Last-minute Christmas shopping at a Sedro-Woolley fixture
SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Business was booming at longtime Sedro-Woolley store Oliver-Hammer Clothes Shop three days before Christmas.
Employees raced to wrap gifts in the middle of the downtown shop while customers roamed the floor, brushing their hands against Pendleton flannels, Carhartt vests and the iconic OH merchandise designed by the store owner’s son, Luke Meyers.
“We’re hustling. We got our running shoes on today,” store employee Scott Holmstrom said.
Oliver-Hammer has been a staple in Sedro-Woolley since 1921. Now run by Dyrk Meyers and Dave Drummond, the classic shop continues to stand behind its products and customer service.
“Our people know the merchandise,” Dyrk Meyers said. “They’re not standing around picking their noses.”
This season marks Meyers’ 22nd year as a store owner. He said holiday business is even better than last Christmas, with folks buying a little bit of everything, including flannel shirts, socks, slippers and lots of OH sweatshirts, which Meyers said are printed right in the shop.
Meyers’ 36-year-old son Luke started helping out in the store when he was 14 and designed the OH hammer logo after studying art history and architecture at the University of Washington.
Today, the OH can be seen throughout Skagit County and beyond.
Luke Meyers said he plans on taking over his dad’s half of ownership when he retires.
“Everyone who lives in Sedro-Woolley thinks of this store as their own,” he said.
That community feeling was echoed by customers, many of whom have been shopping at Oliver-Hammer since they were kids.
Lifetime Sedro-Woolley resident Randy Joy said he opened his first charge account at the store. Chris Dickman, who said he’s been coming to Oliver-Hammer forever, now brings his own daughter, Harper, 10, too.
“One of the employees here was my grade school teacher,” Dickman said. “It’s great to support small, local businesses.”