There’s an Orcas expression that rings true for the owners of a new baby store in north Eastsound: “the island provides.”
Rose Cope and her partner Casey Hons opened Tiger Lily next to Wildlife Cycles in mid-July. The couple has lived on Orcas for five years, having previously lived on San Juan Island for a year and in Port Townsend and Bellingham before that.
“It just kind of fell into place, and we haven’t looked back. We love it here,” said Cope. “It’s a natural unfolding for us … The inspiration started flowing and everything fell into place.”
Before opening the storefront on North Beach, Cope was repurposing cashmere sweaters into baby clothes to sell at the farmer’s market. She sells her cashmere creations in her store now, along with homemade wooden toys Hons builds. The couple also sells nursery decor, baby slings, baskets, body care and teas geared toward babies and their mothers.
“It’s an ideal place to come get a rad gift for someone,” said Cope. “It’s a good place to come get a baby shower, new baby and new mama gifts.”
Cope and Hons have four children: eight-year-old Lamai, six-year-old Fayla, Juniper, 2 ½ and five-week-old Lyric. They have put their stamp of approval on all of the items in the store.
“A lot of these things we’ve had experience with,” said Hons, who caught Juniper in the act of nabbing two toys from a table near the store’s front window and heading towards the door.
The small, but mighty, store will exhibit a rotating inventory every few months, keeping the stock fresh and exciting for returning customers. Tiger Lily, located at 374 North Beach Road, is open Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.