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Walk through history at Ox & Marley

With the feel of a Portland boutique, this Sandy store has just about anything anyone would want


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: BECKI LUFF - Trina Barnes, left, and DeAnne Fisher are the owners and operators of Ox & Marley, Sandys newest store with vintage accessories for the home as well as a few antiques. The business is chock full of the widest variety of period items — a virtual walk through time for all who browse through the store.Trina Barnes and DeAnne Fisher were having difficulty deciding on a name for their new business in Sandy.

The merchandise is so eclectic that no name seemed to encompass all that awaits the eyes and interests of local shoppers.

But when one of their children suggested naming the business after their dogs, the women had found a name that raised interest.

Fisher’s dog is called Ox, and Barnes’ dog is named Marley. Therefore, the business became Ox & Marley.

The store offers a plethora of items that Fisher describes as “an eclectic mix of vintage items.” Those items came from somebody’s grandmother’s attic or off the walls of an old home in an estate sale.

Many items have practical uses, but most could be used in a decorative manner as reminders of previous decades when life was a bit simpler. They also have a few antiques. Almost everything on display comes from the local area.

But no matter what a person’s style is, they have something decorative to mix into a home — vintage pieces, each with a story.

All of the store’s items have stories to tell, Barnes said, and both Barnes and Fisher can tell some of those stories.

For example, they just sold an old mailbox shaped like a barn — still in good condition — they acquired from a woman in her 80s who was moving away from her mountain home near Welches. Her father had made the mailbox when the couple first moved to their home nearly 65 years ago.

Also in Ox & Marley, for display, is a child’s ironing board that the old woman’s father had made soon after the barn mailbox was complete.

The store’s merchandise that is not vintage includes soaps and lotions from Gresham, soy candles from Vancouver, Wash., and gift cards from Portland.

Fisher and Barnes are experienced at interior decorating, and they will offer decorating services on request, particularly for seasonal decor. Fisher says her work has been featured in an issue of Country Sampler, a national magazine.

Both women have retired from their involvement in big business as retail managers in mall-based stores.

Fisher says local residents have been coming to their business because it has the feeling of a Portland boutique.

Barnes says many people who walk through the store are gaining inspiration for their decorating challenges.

“We don’t mind if people come in and look around,” she said. “If they don’t buy anything but get inspired, that’s great.”

Ox & Marley is at 39070 Pioneer Blvd., across from the Double Dragon Restaurant. Ox & Marley is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

For information, call Fisher or Barnes at 971-717-1501.