Weather permitting, you might see an assortment of lions, tigers, bears or fairy tale characters traipsing through downtown Redmond on the morning of Jan. 30.
As a ceremonial gesture, longtime Pacific Northwest Costume store owner Sherrill Taylor hopes to mark the move to her new location with a costume parade from the current site at 16129 Redmond Way to the new shop at 16134 NE 87th St.
Like other tenants at the quaint Redmond Shopping Square, at 161st Avenue Northeast and Redmond Way, Pacific Northwest Costume is moving to make way for the City of Redmond’s planned extension of 161st between Bear Creek Parkway and Redmond Way.
Moving 25 years worth of costumes and accessories will be quite an undertaking, Taylor admitted, but she said she is ready and eager to settle into her new environment, which she described as “a bigger, taller and brighter space.”
Taylor giggled, “Some kids from Redmond High School came over to interview me recently, as part of Redmond history. It’s funny to hear that ‘you’re history.’ But we’ve met many great people over the years, from schools and local theaters, and we hope they’ll all know where we are, where they can find us.”
Not to be confused with a Halloween costume shop, Pacific Northwest Costume is busier than usual every October. But all year around, the store supplies theatrical and mascot costumes to schools and businesses.
Many regular customers have asked Taylor what she will do about a yellow brick road that she painted on the floor of the soon-to-be-old location. She said she’ll create some sort of Wizard of Oz display at the new shop “for continuity.”
She also plans to incorporate a “history of costume” section into the new shop, with samples of distinctive fashions from medieval times to the Roaring ’20s, the 1950s and beyond.
For information about Pacific Northwest Costume, visit pacificnwcostume.com or call (425) 881-8618. If you would like to participate in the costume parade on Jan. 30, e-mail Sherrill Taylor at email@example.com.