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Simply Living Farm moves to Prey's Fruit Barn.

Simply Living Farm is moving from downtown Leavenworth to Prey's Fruit Barn, 11007 Highway 2, sharing space in the building with the fruit market and Leavenworth Quilt Company.

Each of the businesses will operate independently, with its own entrance and hours.

The three-year-old Simply Living Farm, owned by Dave and Nancy Bartholomew, offers products designed to motivate, educate and equip people to lead a simpler, more sustainable life, ranging from gravity feed water filters and natural chicken feed to gardening and canning supplies, along with resource materials.

The store will make its move in May, closing at its current location, 92S Commercial St., Leavenworth, on April 29 and reopening as soon as possible at the new location, about a mile out of town toward Peshastin. A grand re-opening will be scheduled later in the month.

"The new location is an even a better fit for us," Dave Bartholomew said. "We will be next door to Prey's Fruit Barn--an icon in our region--and Leavenworth Quilt Company. All of us embrace a back-to-basics mentality that is much in demand. All of our customers, but especially our regular chicken feed customers, will appreciate the ample on-site parking."

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Both locations have about 900 square feet of shop space, but the space at the new location is more usable, he said.

"We do expect to expand our product line with the new location," he said. "We used to carry a very high quality line of food dehydrators, but dropped them due to slow sales. Being next door to a fruit stand, we are going to re-introduce them."

He also expects to expand the offering of canning supplies and food fermentation equipment, and, possibly, the line of feed.

"We have always done well with our chicken feed, but our past location got in the way in that it was hard to find parking close enough to carry a 50-pound bag of feed. With ample free parking at the new location, we may expand our feed line as well. We are very in touch with our customers and will listen to them carefully in the new location to find new ways of meeting their needs."

The store currently has three employees, including the Bartholomews. That could increase as well should traffic increase as expected, with the visibility from the highway and parking, Dave Bartholomew said.

In addition to operating the retail store, the Bartholomews also host the Leavenworth Sustainable Living and Farming Tour, write a newspaper column on sustainability and offer free workshops on topics ranging from food fermentation to personal financial sustainability.

"When we opened the shop we were energized and optimistic that we could make a positive difference," Nancy Bartholomew said. "Three years later, it feels wonderful to report we have exceeded those expectation. It is incredibly rewarding to have new and returning customers comment that what we are doing is so important."

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Title Annotation:The Buzz
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
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Date:May 1, 2016
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