Oak Harbor gallery caters to the equine lifestyle
By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
December 26, 2012 · Updated 9:23 AM
Horse lovers of all kinds have a place to indulge their passion.
The Noble Horse, open on Pioneer Way across near the intersection with Hathaway Street, provides a unique store that allows folks to purchase the artwork, clothing, gifts, books and accessories that highlight their love of the equestrian lifestyle.
Co-owner Heather Carder said the boutique can cater to everyone from horse owners to people who have an interest in horses.
“What we’re offering is a little taste of the lifestyle,” Carder, who owns the shop with Gregg Lanza, said.
The shop opened in early 2012 after it was relocated from a storefront in Pioneer Square in Seattle.
The storefront on Pioneer Way, which in recent years has been a salon and a kitchenware store, came open and they liked the interior and moved in when it became vacant.
“We fell really well into this place,” Lanza said.
He added the new location has been successful. It’s been busier than their former Seattle location.
Lanza noted that several businesses on the block the Noble Horse was located, notably the Elliott Bay Book Company, had shuttered their spaces in Seattle.
Carder noted she’s been selling more artwork since moving to Oak Harbor.
The move to Oak Harbor also meant an easier commute for the two.
“We were really trying to bring it closer to home,” Carder said noting Whidbey Island is home to a large population of people interested in horses.
She said the Noble Horse is offering a unique business in Oak Harbor that includes equestrian-themed handbags, designer clothes, vintage clothes, gift books and a kids section.
The Noble Horse also sells leather goods including wallets and luggage.
Carder said she does have a sales rack and has some affordably priced items.
The downtown Oak Harbor business isn’t the only equine-based venture Carder and Lanza operate.
They operate Wildwood Farm, an 80-acre farm located north of Oak Harbor that is home to the Pacific Northwest Riding Academy.
It also has trails and boarding facilities, and they breed horses as well. A bed and breakfast is also open at Wildwood Farm.
The horse destination is also home to a saddlery, which is open by appointment only. The saddlery sells saddles, tack and riding equipment.
The Noble Horse in Oak Harbor is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, go to thenoblehorsewa.com.
Contact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Nathan Whalen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5058.