As the business landscape of downtown Vashon continues to evolve, one space that has seen its share of occupants come and go is now the permanent home to Relish, a long-dreamed-of labor of love from Melinda Powers.
Relish is now open in the small space beside Powers’ island icon, The Hardware Store Restaurant, and will host a variety of classes and private events, as well as serve as THS’ catering hub.
“I’ve always rented that space out,” Powers said, “but this really ties in to the vision I’ve had all along for The Hardware Store, to create a community gathering place. The more of those we have on the island, the better.”
And while it has taken some time to bring her vision to life since the space was vacated by The President of Me last year, Powers noted that it was important to her that the space be created by Vashon residents using materials from the island.
Relish’s table tops and shelves were crafted out of wood from an island cherry tree, and island tile artist Nadine Edelstein is responsible for the unique stone backsplash that, from a distance, looks like it was woven with thick fibers.
Relish’s classes — everything from cooking and mixing cocktails to creating holiday decor and making skin care products — will be led by professional chefs, food writers and various local experts from the island and around the Northwest. One of those experts is Vashon’s Shauna Ahern, aka Gluten-Free Girl, who is listed as Relish’s resident writer, photographer and teacher.
“Cooking is the primary focus, but we can host private parties, team-building events, cookbook clubs … and the events can be as interactive as people want,” Powers said of the new space. “It’s a place for people to come and learn, make something and take it home to family and friends. This is what it’s all about.”
For more information, class listings, registration and booking inquiries, see relishvashon.com.