A pair of Olympia-based online retailers, Kitson Boards Inc. and WineRackStore.com, are getting ready to move from their current manufacturing facilities in South Olympia to Swantown Marina in the downtown waterfront area.
The two are sister companies, owned and founded by Michael and Denise Kitson. Kitson Boards custom-makes custom makes carbon fiber surfboards and paddle boards, while Wine Rack Store has specialized in selling wine racks and wine cellars online since 1995.
The new waterfront space will not only allow for easier customer and shipping access, but will also help both businesses better expand along with their growing customer bases. There are even plans for a pedestrian friendly retail shop, something neither business has in the current facility.
“The larger space will allow both business to fill larger orders in shorter periods of time,” said Michael, president of both companies.
The move is of particular benefit to Kitson Boards, which has been operating in the same space since spring of 2012. Now, customers will now have the ability to demo their boards right outside the store's back door.