COBURG – Jennifer and Chad Egge are bringing their own brand of down-home elegance to downtown Coburg.
The owners of Egge Seed & Nursery recently opened Farmfancy, a retail nursery in a remodeled Willamette Street storefront, offering cut flowers, home decor and other items.
Last year the couple spent $300,000 to buy the former home of Dotson’s, a Far East antiques store, and have spent lots of time and money — they won’t say exactly how much — transforming it into a destination for lovers of plants and vintage farmhouse decor.
“Coburg has needed something downtown for a long time,” Jennifer Egge said.
The Bronco Saloon, formerly the Coburg Inn Restaurant, in the historic William Van Duyn House across Willamette Street is drawing more people, she said.
“Everyone is excited about huge changes in downtown Coburg, and I think we’re the start,” Jennifer Egge said.
Farmfancy also will sell local wines and cupcakes from Eugene’s The Sassy Cupcake. The shop will partner with Springfield’s Cafe Madeira to offer boxed meals customers can take to summer concerts at a nearby park on Thursday evenings, and catered meals at the store on Friday evenings in the summer.
Chad is a Coburg native and farmer for the past 25 years; Jennifer is a Bend transplant, who has worked at nurseries since she was 12.
They and their children operate a 2,000-acre farm and retail nursery north of Coburg.
It was Chad’s idea to launch the store in downtown Coburg.
“I’ve lived in this town my whole life,” he said. “I kept driving by (the Dotson’s building) and thinking, there’s an opportunity there.”