She stands behind the register, with a smile on her face, as two younger gentlemen enter her store; and she can finally say that, without any regret: they are entering her store. And as the two look around the shop, a small smile lights her beautiful face.
It was almost as if it was meant to be. Her husband was a glass blower for 15 years before their dream of owning their own shop came true. At the age of 33, Kristie Munro, and her husband John, took over The Glass Menagerie on 5th and Blair; which, in Munro’s eyes, seems to be the heart of Whiteaker. “We’ve always wanted a retail store,” Munro says happily.
Munro’s ownership of the shop was finalized in October of 2011, after the previous owner left the shop in her and her husband’s hands; and it seemed as if this finalization was done for the better.
“The store, before,” Munro says, “only sold glass and harmonicas… [So] we’ve been trying really hard for variety.” From glass to incense, grinders, and Hackey Sacks to perfume oils, jewelry, and even shirts, the Munros began a business that potentially seemed to be more advanced than it was before, with the previous owner only selling “glass and harmonicas.” However, it wasn’t until someone had waltzed into their store and announced that their hard work and need for variety had finally paid off that Kristie Munro realized that they had essentially made it big. Munro says, “We were voted the 3rd best smoke shop in Eugene.” A younger man ran into The Glass Menagerie and belted at the top of his lungs: “You guys are number 3!” Munro’s eyes filled with excitement at the thought of their success. The feeling of accomplishment couldn’t have been better placed, as Munro reveled in her and her husband’s drive to create a new and improved smoke shop. They had even changed the name, in hopes of a great change to the store. The new name, GlassRoots, was established just recently, after a much too long thought process. Munro adds, “It took me 2 weeks to convince John” that GlassRoots was the right name for the store. Overall, it took about a month to come up with and agree upon the name.
Lane Community College student, Paul Witzig, 21, says, “With the changes to the store, it’s nice to see they’re being recognized for [their] better[ed] customer services and the changes they’ve made.”
Munro and her family, which includes daughter Braelie Munro, moved to Oregon about 3 years ago, after living in Pennsylvania for most of their lives. The three first set up in the Springfield area for around a year and a half, and they soon migrated to the Eugene area, and have been living in West Eugene ever since.
Though living in West Eugene, however, it seems as if Munro’s 2nd home was a shop right across the street from The Pizza Research Institute, which was voted one of the best in the Eugene Weekly, as well.
“We’ve gotten a really nice response,” Munro says with confidence, knowing that her store was an essential need for many in the Eugene area. Munro and her husband were able to make their store more appealing by not only effort,but by the will to succeed. Success does not come quickly; though for Munro and her husband, their time was finally here. Munro says, “GlassRoots strives to provide outstanding selection at low prices. We invite everyone to come see how we’ve grown.”