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photo by Gary Hayes Seven years ago Karen Wilhelm opened The Sweater Shoppe, Etc. in Gleneden Beach at the Shops at Salishan. It had long been her dream to own a business that would allow her to work closely with customers. "I love the challenge of retail," she said, "And I get to meet a lot of wonderful interesting people." Sweaters and tunics in many styles and colors, and from many designers are the stars in the store; however, the Etc. in the name covers everything from hats, purses, casual wear, T-shirts, jewelry and one-of-a-kind creations from local designers. The success of the Salishan location paved the way to a new location in West Linn that opened a year ago. "I enjoy helping my customers with styling and selections. And I have the opportunity to express my own creativity and style," said Wilhelm. The Salishan location is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm, but will remain open until 6pm from July 4 to Labor Day. The West Linn location is open Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm. The Sweater Shoppe, Etc. in the Shops at Salishan, (541) 764-3777.