Ely Times Staff Writer
Tammy Wilson would have never thought her hobby would eventually turn into business. In San Diego, Wilson applied her interest in art to windows, painting decorations for fun.
When she moved to Ely so her husband could be closer to his family, she realized she could use that skill to add something to the community.
“I really didn’t have any ideas of what to do, and I was trying to figure out something while we were living here, something that would keep me busy and that was needed,” Wilson said. “I realized there was nobody that decorated the windows for holidays and nobody that cleaned them, so that’s when I came up with this idea.”
She started White Pine Window Cleaning and Decorating in September. Since then, she has had no problem keeping busy.
“I have only had two weeks of not having any work to do,” Wilson said.
Christmas trees. Teddy bears with Santa hats. Wilson’s paintings could be seen on windows for Mt. Wheeler Power and other businesses over the holidays. She got so busy that she even had to add some seasonal employees, her children.
“I love it. There is nothing like being your own boss,” Wilson said.
Now that the season has past, Wilson says her business has shifted more to cleaning windows around town. She says she already has set up scheduled cleaning contracts for businesses all over the city. The smaller community of Ely has helped her get the word out about her services.
“It’s been a lot of word of mouth,” Wilson said.
Wilson charges $5 for each side of a window she cleans, and $2 for window screens.
The price for her artwork ranges, depending on the size, amount of detail and the time commitment for a piece. She plans on adding new services like window repair by spring.