Meet the Shop Owner, Mary Maletzke

Meet the Shop Owner, Mary Maletzke


In the heart of Upper Kittitas County, where the rugged beauty of the American West meets the warmth of a welcoming community, lies Feather + Larch, a woman-owned small business that embodies the very essence of this enchanting region.

I, Mary, am the owner of Feather + Larch, a fine art portrait photographer who found her way to the Central Cascades a decade to join my husband, Ben, and our two children, Ady and Brennan. Ben, affectionately known as "Mr. Feather and Larch," is an avid outdoor adventurer and expert climber, contributing some of the breathtaking photographs featured in the store's Fine Art Gallery.

Despite my extensive travels (almost every state - and multiple countries!) I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else "home." From the moment I arrived in the area, I never wanted to live anywhere else again.

Our journey to Feather + Larch began over a year ago when we relocated my photography business to a new studio space. The studio's inviting ambiance soon transformed into a welcoming retail space, giving birth to Feather + Larch.

This transition proved to be a pivotal moment for me, as I live with an episodic genetic disorder that can temporarily impact my ability to walk. This condition, while challenging, hasn't dampened my spirit or my love for the great outdoors. In fact, it has fueled my passion for inclusivity and accessibility, becoming a cornerstone of Feather + Larch's mission.

Stepping into Feather + Larch is like stepping into a haven where the magic of nature and the spirit of inclusivity intertwine. I've carefully curated a selection of home goods, trendy apparel, and everyday essentials that reflect the vibrant tapestry of the Pacific Northwest. Cozy blankets capture the serenity of a starlit sky, while stylish threads seamlessly blend frontier charm with contemporary flair.

Feather + Larch is more than just a store; it's a sanctuary where every soul feels embraced and valued. My team and I have meticulously designed the space to be accessible to all and a staff member is always ready to assist with a warm smile and genuine care.

My commitment to Upper Kittitas County extends beyond my store's doors. With each purchase you make, you're not just investing in quality goods; you're joining a movement that champions meaningful giving back. A portion of every sale supports causes close to my heart, ensuring that the love for this land translates into the well-being of all who call it home. 

Whether you're a seasoned adventurer seeking a respite from the wilderness or a curious soul yearning to discover the magic of the American West, Feather + Larch invites you to step into its world and let us weave the enchantment of Upper Kittitas County into the fabric of your life. Discover the treasures that await, experience the warmth of the community, and become a part of something truly special.

I hope you'll take the time to visit Feather + Larch and experience the magic of Upper Kittitas County for yourself. Until then, you can shop or selection of online sundries, apparel, art and more.