ENTERPRISE — Central Copy & Shipping in Enterprise is under new ownership.
Richelle Chitwood sold the business to Michael Cooler and Sara Crawford, who took over Wednesday, Sept. 16, as Chitwood showed them the ropes and shared a celebratory cake at the bustling business on River Street across from the Wallowa County Courthouse.
Chitwood, who started the business 15 years ago after seeing a need in the community, said she's ready to step down.
"I'm exhausted," she said. "I love the business, I love the people, but I'm tired."
She said she plans to "spend some time out in the woods, work on the house and just 'be'."
Cooler, from Lakeview, and Crawford, from Albany, have lived in Enterprise about seven years. He has worked at Building Healthy Families helping students get their General Educational Development diplomas and doing tech work. Crawford works at the Wild Carrot on Main Street and plans to continue there.
"It'll be Michael's face you're going to see mostly when you come into the shop," she said.
From behind his face mask, Cooler said, "Or half my face, anyway."
The pair has wanted to own a small business for some time, and "when this opportunity came up, we couldn't look away," Crawford said.
"We saw what Richelle did here and what she does for the community and wanted to become part of that," Cooler said. "We're so grateful for this opportunity and so look forward to serving the wonderful folks of Wallowa County."
Chitwood said she will help out the new owners a bit. In expressing her farewell to operating the business, she said, "Know this, that the conversations we have had have been more valuable to me than the business itself."