JOHN DAY - If only every business could sell their product through a drive up window, life would be easy. Think of the possibilities.
Diania and Ken Fleming did and they are making a name for themselves. Ken had the idea after "practically going broke" ranching. He started a fencing operation under the name of Bare Bones, Inc. Since then, the business venture has grown into two small minimarkets called Bare Bones in John Day, which opened in 1998, and in Pendleton. Bare Bones even has its own mascot, John-John the skeleton, named after the one on the Fleming's property.
Both stores have the easy walk-in or drive-up service that offers anything through the window that will fit, except alcohol.
The John Day Bare Bones sells tobacco, alcohol, snacks, deli products, espresso, beerbrewing machines, wines and more.
Bare Bones in John Day recently moved from its old shop into a newly remodeled building next door. Ken, along with help from Tim Bailey, renovated the building into a quick-stop dream at 671 W. Main St. The sparkles from the new face paint catches the eye of passers-by, adding more intrigue to what is inside.
Once customers step into the store, they see a small mural of a vineyard where bottles of wine may be purchased.
"We are offering wines that other stores in town don't offer," said Diania, who also owns John Day Office Supply. "Along with staying with mid-priced wines."
Also available is a variety of Canadian export beers, with some flavors, such as apple and cherry. The beer flavors were described as spicy.
"My favorite is the La Fi Du Monde," Diania said.
Bare Bones in John Day has five employees.
The Flemings have ideas of tearing down the old Bare Bones Building and developing that into a parking lot next summer. Until then, customers are able to park behind the store and enter through the back door.
The store's hours, which are subject to change, are: 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.