The Painted Lady Bed & Breakfast offers a vintage experience, complete with hats and afternoon tea | Business
A visit to the Painted Lady is an opportunity to enjoy a snack in period costume, shop for antiques, or stay in an upstairs bedroom and play vintage games all night long, followed by ‘a breakfast in the morning.
Owner and manager Wendi Jocoy is a housewife and the wife of a pastor. Her husband, Dan Jocoy, has been pastor of Tri City Church of Christ for 32 years and is a former mayor of Myrtle Creek.
“We expected to be here five to seven years and then move on, but it turns out God wanted us to stay here,” said Wendi Jocoy.
By 2008, she had raised four children who were now adults, and the couple purchased the 3,000 square foot Colonial Revival style home which they would turn into Painted Lady.
Wendi Jocoy grew up in the Bay Area and loved San Francisco’s “painted” Victorian homes, after which she named the bed and breakfast.
The house originally belonged to the Selig family. Simon Selig had come from Prussia to Oregon in the 1800s and he and his wife Helene Selig moved to Myrtle Creek, where Simon Selig managed the Marks-Wollenberg store and later became postmaster.
The house was completed around 1905 after the death of Simon Selig and the property changed hands on several occasions. At one time, it was an office and a mechanical workshop for the Ireland family.
By the time the Jocoys got the house, it was so run down they could stand inside and see the outside through cracks in the wall.
It had never been a Bed & Breakfast before, and turning it into one was a labor of love.
“We’ve done almost everything for it. So in the last 13 years that we’ve had it, we’ve done the walls, floors, ceilings, electrical, plumbing, sewer lines, yard, everything, ”said Wendi Jocoy.
At first, Jocoy’s dream was just to have a little antique store there, and maybe a little tea room. It would give him something to do, she thought, and earn him some income.
It’s still an antique store.
“I have antiques, collectibles, new things. Most of everything is for sale everywhere, ”she says.
The house is divided into colorful rooms. There is a white room, a blue room, and a red room, for example, and all the elements of the rooms are in those colors. Even the bathroom is color coded.
Many customers come just to enjoy Queen’s Tea, Jocoy said. It includes strawberries dipped in chocolate, seasonal fruits, four types of sandwiches, scones that look like cookies, a quiche Lorraine which is its own recipe and of course tea and desserts.
Breakfasts include a fruit and yogurt parfait, scones, Lorraine quiche, sausages and baked apple French toast.
“It’s a hearty breakfast. No one comes home hungry, ”she said.
Those who take advantage of the night part of the bed and breakfast also have access to a full dining room and kitchen.
Period games and old Jane Austen and Oregon history books can be read in the upstairs living room.
Outside there is a porch and a yard where children can play.
Dressing is encouraged for children and adults. Over 130 princess dresses, as well as superhero and other costumes, hats, boas, jewelry and shoes are available.
Jocoy joins in the cheerfulness.
“I dress in fun outfits like everyone else. I wear a lot of 50s Gunne Sax dresses and stuff and fun jewelry and have a great time,” she said.