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Cynthia's for Women, a new Phoenix shop, draws ladies from all over Southern Oregon

PHOENIX ' Ashland customers have boosted sales at a business that left Medford 18 months ago for this town's business district.

Cynthia's for Women, 142 S. Main St., specializes in prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies. The shop also carries clothes.

The location on the highway has been good, said Leona Sewitsky, manager. Because we are so close to Ashland, we pull buyers from Ashland.

Cynthia Crawford of Eugene, who operated a similarly named store there for 18 years, owns Cynthia's. The Medford store was in Cobblestone Village on Riverside Avenue for 12 years before the move to Phoenix.

We looked in Medford. We wanted a little house to fix up. We looked for probably a year, said Sewitsky. Medford was taken, and Ashland was too expensive.

I wanted to purchase something, said Crawford. Being so close to Ashland, I'm hoping that (the town) will eventually become more upscale.

Being so established before, and having products that fill a need for women, ladies will seek us out, said Crawford. Cynthia's is also a contract provider for insurance companies.

Sewitsky said easy access to Interstate 5 is good for the business.

We have a lot of customers who come from the coast and Klamath Falls, she said.

Crawford purchased a lot adjacent to the Blue Bunny Bakery and built the structure. The two businesses share a parking area.

Blue Bunny owner Karri Sunitsch purchased the bakery building and land five years ago and split the lot to create the second building site. Sunitsch renovated the building with the bakery downstairs and her own home upstairs.

The Blue Bunny building was constructed in 1909. A building on the other side of Cynthia's is a former stage stop, Sewitsky said. Crawford made her building compatible with the two historic structures.

Cynthia's also has a home on the second floor. Each floor is 1,000 square feet.

Second floor housing with commercial ventures on ground floors are envisioned in Phoenix's City Center Plan, designed to enhance the downtown business district. The two businesses are in the plan area.

Sunitsch said the bakery draws more customers from Ashland and Medford than it does from Phoenix, although other Phoenix businesses help boost her lunch crowd.

Cynthia's is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to — p.m. Saturdays.