Sarah Smyth McIntosh

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MANZANITA – In between legal appointments, attorney Sarah Smyth McIntosh occasionally can be found showing – in some cases, selling – fine art.

Smyth McIntosh, who owns a home in Manzanita, shares her new practice, Law Manzanita, with the equally new Coast Gallery.

Both businesses are located in a mixed-use commercial and residential complex off Laneda Avenue a few blocks east of the ocean.

During the week, the emphasis is on Law Manzanita. On weekends, the gallery, owned by Gary Brown and Pawel Wojtanowicz, who also own Manzanita’s Coast Cabins and Fit Manzanita, is open to the public.

Despite sharing the space, “I maintain strict confidentiality,” said Smyth McIntosh.

Her specialty is providing a “professional urban-level of legal services at coastal rates,” as well as helping local small-business owners find financing for their enterprises.

“I can help them with a business plan. I can help them with a pro forma,” said Smyth McIntosh.

“Down here on the coast, I think we’re going to have to go beyond traditional lending. Businesses on the coast don’t fit the traditional banking model, and that’s OK – banks are businesses, too.

“But there need to be some alternatives. If we can’t figure out how to get lending, we can’t energize the economy.”

Smyth McIntosh hails from Olympia, Wash., where her family owned and operated tugboats and sawmills for several generations. She is owner and developer of Smyth Landing, a 50,000-square-foot, mixed-use office condominium complex on West Bay in Olympia.

Her legal background includes emphases on real estate, land use, corporate law, business, and environmental and natural resource law.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1982 and her law degree from Seattle University in 1985.

Smyth McIntosh formed her own law firm in 1987 and later represented a variety of businesses, including two major forest products companies. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington.

She moved part-time to Manzanita after vacationing in the area for years. Later, “a friend bought a house down here and I thought, ‘I’d sure like to buy a house there.’”

Two years ago, she and her husband purchased one of four residential units in the same mixed-use building that now houses Law Manzanita.

 After relocating here, “I started to get to know the business owners. Just the thought of being a ‘country lawyer’ appealed to me. I loved the way people here go out of their way to be kind and courteous and to smile.”

Although she owns a home in Manzanita, Smyth McIntosh spends every other week in Olympia, where she’s working on phase two of her Smyth Landing project.

She is a member of the Manzanita Business Alliance Board of Directors and an active member of the Rotary Club of North Tillamook County.

Smyth McIntosh said she provides free initial consultations. For more information, call Smyth McIntosh at 503-368-4225.

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