Allen Designs

How it all started...

Artist Michelle Allen was searching for just the right career when she found her heart being filled while creating whimsical home products to sell at the local street fair in Encinitas, CA. One year later, Michelle, her husband and then one year old daughter, moved to the NW and began selling her wares at the famed year round “Portland Saturday Market”. Over the next several years, she attended juried art fairs throughout the United States and began selling directly to retail stores who saw her products there.

About the Artist....

Michelle Allen is the sole, creative talent behind Allen Designs. She has never found anything completely flawless in life and yet she finds beauty everywhere. She loves the imperfect, slightly eccentric, witty quality of the world she sees around her.

It’s the unpredictability of even the most mundane things that she tries to recreate in her art. Often, if something seems too perfect, she will skew it towards the unrealistic to capture the essence of a whim. Although the pieces she designs are practical, her hope is that her art will never become so serious that she betrays the uniqueness that inspires her



Beth Rich Brown

is the proud owner of Mix It Up.  She brought over 35 years of sales and marketing experience to the store when she purchased it in September of 2018.  She loves being a business owner and an involved member of her Coeur d'Alene community.  A strong focus on Customer Service and curating exceptional, unique gift and home decor inventory are the foundations of the success of the store. She is proud to represent a local business that has been voted the number 1 Gift Store in the area for 13 years in a row.  Beth loves creating interesting story displays with the merchandise she carefully curates and she would love to have you stop in. She is usually in the store and loves seeing return customers who are now friends and meeting people stopping in for the first time.


has been part of the Mix It Up family since March of 2017. A former teacher, she has a passion for teaching kids and she still tutors to stay connected. She and her husband Stan love spending time with their their son Zachary and his wife Alyssa, and their two kids as well as their daughter Bridget and her husband Noah. They love to enjoy our North Idaho summers by frequenting the lake and by camping in and around the area.


was a customer at Mix It Up and we quickly realized she belonged on the other side of the counter.  She enjoys celebrating our customers and “sharing in their journeys.” Whether it’s shopping for a happy occasion, to heal a heart, or just a fun shopping day for yourself, Teresa is committed to providing a great customer service experience. After twenty-years in the corporate world, most recently as head of operational initiatives for a national home healthcare and hospice company, Teresa and her husband, COL Brad Foster, US Army (Retired), relocated from Michigan to their forever home in beautiful CdA. Teresa continues to do speaking engagements based on her book, “A Thousand Letters Home.”

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grew up in Seattle but always dreamed of small town life. In 2018 she and her 4 kids got the opportunity to move to North Idaho and they feel right at home! Tara loves meeting new people, the outdoors, music, and the treasures you find garage saling. When she’s not working at her favorite shop in Coeur d’Alene, she’s apprenticing at a local Real Estate agency, or at home watching her kids turn the property into a functioning Regenerative Farm.


joined the team Fall of 2021. She and her husband have 7 children and 2 grandchildren. Her favorite things include traveling, spending time with family and friends as well as participating in marathons both nationally and internationally. 


I grew up north of Spokane on Greenbluff but have been gone for the last 40 years. I worked in airline and hotel sales before retiring and moving back, settling in downtown CDA about 4 years ago. I’m thrilled to be working at Mix it Up, having met Beth not too long after I moved home. I still love to travel ( a lot ) football, golf, my kids and 2 grand daughters, I dance with the Blazen Divaz and enjoy the downtown CDA lifestyle.


With a father in the Navy, Kara was born in Tokyo with a zest for traveling to amazing places, eating great food, and spending time with friends and family.  Kara married a local boy who she followed around the world while he served in the Marine Corps.  Having recently retired, they moved back home where she was introduced to and hit it off with Beth and her incredible team at Mix it Up.  She and her husband are grateful to be back in North Idaho where they enjoy the four seasons while raising an amazing son.


Her career has been vast, but mainly focused on business management. For over a decade, Heidi successfully ran a large paper crafting company that lead an entire industry. While business management has been her focus, development and implementation of systems are her real super powers. With experience in retail, inventory management, and even taking clients from brick and mortar to online sales. Heidi also helps run Cochran Advisor’s an independent consultancy that works with businesses and municipalities on best business practices and economic development. Heidi has been married to her best friend since 1992, mom of three incredible adult children and two gorgeous grandchildren!


joined the Mix it Up team for the busy holiday season and has stayed on behind the scenes to streamline operations ever since. She loves to problem solve and make things more efficient on the backend so that customers can enjoy all that Mix It Up has to offer. Her kids love coming to the store with her and if you ask them, they'd say they work there too! Julianne and her husband and kiddos love the beauty of north Idaho and enjoy camping and traveling as a family. They're also Harry Potter fanatics and Dodger fans.

Vikki Brown

is the woman behind the scenes. She started helping her Mama the day Beth bought the store! Vikki grew up in the age of social media and is the perfect person to run all of the Mix It Up social media platforms ("because she is so quippy"-Beth Brown) and back of house POS organization. You won't often find Vikki in the store as she lives in Whitefish Montana where she enjoys skiing, hiking, camping and paddle boarding. Her future plans, Beth's too, include running a Mix It Up storefront in her hometown!!

We all love Mix It Up and its Customers!