Joanne Moss, owner of Bay Area Mailing, found Coos Bay
almost by accident 6 years ago. She was a real estate agent living in
Salem at the time, selling a house to a gal who in turn had a house to
sell in Coos Bay. “My husband and I came down to take a look.
It’s like paradise here. I was raised in Southern California and
I grew up on the beach. I missed being by the water. It is so nice just
to walk around here, where you can see the ocean and the bay. I love it
here.” So, they bought the house themselves, and for three years,
Joanne came to Coos Bay whenever she could. Finally, she decided to
move here permanently and start Bay Area Mailing.
Moss, owner of Bay Area Mailing, maintains a workplace that is quite
useful and professional, while keeping a friendly, homey feel. (Lisa
Area Mailing is a one stop shop offering the following services:
FedEx® Shipping, all Post Office services including post office box
rentals, copying, faxing, email, and laminating; Fieldprint® finger
printing services; Steven Ness legal forms; Notary Public services;
Western Union services; and Bill Pay. If you’ve got a busy day
ahead of you, no need to stand around and wait, either. You can simply
drop off your packages and let Bay Area Mailing handle the rest. When
your order has been processed, Joanne will call you with your total as
part of her exclusive Stop and Go service.
But, if you’re not in a hurry to be anywhere, you may as well stick
around. Joanne welcomes visitors with a cup of coffee or tea, and
cookies. “I have a lot of people come in to check their mail, get a cup
of coffee, sit down and chat or just read the paper. It’s nice. I
wanted it to be less business-y and more homey, so it has that kind of
That Joanne is a home-loving, community oriented person
is reflected in her business. More than a mailing services store, Bay
Area Mailing also features a gift shop stocked with candles, soaps,
cards, totes, purses, t-shirts, signs, and stickers made by local
crafters. Items are light weight so they can be easily mailed. One of
the most unusual items I’ve seen are these little coin purses a
local lady has made out of clam shells, if you can believe that. They
are lined in cloth on the inside, and they close with a zipper.
What a perfect gift to send from the coast! “People like to
shop,” Joanne said, “and I wanted a place where they can
get a little gift and a card, and I could mail it for them. They they
only have to come to one place.” Bay Area Mailing also hosts a
Red Hat Room, featuring fun items such as hats, feathers, boas,
jewelry, and clothing.
Joanne is strong supporter of local businesses and is
happy to help people make connections to each other, as well as
maintaining a bulletin board filled with local events and news. She is
content here in Coos Bay and loves her work. “I’ll never
get rich here, which is fine, because my little business is paying for
itself. I enjoy the people, and it keeps me off the streets and out of
trouble!” she quipped.
UPDATE: Bay Area Mailing is now located at 2001
Union Ave, near Virginia Ave, Hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm.
Find her on Facebook for more information or to get a quote, or call Joanne at (541) 808-2113.