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A new owner secures future of an Eagle glass-fusion studio

Gail Northness talks Fusions Glass Studio

In March, Gail Northness talked about how important Fusions Glass Studio -- and owner LInda Crouch -- had become to a community of glass art enthusiasts.
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In March, Gail Northness talked about how important Fusions Glass Studio -- and owner LInda Crouch -- had become to a community of glass art enthusiasts.

In March, Linda Crouch announced that she hoped to sell her glass studio to ensure that it would be around if she wasn’t. Crouch faced long odds for surviving a rare form of bile duct cancer.

Fusions Glass Studio, at 135 N. 2nd St. in Eagle, had become a place where glass fusion enthusiasts took classes, bought supplies and worked on projects during open studio hours. Crouch did not want her friends and customers to lose that community.

That worry is over. On Monday, Crouch completed the sale of the studio, including the inventory of fusing glass and equipment, to a Boise couple, Melissa and Cory Reche. The sale includes the 3,100-square-foot studio, but not the resident-owned condos on the building’s second floor.

Melissa Reche, 49, said she’s a 22-year violin player in the Meridian Symphony and a lifelong artist working in theater and a smattering of mediums, though she has only dabbled in glass fusion. She said she is excited to throw herself into fusing glass and working at the studio full time.

“This is the most perfect job for me, ever,” she said.

Cory Reche, 48, has worked as an engineering manager at Micron Technology for 28 years and recently earned an executive MBA degree at Boise State University. He examined the business’s finances before the purchase and will handle its books, Melissa Reche said.

The name will change to Fusions Glass Studio and Gallery, reflecting the Reches’ plan to devote space to a consignment gallery. The studio otherwise will operate as it has under Crouch, she said.

“Linda started something really special here,” Reche said. “I hope to be able to continue her legacy.”

Reche said Crouch has been feeling better in recent weeks and would continue teaching classes and fusing glass during open studio hours as she can.

Crouch did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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