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Cremation Urns

How Urns Northwest Started

From the desk of the founder, Shawn Oliveria:

So often I am asked how I got started in the urn business. It seems morbid to some people to be involved in anything related to death, yet I see it as a way to be a part of something good by offering beautiful urns of high quality at affordable prices. 

Our first website was Northwest Gifts which we started in August of 1998. During the beginning one of our main suppliers of golf gifts was a company that was partly owned by my father. That company started to expand and had a simple line of 5 wood urns. In 2000 we started Urns Northwest and began with those 5 cremation urns.

During the next 10+ years we have expanded and in 2010 made the switch to a database driven shopping cart system in order to make buying those urns a much easier process. What started as a secondary website for our family became our main source of an income and where most of my time had been spent. We worked hard to provide the best cremation urns with the options and personalization people were looking for.

Currently I am serving along with my wife and our 4 youngest children in the Dominican Republic as missionaries. From here I help maintain the website and oversee some of the operations. Daniel Szczesniak has become my right hand man and manages most of the daily operations from Oregon. See our blog: Dominican Republic Missionaries