Hoefel Haus: Crafting confections

December 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Hoefel Haus: Crafting confections

[caption id="attachment_6477" align="alignright" width="204"] Sherry & Bill Hoefel[/caption] By Kali Ramey Martin Sherry Hoefel is a wife, a mom and a grandma. She’s lived in Silverton most of her life, raised five kids and had a long career in software until a ...

A simple comfort: Silver Falls Bread Co. owner loves what he does

December 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on A simple comfort: Silver Falls Bread Co. owner loves what he does

[caption id="attachment_6473" align="alignright" width="259"] Dan Lliteras, owner of Silver Falls Bread, Co.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Love is the word most commonly used by Dan Lliteras when he talks about baking at the newly opened Silver Falls Bread Co. in Silverton. “I love the ...

Sweet deal: Family tradition of raising bees grows into Homestead Honey Co.

December 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Sweet deal: Family tradition of raising bees grows into Homestead Honey Co.

[caption id="attachment_6458" align="alignright" width="200"] Mike Roth, owner of Homestead Honey Co.[/caption] By Kali Ramey Martin Mike Roth has had bees in his family since the 1800s. His great-grandfather had more than 80 hives from 1894-96 in the Canby area. “I guess you could ...

Retraining the brain: Redefining health goals and measuring results

November 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Retraining the brain: Redefining health goals and measuring results

[caption id="attachment_6414" align="alignright" width="169"] Kristy Ward and Janae Senter are the owners of Body Theory Fitness Studio in Silverton.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Silverton residents Janae Senter and Kristy Ward are diligently working to change the idea about what it means to have ...

Neighborly hub: Silver Falls Country Store a step back in time

October 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Neighborly hub: Silver Falls Country Store a step back in time

[caption id="attachment_6316" align="alignright" width="300"] Silver Falls Country Store owners Dan Barker and Junay Johanson and their children, Hunter and Paisley, enjoy the pace of life in the “Hills.”[/caption] By Steve Ritchie When you walk into the Silver Falls Country Store, it feels ...

A bold move: The benefits and challenges of restoring an old building

October 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on A bold move: The benefits and challenges of restoring an old building

[caption id="attachment_6317" align="alignright" width="224"] The Gathering Spot’s Anna Kuzmin is ready to move beyond building restoration and get into her new location.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Moving a business to a new location is a big decision, especially when that business is thriving, ...

Seller’s market: Homes are hot

September 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Seller’s market: Homes are hot

By Melissa Wagoner “Oregon is the most ‘moved-to’ state in America, according to the moving companies,” said real estate agent Dixon Bledsoe, who opened, Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, LLC with partner Lisa Santana this summer. He has been selling property in ...

Beating the heat: Hazelnuts thriving in hot weather

September 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Beating the heat: Hazelnuts thriving in hot weather

[caption id="attachment_6233" align="alignright" width="212"] Kevin Aman listened as his brother, Tim, talks about how the hazelnut crops.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The weather is always a hot topic but this year as an unseasonably dry summer follows an unusually warm winter with little ...

Garden hires development director

August 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Garden hires development director

[caption id="attachment_6187" align="alignright" width="212"] Mark Hunter[/caption] Mark Hunter has been hired as the development director for The Oregon Garden Foundation. Hunter is responsible for shaping the  fund development program for The Oregon Garden, including endowment, capital, annual giving and major gift campaigns. Hunter has held ...

Belgian Underground: New brewery in the offing for pale ale fans

July 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Belgian Underground: New brewery in the offing for pale ale fans

[caption id="attachment_6103" align="alignright" width="233"] Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire at a tasting party for Belgian Underground Brewing at the Gallon House in 2014.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Anybody can make beer but what sells is the story,” said Belgian Underground Brewing owner Sheldon ...

Now’s the time: Wedding planning can take about a year

July 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Now’s the time: Wedding planning can take about a year

[caption id="attachment_6055" align="alignright" width="224"] Amy Kvenbo displays her wedding centerpieces and place settings at her mother’s antique store.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner On a night out with friends two years ago, Amy Kvenbo met the man of her dreams; she just didn’t know ...

1985 revisited: Burger Time rolls back prices for anniversary

July 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on 1985 revisited: Burger Time rolls back prices for anniversary

[caption id="attachment_6052" align="alignright" width="229"] Burger Time owners Liz Ipox and Chrissy Butsch are eager to celebrate their business’ 30th anniversary.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner If you don’t believe in time travel, you just might change your mind. This July, the year 1985 is returning ...

Finding a niche: New business owners put dreams into action

July 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Finding a niche: New business owners put dreams into action

By Brenna Wiegand The arts, interesting food and cool coffee shops – sounds like Silverton. Looks like Silverton’s newest business owners are on the right track. White Oak Art, Unique Items & More Since Lori and Terry McLaughlin opened White Oak, they have ...

Sleuth: Silverton mom’s night job is as a private investigator

April 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Sleuth: Silverton mom’s night job is as a private investigator

[caption id="attachment_5826" align="alignright" width="242"] Lori Grimmer[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Lori Grimmer was in plain sight, sitting in her car as she watched a man put up the Christmas lights on his home. The man even looked her way and waved, perhaps ...

Recycling strategy: ‘Old’ things get a second life in new hands

April 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Recycling strategy: ‘Old’ things get a second life in new hands

By Melissa Wagoner A blue Mason jar becomes a button holder or a candle holder. The paper from old books transforms into paper wreaths. Clothing once out of style is in again. What’s old is new as shoppers seek to reuse ...

Changes: Silverton Health names Legacy as potential partner, CEO to retire

April 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Changes: Silverton Health names Legacy as potential partner, CEO to retire

[caption id="attachment_5753" align="alignright" width="200"] Sarah Fronza[/caption] By Kristine Thomas At Silverton Health, it is a time of change, endings and beginnings. On March 11 the Silverton Health Board voted to begin formal discussions with Legacy Health about partnering. Five days later the medical staff ...

White Oak Wellness creates a setting for many health care disciplines

April 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on White Oak Wellness creates a setting for many health care disciplines

[caption id="attachment_5763" align="alignright" width="300"] Katie Rablin giving neice Etta a needle-less acupuncture treatment with sister Beverly and Katie’s son Ancil Fisher nearby.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Katie Rablin has known what she wanted to do for her career since a science class at ...

Silverton Health: Cagen retires, Fronza will become interim CEO

March 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Silverton Health: Cagen retires, Fronza will become interim CEO

[caption id="attachment_5753" align="alignright" width="200"] Sarah Fronza[/caption] Silverton Health President/CEO Rick Cagen announced March 24 he will retire July 1. Sarah Fronza will take his place as the interim CEO  and continue the negotiations for the proposed partnership between Legacy Health and Silverton ...

Young entrepreneurs: New generation of driven business owners

March 2015 Posted in Business, Other, People | Comments Off on Young entrepreneurs: New generation of driven business owners

By Brenna Wiegand They are some of Silverton’s youngest business owners – a group of hardworking, motivated young adults who chose to go after their dreams and make something of their own instead becoming 9-5 employees. Each business owner has an ...

Fresh starts: Gardeners can preorder vegetable plants

March 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Fresh starts: Gardeners can preorder vegetable plants

[caption id="attachment_5645" align="alignright" width="300"] Heather Desmarteau-Fast, right, teaches a beginning gardening class at Stamen and Pistil Urban Garden Center.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Silverton resident Heather Desmarteau-Fast is passionate about gardening. “Gardening is my life. It’s part of my past and my present. It’s ...

Family run: Woodburn Nursery Mount Angel’s Business of the Year

February 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Family run: Woodburn Nursery Mount Angel’s Business of the Year

[caption id="attachment_5588" align="alignright" width="300"] The Fessler family of Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas: Tom, left, Karen (Jaeger), Sandy (Traeger), Jean and Bob, Jodi (Arritola) and Rick.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Family run, forward-thinking Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas has been named Mount Angel’s 2014 Business ...

Honored: Our Town recognized

February 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Honored: Our Town recognized

[caption id="attachment_5608" align="alignright" width="300"] The Our Town team (left to right): Office manager Deede Williams, custom publishing graphic designer Steve Beckner, Our Town graphic designer Tavis Bettoli-Lotten, publisher and editor Paula Mabry, and advertising executive Jim Kinghorn.[/caption] By Mary Owen Our Town ...

Silverton Health status unchanged

February 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Silverton Health status unchanged

In December, Silverton Health Board of Directors Chair Gayle Goschie said she was hopeful she could announce “by February who Silverton Health has chosen as its partner.” Last year, the board decided it was no longer fiscally responsible for Silverton Health ...

Quite a yarn: Camerons discover – then share – a life-changing love of alpacas

February 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Quite a yarn: Camerons discover – then share – a life-changing love of alpacas

[caption id="attachment_5530" align="alignright" width="282"] Alpacas at Marquam Hills Ranch[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Ten years ago, Jennifer Cameron saw a photo of an alpaca in a newspaper that would alter the course of her life. “She thought they were cute,” her husband Bill Cameron ...

Story seeker: Limbird creates video love letter to Silverton

February 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Story seeker: Limbird creates video love letter to Silverton

[caption id="attachment_5528" align="alignright" width="246"] Marty Limbird of IGNITE Motion Pictures[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Marty Limbird is fascinated by the story behind the story. “My passion is people,” he said. Limbird and his wife, Liz, moved to Silverton from Portland four years ago. As a ...