Faces, places & happenings of Columbia County

Business Bits: Columbia River Jewelers

Scappoose, OR – Tucked in next to Companion Pet Clinic in Scappoose lies new business, Columbia River Jewelers, at 33555 E Columbia Ave. in Scappoose.  Recently opened in December 2018, Erica Czerniejewski greeted new customers just in time for her first Christmas Season.  She is one of the newer businesses to open in Scappoose.

Erica has a variety of handmade jewelry that can be purchased in her shop or on her facebookpage.  She spent over ten years working in the corporate world fixing jewelry where she learned her trade.  She loves a challenge and takes pride in her work.  She can fix just about anything and likes to suggest new ideas beyond what you had even thought of which shows her many years of handling a variety of jewelry.  She can even restore vintage jewerly.

Erica modeling earings!

When you meet Erica, you can tell she is very passionate about jewelry and the jewelry that you love.  When asked when she realized she loved designing jewelry, she replied, ” I can’t really say because I have always been a creative person interested in art of various kinds. I loved going through my parent’s jewelry boxes because they collected antique pieces that look nothing like the jewelry you see today. Pieces that were made to be worn in mourning, loose stones, charms made in the mountains of Peru, Persian antiques with painted ivory…I was fascinated by the all the different styles that like snippets of cultures and people have gone by and the permanence of jewelry.  As a kid, I drew up designs for fun never imagining I’d actually make jewelry one day. I played with beading, and tried to get into jewelry classes but never was able to make it work. It wasn’t until studying at the University of Oregon that I was able to take courses at the Craft Center. I convinced one of the teachers there to let me work at his jewelry shop in Eugene where I learned how to carve and cast. From then on I knew it was what I wanted to do.” 

Talking with Ericia she shared she opened a store in Scappoose because, ” I saw a need in the community: there is currently not a local jeweler in the whole county so people have to drive 45 minutes just to get basic work done! I enjoy helping people create and restore memories that personal jewelry represents. Working face to face allows me to take the time to educate people about the best options for their keepsakes. Additionally, I operate a small farm. Running my own business allows me to go home and take care of any of my livestock that might need some additional care.  If I’m not in the shop I’m probably helping someone give birth or taking care of other animal needs. My farm, The Muddy Heart Ranch, is only 5 minutes from my shop so its pretty easy to go back and forth between the two.”

Upon entering her store, you will be welcomed by the friendly helper Roy, a border collie from working lines.  Erica mentioned that Roy’s job at home is to work the sheep and help move pigs from pasture to pasture since he isn’t needed every day he now has another job that he loves: official greeter. He loves coming to work and getting to meet all the new people! He will be turning five in March, but he is still a puppy at heart. Just throw the ball for him and he will fly just to catch it.

Erica described that some of her favorite client memories are, “When I make people cry–for joy because I restored a precious item they thought was no more! Some of the most precious pieces can be so simple: A friend asked me to make a fairly basic ring with three chevrons bands in yellow gold, no stone or anything. I didn’t think much of it until he received it and called me up to tell me how this ring represented how far he had come. He had a silver ring that he wore every day through homelessness and other trials. He built himself up and that this gold ring represented how far he had come. I love being a part of peoples celebrations of their personal milestones.”  

Welcome to Columbia County Columbia River Jewelers!

#newbusiness #jewelers #vintagejewelry #professionalservices #columbiacountyor #retail #designer #madeincc #artisan #shopping

 

 

 


Business Bits: Comfort Makers

St. Helens, OR – Columbia County’s population has its share of aging seniors among the highest in the state of Oregon along with Clatsop & Benton counties from the 2018 economic data for Pacific Northwest Oregon.   Over the past ten years, more and more women are moving into self-employment across the United States according to Inc.com   That’s exactly the path Katie Klem took to become an entrepreneur working with seniors.  She has recently opened two professional services businesses in Columbia County.

Katie opened Positive Journey, LLC, first to help with Geriatric Care Management, planning to meet seniors aging needs.  Quickly she realized people had a harder time planning but instead reacted to situations so she started Comfort Makers.  Comfort Makers focuses on Supportive Living Services.  They can help de-stress a family situation by caregiving for their loved one’s needs as they age.  She was also looking for a work-life balance as a mom and nurse.

Katie is a trained nurse.  She found a passion for working with the geriatric population.   She explained that her love for working with the geriatric population drove her to continue her graduate education in Geriatric Care Management.   Now, with Comfort Makers she lives her passion every day by helping older adults thrive in the comfort of their own home. With the help of her team, they take the stress out of caregiving and are changing families lives in Columbia County.  Katie explained that “using professional care management services helps relieve stress, reduce conflict, saves time and money.”  Katie is a wealth of knowledge and hires staff that treats their clients like family.

Are you a caregiver?  What do you do when you need a break?  Comfort Makers is a reasonably priced locally owned company.  Comfort Makers differs from their competition because they have no minimum hours and can start within a four-hour time frame.

Follow Comfort Makers Facebook Page to stay up to date on age-related resources and caregiving support.  Contact Katie for a consultation 503- 369-2460 to discuss your caregiving needs for yourself or a loved one.  #seniors #columbiacounty #newbusiness #caregiving #comfortmakers #destress 

 

 


Pure Serenity Massage Expanded Services to “Floats”

St Helens, OR – Local business, Pure Serenity Massage, LLC has consistently been adding services to their business since they opened in October 2007.  Starting as a massage business, they are now offering fourteen different types of massage and expanded services to include Facials by licensed Estheticians, Eye Lash Extensions, Spray Tans, Essential Oils, Foot Reflexology, Ear Candling and now a Float Tank.  They have expanded to a one-stop shop for health and wellness.

Pure Serenity has the only float tank in Columbia County which provides Floatation Therapy.  Have you heard of this new health trend called floating?   The concept is sensory deprivation to take away the stress and distractions in life.   You lay on your back in 98 degrees Epom Saltwater in a soundproof and lightproof tank to create a balance allowing your body to feel like it is “floating” depriving your body of any sensory activity. Below is a YouTube Video that explains what it is and how it works found on Pure Serenity’s website.

The owner, Kayla Mixer, shared she decided to get a float tank because “We were hitting our 10 years and I was wanting a float tank for 3 years.  It was always in the back of my mind I finally pushed forward and did it.   We love the idea that the facility can be a one-stop shop and a float tank is a great addition to massage and skin care. A float right before a message is amazing!!!   So many benefits to floating I’m so happy to have the first float in Columbia County.”

Over the past few months, they have also revamped their skincare department.  Kayla wanted to bring in the best product and a new high-end microdermabrasion machine.  She explained that her lead, Esthetician Michelle King, used to work at ski resorts and with plastic surgeons which helps add to a new skin care department that is top of the line and amazing results.  Pure Serenity is hosting an upcoming Customer Appreciation Event for current and new potential customers on December 15th to view the new product line, meet the Estheticians and enjoy refreshments. 

Want to learn more about Floating.  Check out this YouTube Video for more information on Floatation Therapy.

 

 

 


Business Bits: 2 New Courier Businesses

Columbia County, OR – Two businesses in Columbia County are offering delivery service.  Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers have a focus on food delivery from local restaurants in St. Helens.  The other business Columbia County Anytime Assistant can help with almost anything, anytime! Both businesses serve a purpose to help our local residents in a growing community. It’s a convenience for some, a necessity for others since public transportation is limited in our rural community.

One delivers locally in St. Helens mainly from restaurants.  Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers can bring you a variety of items from fried fish, gourmet sausages, Mexican or Thai Cuisine, and general grocery items from the gas station.  They can help fulfill your food cravings from local restaurants.   The company is run by partners, Ben Tiscareno & Kathleen Jenkins,  They are open Tuesdays. Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 AM – 8 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 11 AM- 11 PM closed Sunday -Monday.   They have partnered with Muchas Gracias Mexican Food, Skippers & Skinny’s, Vinnie’s Chicago Subs and Roy Thai to deliver locally in the St. Helens area.  You can find a map of their service area pinned to the front of their facebook page.  

Columbia County Anytime Assistants opened in the past few months to help with concierge and other customized services.  This new company is run by a husband and wife team, Arejonna & Josh Paulson.  They started this company in July 2018 Arejonna shared, “to further help our community, especially ones who are our veterans or disabled.”  They can also work with kids.  Need help with school drop off or pick up, car services pick up or drop off, pet taxi, a variety of other concierge services such as dropping off prescriptions, dry cleaning, alterations,  post office, dump runs, merchandise returns, grocery shopping, and customized errands give them a call.  They are open 7 AM- 10 PM Monday -Fridays and 9:00-10 AM on the weekend give them a call at 971-328-2246 to book a space.

Arejonna & Josh Paulson on their first errand for their new business.

Business Bits: HomeBrew Contest 1st in Columbia County

Photos Courtesy of Hob Nob Facebook Page

St. Helens, OR –  Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom located at 2155 Columbia Blvd in St. Helens showcases some locally brewed beer along with other Oregon Brews, high-quality fresh food to round out the farm to table concept using locally sourced produce and products as much as possible.  One could say that this new business is not only tasty but it’s good for you.  They use locally made products like Sasquatch Mustard by Darling Foods, serve Two Birds One Stone spirited ice cream and outsource produce as much as they can from local family farms like Canaan Hill Farm.  They also feature events such as live music, tastings and the upcoming event, a first in Columbia County, a HomeBrew Competition.

John & Tamara Stermer, owners, wanted to offer a different type of restaurant.  Tamara Stermer makes a point to recognize her team as being an important piece in running a successful business where customers want to keep coming back.  Hob Nob means to toast each other, a social place according to their facebook page.  When you visit, why not grab a flight to try a variety of beers?  or maybe you’re in the mood for a refreshing cocktail like their seasonal Sangria or a Lavender Lemon Drop.  You won’t be disappointed!  Some customers favorite menu items include the House Chips, add the parmesan cheese for a treat, the homemade plum sauce for the Fly Away Wings and the Gluten Free -Roots N Seeds Salad.

In the few short months since opening, they have hosted Kentucky Derby Food, Fare & Fundraiser for Columbia Humane Society.  Their new upcoming event will be the first Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition in Columbia County is sanctioned by American Home Brewers Association & BJCP according to their business facebook page.   They are currently looking for both brewers and the public to attend this event with live music, traditional Octoberfest foods prepared in event area and German cuisine available for indoor dining.  Reservations are recommended for indoor dining the evening of Octoberfest just call 503-396-3151.

Just a few details for the Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition on October 6th:

For Brewers: Judging Saturday -9:00 AM. The rules and profiles are posted at our website www.hobnobbrewhouse.com

For Guests: Open to public starting from 3 PM till 11 PM for 21 & Over ONLY.  $30.00 entry fee includes a tasting glass with event logo, bracelets with 6 prepaid tastings, live music.  Go to their facebook page to stay up to date on the event.

You’ll find this new place charming and will want to come back to try something new.   Welcome to Columbia County Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom.  Cheers!

 

 


Annual Tradition Wings & Wheels

Scappoose, OR –  Three local membership groups have combined two annual events that were typically held in August at Scappoose Airpark.  The 8th Annual Wings & Wheels is now hosted by the South Columbia County Chamber of CommerceHighway 30 Cruisers, and  Northwest  Antique Airplane Club NWACC.  This partnership brings this event up a notch from prior years leveraging one another strengths offering more on one day for all who attend.

The day starts with a 2nd Annual Wings & Wheels Half Marathon.   Uberthons will be timing the race.  Afterward, runners can enjoy a Pancake Breakfast & Beer provided by NWACC.  Adults and students are invited to register for the event the race which starts at 7:30 AM and will end at the airport at  34020 Skyway Drive, Scappoose, OR.  It’s a fairly flat race with slopes but not hills, 4 first aid stations with Porta Potties, placer pins for 4 classes first, second and third place for both men and women.  

Big kids and little kids love the event with Free Admission. The family-friendly Cruise-In/Fly-In opens at 9:00 AM and goes until 5 PM.  You’ll find a lot to do and look at the event.  You’ll see beautiful cars & planes.  For 21 & older, a beer garden run by Flyboy Brewery & Pub with a DJ on site and many vendors.  Stay tuned to the Wings & Wheels Facebook page for updates.  New events this year include, St. Helens and Scappoose First Robotics Competition (FRC) teams and it’s rumored the antique plane the BT13 will make an appearance.  If you want to show off your car and enter it,  you can find more information on Highway 30 Cruisers Facebook page.

Bring your family out and enjoy the events.  It’s a great chance to see our local airport.  #columbiacountyor #thingstodocc #cars #airplanes #scappooseor # halfmarathon #runners #wingsandwheels 


Business Bits: Local Business Woman Leading the Way

Photo Courtsey of Facebook

Scappoose, OR – Local businesswoman, Jessica Hansen runs two businesses in Columbia County.  She works as a freelancer, a business coach, for The System Magician & opened a nonprofit, Jubilee Collaborative a few months ago at 52555 Columbia River Highway, Scappoose, OR.  Many businesswomen have more than one business so that’s not what makes her unique.  She’s unique because she has started two of the larger growing segments of business that aren’t just trends but are here to stay and expand such as freelancer & co-working space which both complement one another.  She coaches business owners to reach their goals and streamline processes and opened the first co-working space in Columbia County.

Jessica has a corporate background making an easy transition to coaching small businesses owners.  She set up Jubilee Collective, co-working and events rental space, as a nonprofit to keep the rates for office space affordable for those who work virtually.   So many people meet in restaurants and coffee shops, co-working provides a different but similar environment with amenities.   You’ll find many events happening at  Jubilee Collective follow their calendar to stay up to date such as Saturday Market, local workshops, classes and they have a fundraiser coming up on August 25th for Sseko Designs Fundraiser with a Purpose.

Jessica shared she decided to open the co-working space because “Jubilee Collective is a place for all people to teach and learn anything they want.  It’s been missing in our community.  There’s also a need for office space that’s affordable and flexible for a new generation of virtual workers.  Jubilee Collective is a resource for people starting and growing small businesses, unlike anything else in Columbia County.”

Co-working is a trend that is here to stay according to Entrepreneur.com.  It offers the perks of an office while sharing the power of working with others and dividing office expenses helping to put more dollars back into a business owner’s pocket.  “Freelance workforce growth is accelerating and has outpaced overall U.S. workforce growth by 3x since 2014.  Work is changing rapidly, FIA (Freelancing In America)  finds, due to the impacts of automation, and freelancers are better equipped for the future due to more frequent reskilling.”  www.upwork.com.

Jessica focuses on long-term goals and how to get there.   She is often ahead of the curve leading the way.   Help me welcome her to Columbia County.  You can follow her on her business Facebook pages The Systems Magician and Jubilee Collective.

 

 

 


Spring Into Art 2018

St. Helens, OR –  Book Signing, Open Mic, Fiber Art & Leather Making Demos, all ages Coloring Contest and more fun.  What do all of these have in common?  It’s the 3rd Annual Spring Into Art event at The Columbia Learning Center, 375 18th Street St. Helens hosted by the Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) on May 5th from 10 AM- 4 PM.  This is a free family-friendly fun community event.

Columbia Arts Guild is a powerhouse for pulling Columbia County artists working in a variety of mediums together to support all the Arts.  Teresa Knight, President of CAG,  was excited to add more vendors to the mix this year.  She told us that Spring Into Art is important to host because “A very good friend of mine told me that art builds community. I believe we are all born as creative individuals. When we surround ourselves with art it inspires us to try again or challenges us to do something new. The synergy of a festival brings together people who are active in art and those who may be interested but not sure where to start. Most of all there is an atmosphere of fun!”  Teresa noted, “As for me I love art, all kinds of art and I love a party!”

New this year, sponsors donated prizes for the coloring contest and raffles!  Events like this couldn’t happen with support from local businesses like St. Helens Market Fresh (Red Apple), Walmart, Safeway, Ace Hardware and Lagunitas Brewing Company.   You still have time to participate in Coloring Contest.  Entries taken until noon on May 4th, Drop off at the Columbia Learning Center.  You can go to this link for contest rules and pages.  Be sure to click on right click on the image, save as and print out to color to participate.

Other partners on site will be This Is Us St. Helens, a community art project, St Helens Ukelele Orchestra,  Sausage King food cart with food available for purchase and of course the art show and vendors! The Columbia Humane Society will be on site and if possible please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

Local events like these give you a chance to meet your neighbor, learn something new or just have fun.  See you on Saturday!

#Community #Arts #OpenMic #ColoringContest #kids #familyfriendly #columbiacountyor #artshow #artparty #shoplocalcolumbiacounty #keepitlocalcc

 

 

 


2018 Annual Home & Garden Show

Columbia County, OR –  The Home & Garden Show continues to grow every year.  It’s happening this Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.  Last year an estimated 3,000-5,000 attended each day.  Organizers expect a larger crowd this year due to the increase in vendors. This year more than 49 vendors will be on site along with product demonstrations, food and fun!

The Home & Garden show has all sorts of new Spring items for both your home and your garden.  This show is sponsored by The Chronicle, St Helens Community Credit Union & Dahlgren’s Do It Best.  If you forget to grab your free ticket, it’s only $3 Admission at the gate.  You can stop by local businesses to pick up Free Tickets at the any of the above sponsors and The Chief,  Don’s Rentals, Sears Hometown Store of Scappoose, and Discount and Deals in Clatskanie.

Growing the show means many new vendors are coming in this year such as Sunset Equipment which will have an Excavator outside the pavilion.  Cedar Farm from Clatskanie Oregon will have their patent-pending product Hizap, an insulated fence extender, a PVC pipe extension making electric fences higher and wider.  Organizer, Amy Johnson also mentioned that there are more garden vendors this year such as BlackBerry Bog Farm, offering plant starts, herbs, and plants.  A few of the highlights of the Show will include local companies such as Clatskanie Builders Supply grilling up samples of tasty barbeque on their Traeger Grills to share with attendees and Dahlgren’s Do It Best Building Supplies will have onsite Cordless Power Tool Demonstrations.  The food was so good they brought back St Helen’s Grill which offers gourmet style food for purchase.

Staying up to date with what’s happening at the show is easy as local radio station KOHI 1600 AM which will be broadcasting LIVE on Saturday so you can listen in to what’s going on.  OSU Extension Service of Columbia County will be on site doing pop up demonstrations/workshops.

Amy Johnson, Organizer & Sales Representative for The Chronicle/The Chief, mentioned she enjoys this event because “I love that we can put local businesses in front of our customers to help grow our communities.  They do well and we do well.”

Meet your neighbors.  Find local resources for your home & garden needs.  See you this weekend!  #home #garden #columbiacountyor #shopcolumbiacounty #spring #community #family #businessresources #neighbors #community

 


Farm to Table Cooking Class

Deer Island, OR – It’s new to Columbia County.  It’s a twist on the Farm to Table concept trendy in the restaurants but different.  It’s a farm tour, a cooking class, and then eating! It’s called “Good Farm- Good Eats” a new event happening here in Columbia County on April 14th at Canaan Hill Farm, 33219 Canaan Road, Deer Island, Oregon 97054 from 1:00-2:30 PM.  You can purchase tickets directly on the website Eventbrite.   At this event, you’ll be cooking with the food at the farm after you have met the farmer.

Photo Lindsey Jones, RD – Photo Credit Facebook Page

Lindsey Jones, RD (Registered & Licensed Dietitian since 2006) has been cooking with individuals to help them on their wellness journey or in groups since she opened her private practice, One on One Good Easts in 2014.

Lindsey loves to share nutrition information with kids and adults alike.  In 2017,  she partnered with St Helens Community Credit to promote a project called “Going Green” promoting Budgets & Wellness with her emphasis on presenting the importance of nutrition to local businesses, teachers & administrators in our schools.   Lindsey loves to teach nutrition.  She believes, “So many people have become disconnected from their bodies and minds- how they function, and the role that food and nutrition play in that.  I love teaching people how to create healthy minds and bodies.”

This year she is sharing a new experience with a local business while Farm to Table is popular in restaurants a close partner, agri-tourism is popping up in rural areas to promote tourism.  As defined by Wikipedia, Agritourism or agrotourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.     Canaan Hill Farm owners, Pat & Jeannie Schenk approached Lindsey about cooking on their farm.   This is the first agritourism kick-off event to start as more “Good Farm-Good Eats” events will happen during the growing season.   Lindsey wanted to partner with a local farm because, “Connecting people with the farmers and with local food that is grown and raised in a sustainable and responsible way, is vital to promoting thriving and sustainable food systems.”   People want to know where their food comes from and with the close proximity to farms, we have fresh produce and opportunities in our backyards & surrounding communities here in Columbia County.

You still have some time to sign up for the new class but do it soon her classes tend to sell out.  Going up to the farm shows you what is in season now for early spring and why you want to eat the types of fresh produce this time of year.  You will be given handouts and recipes along with nutrition education.  Both Canaan Hill Farm &  Ferreira Family Farms will  have their produce for sale the day of the events.  Follow Lindsey on her social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or find her on her website to stay up to date on her nutrition classes, nutrition tidbits and more!  #healthyeating #cookingclasses #canaanfarms #ferreirafamilyfarms #agritourismcc #farming


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