Faces, places & happenings of Columbia County

Business Bits: Local Business Woman Leading the Way

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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


Business Bits: The Lake House

Scappoose, OR – The new business that has everyone buzzing comes complete with a water feature as one would imagine from its name, The Lake House.  It is located at 1600 SE 9th St. in Scappoose, OR.  They opened their doors to events after hosting their first wedding in August of 2017.

Since then they’ve hosted many types of events such as baby showers, class reunions, weddings, birthday parties, memorials, family reunions, holiday events, and much more.  They have a blast at everything they do with the main goal to make their client’s vision come to life.

It’s not surprising that this new event, performance & concert venue is such a success from the start. Bart Hafeman, the owner, decided to open the doors to events because of his years of experience in the industry and his desire to create a warm, positive atmosphere for celebrating unique moments and milestones in life.   If you’ve seen Bart play, he carries that rock n roll, have fun just dance attitude always with a big smile.  He makes you want to get up and go.  His positive outlook on life carries thru in his interactions with his audience and clients.

Bart’s experience gives The Lake House its own relaxed atmosphere that draws people to his venue.  Bart Hafeman is widely known as the singer for Hit Machine, and because of that he’s been able to entertain at a handful of our events- However, they have hosted small private exclusive events like Jennifer Batten, guitar player for Michael Jackson on the Bad, History and Dangerous world tours. Bart joined in and sang “Human Nature” with her that evening. Tommy Tutone who sang the 80’s hit, “867-5309” has performed on the property as well.  They are currently working on a Lake House Summer Concert Series and would love to hear from people about who they would like to see perform at The Lake House.  Please send your suggestions to ashley.gray28@yahoo.com.  They want to hear from you!

If you are looking for a venue to host an event, you may want to consider The Lake House.  They can accommodate between  20 to 200 people. For winter events the barn can hold up to 85 individuals downstairs and 30 people upstairs- summer events offer more room due to better weather conditions, which allows up to 200 guests.   Additionally, they offer a complete package for the one-stop shopper, or can customize an event when desired. They have a list of preferred vendors but are always open to our client’s dreams and desires for their event.  The Lake House offers an incredibly unique atmosphere that carries a rustic and elegant element all at the same time. The barn has a warm intimate feeling that not many venues offer.

We want to welcome The Lake House to Columbia County and wish them continued success!  #columbiacountybusinesses #concertvenue #TheLakeHouse #performancevenue

 


Business Bits: Tap Into Wine

Photos Courtesy of Tap Into Wine Facebook

St. Helens, OR-  Locals have been longing for a wine tasting room. Thanks to owner Marci Sanders who opened Tap Into Wine this Summer their wait is over!  Columbia County now has a place to sample wine for the locals and tourists are also welcome!

She believes wine ” truly brings out the best in all of us.”  They are different because they carry small batch Oregon wines and offer wine growlers to go.  Marci mentioned, “Tap Into Wine is the first and only Oregon wine tasting room in Columbia County.  We offer a unique experience by bringing a selection of distinctive wines from local small batch wineries by tap in reusable bottles and glasses.  Because it’s fresh from the keg, it tastes great, and no bottled wine makes it sustainable “earth friendly.” Marci loves wine and people who love wine which makes her conversations fun and lighthearted.

Marci tells the story with passion about what inspired her to open her business, “Years ago, when we were in Turin, Italy, we discovered a different kind of wine shop across the street from our small hotel.  The name etched in my memory…Vino Logo,  offered bulk wines from the fabulous Piedmont region of Italy.  The owners worked with small batch wineries and purchased their excess wine directly.  We walked into the shop, tasted from the selection of wines they featured (described generically, not labeled by the winery, hence the “Vino Logo” name), decided which wines to buy, and they were poured from the tap into reusable bottles to take home.  When we finished the wines, we brought the bottles back and repeated the tasting and selection process, this time using our bottle and paying only for the wine.  These were excellent wines available at a fraction of the retail price they typically fetched in bottled wine shops.

While Avenue 30 was in business, we learned that the Oregon legislature had passed a bill (signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber) allowing wine to be sold by tap into “growlers”, giving wine lovers the same benefits that craft beer lovers have had for a less expensive and eco-friendly way to try different varieties.   Since then, several restaurants around Portland now offer tap wines, as well as bottle shops, but usually with a modest selection.  Once again, however, nothing in or near Columbia County!

Is it possible to import the concept from Vino Logo in Italy to our Columbia County?  We know that there are wine lovers in Columbia County who are missing Avenue 30 tastings.  We also know that there are small batch wineries within a two-hour drive that would be happy to sell their bulk wine supply.  Finally, Oregon’s wine growler law allows the sale of bulk wines into refillable bottles, directly from the tap.  Putting all of these pieces together and finding the perfect location in downtown St. Helens became the jumping off point to create a new reality for selling wine.”

The hours are great for one’s hectic schedule.  Open Friday & Saturday 3-7 and Sundays 2-5 PM with Thursdays open for Special Events.  You’ll be able to have a glass of wine or get a 3 or 6 Tasting Flight.  If you buy a growler, the tasting fee is waived.  For locals, the best deal is to fill on Sundays with the 10 % off Refill from 2-5 special.  Welcome to Columbia County Marci Sanders, Tap Into Wine.  We are glad you choose to open your new business here. #winetasting #oregonsmallbatch #columbiacountywine #tapintowine

 

 

 

 

 

 


Business Bits: YooDoo Selfies, LLC

Columbia County- Two sisters, Stephanie Pescio (formerly Hall) & and Sandra Mohler both hail from Rainier, Oregon.  Although the sisters are physically separated by a few miles and a bridge, the girls stay close by growing a new business as Sandra now lives in Longview, WA.  They recently opened their new business in Columbia County that can help enhance local events and create memories.  It’s a  pop up open air photo booth, called YooDoo Selfies, LLC. They serve Columbia County, Cowlitz & Clatsop Counties.

Stephanie shared, “We started YooDoo Selfies, LLC because our mother always wanted us, girls, to create a family business.  We honor her memory of 10 years of caregiving by taking time now to create a business that can unite our family in joy.”  After much research paired with a business plan, they opened their business in Summer of 2017.   When asked what makes them different from their local competitors Stephanie replied, ” We use a Venue Pro Selfie machine.  It’s equipped to send your pictures straight to your email, text, or Facebook.  We are two sisters honoring our mother’s memory by starting a business that creates memories for others and gives joy and happiness.  We are fun and having fun is what YooDoo is all about.”

When asked what makes their business successful, Stephanie was quick to respond, “People are what makes any business successful.  This industry is about memorializing our moments of happiness, joy, and excitement.  YooDoo Selfies, LLC is here to help your event become more than just a celebration.  It is a chance to mingle have fun and take some selfies.  Play with our props or enjoy our green screen options with many backgrounds to choose from.”  This is a fun business that can be added to a family event such as a birthday, family reunion, weddings, bridal showers, graduation parties and many other events.

To find out more about the company, go to www.ydsphotobooth.com.   #events #yoodooselfies #selfiefun #shopcolumbiacounty #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #newbusiness

 

 

 

 


Business Bits: Columbia City Friendship House

 

Columbia City, OR – The Columbia City Friendship House is newly open to serve as an Adult Foster Home for seniors. Their caring and professional staff offers long term, hospice & adult day care services while helping adults preserve their independence and dignity.

The Friendship House is located in a peaceful neighborhood at 1955 2nd Street in Columbia City, OR.  They have five comfortable bedrooms, three baths, two dining halls, and a spacious living area in this 6,000t square foot house.  The Friendship House is ready to serve your senior adult in your life with nutritious home cooked food, activities such as puzzles, games and more, space for visiting and crafts, and calming rooms each equipped with cable TV.

Want a tour?  Call Columbia City Friendship House at  503-366-7981 for more information or a tour.  For more details, go to their website and follow their Facebook Page.  #senioradultfostercare #seniorcare #columbiacityseniors #columbiacountyseniors #hospice #longtermcare #adultdaycare #columbiacityor

Photo Courtsey of the Columbia City Friendship House FB Page

Business Bits: The Woodland Cottage New Location

Scappoose, OR –  Are you looking for a local gift from the Pacific Northwest either for a special someone or for yourself?  Then you must try The Woodland Cottage.   You’ll find many items made in the Pacific Northwest.  The Woodland Cottage, an Artisan Boutique, formerly downtown St. Helens has a new location at 52490 SE 2nd Street, Suite #140, Scappoose. Not only new location but new hours are Wednesday – Friday 11-6, Saturdays 12-6.  You can stay up to date with new artists, specials and more on their Facebook Page.

If you’ve never been, you are in for a treat.  You are sure to meet a new friend or run into an old one when out shopping.  It is a cute boutique that carries products such as boutique clothing,  skincare, teas, jewelry, local artists products and more all from the Pacific Northwest.  A variety of local artists such as  Zimmy Gurumi make handmade knit plush Woodland Animals as in the photo below.   Stop in a say hello to Courtney next time your in Scappoose.

 

www.thewoodlandcottageboutique.com  #shopsmal

 


Business Bits: FinishLine Graphics

Color Charts are Fun. Celeste Hardesty, FLG.

Scappoose, OR –  Have you met Celeste Hardesty?  She’s not your typical business owner and FinishLine Graphics (FLG) isn’t your typical business.   Celeste Hardesty and her husband Todd started their first business in 2011 called Todd Hardesty Fabrication metal fab and cut vinyl.  FLG business has expanded under the parent company Finish Line Technologies as their graphics business has exploded.  In February 2017, the business moved to  Scappoose as they simply outgrew their space.  FLG located at 53303 Columbia River Hwy specializes in branding and marketing.  They can create graphics, signs, printing, custom apparel, customized products and more.  They can also wrap anything from cars to boats, stairs and more.

Once you meet Celeste you can tell she’s not like all the other business owners.  She has Racing in her blood and it runs in her family.  Celeste has both a passion for racing and a passion for design.  When not working, Celeste likes to spend her spare time on the race track.  She currently drives a Dirt Late Model Car.  If you ask Celeste, she will proudly tell you, “I started racing when I was 5 years old sitting on my dad’s lap of an old Jeep. I raced jeeps and off-road vehicles until my family started Mud Drag Racing with the monster trucks when they 1st started. I got to grow up around Grave Digger and Big Foot when they 1st started.”  She explained, “My parents met racing, so I have been in and around it forever. My dad built a special seat in the jeep for me as a newborn to go with on all the relay races. But I got behind the wheel officially when I was 5, racing barrels in our jeep.”  Celeste also shared that her mom was bad @ss too.  She was the 1st female mud drag racer on ESPN and one of the 1st female mud drag racers to compete in King Dome.”  You could say racing is in her blood.

Celeste described how she graduated from one racing level to another, “When I went to college I met my husband Todd and he introduced me to dirt circle track racing. He bought me my first dirt car which I raced at River City Speedway in St. Helens in the Women’s division. After a few years, I finally got my championship and stepped up to run with the Sportsman division. My 1st race with “the boys” as I called it (but there were women competing) I ended up winning. The best part of it all was the fact that my husband had taught me over the years how to work on my car. He had required me to do it all if I wanted to race. So that win meant more to me than anything! I sold that car a few years ago and purchased a Dirt Late Model, which races throughout the tracks here in Oregon. I finished 3rd in points last year and now have my eye set on getting into a Dirt IMCA Modified. With my crew chief, Shawn Etheredge, helping me both last year and this year…. I look forward to the challenge of a very male dominant sport.”

The Racing Season started mid-April.  Celeste is getting excited to get on the track, “but unfortunately my motor program (dad still builds my motors) is a bit behind this year due to the business taking a lot of my time and energy. I hope to have my Late Model motor back by the end of April to start running at Sunset Speedway, Willamette Speedway, and Cottage Grove. Our FinishLine facebook page will announce when the FLG car will be running, but since I am not running for points this year my schedule will be more sporadic with a bit of “let’s go have fun” attitude behind it.”

When she’s not racing, she’s helping her clients.  Her racing clients bring their cars to get decals from all over Oregon. She can design and wrap just about anything from a car to a staircase.  She can work with businesses or families on promotional products where she can print on just about anything creating the perfect customized gift for your clients or loved ones.

Celeste’s Race Car. Photo Courtsey FLG.

Stop by FLG and follow them on Facebook. #racing #carwraps #decals #FLGgrahics #flgwrap #customapparel #racingdesigns

 


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