Business Bits: New Gift Store in St. Helens

St. Helens, Oregon- Local business Northwest Plumbing Services expanded to a brick and motor location at 58105 Columbia River Hwy Suite B, St Helens, OR 97051 a few months ago adding Sass At Home, Home Decor & Gift Store, June 1st.  With Summer comes road construction at their entrance of Millard Road and Hwy 30 making it more challenging to shop but if you take a detour stop in.  Sass At Home is open Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM & on Fridays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, plus you can shop 24/7 on their website.  They plan to host a Grand Opening in mid-July once construction is complete. Follow their Facebook page to stay up for their Grand Opening date and ideas for your upcoming gifting needs.

Sass At Home has been a dream of Mindy’s, co-owner of Northwest Plumbing Services,  for the past twenty years.  She originally wanted to open a store and name it “Sass,” but when the space become available for Northwest Plumbing Services to move into a large warehouse with lots of open office space, she decided to tailor it to complement a plumbing showroom for their family business.

Susannah Sass, Mindy’s daughter who also works in the family business, explained, ” Just like the other stores in our amazing community, this store embodies our “sassy” personalities. We’re hoping that when someone comes into the store they can get a sense of who we are as the Sass Family. We are also trying to find different items that are sometimes harder to find out here without going to Walmart or Fred Meyer, such as bachelorette party/bridal shower gifts, and are working to fill out our baby shower/gift section as well. We’ve been inspired by Bella Maison, a shop we dearly miss, and are hoping to give people the same feeling when they shop here that we used to feel when visiting Bella Maison.”

Welcome to Columbia County Sass At Home!  #beyondtheburbs #keepitlocalcc #homegoods #gifts #bridalshower#babygifts #homedecor

 


Business Bits: New Food Carts in St. Helens

St. Helens, Oregon – Offering a variety of cuisines is just one benefit of Food Trucks.  Over the last few months, three new carts have opened between the two different food cart pods in St Helens.

Big Cart Food and Brew, 175 Bowling Alley Lane, had Double D’s Drip n’ Donuts open this winter. They make cake donuts on-site and drizzled with your chosen toppings such as chocolate sprinkles, coconut, lemon, raspberry, and many more flavors to choose from served to you piping hot. Go early as they often sell out.  They will start staying open for lunch to serve hot dogs.  The Big Brew will be selling beer, cider, hard seltzers, and wine from the log cabin to enjoy in the picnic area or bring your growler to take your beer to go.  These new food carts have joined their neighbors below, click on the link it will take you to each Facebook page with menus, hours, and contact information:

Hawaiian Plate

Barn Fire Barbecue

Patriot Burger

Dang’s Little Dragon

Located at The Food Pod, 305 S. Columbia Blvd, new truck Kimbo Spice joins Eat George’s and Hallow’s Woodfired Pizza.  Kimbo Spice uses local sustainable food from four farms in Columbia County to meet its mission of serving up quality food.  On the menu, you’ll find a variety of Rice Bowls, one featuring extra fried crispy chicken tossed in one of three sauce choices.  Their menu also has Snacks/Add ons like a fried egg, lettuce wrap, Kimchee, Carrots and Daikon Pickles, and more.  View their full menu on their website, click here.  Open Friday-Sunday 2-7 PM.

Support our local food carts, they offer a little something for everyone!

 


Business Bits: The Real Deahl Gift Store

St. Helens, Oregon –  The Real Deahl Gift Store is the real deal.  This new business opened January 29th, 2021 at 254 N. Columbia River Hwy, St. Helens, OR next to neighbors Wayne Martin Flooring, and Walt’s Produce.  Owners, Ben Deahl and Shauna Lewis, turned a house into a Columbia County art boutique that carries garden products and a variety of artisan items from oil paintings, pottery, macrame, cards, earrings, and more handmade items.

Shop Tuesday – Sunday between 10 AM -7 PM.  Find more information on their website and follow their Facebook Page for events and new items.

Welcome to Columbia County!  #shoplocal #beyondtheburbs #spendbetter #keepitlocalcc

 

 

 


Business Bits: Get Your Paint On

Scappoose, OR –  Do you look at those paint event pictures and think, maybe I could do that?  If you do, you are not alone.  Paint events have and will continue to be a hot craze.  Local artist and business owner, Hope Wirta, Art of Hope Studios, offers paint events online and onsite for both individuals and groups.

Hope provides a variety of options to explore your paint creativity.  You can choose to socialize with a paint event with friends or to stay at home socially distanced.  You can test out your skills during one of her free Facebook live events, or join an online subscription or an onsite event to meet like-minded crafty people.  Hope also offers private events in-studio.  You can view more options for paintings on her website any past painting can be turned into an event.

Want to support local artists?  The new business platform, Patreon, offers the option to pay a monthly fee to participate in events varying from $3.00 to $10.00 with three different levels of benefits go to her page to learn more.

Hope Wirta started her business like many entrepreneurs while working a corporate job.  She spent two years hosting paint events and selling her artwork before she turned her part-time business into a full-time career as an artist and teacher.  Her Patreon profile states, “I love helping new painters overcome the fear of putting paint on a canvas and relaxing as they find their own style of art.  I hope to make painting a creative outlet for you to enjoy and have an easy step by step style of teaching.”  You can follow her YouTube Channel to engage with her teaching style.

Photo Courtesy FB page Hope Wirta The Trouble with Being Me

 

 

 


Beyond the Burbs- Outdoors

Explore Columbia County River by kayak or canoe at the Rainier Kayak Launch. Check out your community beyond the burbs in video below.  

Rainier Oregon Access to Columbia River

Explore Columbia County River by kayak or canoe at the Rainier Kayak Launch. Check out your community beyond the burbs! #beyondtheburbs #keepitlocalcc

Posted by Beyond The Burbs – Faces, Places and Happenings of Columbia County on Tuesday, February 4, 2020


Business Bits: Nelson’s Neighborhood Market & Deli

Scappoose, OR –  It’s nice to go where everyone knows your name which is a benefit to shopping at your neighborhood market.   You can shop local at Nelson’s Neighborhood Market & Deli, a family run business.  New owners, Brandon and Kym are from Scappoose.  They took over the former Skinny’s which was Rose Valley for many years prior.   You can say they know their neighbors.  Kym grew up here and Brandon moved to Scappoose in the 5th grade.  They have three young boys ages Kamden 8, Bowen 6 & Lawken 3.  They all like to help out.

They have a passion for convenience stores.  Kym shared that “Brandon was a beer salesman for many years. He would go into convenience stores every day and it became a dream of his to own his own. I worked at a convenience store as a teenager and after many years it was always my favorite job. Helping people get their convenience items and delicious deli foods is a passion of ours.”

They sell all the typical items you get at a convenience store plus they have a deli.  They make the items daily.  Get there early if you want donut holes as they are a hot sell.  They have a daily Soup which was added Sept 23rd.  Kim and Brandon decided to have their favorite meal which is on Friday, a pulled pork sandwich meal.

Their weekly daily specials menu will make your mouth water and your pocketbook sing as the prices are affordable for lunch.

 

Shop with the Nelson’s.  They are part of this community and they love the people here.  Their goal is to serve their customers quickly, with a smile.  They look forward to seeing both new and repeat customers.  When they are not working, they try to get some hunting and camping in on their downtime.  Their boys love sports so they are busy with soccer, wrestling, and baseball.

Welcome to Columbia County Nelson’s Neighborhood Market and Deli!  #newbusiness #local #deli #market #conviencestore #familyrun #scappooseor #columbiacountyor #keepitlocalcc #neighborhoodmarket #nelsons

Photo credit Facebook Business Page

 

 

 

 


Business Bits: Super Joe’s Espresso

St. Helens, OR – Ever been stuck at work and really needed a coffee? Be the office superhero and have coffee delivered. Never fear, Super Joe’s Expresso is near text 503-410-9358 to place your order. New to Columbia County, Super Joe’s Expresso is a coffee/drink delivery business owned by Chad & Mackenzie Yarbor.

Super Joe’s Expresso delivers freshly made coffee in individual orders or by an event. They bring coffee to the people.  The owners have a love for veterans where they want to focus on bringing them together with our community thru fun activities. They shared that they opened the business because “We love coffee. We also have seen a need to try and create fun events to help support the families and veterans in our community! While creating fun experiences for everyone! It was also our dream to own a business that would help us build a better life for our family!”  They decided on the name Super Joe’s Expresso from “a combination of the love and theme of superheroes and the veterans who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom! Everyone also likes a good cup of Joe!!”

On the menu, you will find specialty drinks named after superheroes. Chad & Mackenzie involve their customers in naming the new flavor combination they have created relating to a superhero. This drink becomes the “drink of the month.” Follow their facebook page to stay up to date with their menu.

Welcome to Columbia County Super Joe’s Expresso! #columbiacountyor #coffeedelivery #newbusiness #beyondtheburbs #smoothies #superheros

 


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

 

 

 


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.