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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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
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
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.
Scappoose, OR – Spring signals the return of The Scappoose Farmers Market. They open their 15th Season this Saturday, May 20th. The Scappoose Community Club hosts this local Farmers Market which runs now thru September 30th.
You’ll find a variety of fresh fruits, plants & herbs, vegetables, and handmade goods every Saturday from 9 AM – 2 PM. The amazing local vendors are located between Heritage Park and Scappoose City Hall. To stay in touch with events and new vendors follow the Scappoose Famers Market Facebook page. You’ll also find live music and events at the market.
New this year are vendors like:
Pannikin Ice, Exotic Thai rolled ice cream sold to support job training for local and at-risk youth
YoungFree Designs which create skateboards
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.
Stop by FLG and follow them on Facebook. #racing #carwraps #decals #FLGgrahics #flgwrap #customapparel #racingdesigns
Columbia County, OR- Columbia County has a habit of celebrating Earth Day with several clean ups in our communities. This year they are scheduled on Saturday, April 22nd. You can get involved by volunteering, cleaning up your property or even donating new and gently used residential building materials, home furnishing supplies.
Organizations like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) have partnered with SOLVE Oregon to help make our community a beautiful place to live. In rural communities like ours, it takes a group of volunteers working together to make a difference. You can get involved by registering at http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/shedco%E2%80%99s-4th-annual-spring-cleanup. The 4th Annual SHEDCO Clean Up starts down at the Courthouse Plaza in St.Helens from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Some of the volunteer tasks include picking weeds, trash pickup, sweeping, and flower planting. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a few tools and gloves if they have them. You can volunteer for an hour or two. You decide. There will also be fun activities for kids like face painting and free pumpkin starts while supplies last. Light snacks and beverages will be provided after the work is done to celebrate Earth Day.
Citizens are also encouraged to bring their unwanted items, yard debris, scrap metal, appliances and more see the flyer below for details for Spring Clean Up. You can also bring your new and gently used residential building materials, appliances, fixtures, and home furnishing picked up by local nonprofit Habitat for Humanity at three convenient locations: St. Helens High School, Scappoose High School, and Columbia City school. Drake’s Towing & Recovery is available for FREE Removal of your scrap vehicles, Call Ryan 503-438-6099.
This is your community. Local citizens are encouraged to help pitch in to make their community a cleaner place. Thanks for getting involved and celebrating Earth Day bycleaning up your local communities. #earthday #springclean #columbiacounty #hereincc