2016 Business Bits Overview

Columbia County, OR – The economic atmosphere in  2016 could be termed “Transformational” as far as future economic development in Columbia County.  Many new small businesses opened across varied industries in St. Helens, Scappoose & surrounding areas which welcomed new restaurants, art galleries, franchise businesses and mom and pop shops.

In March of 2016, Senator Betsy Johnson used the term “Transformational” to describe the announcement of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center  (OMIC) in an article written by The Spotlight.  Chuck Daughtery, Executive Director, Columbia County Economic Team, (CCET) provided a brief synopsis in response to a question, “What are the Goals of OMIC”  on Facebook December 19th.  Daughtery’s response: Create state of the art metals research and development center in collaboration with the Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, Oregon State University and industry partners including Boeing. R&D projects will be funded by industry partners and executed by the research universities. Industry will get access to intellectual property for use in prospective manufacturing processes.  Current updates are available OMIC project updates The Spotlight December 2016.

OMIC project leaders and partners met November 2nd at the newly purchased building in Scappoose adjacent to Scappoose Sand and Gravel.  Senator Betsy Johnson welcomed not only Governor Kate Brown but a”Who’s Who” of both Oregon Education & Business Community with local leaders and dignitaries for the explanation of the OMIC project and the what it means not only to Columbia County but to Oregon.  OMIC is currently the only Boeing partnered Research & Development Center in North America.  It’s right here in Scappoose, OR.  It’s transformational all right, in more ways than one.   This center will attract additional businesses with similar interests and train for employment after college.  For more information on the project, go to Oregon Business article on Filling the Gaps with Apprenticeships.

The Scappoose Industrial Air Park gained an additional expanding business in Columbia County. One might say, It was a big deal.  In June 2016, Cascades Tissues, a Canadian Based Company, operating in St Helens announced an expansion of a new paper converting company at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark creating jobs.  This expansion is a $63 million dollar project.  The project is currently underway.

South Columbia County not only saw an uptick in large business but also in the variety of new small businesses.  Some examples include two new artists with art galleries in Old Towne St Helens.  Captain Studley offers art classes at his studio and Johnny Grinder & partner, Orange brought Steam 33 to our community.  Big River Bistro opened its doors for great coffee, lunch or breakfast with a beautiful view of the Columbia River.  New neighbor to Big River Bistro,  North Lake Physical Therapy joined the Old Town merchants in the old Muckle building.  Let’s not forget about the re-opening of the Warren Country Inn after years of being closed.  These examples are certainly not all that opened in 2016 but a good sampling of the variety of new businesses.

New small businesses continue to open in Scappoose such as Brown Butter Bakery, Rosebud Cafe and even business services such as a local recruiting company, Normine, Lombard & Associates. Large franchises like Bi-Mart have also joined the mom and pop shops in Scappoose over the past last six months.

Columbia County will enter 2017 with a strong business foundation with many good things ahead for our local economy!  #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #welovewherewelive

Senator Betsy Johnson explaining OMIC (Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center). Photo Courtsey: Keep It Local Columbia County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brown Butter Bakery Now Open

Photo Courtesy of Brown Butter Bakery
Brown Butter Bakery 

Scappoose, OR – Brown Butter Bakery has been creating baked-from-scratch desserts for Columbia County families since 2010 .  They have expanded their business to a brick & mortar location.  Brown Butter Bakery is located at  52310 SW Old Portland, Rd, Scappoose, OR.  They are open from 6:30AM-3:00 PM Wednesday thru Saturday.  Be sure to stop in for a hot, strong cup of coffee and a one of a kind sweet treat.

Darcy McDonald, the owner, sells all natural, baked-from-scratch items with a great taste, nothing artificial.   She enjoys making cookies, cupcakes, scones and cakes. She can even make it Gluten Free if you ask!  Follow their Facebook page to keep up with daily treats!

Photos are Courtsey of Brown Butter Bakery Facebook Page.

 

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One of Brown Butter Bakery’s Custom Made Cakes 
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A variety of homemade treats!

 


Scappoose Farmers’ Market 14th Season

23433_101502389893541_2811927_nScappoose, OR- Every  Spring, one thing is certain.  That’s the opening of the  Scappoose Farmers’ Market.  May 21st marks the 14th Season open from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM.  This year you will find some of the favorites such as veggies, plants, and artisan gifts.  You’ll find a few new things in the mix this year.

* Demonstrations focused on Art of Food Preparation using local ingredients, grant by Columbia County Cultural Coalition.

*Planting Ideas & Master Gardeners Tips

*Kids Programs

*Live Music courtesy of Columbia River PUD’s Community Grant

*Burrito USA using local fresh ingredients where possible

*Scappoose Community Club will occasionally  feature their Sauerkraut Sandwich.  Stay tuned to Scappoose Community Club Updates.

If you haven’t been, it’s a must to check out in Columbia County.

See you at the Scappoose Farmers’ Market located behind in City Hall Parking lot at E 2nd Street.


Artists Row in St Helens

Within the past few months, two new artists have appeared to ignite the Art Scene in Saint Helens on 1st South Street.

Located at 289 S 1st street, right across the Courthouse plaza, you’ll find the Phil Fake Studio.  Phil Fake is one of the new artists in St.Helens.  His current show, On the Voyage to become Captain Joe Studley, Fake Pirate, A Life/Art Project by Unknown Artist/Owner, Phil Fake.  You can view his work at Captain Jim Studley Gallary.  Phil is offering a series of art classes starting May 1st.   Be sure to stop by his studio and introduce yourself.  Phil works in character as Captain Joe Studley, a real pirate dressed just as you would imagine.  He often paints outdoors so you may even meet him while he is painting.

The second artist to arrive on 1st South Street is Steam #33 at 295 S. 1st Street, St Helens.  Owner, Johnnie Grinder explained that he and Orange,another featured artist at Steam #33. spent the last 9 years traveling around Taiwan.  He mentioned that they painted last summer in Florence Italy.  When they found St Helens, they felt they had found something special.  To view their work, go to Steam 33 Art Gallary or stop by and say hello .  You can find them also at the Portland Saturday Market.  We want to welcome both these artists to Columbia County.  #artistsincc #hereincc #keepitlcoalcc #welovecc

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Steam 33 Gallary, 295 S. 1st Street, St Helens, OR
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Phil Fake Gallary, 291 S. 1st St, St. Helens, OR
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An example of one of the many Art classes offered at Phil Fake Studio.

 


Have you been to “The Nerd Nest?”

 

Meet Owner, Sean Lowery.  He opened Nerd's Nest 2 months ago with wife, Emily.

Scappoose, OR- There is a new kid in town when it comes to a retail store in Columbia County located right across from Scappoose City Hall at 3355 Columbia Ave, Suite 113.  Young or old it doesn’t matter, you can now entertain the “nerd” in you by stopping by to check out cards, comics and gaming.  The Nerd Nest is the kind of place you can stop in for a little while to hang out or buy Disc Golf Sets to get some exercise.

The Nerd Nest is a unique retail venue in South Columbia County.   To keep up with what’s going on “Like” their facebook page The Nerd Nest .  Owners, Sean & his wife Jamie Lowry, have been open for 2 months. They have already partnered with another local business, NERDstaglia, Inc. to carry their Disc Golf Sets owned by Chris and Emily Emanuel.

Next time your looking for something to do.  Stop by to grab a comic book or a new Disc Golf Set to go play at a local disc golf park such as McCormick Park in St Helens.

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Calling all English! It’s time for High Tea in Columbia County

Just one of the many tea pots that will be on display.  Photo Courtousy of Tea Time Facebook.

St. Helens, OR- English High Tea?  Cucumber sandwhiches or tasty chicken curry sandwhiches, perhaps.  Let’s not forget about the scones.  Tea stirs up good conversation with loved ones.

Now, do I have your attention?  New business Tea Time located at 165 N. 11th Street, on the corner of 11th and Columbia Blvd.,owner, Cindy Sutiff, invites you to join her for the Grand Opening Oct 30th along with a Ribbon Cutting by the South Chamber of Commerce at noon.  Tea Time Open House 12-5 where you should check out her inventory of teas, homemade English treats and step back into the 1920’s at her new tea shop.

Cindy spent her time as a kid having tea with her grandma.  It was a family event.  It’s a tradition she wants to bring to Columbia County to share some of her own experiences with others.  She opens Oct 30th with starting hours on Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5, with occasional Friday 11-5 .  She has already started booking private parties and encourages you to come by for a cup of tea.  She also loves to collaborate and is looking for artists to showcase their work on a monthly basis.  Cindy believes in Shop Local and currently serves on the City of St. Helens Pedestrian and Biking Committee.

To follow Cindy on her journey as her business grows, please “like” her on Facebook.


Two Local Columbia County Women Receive Industry Awards

St. Helens & Columbia City are so close you can walk from one to the other.  You follow the paved path across from the County Roads Department down Heart Attack Hill.  When you come out of the wooded area, you’ve reach Columbia City.  Not only are they close in proximity but both communities have women who have received industry awards one from city government and the other from the building and design industry.  You may have even heard their names, Kannikar Peterson & Leahnette Rivers.

Kannikar Peterson from St Helens Oregon will be recognized at the upcoming Oregon Builds Connections Conference Oct 15th for a luncheon at the Sentinel Hotel Portland, OR.  The Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2015 Vision Awards go to top of their industry to women in the building and design industry from Oregon and Southwest Washington.  The criteria set for receiving the award is leadership, industry accomplishments, mentoring efforts and community involvement.  65 women were nominated and 25 where chosen.  Congratulations to Kannikar Peterson for winning this award.  Kannikar Peterson, Co- Owner with husband, Al Peterson,Akaan Architecture & Design is active in the community.  Kannikar currently serves on the Art’s and Cultural Coalition for the City of St. Helens.  Read more: DJC Oregon 2015 Women of Vision Awards

Leahnette Rivers, City Administrator for Columbia City for the last 16 years, was awarded the Kehrli Award in Bend Oregon.  The Kehrli Award is given out by the Oregon League of Cities, a volunteer organization to represent Oregon’s 242 incorporated cities.  Oregon League of Cities helps local city governments serve their citizens by providing legislative services, policy setting,  and other support.  Leahnette received the nominations for the award from elected officials; staff and community.  They praised her work on the veteran’s park, her leadership and financial planning skills. Click here to read more

Congratulations to local leaders, Kannikar Peterson and Leahentte Rivers.  Good to see you at the top of your Industry.


What’s SHOR?

Have you heard about SHOR (St. Helens Organics Recycling, LLC)?

SHOR held two open houses last week at the St. Helen’s Armory to share information with the public about the proposed St. Helens Organics Recycling facility.  You might be asking yourself what does that mean?  SHOR  seeks to be a leader in environmental sustainability by providing an alternative to sending food scraps to the landfill.   SHOR would use a 100 year old process called anaerobic digestion in a closed facility to produce a methane gas similar to natural gas used to create electricity, energy to run some of the operations at the mill or as a transportation fuel for the trucks that serve the mill.  Not only does this process create a renewable energy but it would also would provide a valuable source of nutrients for local farm and agricultural reuse.

SHOR’s proposed site is to be c0-located on the Cascade Tissue (formly Boise White Paper) Mill site.  SHOR shared that both the residents and businesses will benefit from having a community facility that demonstrates real leadership in environmental sustainability. It will also provide jobs and serve as an anchor to help attract other businesses that value the protection of the environment.  SHOR’s next steps are to apply for permits for a permits from the Department of Environmental Quality which will require a hearing prior to issuance.

If you couldn’t make it to the Open House, please contact Paul Woods, Owner.  He invites the public to contact him for more information on the facility layout, anaerobic digestion and status of the project.  You can go to SHOR INFO or email him at paul@shorinfo.com.

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Paul Woods, Owner, answering questions from local St. Helen’s residents.
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Explanation of A New Green Technology