St. Helens, OR- If you’ve lived here for awhile, you might have been a customer of Geri Noble. She ran a business called “The Hutch” for 15 years on Main Street St. Helens. She’s back giving great customer service and sewing up a storm at a her old shop location but with a new partner, Debbie Loomis. Debbie, owner of Hagz Bagz since 2006 joined forces with Geri and merged their businesses on Oct 1st, 2016, Hagz Bagz & The Hutch located at 400 Columbia Blvd, St. Helens. You can also reach them at 503-397-1352.
Even with a name change, everything else has stayed the same except with added services. When asked how they decided to open their business Debbie replied, “I wanted to have a place to showcase what we love to do, create one of a kind gift items at reasonable prices.”
Geri is happy to be back on Main Street St. Helens and wants her customers to know she’s got a great new business partner. She wanted to work with Debbie to help her develop her business and sewing skills and they both love what they do. Debbie wanted to partner with Geri because “she has been in the sewing business a lot longer than me. Her wealth of knowledge was what I needed to go forward with my dream of having a storefront.”
Need a special gift, contact Hagz Bagz & The Hutch. Follow their Facebook page for ideas to give a gift from Columbia County that is personalized and from the heart. You can also shop online from their catalog.
St. Helens, OR – In today’s world of too much TV not enough time, Carnival Eats might be a new show for you. It’s a series on the Cooking Channel hosted by Noah Cappe who travels the US in search of the best carnival food from hot dogs to funnel cakes. The show can bring it’s fans back to their childhood memories like fairs have the tendency to do.
This past summer Carnival Eats stopped by the Columbia County Fair. Host Noah interviewed local business owner Matt Freeman, St Helens Grill, which offers quality products to create the best hamburgers and eats. You’ll see the St Helens Grill featured on the upcoming episode on 3/23/2017 – Dawn of the Bread. Matt made Noah the Marionberry Volcano dessert pictured in this blog. Catch the show to find out more about the food.
When asked about being featured on the cooking channel series, Matt mentioned he was equally nervous and excited when the producer called. He said, “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to not only highlight St Helens Grill but to also showcase the Columbia County Fair. Butch, the fair board, and the countless volunteers put so much time and effort to bring us a quality event each year they deserve the spotlight.”
Matt is no stranger to the food scene. In 2014, he opened his first company Batter Me Up operating out of a tent at 13 Nights on the River, St. Helens. At that time Batter Me Up was battered and deep fried foods; corn dogs, Oreos, Twinkies, and funnel cakes. As the business grew, so did the business plan with a 16ft concession trailer. St Helens Grill put their prior experience to use taking the menu up a notch by adding burgers and nacho/tater tots hybrid, Totchos. They are different from fair food due to our focus on local, quality ingredients. They procure fresh, not frozen NW raised hamburger from a Portland butcher, buns from Portland French Bakery, and other local products such as Bob’s Red Mill. They use quality ingredients, cooked to order resulting in a great end product for their customers.
Matt said he opened a food truck because, “My dream is to have a local burger joint serving burgers, fries, dogs, and shakes. The food cart allows me to practice for when that dream becomes a reality.”You can get some good food from St Helens Grill this summer at 13 Nights on the River events, Columbia County Fair and Rodeo and home games for St Helens Youth Football. You can also keep up with new events they add on their Facebook page or Twitter.
St. Helens, OR- The mission has been the same even with the new name change to Accumulations a local nonprofit that assists adults in Columbia County to help get them back to work. The organization has changed names and locations in the past few years but it is always true to their mission of helping individuals receive on the job training working within a retail establishment.
My Next Step has changed their name to “Accumulations” and relocated to 1271 Columbia River Hwy, St Helens, OR. Accumulations is a 501c(3) nonprofit that offers a Job Readiness Training Center set in a resale & consignment store. The store raises money by reselling items and re-purposing items into something different for sale. This win/win mix helps the adults by providing in-class education and on-site job skills for participants of the Job Readiness program.
Shopping at the location helps the organization. Donating new to gently used items also helps the nonprofit. 100% of all cash and noncash donations are deductible and stay in this County.
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.
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.
Scappoose, 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
*Live Music courtesy of Columbia River PUD’s Community Grant
*Burrito USA using local fresh ingredients where possible
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
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.
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.
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.