Faces, places & happenings of Columbia County

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

 


Beyond the Burbs- Outdoors

Updated CZ Trailhead offers a place to ride your horse, to hike, run or just a quiet place to stop and rest. Check out your community just beyond the burbs! #beyondtheburbs #columbiacountyoregon

CZ Trailhead

Updated CZ Trailhead offers a place to ride your horse, to hike, run or just a quiet place to stop and rest. Check out your community just beyond the burbs! #beyondtheburbs #columbiacountyoregon

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


Beyond the Burbs – Outdoors

Enjoy Your Community!
Do you have kids at home this week? Take them for a quick walk, play some disc golf or watch the river from a bench. McCormick Park is a beautiful place to spend time with family or for some self-care. #beyondtheburbs

Enjoy Your Community!Do you have kids at home this week? Take them for a quick walk, play some disc golf or watch the river from a bench. McCormick Park is a beautiful place to spend time with family or for some self-care. #beyondtheburbs

Posted by Beyond The Burbs – Faces, Places and Happenings of Columbia County on Wednesday, January 1, 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: Comfort Makers

St. Helens, OR – Columbia County’s population has its share of aging seniors among the highest in the state of Oregon along with Clatsop & Benton counties from the 2018 economic data for Pacific Northwest Oregon.   Over the past ten years, more and more women are moving into self-employment across the United States according to Inc.com   That’s exactly the path Katie Klem took to become an entrepreneur working with seniors.  She has recently opened two professional services businesses in Columbia County.

Katie opened Positive Journey, LLC, first to help with Geriatric Care Management, planning to meet seniors aging needs.  Quickly she realized people had a harder time planning but instead reacted to situations so she started Comfort Makers.  Comfort Makers focuses on Supportive Living Services.  They can help de-stress a family situation by caregiving for their loved one’s needs as they age.  She was also looking for a work-life balance as a mom and nurse.

Katie is a trained nurse.  She found a passion for working with the geriatric population.   She explained that her love for working with the geriatric population drove her to continue her graduate education in Geriatric Care Management.   Now, with Comfort Makers she lives her passion every day by helping older adults thrive in the comfort of their own home. With the help of her team, they take the stress out of caregiving and are changing families lives in Columbia County.  Katie explained that “using professional care management services helps relieve stress, reduce conflict, saves time and money.”  Katie is a wealth of knowledge and hires staff that treats their clients like family.

Are you a caregiver?  What do you do when you need a break?  Comfort Makers is a reasonably priced locally owned company.  Comfort Makers differs from their competition because they have no minimum hours and can start within a four-hour time frame.

Follow Comfort Makers Facebook Page to stay up to date on age-related resources and caregiving support.  Contact Katie for a consultation 503- 369-2460 to discuss your caregiving needs for yourself or a loved one.  #seniors #columbiacounty #newbusiness #caregiving #comfortmakers #destress 

 

 


Business Bits: Local Business Woman Leading the Way

Photo Courtsey of Facebook

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.

 

 

 


Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR –  Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is an annual tradition here in Columbia County.   This year marks the 103rd year for the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.  Attending the fair provides you and your family with many opportunities for fun and a chance to see your neighbors.  You will be able to experience the Warren Grange Farm Museum, Master Gardeners Gardens, carnival rides and food, Open Exhibits that include art, canning, baked goods, floral arrangements and more, 4-H Animals demonstrations and the Youth Livestock Auction, local vendors, a plant sale, free family-friendly entertainment, a beer garden for 21 & Older, and so much more.   The Columbia County Fair & Rodeo has plenty of events to fascinate everyone in your family.

Wednesday 18th at noon marks the start of the Fair with events thru 5:00 PM on Sunday 22nd.  A few of the daily highlights include:

Wednesday 18th invites Seniors/Veterans to attend for FREE.  RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is hosting a luncheon to recognize senior volunteers followed by My Fair Lady Padget at 1:00 Pm.  Stay around to enjoy live music by local band The Decades from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.   You can entertain kids by learning about parrot species in a fun-filled, and entertaining pirate-themed show at The Pirates Parrot Show!  Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  View detailed schedule online.

Thursday 19th is Junior Rodeo/Kids Day this means free fair entrance until 3:00 PM.  Hit Machine, a local favorite band, performs from 3:00-6:00 PM.   Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  Buck Trout drives around in his little truck, his zany antics and comical stories always make a lasting impression that brings smiles and laughter to children of all ages!  Plus, a pie eating contest at 2:00 PM stick around to see The Junior Rodeo which starts at 6:00 PM.  

Friday & Saturday  – Kick off your weekend with the National Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) Rodeo Friday & Saturday night. Live music includes Brewers Grade delivers a set list that is always fresh, built around the latest Country material as well as covers for classic and outlaw country and  country sensation, Showdown.

Saturday & Sunday – Straight Up Racing’s Monster Truck show Saturday & Sunday at this years Columbia County Fair & Rodeo! Go on a ride in a monster truck before the show starts!! Admission is $20 for adult, $15 Senior/Veterans & Kids 7-17, 6 & under are free!  Fair is done at 5:00 PM.

To stay up to date, please follow the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook page and get your tickets ahead of time on their website.  You can get more information about specifics from the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo:  4-H Exhibit Information, Open Exhibits, and  Columbia County Youth Livestock. 

See you at the Fair.  #BeyondtheBurbs #fair #carnival#traditions #columbiaocountyor #shoplocal #carnivalfood #4H


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