Business Bits: Hagz, Bagz & The Hutch

Meet Debbie Loomis & Geri Noble.

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.

 

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Are you attending “Valentines for Vets?”

St. Helens, OR – Columbia County is home to the new Elks Veterans Bunker located at 125 18th Street in St Helens, OR.  The Bunker opened last summer and is the first of its kind not only in Oregon but also in the United States.  One of their largest fundraisers is the Annual Gala and Auction called  Valentines For Vets Dinner on February 4th this year.

Why support The Elks Veterans Bunker?  The Bunker is located in a comfortable residential setting complete with a fireplace and a dining room table.  Alta Lynch, Elks BPOE #1999 Veterans Chair  & Bunker Founder,  had a dream for Columbia County.  She wanted Veterans to have a place to gather with others for coffee, maybe a game of cards or to tell stories.  A social spot.  A place to get resources.   A comfortable place to receive counseling.  A home to honor our Veterans who have served our country.  All it took was one women’s dream and a driven spirit.  She created a team rallying volunteers to create a safe and welcoming space for our Veterans.  According to local Community Action Team (CAT) Veteran’s officer, Russ Clark; the 2010 census recorded 6,000 veterans that live in Columbia County.

The event will be held in St Helens at St Frederic Church, Buccini Hall at 165 S. 14th Street.  Tickets for the Gala on Feb 4th are $20.00 per person with limited tickets at the door.  Valentines for Vets starts at  5:00 PM with a No Host Bar, A Flag Rising Ceremony by the Young Marines at 6:00 PM with dinner to follow along with a Silent and Live Auction.   To get your advanced tickets and for questions, please call 503-410-5225.  To follow their activities, go to and “Like” their Facebook page Elks Veteran Bunker.  Click here for  Elks BPOE #1999 information.  Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.

 

Elk Veterans Bunker

“Just a Few Useful Resources”

St Helens, OR-  New to Columbia County or just recently retired?  Are you looking for specific resources, business services or things to do? Want to volunteer but not sure where you should?  Looking to get involved with a local service club?  Or are you curious what is going on in your community and want to get involved?   A one-stop shop, a countywide business directory called Keep it Local Columbia County can help you discover what is available countywide.  Keep It Local Columbia County is an on-line new resource to connect Columbia County.  Other resources for nonprofits and social media groups are helpful to discover all the great things we have going on here in Columbia County.

Keep it Local Columbia County launched a free online business directory for Columbia County that features both businesses and events.  The goal of the website is to help customers find local businesses and events.  The website helps shoppers find out what products and services businesses offer,  hours of operation along with days open and contact information to help increase dollars spent locally in Columbia County.  Keep it Local Columbia County is putting Columbia County businesses on one page.  Go to KeepitLocalCC.com

Columbia County has over 100 nonprofits to serve the citizens of Columbia County. You can find an updated list from Community Action Team (CAT). Go to  Columbia County Resources.  This is a great tool whether you are new or a long-term resident.  You can also find places to volunteer by researching this information.

You can contact the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center at 503-397-0685 should you have questions about local businesses, travel questions or things to do in St. Helens and Scappoose.  You can also find a list of both business and community events on their website.

Other Facebook Groups that can be handy to follow if you live in Columbia County:

Columbia County Children and Families

City of St Helens

City of Scappoose

Enjoy living Beyond the Burbs, Right here in Columbia County. #hereincc #welovewherewelive #plugintoyourcommunity #smalltowns

 

 


2016 Summer Community Celebrations

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Our communities offer many types of activities around the 4th of July to showcase a sense of community pride while celebrating our nation’s independence.  These communities are inviting you to join in the fun.

Scappoose –  Start your morning off right with a donation only Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11:00 AM.  All proceeds go to Scappoose Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund held at 52751 Columbia River Hwy.

St. Helens-  4th of July Festivities start at Columbia View Park  at 11:00 am with an Adult Tail Gate Party down at the waterfront.  The Elks Food Cart opens between 11:00-8:00 PM.  Elks will be grilling up hamburgers and such to raise funds for Veterans.  Other family friendly events like a Pie Baking Contest,Watermelon Eating Contest, Trash Can Painting Contest all happen during the day.  Live music starts at 3:00 PM followed by local sensation Hit Machine at 8:00 PM.  For specific events, go to  St Helens 4th of July Events Schedule.

Rainer Days starts officially at noon on July 7th.  You will find free live music, carnival rides, evening kids movie in the park and more until July 10th.  According to their website, they were voted Best fireworks on the Columbia River for 5 years in a row.  Make sure to catch the “Fibre Federal / Rainier Days in the Park Fireworks show” July 9th 10:00 PM.  Rainier Days 2016 Schedule.

Clatskanie – Heritage Days is a long-running tradition started by pioneers.  Many new events have been added to showcase the best of Clatskanie. On the 4th, they have a day full of events to celebrate their local Heritage.  Two of the highlights is a live logging show at 6:30 PM followed by a fireworks show at dusk.  For more information or detailed events, go to their website.

The Vernonia Chamber of Commerce hosts the  Vernonia Great American Bash 2016.  They have a parade that starts at 6:00 PM and fireworks at dusk.  Looking for daytime activities? The newly upgraded Dewey Pool is ready for visitors.   Want to squeeze in a bike ride?  You can jump on the Crown Zellerbach Trail.   Whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy your time in Vernonia.

Columbia County hosts many community events with free activities that allow you to see your neighbors, meet new friends and participate in what makes small towns so great.  #Thankscolumbiacounty #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #welovecc #welovewherewelive

 

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Festival, Parade & More starting June 16th, 2016

13433336_10208173950839377_9005612333863629753_oSt Helens, OR-   Do you remember the old Port-o-Fun?  Port-o-Fun was located downtown along the waterfront in St Helens for many years.  St Helens Kiwanis decided to bring back the memories and fun with a new name, The River Festival.  St. Helens River Festival will start at noon on Thursday 16th with Free Admission. You’ll have plenty to do with 13 Nights on the River  open air market  from 3:00-9:00 PM and live music starting at 6:00 PM by  a band called “Slicker” made up of some of Oregon’s finest home grown, professional musicians.

Another long-standing local tradition, St Helens Kiwanis will also host the 101st year Kiwanis Parade with the theme “2016 Year of Health & Wellness”  June 18th at noon at Columbia Blvd and Hwy 30.  This parade is great family fun.  If you want to get creative,  you can participate in the parade by signing up the day of the parade between 9-11 at Emmert Motors.  Parade judging starts at 11:00 and Parade at Noon.  It’s a not to miss community event.  Kiwanis want to invite Columbia County to join in the celebrations.

Yes, there is adult fun involved.  When was the last time you attended a street dance?  This upcoming weekend, you’ll have the option to attend two street dances.  One on Friday 17th by Stevie Marie & Jackson Road and The Wieners will play on Saturday both start at 8:00 PM with a $5.00 cover for each dance.  River Festival Facebook Page follow along for details.  Spending time at community creates great family memories.

#hereincc #keepitlocalcc #livemusic #recreatecc


2016 St Helens Spring Into Artwalk

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St Helens, OR-   Join in on the fun at this new event hosted by SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation), Columbia Arts Guild and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.  Start at the Columbia County Courthouse & Museum from 3-4:00 PM to get your Artwalkmap for the Spring Into Art Walk on March 31, 2016.   The map has a variety of artists  featured at local businesses.  This is an opportunity to visit over fifteen local business that will host local artists plus artistic demonstrations like Native Drum Making, Clogging, and much more.

Want to join in the artist fun?  You can participate in the SIAcoloringcontest with prizes given for three different age groups.  Must be present at the wrap-up party to win prizes.  Participating artists and local residents will meet at the Visitor Center at the South Columbia County Chamber, 2194 Columbia Blvd., from 6:00-7:30 PM for a wrap-up party and a chance to meet your neighbors.

#hereincc #keepitlocalcc

 

 

 


Columbia County 1st Century Challenge

C3-logomark (rev 2)If you travel highway 30 on a Saturday, you most likely have seen groups of cyclists ascending into Columbia County from Portland.  For years, these groups of cyclists  have been coming out here to enjoy the CZ (Crown Zellerbach Trail) from Scappoose to Vernonia and onward to Banks, OR.  You see, as a country, we are quite bike friendly. The City of St Helens has a Pedestrian and Bike Commission that meets on a monthly basis.  Plus, many local businesses are bike friendly with bike racks. If you own a business, check out how to become Bike Friendly and more from City of St. Helens Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.

To meet the needs of locals and tourists alike, June 18th will mark the 1st Cycle Columbia County, Columbia Centurian Challenge, starting in downtown St Helens riding thru many small towns such as Vernonia, Mist and Columbia City. To see a full route and to register for the challenge which opens soon go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com and “like”  Columbia Century Challenge Facebook page. #hereincc #columbiacenturychallenge #cyclistslovecc
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Land, Water or Just Something Different?

Exercise     Dreaming of a healthier you in 2016?  If you are not as motivated as you’d like, try group exercise.  Groups are a great for accountability, to make new friends, build self-confidence and meet your health goals. Columbia County has many group exercise options.  After reading a community facebook post where locals bragged about the following exercise hot spots, I’ve complied a list of  their favorites.   I also wanted to share a few more if your New Year’s Resolutions is for a healthier you, if you are into that.  If not, maybe just because it’s good for you.

On land:

Columbia City:  Pacific Athletic Club.  Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.

St. Helens: Anytime Fitness   &  Curves

Scappoose:  The Fitness Center in Scappoose

Water:

St Helens:  Einsenschmidt Pool.  Lap swimming and classes. Click here for pool schedule.

Kayaking/Canoe Tours:  Your Adventure Awaits

Something different:

Clogging Classes start on January 7th, 2016

Crossfit St Helens.  A type of workout.

Yoga: Classes by Meredith Redding Fitness and Yoga LLC &  YogaYouUnion

Lots of options to choose from in the area.  Here’s to a healthier us in 2016.

 

 


Annual Walk/Run to Support Local Charities Saturday

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St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run?  It is a signature event in Columbia County.  It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens.  You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.

Don’t worry you still have time to join in on the fun.  Sign up for 6th Annual Reindeer Run.  This year they are adding a new twist with a costume contest.

Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs.  The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. .  Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.

Join in on the fun & get involved in this year’s Reindeer Run!  Click here to learn more about the run.

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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.