Small Towns Celebrate Independence Day in Columbia County

Columbia County, OR –  Family, friends, picnic, barbeque, community, and fireworks!   How do you like to celebrate the 4th of July?  You have many options in Columbia County from Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia & Clatskanie or a combination of a few events since our small towns are so close.

It’s a tradition in Scappoose to start the day off with a Pancake Breakfast in Scappoose from 7:30 -11:00 AM.  It’s a donation breakfast brought to you by the Scappoose Fire Department, Scappoose Volunteer Firefighters & Highway 30 Cruisers. Families can gather and share a meal to start the day off right.  A highlight is meeting your local community responders who are raising money for graduate scholarships.

St Helens is bringing back a local favorite Hit Machine to celebrate the holiday.  The 5th Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony takes place at the Courthouse at 2:00 PM to revive an old tradition of celebrating the guardians that have gone before to protect our freedom.  Others are encouraged to join at other locations across St. Helens.  They will be shooting off the fireworks from Sand Island this year.  Follow their website to stay up to date.

Clatskanie has Heritage Days is a not to miss event.  It starts the Saturday before on the 29th with an annual Car Show and a 5 K Race to support a nonprofit that supports kids Against Child Abuse.  Heritage Days on the 4th of July is complete with all day activities like contests such as mustache & beard competition a talent show, ice cream eating, a rubber ducky contest and fireworks to end the evening.  For a full list of events visit their website

Once again, Vernonia is hosting The Great American Bash complete with an evening parade and fireworks hosted by Vernonia Firefighters.  The parade starts at 5:00 PM with a ticketed concert to follow at Hawkins Park.  You can find more events on their facebook page.

We wish you a happy and safe 4th of July from all us at  BeyondTheBurbs!


New Irish Pub with a Non-Irish Name – O’Nammy’s

St. Helens, OR – There is a new kid on the block well it’s new on Highway 30.  It’s the Irish pub called O’Nammy’s located at 343 Columbia River Highway across the parking lot from Skinny’s next to the nail salon.    They extended their hours in May open Sun-Thu: 11am – 11pm & Fri-Sat: 11am – 1:30am.   They have a jukebox and a complimentary phone charging station for their patrons, provide cards on the table along with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots games to keep one busy while sipping on your favorite beverage.  They also have Oregon Video Lottery.

Yes, they have Guinness on Tap or you can get a cocktail of your choice.  You may also run into local bartender & bar manager, Jamie Apple, as known by the locals behind the bar.  Yes, they also have food.   Order the corned beef & cabbage,  a Ruben or chili cheese nachos if you get the chance check out their menu on their website for more food options.

Welcome, O’Nammy’s to Columbia County.  They opened right before St. Patricks Day and look forward to having you stop by to say hello.  #irish #sthelens #drinklocalcc #adultsonly #pub #neighborhoodpub


Business Bits: Columbia River Jewelers

Scappoose, OR – Tucked in next to Companion Pet Clinic in Scappoose lies new business, Columbia River Jewelers, at 33555 E Columbia Ave. in Scappoose.  Recently opened in December 2018, Erica Czerniejewski greeted new customers just in time for her first Christmas Season.  She is one of the newer businesses to open in Scappoose.

Erica has a variety of handmade jewelry that can be purchased in her shop or on her facebookpage.  She spent over ten years working in the corporate world fixing jewelry where she learned her trade.  She loves a challenge and takes pride in her work.  She can fix just about anything and likes to suggest new ideas beyond what you had even thought of which shows her many years of handling a variety of jewelry.  She can even restore vintage jewerly.

Erica modeling earings!

When you meet Erica, you can tell she is very passionate about jewelry and the jewelry that you love.  When asked when she realized she loved designing jewelry, she replied, ” I can’t really say because I have always been a creative person interested in art of various kinds. I loved going through my parent’s jewelry boxes because they collected antique pieces that look nothing like the jewelry you see today. Pieces that were made to be worn in mourning, loose stones, charms made in the mountains of Peru, Persian antiques with painted ivory…I was fascinated by the all the different styles that like snippets of cultures and people have gone by and the permanence of jewelry.  As a kid, I drew up designs for fun never imagining I’d actually make jewelry one day. I played with beading, and tried to get into jewelry classes but never was able to make it work. It wasn’t until studying at the University of Oregon that I was able to take courses at the Craft Center. I convinced one of the teachers there to let me work at his jewelry shop in Eugene where I learned how to carve and cast. From then on I knew it was what I wanted to do.” 

Talking with Ericia she shared she opened a store in Scappoose because, ” I saw a need in the community: there is currently not a local jeweler in the whole county so people have to drive 45 minutes just to get basic work done! I enjoy helping people create and restore memories that personal jewelry represents. Working face to face allows me to take the time to educate people about the best options for their keepsakes. Additionally, I operate a small farm. Running my own business allows me to go home and take care of any of my livestock that might need some additional care.  If I’m not in the shop I’m probably helping someone give birth or taking care of other animal needs. My farm, The Muddy Heart Ranch, is only 5 minutes from my shop so its pretty easy to go back and forth between the two.”

Upon entering her store, you will be welcomed by the friendly helper Roy, a border collie from working lines.  Erica mentioned that Roy’s job at home is to work the sheep and help move pigs from pasture to pasture since he isn’t needed every day he now has another job that he loves: official greeter. He loves coming to work and getting to meet all the new people! He will be turning five in March, but he is still a puppy at heart. Just throw the ball for him and he will fly just to catch it.

Erica described that some of her favorite client memories are, “When I make people cry–for joy because I restored a precious item they thought was no more! Some of the most precious pieces can be so simple: A friend asked me to make a fairly basic ring with three chevrons bands in yellow gold, no stone or anything. I didn’t think much of it until he received it and called me up to tell me how this ring represented how far he had come. He had a silver ring that he wore every day through homelessness and other trials. He built himself up and that this gold ring represented how far he had come. I love being a part of peoples celebrations of their personal milestones.”  

Welcome to Columbia County Columbia River Jewelers!

#newbusiness #jewelers #vintagejewelry #professionalservices #columbiacountyor #retail #designer #madeincc #artisan #shopping

 

 

 


New Community Art Project – Flagship Columbia County

Columbia County, OR –   Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) has partnered with one of their  members and program creater, Joan Youngberg, to put on another community art project after her successful “This is US St Helens Project.”  You can read more about the past project here.  Their new project is called Flagship Columbia County.  Where the first project painted homes which are currently on display at the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce patio 2194 Columbia Blvd, this new project will have participants from across Columbia County painting flags.  Grants were secured for this project by Columbia County Cultural Coalition (CCCC) & The Oregon Foundation by Columbia Arts Guild.

Each community member can paint on a piece of 5 X 8 Tyvek, a waterproof siding material provided at the paint location.  These pieces will make up our uniqueness once assembled to create a banner displayed somewhere in Columbia County over the summer according to their facebook page. You can join in the fun at any one of their painting events such as the one at Running Dogs Brewery from 5-8 PM on February 22nd.   This is open to any group that would like to participate.  Please contact Joan Youngberg at greenhouseyellowdoor@gmail.com if you have questions.

The Columbia Arts Guild has membership open to any artists or supporter. You can support the group by becoming a member and supporting their projects.

#community #art #columbiacountyor #flagshipproject #communityart #paint #flags #thingstodocc #welovewherewelive

 

 


Pure Serenity Massage Expanded Services to “Floats”

St Helens, OR – Local business, Pure Serenity Massage, LLC has consistently been adding services to their business since they opened in October 2007.  Starting as a massage business, they are now offering fourteen different types of massage and expanded services to include Facials by licensed Estheticians, Eye Lash Extensions, Spray Tans, Essential Oils, Foot Reflexology, Ear Candling and now a Float Tank.  They have expanded to a one-stop shop for health and wellness.

Pure Serenity has the only float tank in Columbia County which provides Floatation Therapy.  Have you heard of this new health trend called floating?   The concept is sensory deprivation to take away the stress and distractions in life.   You lay on your back in 98 degrees Epom Saltwater in a soundproof and lightproof tank to create a balance allowing your body to feel like it is “floating” depriving your body of any sensory activity. Below is a YouTube Video that explains what it is and how it works found on Pure Serenity’s website.

The owner, Kayla Mixer, shared she decided to get a float tank because “We were hitting our 10 years and I was wanting a float tank for 3 years.  It was always in the back of my mind I finally pushed forward and did it.   We love the idea that the facility can be a one-stop shop and a float tank is a great addition to massage and skin care. A float right before a message is amazing!!!   So many benefits to floating I’m so happy to have the first float in Columbia County.”

Over the past few months, they have also revamped their skincare department.  Kayla wanted to bring in the best product and a new high-end microdermabrasion machine.  She explained that her lead, Esthetician Michelle King, used to work at ski resorts and with plastic surgeons which helps add to a new skin care department that is top of the line and amazing results.  Pure Serenity is hosting an upcoming Customer Appreciation Event for current and new potential customers on December 15th to view the new product line, meet the Estheticians and enjoy refreshments. 

Want to learn more about Floating.  Check out this YouTube Video for more information on Floatation Therapy.

 

 

 


Business Bits: 2 New Courier Businesses

Columbia County, OR – Two businesses in Columbia County are offering delivery service.  Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers have a focus on food delivery from local restaurants in St. Helens.  The other business Columbia County Anytime Assistant can help with almost anything, anytime! Both businesses serve a purpose to help our local residents in a growing community. It’s a convenience for some, a necessity for others since public transportation is limited in our rural community.

One delivers locally in St. Helens mainly from restaurants.  Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers can bring you a variety of items from fried fish, gourmet sausages, Mexican or Thai Cuisine, and general grocery items from the gas station.  They can help fulfill your food cravings from local restaurants.   The company is run by partners, Ben Tiscareno & Kathleen Jenkins,  They are open Tuesdays. Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 AM – 8 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 11 AM- 11 PM closed Sunday -Monday.   They have partnered with Muchas Gracias Mexican Food, Skippers & Skinny’s, Vinnie’s Chicago Subs and Roy Thai to deliver locally in the St. Helens area.  You can find a map of their service area pinned to the front of their facebook page.  

Columbia County Anytime Assistants opened in the past few months to help with concierge and other customized services.  This new company is run by a husband and wife team, Arejonna & Josh Paulson.  They started this company in July 2018 Arejonna shared, “to further help our community, especially ones who are our veterans or disabled.”  They can also work with kids.  Need help with school drop off or pick up, car services pick up or drop off, pet taxi, a variety of other concierge services such as dropping off prescriptions, dry cleaning, alterations,  post office, dump runs, merchandise returns, grocery shopping, and customized errands give them a call.  They are open 7 AM- 10 PM Monday -Fridays and 9:00-10 AM on the weekend give them a call at 971-328-2246 to book a space.

Arejonna & Josh Paulson on their first errand for their new business.

Local Holiday Bazaars

Columbia County, OR – Local Bazaars happen almost every weekend in Columbia County starting in November. Many are fundraisers for nonprofits.  They provide an opportunity to purchase homemade, custom products or find a direct sales company that has products you are looking for a special someone for the holidays or for yourself.   They also provide a sense of fellowship seeing your local business people and meeting new friends. A few of the listed events are both annual and new to Columbia County but not an exclusive list:

Nov 9th & 10th 46th Annual Arts & Crafts Faire at Christ Episcopal Chruch. 35350 E. Division Road, St. Helens, 9-4 PM.  Unique handcrafted items: jewelry, windchimes, quilted, embroidered and sen items, soaps, ornaments, knitted 7 crochet items, cards and paper crafts, pottery, art prints, sculpture and free children’s activity table.  Favorite Raffle “Holiday Basket” and more.  Get a bowl of soup or chili & don’t forget to browse bake table so many homemade goods!

Nov 10th:  Rainier Church of God Bazaar 10 – 4 PM.  Hot cinnamon rolls for sale as well as many vendors.

Nov 17th:  

  • Fall Harvest Festival, St.Helens Recreation Program,  The City of St. Helens and St. Helens School District have partnered to bring a Recreation Program to St. Helens.  They are hosting their first Fall Harvest Festival between 9-4 PM with over 40 vendors at 1810 Old Portland Road, St Helens, OR.
  •  Elks Bazaar put on by the Ladies of the Elks at 350 Belton Road, St. Helens, OR.  Open to the public between 9-3 PM.

November 24th:  Columbia County Shop Small Saturday at Meriwether Place, 1070 Columbia Blvd, St.Helens, OR 9:00 AM – 2 PM.  Local businesses and many artists from across Columbia County.  Santa will be on site between 10-1 PM.  Take your own pictures donations welcome.  Entertainment by Columbia River City Singers, Vernonia Dickens Carolers, & the St Helens Public Library Ukulele.  Door prizes, Free Hot Chocolate Station & treats while they last.  Shop Local Bags given to all attendees while supplies last.  Bring your Letters to Santa.

December 1st: 

  • St Helens Christmas Bazaar Over 45 vendors to help you find perfect Christmas gifts!  Lunch will be served from 11 -1 PM and includes popular items from last year such as cabbage rolls and potato soup.  Santa will also be on site. Be sure to bring your kids and camera!
  • The St. Helens Moose Lodge Annual Holiday Bazaar December 1, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 8th 

  • Holiday Bazaar for Columbia River Fire and Rescue Scholarship Fund, 10-4 PM at Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavillion, 58892 Suaslser Road.  Door Prizes on Saturday.  Event held December 9th as well.
  •  Lions Holiday Bazaar Sponsored by St Helens High School Commons 10:00- 4:00 PM 

 


Upcoming Halloween Events

St. Helens, OR –  It’s that time of year when you drive down St Helens Columbia Blvd and scarecrows adorn the outside of many local businesses.  You can even join in the fun by voting online for the Spirit of Halloweentown Scarecrow Contest which starts on October 6th.  2018 marks twenty years since the movie Halloweentown was filmed in St. Helens.  The whole county has jumped in to help celebrate.  The month-long celebration put on by the City of St.Helens is called the Spirit of Halloweentown complete with ticketed events and some free activities centered down at the Riverfront.  Other nonprofits are putting on Halloween or Fall events to provide fun for locals and tourists alike.

Parades bring the community together kicking off the festivities.  Two local businesses, American Family Insurance, Heather Epperly & Pat Olson, Guild Mortage have banded together to put on the 3rd Annual Spirit of Halloweentown Parade on October 6th at 6:00 PM starting at Hwy 30 & Columbia Blvd down parade path to Dockside. The Little Spooks Parade sponsored by The Chronicle happens every year downtown St Helens right after the Children’s Fair at 4:00 PM.

Both the Caples House located in Columbia City and St Frederics in St. Helens are holding Fall Festivals the weekend of Oct 6th.  Caples House starts at noon with Free Admission until 5:00 PM.  Historic flair complete with food, activities, vendor booths, cider press, silent auction, raffles, and music. St Frederic Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch is over a two day weekend Oct 6th & Oct 7th with great food, horse rides (weather permitting), hayrides, indoor games, picture spots, locally grown pumpkins for sale and more open Saturday 9:30 AM- 4:00 PM and Sunday 10;30am -4:00 PM at 175 South 13th Street, St. Helens, OR.

Local nonprofits like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) are hosting events like the Halloween Inverted Experience on the weekends during the month for $10.00 Admission. They have also launched a free mobile app to explore St Helens called The Great Halloween Hunt to help you locate the various haunted spots, movie filming locations, family-friendly activities, and more.   To Participate; download the Actionbound application from your mobile app store. Search for The Great Halloween Hunt and download the bound. From there you will be able to select which area/attractions you want to start exploring first.  SHEDCO is giving away prizes see their facebook event page for more details.

Every weekend you’ll find our local Shoestring Players at their new location giving tours and performances with a different show on every weekend in October.  Tickets will be on sale online and at the ticket booth in the Rose Garden Park in front of the Old  Columbia County Historic Courthouse.  The Columbia County Museum Association is also giving tours of the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse on October 13th & October 20th from 1:30-4:15 PM  first come first served line up on steps donation $3.00 suggested.  The Courthouse was featured as City Hall in Halloweentown and the courtroom was home to Mayor Kalabar’s office. There will also be several photo opportunities.

At the end of the month, the St Helens Kiwanis Club Children’s Fair provides free entertainment for kids,  Trick or Trunks is put on by the local Moose Club from 2-5 on 20th and in Rainier Oregon on Oct 28th sponsored by Hometown Pizza will keep your family busy this month!

Looking for a spooky run a 3 k or 6 k? The Graveyard Run starts at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery on Oct 27th at 9:00 AM.  This event is spookily good.

Some fun just for adults 21 and older includes the Boos Cruise an event sponsored by South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Oct 27th from 7:30- 9:30 PM purchase tickets online.  If you in the mood for a Masquerade Charity Ball, Windermere Foundation, hosts a party with great food, music, costumes and chance to raise funds for a local nonprofit.

You’ll find more ticketed events such as Gothic Party, Celebrity Photo Ops, and more.  To get a full view of Halloweentown events sponsored by the City of St. Helens and to purchase tickets go to the Offical Spirit of Halloween Agenda on www.discovercolumbiacounty.com.

 

 

 

 


1st Fall Pub Crawl

St. Helens, OR –  You are encouraged to dress in costume for the Fall Pub Crawl on September 28th from 4:00 -8 PM.  The Fall Pub Crawl starts with an Art show, photo opportunities, door prizes at Northlake Physical Therapy,  21 Cowlitz Street, St. Helens hosted by the Columbia Arts Guild (CAG).  Grab a friend or two to participate in the Fall Pub Crawl to the other 8 businesses tasting as you go.

CAG is hosting this new fundraiser to showcase local artists at businesses and engage the community.  You will find some artists on site and some participating virtually.  You can scan the QR code to find out more information and follow their facebook page to stay up to date.

A total of nine local businesses are included in the Fall Pub Crawl:

1. North Lake Physical Therapy 021 Cowlitz Street
2. Tap Into Wine – 313 Strand Street
3. The Roof – 31 Cowlitz Street #15, St. Helens
4. Running Dogs Brewery – 291 South 1st Street, St. Helens
5. St. Helens Liquor Store – 420 Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens
6. Market Fresh IGA – 1111 Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens
7. Hob Nob Brewery – 2155 Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens
8. Village Inn – 535 Columbia River Highway, St. Helens
9. Pour House – 2098 Old Portland Road, St. Helens

Keep an eye on this local group.  CAG hosts an Annual Spring Into Art every year and offers other ways to get involved to support the art community in Columbia County.  To get more information about the CAG go to their website.

 

 


Business Bits: HomeBrew Contest 1st in Columbia County

Photos Courtesy of Hob Nob Facebook Page

St. Helens, OR –  Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom located at 2155 Columbia Blvd in St. Helens showcases some locally brewed beer along with other Oregon Brews, high-quality fresh food to round out the farm to table concept using locally sourced produce and products as much as possible.  One could say that this new business is not only tasty but it’s good for you.  They use locally made products like Sasquatch Mustard by Darling Foods, serve Two Birds One Stone spirited ice cream and outsource produce as much as they can from local family farms like Canaan Hill Farm.  They also feature events such as live music, tastings and the upcoming event, a first in Columbia County, a HomeBrew Competition.

John & Tamara Stermer, owners, wanted to offer a different type of restaurant.  Tamara Stermer makes a point to recognize her team as being an important piece in running a successful business where customers want to keep coming back.  Hob Nob means to toast each other, a social place according to their facebook page.  When you visit, why not grab a flight to try a variety of beers?  or maybe you’re in the mood for a refreshing cocktail like their seasonal Sangria or a Lavender Lemon Drop.  You won’t be disappointed!  Some customers favorite menu items include the House Chips, add the parmesan cheese for a treat, the homemade plum sauce for the Fly Away Wings and the Gluten Free -Roots N Seeds Salad.

In the few short months since opening, they have hosted Kentucky Derby Food, Fare & Fundraiser for Columbia Humane Society.  Their new upcoming event will be the first Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition in Columbia County is sanctioned by American Home Brewers Association & BJCP according to their business facebook page.   They are currently looking for both brewers and the public to attend this event with live music, traditional Octoberfest foods prepared in event area and German cuisine available for indoor dining.  Reservations are recommended for indoor dining the evening of Octoberfest just call 503-396-3151.

Just a few details for the Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition on October 6th:

For Brewers: Judging Saturday -9:00 AM. The rules and profiles are posted at our website www.hobnobbrewhouse.com

For Guests: Open to public starting from 3 PM till 11 PM for 21 & Over ONLY.  $30.00 entry fee includes a tasting glass with event logo, bracelets with 6 prepaid tastings, live music.  Go to their facebook page to stay up to date on the event.

You’ll find this new place charming and will want to come back to try something new.   Welcome to Columbia County Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom.  Cheers!