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

 


Business Bits: New Food Carts in St. Helens

St. Helens, Oregon – Offering a variety of cuisines is just one benefit of Food Trucks.  Over the last few months, three new carts have opened between the two different food cart pods in St Helens.

Big Cart Food and Brew, 175 Bowling Alley Lane, had Double D’s Drip n’ Donuts open this winter. They make cake donuts on-site and drizzled with your chosen toppings such as chocolate sprinkles, coconut, lemon, raspberry, and many more flavors to choose from served to you piping hot. Go early as they often sell out.  They will start staying open for lunch to serve hot dogs.  The Big Brew will be selling beer, cider, hard seltzers, and wine from the log cabin to enjoy in the picnic area or bring your growler to take your beer to go.  These new food carts have joined their neighbors below, click on the link it will take you to each Facebook page with menus, hours, and contact information:

Hawaiian Plate

Barn Fire Barbecue

Patriot Burger

Dang’s Little Dragon

Located at The Food Pod, 305 S. Columbia Blvd, new truck Kimbo Spice joins Eat George’s and Hallow’s Woodfired Pizza.  Kimbo Spice uses local sustainable food from four farms in Columbia County to meet its mission of serving up quality food.  On the menu, you’ll find a variety of Rice Bowls, one featuring extra fried crispy chicken tossed in one of three sauce choices.  Their menu also has Snacks/Add ons like a fried egg, lettuce wrap, Kimchee, Carrots and Daikon Pickles, and more.  View their full menu on their website, click here.  Open Friday-Sunday 2-7 PM.

Support our local food carts, they offer a little something for everyone!

 


Business Bits: Get Your Paint On

Scappoose, OR –  Do you look at those paint event pictures and think, maybe I could do that?  If you do, you are not alone.  Paint events have and will continue to be a hot craze.  Local artist and business owner, Hope Wirta, Art of Hope Studios, offers paint events online and onsite for both individuals and groups.

Hope provides a variety of options to explore your paint creativity.  You can choose to socialize with a paint event with friends or to stay at home socially distanced.  You can test out your skills during one of her free Facebook live events, or join an online subscription or an onsite event to meet like-minded crafty people.  Hope also offers private events in-studio.  You can view more options for paintings on her website any past painting can be turned into an event.

Want to support local artists?  The new business platform, Patreon, offers the option to pay a monthly fee to participate in events varying from $3.00 to $10.00 with three different levels of benefits go to her page to learn more.

Hope Wirta started her business like many entrepreneurs while working a corporate job.  She spent two years hosting paint events and selling her artwork before she turned her part-time business into a full-time career as an artist and teacher.  Her Patreon profile states, “I love helping new painters overcome the fear of putting paint on a canvas and relaxing as they find their own style of art.  I hope to make painting a creative outlet for you to enjoy and have an easy step by step style of teaching.”  You can follow her YouTube Channel to engage with her teaching style.

Photo Courtesy FB page Hope Wirta The Trouble with Being Me

 

 

 


Christmas In July

Columbia County, Oregon- Merchants’ Toy N Joy is hosting Christmas in July, an online Virtual Auction July 19th- 25th to support citizens in need during the upcoming 2020 Holiday Season.

Toy N Joy typically fundraises with a gala in December to support CRF&R’s Volunteer Association’s Toy N Joy, Kiwanis Holiday Hope, and the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.   Together these organizations give away holiday food baskets and toys to families across the CRFR district which serves Rainier to Warren, Columbia County.  This year with a generous donation of local gift cards from businesses across Columbia County by Jeff Kemp, Pacific Stainless, with a challenge to #payitforward the organization decided to host a virtual auction, Christmas In July!

It’s easy to participate.  Sign up now to get the updates on the auction at  https://sthelenssportsbooster.schoolauction.net/tnjchristmasinjuly2020/signup

Follow the Facebook Event Merchant’s Toy N Joy Christmas In July

 


Business Bits: CCB (Columbia River Bistro)

St. Helens, Oregon-  Columbia County Bistro opened February 19th at 4:00 PM! You might recognize Chef Kayleigh Stano her from her younger days at Columbia County Brewing (CCB). You’ll find the old mac daddy on the menu with other gluten/allergy free homey northwest food.  CCB is located at the former Big River Bistro at 305 Strand Street, St. Helens. Open Wednesday-Saturday 4:00 PM- 9:00 Last Seating. Follow their Facebook page for more details! Welcome to Columbia County, Columbia County Bistro..#beyondtheburbs

2020 Valentine’s for Vets CCB catered the event
Sample Menu on Opening Day

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: Super Joe’s Espresso

St. Helens, OR – Ever been stuck at work and really needed a coffee? Be the office superhero and have coffee delivered. Never fear, Super Joe’s Expresso is near text 503-410-9358 to place your order. New to Columbia County, Super Joe’s Expresso is a coffee/drink delivery business owned by Chad & Mackenzie Yarbor.

Super Joe’s Expresso delivers freshly made coffee in individual orders or by an event. They bring coffee to the people.  The owners have a love for veterans where they want to focus on bringing them together with our community thru fun activities. They shared that they opened the business because “We love coffee. We also have seen a need to try and create fun events to help support the families and veterans in our community! While creating fun experiences for everyone! It was also our dream to own a business that would help us build a better life for our family!”  They decided on the name Super Joe’s Expresso from “a combination of the love and theme of superheroes and the veterans who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom! Everyone also likes a good cup of Joe!!”

On the menu, you will find specialty drinks named after superheroes. Chad & Mackenzie involve their customers in naming the new flavor combination they have created relating to a superhero. This drink becomes the “drink of the month.” Follow their facebook page to stay up to date with their menu.

Welcome to Columbia County Super Joe’s Expresso! #columbiacountyor #coffeedelivery #newbusiness #beyondtheburbs #smoothies #superheros

 


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!