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.
New small businesses continue to open in Scappoose such as Brown Butter Bakery, Rosebud Cafe and even business services such as a local recruiting company, Normine, Lombard & Associates. Large franchises like Bi-Mart have also joined the mom and pop shops in Scappoose over the past last six months.
Columbia County will enter 2017 with a strong business foundation with many good things ahead for our local economy! #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #welovewherewelive
St. Helens, OR – As the holiday season approaches, many of you may have children on school break or are anticipating company visiting. It’s always a good idea to be proactive with a few ideas in your back pocket should the question come up “What is there to do around here?”
Just a few ideas to help jog your memory keeping everyone full of holiday cheer.
Both St. Helens and Scappoose have great libraries. They offer programs for adults and kids such as the Dash & Dot Team Challenge on Dec 29th from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM. Find more information at Scappoose Public Library Events and Details. Go to St. Helens Library Calander to find interesting classes such as Beginning Ukulele maybe for the teenage kids or just quality time with your mom or dad.
Eisenschmidt Pool offers a variety of options for kids of all ages or exercise if you need some me time! St Helens Pool Schedule
Around sunset is the perfect time to check out all the beautiful lights at the Courthouse Plaza Square in St. Helens. Thanks to local nonprofit SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation), you should leave feeling that Holiday Spirit. Plus, it’s a great spot to take family photos. Open Anytime & FREE.
It’s not always the specific activity with family that we remember. It is how we felt when we spend time with our family. How hard we laughed and the memories we shared. It’s the moments we spend together that matter. Keep it simple and wonderful all rolled into one. Happy Holidays Columbia County!
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.
Darcy McDonald, the owner, sells all natural, baked-from-scratch items with a great taste, nothing artificial. She enjoys making cookies, cupcakes, scones and cakes. She can even make it Gluten Free if you ask! Follow their Facebook page to keep up with daily treats!
Photos are Courtsey of Brown Butter Bakery Facebook Page.
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
*Scappoose Community Club will occasionally feature their Sauerkraut Sandwich. Stay tuned to Scappoose Community Club Updates.
If you haven’t been, it’s a must to check out in Columbia County.
See you at the Scappoose Farmers’ Market located behind in City Hall Parking lot at E 2nd Street.
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
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.
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
Are you looking for a nice place to take your Valentine next weekend? You have many options right here in Columbia County.
Two of the local favorites in St Helens for fine dining are the Dockside Steak & Pasta and Klondike Resturant. They both are located within blocks of one another in Ole Town St Helens located beside the Columbia River. You can take a romantic stroll before dinner or after along the waterfront. Both restaurants are currently taking reservations for the upcoming special holiday. For more information go to Dockside Steak & Pasta Menu and Klondike Restaurant Bar Menu.
In Scappoose, you can dine on the water at Mark’s On The Channel for a special Valentine’s Day Opening. They officially open for the season on March 8th, 2016. Click here for menu, reservations also recommended.
Enjoy your special date lunch, day or night with your love. Thank you for choosing to celebrate where you live. #welovecolumbiacounty #keepitlocalcc #valentinesday #dinelocal
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.
Columbia City: Pacific Athletic Club. Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.
Scappoose: The Fitness Center in Scappoose
St Helens: Einsenschmidt Pool. Lap swimming and classes. Click here for pool schedule.
Crossfit St Helens. A type of workout.
Lots of options to choose from in the area. Here’s to a healthier us in 2016.