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GloryBee Foods announced today in a press release that the company will be moving its distribution, warehousing, sales staff and factory store to a new, larger facility in June 2011. The new facility is located at 29548 B Airport Road in Eugene. Operations and production will remain in the company's current headquarters at 120 N. Seneca Road.
"With this move, we will be condensing five facilities into two, which will really help streamline our processes, handling and energy usage," says Alan Turanski, vice president of GloryBee Foods. "Even better, we'll be going from approximately 57,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space to 81,000. We may even be able to rent out space to other businesses."
Moving to the new facility will allow GloryBee to purchase and distribute more local and regional foods, which is a long-term company goal. Buying directly from farmers often means that a company needs to store a whole year's crop at once; the extra space in the new facility will allow for the additional storage, according to the company.
"Anytime you move, there are challenges," Turanski adds. "Our biggest challenge will be that we won't be shutting down operations, so we'll be moving on the weekends. June will be a long month for the GloryBee team, but everyone is excited and we know it will be worth the hard work."
GloryBee iremains a family-owned and operated business.Visit www.glorybeefoods.com
Lisa Hartwick of Hartwickâ€™s in the Fifth Street Public Market has joined up with the program called The 3/50 Project. This national campaign is focused on local businesses. Here is the gist of it: Consumers pick three local businesses they would hate to see go out of business. The consumers then pledge to spend $50 per month at one of the stores or $50 among the three. This would create a significant impact on the local economy.
The multiplier effect shows that every $100 spent in local, independent stores returns $68 through payroll, taxes and other expenditures. If you shop in a national chain only $43 returns to the local level and if you shop on-line, nothing returns. Find out more at www.the350project.net
The Southtowne Area of Eugene is jumping these days with activity: A new bike store is opening, an old restaurant is new again, and a nonprofit organization is trying to tie up all the area businesses to market the area as a destination.
Paul Moore has opened Arriving By Bike, a new bike shop at 27th and Willamette across the street from Turtles in the space previously occupied by Bounce Gymnastics. The store has been open for a little more than a month and takes a somewhat different approach than a typical bike store. Paul is, for the moment, featuring accessories to make biking a transportation lifestyle. This includes everything from the typical bike lights and locks but also trailers to haul gear, child seats, saddle bags and back packs for commuting. Paul had been kicking around the idea of this store for 10 years and got serious about making it happen in 2006. He considered a couple of locations including the empty Jr. League of Eugene building at 28th and Willamette before stumbling across the current location that Bounce had vacated when they moved. Paul may eventually incorporate bike sales into the mix although he did not know when or what lines he would feature, he is more concerned with getting people geared up to incorporate biking into their daily lifestyles, whether they are commuting or simply running errands around town.
Willie Saleebe, of Willieâ€™s on 8th and The Waterfront fame, has taken over and reopened the spot where Three Square was. He renamed the restaurant A Change of Heart Bistro. Serving lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends, this spot is tucked in on Oak around 28th behind True Value Hardware. There is new outdoor seating at the south end of the restaurant where you get a great view of Spencerâ€™s Butte. Hopefully Willie can make this fly long term, the brunch I had there with a couple of friends was great, good quality food at reasonably prices, and the crab cakes were delicious.
A group of merchants in the Southtowne area have banded together to create a â€œvibrant commercial districtâ€ through branding and advocacy. The group, officially named Southtowne Business Association (SoBA) started over a year ago as an idea between Jean Stover of Supreme Bean and Brie Malarky of Winestyles for the Woodfield Station businesses. They wanted to create a group to tie together some of the local merchants and drive traffic to the area. The idea quickly grew as other businesses surrounding Woodfield Station expressed interest. The group is now officially a 501Â©3 organization committed to creating a shared, cohesive, neighborhood brand image. This will include everything from events to marketing and promotions. They will also try to partner with government to improve the safety, livability and transportation within the district.
The Oregon Coast is getting a lot of traffic this summer as folks inland take shorter trips for their vacations. Motels and campgrounds are filling up and some businesses are doing well, especially those that cater to both tourists and locals.
In Yachats, Cheese and Crackers has moved and expanded and is now located at 238 4th St., near the corner of Hwy. 101. They open daily at 8 am but are closed on Tuesdays. Phone number is 547-3123.
The shop offers a wide variety of local and international cheeses with a focus on cheeses made in the Northwest. As a bakery, they offer original recipe, house made crackers, fresh baked bread, and an ever changing selection of handmade pastries and cookies.
Owner Karen Moyer says the new location is â€œlight, airy and open, offering more seating in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere." She says the new kitchen space is much larger to allow more variety on the menu. Lunch items include homemade original recipe soups, individually crafted sandwiches, baked to order personal pizzas and locally grown green salads.
Three local summer institutions just finished their annual events. The Oregon Bach Festival, Art and The Vineyard and The Oregon Country Fair are staples of local entertainment bringing in lots of people and revenue.
The Oregon Bach Festival reached its largest ever total audience by finding creative ways to expand. This included a second concert in Portland, a concert in Bend and a well-received performance at Art and The Vineyard on the 4th of July. Total attendance approached 43,000. Ticket revenue was down 12.5 percent from last yearâ€™s record-setting season but still exceeded $439,000.
Despite torrential rain on Sunday the Oregon Country Fair had another successful three day run. Tickets sold out on Saturday with more than 18,975 people attending, which may be a single day record. Some 12,500 brave souls showed up Sunday to slog through the muddy paths and face the elements. Many long time fair goers said it was the first fair in a long time where the weather had been so severe. The total estimated number of people at this yearâ€™s event was 47,000.
The 26th annual Art and The Vineyard was held July 3, 4 and 5 and it proved to be a hot three days. Saturday the 4th was packed for the fireworks and for the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestraâ€™s performance of Gershwinâ€™s Rhapsody in Blue. Jeffery Kahane led the orchestra on a Fazioli Grand Piano shipped from Salt Lake City courtesy of Baldassin Pianos. This performance was a little departure from the music scheduled in the past which typically focused on rock, blues and folk music. The performance seemed to exceed expectations with the crowd and led right into the fireworks display. A lot of people packed Alton Baker Park that night with about 15,000 people inside the Art and The Vineyard fence and several thousand more outside to witness the annual fireworks. The Active 20/30 Club of Eugene has been sponsoring the fireworks display for 65 years with every one bigger than the year before.
Terra Firma Botanicals is in the process of moving to a new warehouse space. Terra Firma manufactures a wide variety of natural and organic personal care products. Owner River Kennedy has been in business since 1982 and is still expanding; the new location will allow Terra Firma to double their capacity. Through the first half of 2009, some 25 new retailers have begun to carry Terra Firmaâ€™s products around the country. Riverâ€™s products include herbal salves, tinctures, syrups and massage oils. The transition to the new site in west Eugene is scheduled to be complete by the end of July.
You can find Terra Firma products at a variety of local retailers including Market of Choice, Cappella, Sundance, Saturday Market or online at www.terrafirmabotanicals.com
After 10 years downtown, first in the Meridian Building at 18th and Willamette and then on East 8th Avenue, Letterhead will be closing. Owners Aimee Allen and Ken Herrin said they are closing the store not as victims of the recession but more as a reaction to the economic problems that have long faced our downtown core. In their press release, they cited â€œThe voter rejection of Measure 20-134 felt like a slap in the face to those of us laboring to make downtown into a more vibrant place.â€
Letterhead was a unique store downtown, selling everything from stationary to gifts to custom event invitations. They decided not to try to sell the store after realizing they would have had to carry financing and would be left with the inventory if a new owner failed. It will probably take about two or three more weeks, give or take, to sell off their inventory and shut the place for good.
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