BUSINESS Nov. 24
Analysis: Business leaders talk challenges of Covid era
The Springfield Chamber of Commerce held a virtual economic workshop with guest speakers from businesses to discuss how supply-chain problems are affecting their business and how they are going about solving problems.
SPRINGFIELD Nov. 24
Wildish Theater GM takes his turn in the spotlight
In a profession with a literal spotlight, Greg Hopper-Moore, 53, the newly named general manager of the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in downtown Springfield, has always felt at home working in a dark corner of the house, far from center stage.
BUSINESS Nov. 19
The final stretch: Creswell EV gym closing, expanding in Grove
The Emerald Fitness Club in Creswell is a local institution. Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., it becomes the latest local institution to have bitten the dust. The good news, if you happen to be an EFC member, is that all of the equipment is being moved to the 24-hour Cottage Grove location. That club will be closed Nov. 26-29 for remodeling, renovation and expansion.
CRESWELL Nov. 11
Hard work, strategic vision have Creswell's Hobby Field flying high
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, Creswell’s Hobby Field supports 37 direct and indirect jobs, generates annual payroll of $1.7 million and generates $6 million in annual sales. The airport also annually generates about $2.6 million in visitor spending.
BUSINESS Oct. 21
There’s good news for Oregon businesses
Recently, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce held its 2021 State of Business Program, featuring a robust presentation from Josh Lehner, Senior Economist at the State of Oregon Department of Economic Analysis.
The Chronicle participated in this Zoom presentation and came away with what can best be described as the good, the bad, and the ugly of our state’s economy right now and into the foreseeable future.
Spoiler alert: There is actually a lot more good than either bad or ugly.
Business Oct. 21
Charities rise to the challenge of funding during Covid
“The Great Recession of 2008 changed nonprofit fundraising forever, and now COVID-19 is accelerating that change going forward.”
That statement was where my conversation began with Christina Lund, principal of Lund Development Solutions, a long-time nonprofit fundraising professional for entities in Cottage Grove and throughout the state.
SPRINGFIELD Oct. 15
George & Violet's: ‘A place where everyone is welcome’
George & Violet’s owner says the restaurant on Main Street in Springfield’s downtown district tries to create the feel of a Spanish tavern and emphasize having fun with friends and family.
COTTAGE GROVE Oct. 14
Cottage Grove's Koffee Kup served Grove’s greater good
The owners have struggled keeping enough staff to serve the customers in the manner they have become accustomed to – good service, and your coffee cup filled. There have been problems hiring enough cooks to efficiently handle the kitchen.
BUSINESS Oct. 7
In the game: Round Up Saloon’s new owners take a sporting chance
CRESWELL – Is it possible for new owners of a sports bar to be too fanatical about sports? In the case of Floyd and Jeannie Plummer, who just bought The Round Up Saloon, perhaps so. One could argue, though, that a little fanaticism might not be such a bad thing.
Public Notices: Week of Sept. 30
BUSINESS Sep. 23
Bangin‘ out a living: Opportunity drives local restaurant owner
"I chatted with Bollinger, who lives in Creswell, before the dinnertime crowd started arriving for the variety of sausages and beers on tap that earn his Eugene restaurant a stream of local awards and shining Yelp reviews ... "
COTTAGE GROVE Sep. 20
Lights out for Village Green: Historic road resort to close Sept. 30
FreeBUSINESS Sep. 16
The Chronicle earns 18 state awards for weekly paper, ads
BUSINESS Aug. 26
Grocers, area chefs suffering shortages
What do national truck driver scarcity, historic labor problems, and the Delta variant all have in common? They are conspiring to create supply-chain issues that are wreaking havoc among local and national restaurants.
Community Jul. 30
To spend or not to spend, that is the (post-pandemic) question
For the lucky people who are coming out of the pandemic relatively unscathed, a large question looms: Is now a good time to tackle a home or business improvement project that was put off during the lost year of 2020?
Community Jul. 14
Give credit where it’s due: Finding small-business loans post-Covid
Coming out of the historic year that was 2020, there are some once unfamiliar words and phrases that have now become commonplace: social distancing, personal protective equipment, Delta variant, mRNA, and more.
Community Jun. 17
CSD offers summer employment opportunities
CRESWELL – The school district is encouraging high school students ages 16 and older to apply for summer employment opportunities through the district.
News Jun. 16
Ems baseball may take swing at Glenwood
GLENWOOD – Development interest keeps building in Glenwood as a minor league baseball team flirts with the idea of a riverfront stadium, and the city’s economic development leaders approve a process for developing their own riverside property.
Community May. 29
Songwriting helped band survive pandemic
COTTAGE GROVE – The overflow crowd at The Brewstation did a commendable job Friday night in giving Jah Sun & The Rising Tide some air beneath their wings.
Community May. 7
Still need to buy mom a gift? Local shops can save the day
In a bind for time this Mother’s Day?
Small businesses in South Lane County will be open this weekend, and are goldmine for locally-made and thoughtful gifts.
In Cottage Grove, The Bookmine at 702 E. Main St. is one of the town’s grooviest local bookstores. Sisters Gail and Birdy Hoelzle have been running it since the mid-‘70s, and in April celebrated its 46th anniversary. Through the hard work of the Hoelzle sisters and their husbands, The Bookmine has evolved into much more than a bookstore.
FreeCommunity Apr. 21
Businesses struggling to find help amidst Covid
Local business owners who have suffered and – somehow – survived this far through the pandemic are eager to ramp up and super-serve customers ready to socialize, shop, eat, drink and be merry.
A lack of hireable employees is threatening to make it all go bust.
The state’s oscillating “risk level” remains an immediate challenge, particularly for restaurants and bars trying to meet guidelines, customer needs and business expenses. County health officials are expected to raise the risk level to “High” this week.
Community Apr. 17
Order up! New technology serving QR codes on menus
As the pandemic leaves restaurant owners feeling shaken, a new web technology may be paving the way for a new kind of operation. In the future, waiting for a server to take a food order may be obsolete, thanks to Porter.
Porter, a web-based technology that utilizes QR code for menus and food service, supplies a new way to order and serve customers to focus more on guest satisfaction rather than the transaction.
“You think about your own experience going into a restaurant and whether a waiter or waitress is helping you – they spend a lot of time taking your order, taking your card, giving your card slips back,” said CEO John Barry, aka Head Porter. “With Porter, that’s removed.”
An active community member, Barry spent two years running the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, which allowed him to combine his passion for art and for business and get to know local leaders also involved in ABAE. One thing he’d never done, Barry said in entrepreneurial spirit, was a commercial startup.
Still relatively new, Porter is putting out feelers for opportunities to test the technology.
Different from delivery apps like Uber Eats or Grubhub, Porter is used by opening a website provided by the hub, creating an account and registering a credit card. As orders are placed and sent to the kitchen, the transaction is already complete.
In scenarios where there are multiple food trucks, Porter cuts out the need to get up from the table at all, unless someone needs a bathroom break.
Currently, Porter provides the technology working in the background of local businesses such as PublicHouse in Springfield and the Beergarden in Eugene.
Porter recently announced a partnership with the Eugene Emeralds and Bend Elks.
“Instead of having to spend that time getting up, standing in line and maybe missing the winning home run, you never have to leave your seat,” Barry said.
Contactless food service has become the norm during the last year, and Barry said people’s comfort level with that experience should be good for Porter’s future.
“We launched at a time when the idea of using something like Porter onsite to enhance the dining experience was a novelty,” Barry said. “Our future’s going to be about being the underlying software that allows our clients to provide that experience.”
FreeCommunity Apr. 13
Porter, a New Contact-Free Food Ordering Technology, Launches at Seven Local Hotels
Web-Based Platform Effortlessly Serves Up Room Service via Guests’ Smartphones
Community Apr. 3
Searching for ‘chi’ and finding balance through acupuncture
CRESWELL – Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has healed ailments across many cultures for 5,000 years. A key component of Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to reflow chi or “energy” in the body where it may be stuck.
Community Feb. 24
Creswell Wellness Center launches its own brand
The team at Creswell Wellness Center celebrated two major milestones this month: Their second anniversary and the launch of their own vitamin line.