A new coffee shop is in town, serving Hawaiian Kona coffee, fruit smoothies and a side of island attitude.
Sherry Martinez brings her island dreams to Brookings with the Hawaiian-themed Jitter Hut, located in the Subway sandwich shop.
Three weeks ago Sherry Martinez brought her vision of Jitter Hut, an island-themed shop, to match her Hawaiian coffee.
Jitter Hut, located inside the Subway sandwich shop at 1006 Chetco
Ave., features 100 percent Kona Coffee, in both liquid and bean form,
and 100 percent fruit smoothies.
The island spirit comes through with “long board,” “short board” and
“boogie board” (large-, medium- and small- sized drinks,) and beverages
such as “Beach Bum Rush,” “Lava Bomb,” and “Rip Curl.”
The shop will also offer chocolate covered macadamia nuts, chocolate
covered kona coffee beans and other treats, such as a macadamia nut
hand-dipped in chocolate 200 times.
It’s becoming a habit. Chetco Federal Credit Union has been named by
Oregon Business magazine as one of The 100 Best Companies to Work For
in Oregon for the third year in a row.
In writing about the 100 Best Companies of 2010, Oregon Business
editor Robin Doussard said, “When the going gets tough, The Best get
going,” and her final editorial word was, “Especially in hard times,
being a great place to work helps your bottom line. It gives you a
competitive edge, keeps the best people with you, and in turn those
employees give back that heart and soul many times over.”
An inside article noted, “It might not have been the best year for
business, with a bad economy hanging on, but you wouldn’t know it by
how our 2010 winners treated their employees. ... It’s about inspired
leadership, collaboration and caring, along with a healthy dose of fun.”
Stanley J. Baron, president and chief executive officer of the
credit union, said, “It’s a great honor to be rated by our employees as
one of the best 100 companies to work for. Our success is due to our
employees. They are all successful because of their likability.”
A new business is busy preparing to fill a sweet spot at the Port of Brookings Harbor.
Sweet dreams become a reality for port entrepreneur Becky Hannon. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Whales Tail Candy & Gifts will soon offer sweets and beach-theme gifts in a sumptuous sherbet-colored store.
“Candy is just one of the most wonderful things in life,” Whales Tail co-owner Becky Hannon said.
Becky and husband Don Hannon, who have lived in Harbor for two and a half years, plan to open the doors Saturday, March 27.
The crowd might not have been loaded in two of his boats, but
Jerry’s Rogue Jet Boats owner Bill McNair used all of the same bluster,
banter and jokes with them during the recent Business Outlook
Conference to get across his message.
After 37 years and some 750,000 passengers, it was clear to the
audience that he knew both how to run a business and entertain a crowd.
“But you have to be very careful with your cynicism,” he warned
after sidetracking to his thoughts about taxes and government
regulation. “Don’t be cynical. Be nice to people and good things will
So, McNair said, he sees everyone as a potential customer and he makes customer service his primary goal.
“Running your own business is an adventure sport,” he said during
the Industry Showcase presentation of the conference. “Every day I
feel like my business is a gamble. We are pushing our own money out
onto the table, investing in our own business. Business is a risky
The secrets to a successful restaurant are the food, the ambiance and, if everything works, a little magic.
Dowleen Rhodes owns the Gallery Restaurants while her husband, George, is the chef. The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin
Diners have been finding all three at Dowleen Rhodes’ Gallery Restaurants.
Her cosy, lunch establishment, called the Snug and located upstairs
at Brian Scott Gallery, and Art Alley Grille, on the lower level and
accessible from Art Walk Alley, offer some of the best food in town,
thanks to the artistry of Chef George Rhodes, the proprietor’s husband.
Attentive, friendly staff serve dinner at the Grille Wednesday
through Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m., while Horst Wolf, at the keyboard,
provides dinner music. The menu includes unusual specialties, such as
osso bucco, and standards such as prime rib.
Christina Gotfried, who opened a Quiznos restaurant in the South
Coast Shopping Center in Harbor in 2006, has changed the restaurant’s
name to Chowder House, and expanded the menu.
Lois Fraser, left, Stephanie Hobbs and Jennifer Pearce helped owner Christina Gotfried transition from a franchise to an independent shop. The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin
“It’s Quiznos with a name change,” Gotfried said. She said she wants
all of her customers to know that they will still be able to get the
items that they prefer, including all the same toasted sandwiches, plus
new items she was unable to serve under her franchise agreement.
She explained that she couldn’t even add chocolate milk or a
pastrami sandwich to the menu as long as she was franchised as Quiznos.
Two new ambulances, a mass casualty incident vehicle, and a wide
array of new equipment have been deployed at Cal-Ore Life Flight.
Dan Brattain and Joe Gregario display life-saving equipment Cal-Ore Life Flight has purchased. The Pilot/Charles Kocher
President Dan Brattain and General Manager Joe Gregario estimate the
total capital expenditures on vehicles and new equipment in the past
year at $475,000.
The Cal-Ore crew members – a total of 75 in both ground and air
operations – were brought in on the decisions about equipment, Gregario
“They’re pretty impressed,” he said. “This is all state-of-the-art equipment that makes their job a lot easier.”
The bank closed in Seattle Friday by Washington officials is not the Evergreen Federal Bank that has a branch in Brookings.
However, the failed bank's assets are being taken over by Umpqua Bank of Roseburg, which has a store in Harbor.
Click here to see the FDIC announcement about the event.