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Culinary duo launch free gourmet food catering service

It sounds too good to be true: A catering service offering gourmet meals delivered to the location of your choice – free of charge.

Yet that’s exactly what Roger Gilbert and Ernest Madden, the creators of Brookings’ two soup kitchens, have chosen as their next culinary project.

“We want to support any organization in town that has an event that needs food by providing, preparing and delivering a meal,” Gilbert told the Pilot.

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Business begins with a vision in 1978

In 1978, there were three guys with three pieces of equipment, and a vision.

That’s what it took to build Tidewater Contractors into a successful business, General Manager Scott Darger told the Business Outlook Conference last week.

“It is difficult for a business to flourish in a small community,” he said. “The ones that do have leaders who have vision. The ownership of Tidewater has had the vision of what’s going to be important.”

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Walmart to go 24 hours daily, pre-expansion

CRESCENT CITY – The Crescent City Walmart will be open 24 hours a day starting Saturday, Jan. 29, according to store officials.

The decision comes in preparation for Walmart’s expansion into a “Supercenter,” which is anticipated to begin this summer. Store officials said the expansion will bring a full line of grocery items and additional merchandise to the Washington Boulevard location.

Bob Boucher, local Walmart store manager, said he hopes the upcoming change to a 24-hour store will bring in more business.

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Hairstylist returns to Brookings, opens Chetco Avenue salon

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Brittany Jenkins is owner of Modele Salon.
Brittany Jenkins, owner of the new Modele Salon at 519 Chetco Ave., is excited about her new business venture and happy to be back in Brookings.

She said she has been very busy setting up and decorating the salon to create a relaxing urban environment for her clients, with just a touch of big city style, using only the best and latest high end products to provide the newest styles in cut and color, her specialties.

Those products include Bumble and Bumble shampoo, hair crème, and styling products, all rated four-star. Brittany specializes in consultations to ensure her clients receive the appropriate desired services that will enhance their natural beauty.

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Pet urns keep memories alive

Brookings sculptor Luke Thornton creates a unique product: one-of-a-kind wooden urns to hold the ashes of departed pets.

His special talent was recently recognized by a group dedicated to elite show dogs.

Thornton said he is one of only 70 vendors invited to participate in the Rose City Classic Dog Show, in Portland, Jan. 19 through 23, where approximately 4,000 very well-bred dogs will be showing off.

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Rumors of county health, CHD services merger raised

GOLD BEACH – Questions about a rumored merger between Curry County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) and Curry Health District were raised at a recent Curry County Board of Commissioners work session.

Commissioner Georgia Nowlin challenged CCHHS Director Jan Kaplan to explain why the commissioners hadn’t been consulted.

Kaplan said he’d held informal discussions with the Curry Health District for the district to take over his department as early as next July.

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Orthodontist receives prestigious award

Brookings orthodontic specialist Terry D. McDonald, DDS, has been recognized by the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

McDonald accepted the award in Honolulu during PCSO’s 74th annual session in October. It’s the society’s highest award, and only two other orthodontists have received it since the society was founded in 1929.

McDonald’s other credentials include an MS and a Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics.

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Idea of The Treasure Collector started with garage sales

Tracie Gutierrez’ lifelong love of collecting has resulted in a business for her and bargains for the public.

Gutierrez, owner and manager of The Treasure Collector resale store on Highway 101 South, told the Pilot, “I did all this collecting stuff my whole life, and you can’t keep everything,” so...

Last April, she opened The Treasure Collector to help others find what they want at prices they can afford, and to relieve her overstock.

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Family doubles-up on business affairs

It’s a family affair. Two new businesses – Outdoor Living Spaces and Pirate Energy – share not only the same building at 16160 Highway 101, but also some of the same relatives.

Pirate Energy is owned and operated by Harold Bailey, with the help of family members including his wife Lisa, and provides batteries and supplies for autos, trucks, boats, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, golf carts, solar applications and more.

Outdoor Living Spaces, owned and run by Bailey’s sons, Ryan Mattes and Robert Bailey, offers aluminum awnings, patio and screen rooms, carports, and decks.

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Chinese restaurant opens in Brookings

Ming Chen, owner and chef of the Dragon Palace restaurant at 1025 Chetco Avenue in Brookings, comes from a family of restaurateurs.

Since his move to the United States 10 years ago from Canton, China, he has worked in a number of family-owned restaurants in Medford, Florence, Eugene and Coos Bay.

Having acquired that wide variety of experience, Ming decided it was time to start his own restaurant. With help from his friend, associate and distant relative, Eric Chen, Ming Chen opened the doors of the Dragon Palace on Nov. 24 and began offering his own special Chinese menu.

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    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's (BABA.N) shares soared 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance for a piece of what is likely to rank as the largest IPO in history, in a massive bet on China's burgeoning middle class. It was an auspicious debut for the Chinese e-commerce company, which was founded by Jack Ma in his apartment in 1999 and now accounts for 80 percent of online sales in China. About 100 people gathered outside the New York Stock Exchange at Wall and Broad Streets, many of them Chinese tourists with cameras, and they cheered and snapped photos when Ma exited the building with the kung fu star Jet Li. Some 271 million shares changed hands, more than double the turnover on Twitter Inc's (TWTR.N) first day last year, although still short of volume for the General Motors Co (GM.N) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) IPOs.
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    Alibaba (BABA.N) took the spotlight after its initial public offering priced at $68 a share and rose as high as $99.70 before ending the session up 38 percent to $93.89. Shares of Yahoo (YHOO.O), which is selling part of its Alibaba stake but will remain a top shareholder, were volatile in heavy volume and closed down 2.7 percent at $40.93. "Alibaba was awesome. The Alibaba deal was done correctly, which is, you leave something on the table for investors to enjoy," said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors in New York.
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    If Larry Ellison sailed off on his yacht for good tomorrow, who would really run Oracle Corp (ORCL.N)? Reuters asked a cast of Wall Streets analysts, and the verdict is dealmaker and finance guru Safra Catz. The question is on investors' minds after Ellison, 70, promoted both Catz and sales leader Mark Hurd to the CEO position on Thursday, while taking on the role of executive chairman and chief technology officer himself. Of 12 analysts who replied to an anonymous poll, five said Catz would likely run Oracle, while only one voted for Hurd, 57.

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