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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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Salon Dolce offers a ‘total experience’

Not one to let an opportunity slip by, artist-cosmetologist Kandi Legg didn’t hesitate when she saw a chance to move her full-service  Salon Dolce to the recently-vacated building at 509 Chetco Ave.

Legg contacted her friend, massage therapist Connie Twinning, at her Spruce Street studio, Of Time and Touch, and invited her to move her business into the new Salon Dolce location.

Plans were quickly made to turn Salon Dolce into a total experience where clients can find both external and internal beauty.

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Millers making pizza for 30 years

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Becky, left, and Darrel, right, operate Wild River Pizza along with daughter Kelsie, and grandchildren Braxton and Baylie. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Darrel and Becky Miller, owners of Wild River Pizza, received a heart-warming jolt when they reached the back page of the first section of the Nov. 27 issue of the Curry Coastal Pilot last Saturday.

The page was filled with loving tributes and joyful greetings, all because they have been serving pizza to the Brookings-Harbor community and environs for 30 years. That’s a lot of pizza.

It’s obvious that everybody loves their pizza, but that isn’t the whole story. All of those published pats-on-the-back included loving tribute to the friendship and warmth served with the pizza over the last three decades.

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Computer store opens

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Cousins and Co. music store re-opens today

Cousins & Co. music store, which has been in business 14 years at various locations in the Brookings-Harbor area, has moved from Earl E. Books to a new location: 615 Chetco Ave.

A grand re-opening, featuring music and refreshments, is scheduled for noon through 6 p.m. today (Oct. 30).

“The new location will give us the opportunity to once again become a full service music store,” said owner Kim Banfield.

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Journal ranks C&K Markets No. 6 in state

C&K Market, Inc., a Brookings-based family and employee-owned independent grocer, was recently ranked No. 6 by the Portland Business Journal.

The company operates grocery stores and pharmacies under the banners of Ray’s Food Place, Shop Smart, C&K Market, and Pharmacy Express.

 The local grocery company achieved its high-ranking position on the Healthiest Employers in Oregon list, which includes companies with 1,500-plus employees. 

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Zia opens practice at Brookings office

Sheila Zia, FNP, Brookings’ newest family nurse practitioner, is a native Oregonian. She grew up in Ashland, graduated from Ashland High School in 1981, and earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in 1989.

She moved on to Oregon Health Science University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2004, a master’s degree and FNP certification in 2008, and worked in labor and delivery.

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Kurt Madar returns to the kitchen after career spin

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Kurt Madar prepares a healthy dish in the kitchen of The Shack on Chetco Avenue. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Ballet dancer, U.S. Navy Seal, journalist, and now  restaurateur, describes in a nut shell the career of Kurt Madar, co-owner, with Donald Dowden, of the Shack Island Grill on Chetco Avenue, which opened Sept. 15.

The two men said they are on a mission to encourage healthy eating. Mader said, “Most of the U.S. is addicted to fast food.”

He added, “One reason Don and I started this is that we want to change the model for fast food. It doesn’t have to be heavy in fat, cooked, frozen and reheated. It can be quickly cooked and fresh, with healthy veggies.”

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Bringing a new atmosphere to an old tavern

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Dale Lowcock and Dani Kitchel have been busy breathing new life into a nearly 100-year-old tavern in downtown Brookings. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Dani Kitchel and Dale Lowcock met as single RVers and spent 12 years on the road together, totally committed to the roaming life, until Kitchel’s son, Adam Bryan, suggested they reopen the Pine Cone Tavern.

Bryan, a consultant who travels the U.S. advising new bar owners, turned them on to the Pine Cone Tavern.

“It’s a wonderful little bar and has great atmosphere,” he told them.

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