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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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Brookings dentist to perform implants in India

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Dr. Kevin Hardesty, who will be traveling to India in November to perform dental implants, looks at computer images at his Brookings office. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Brookings dentist Dr. Kevin Hardesty is looking forward to a trip to India in November with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).

Because of his expertise in implantation dentistry, Hardesty was invited to participate in the academy’s annual Indirect World Congress three day meeting in New Delhi.

Hardesty, who will be out of his office from Nov. 18 to 26, will join other members of AAID in India  to do implant surgery and sinus grafts. Participation is by invitation only.

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The Salty Dog Coffee House has new manager

Jason Ramsey, who took over management of the The Salty Dog Coffee Bar at the Port of Brookings Harbor Sept. 3, said he is excited about his opportunity to become part owner.

Ramsey worked for the previous owners of the coffee house and “They brought me in and I kinda’ caught on real quick,” he said.

In addition to his experience at The Salty Dog, Ramsey has also worked at MoJoe’s in Brookings, and said enjoys the business.

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