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LEDs give entrepreneur a bright idea for new business

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Mitch Valentine, seated center, with his crew at Radiantz Hardcore Lighting.
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Grocery store opens at the port boardwalk

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Kathy and Scott Mathey
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New name results from life changes

Hunger Stop on Chetco Avenue just north of Fifth Street, with its new name, is inviting those who are hungry to stop, with a promise that they will leave satisfied.

The restaurant was originally named Boogie Board Bagels when Keffe and Theresa Dillon purchased the business from Shane and Laura Alcorn in 2006.

The name was appropriate at the time when the Dillons purchased the business  because bagels were the major draw.

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Yantis marks 30 years at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts

Talk about dependable and steady, last month marked 30 years in the same career and location for Tim Yantis, as pharmacist to owner of Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts. 

“It’s been a nice ride,” Yantis said recently, adding, “Maybe one of these days I’ll retire.”

In addition to the growing business in Brookings, Yantis purchased Gold Beach Pharmacy in December 2009. “I’d been going by it for years and years, and I just thought, ‘Let’s get that store,’” he said.

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Business owner keeps busy creating glass art

Ruth Stoner, proprietor of Glassic Designs, 1105 D Chetco Ave., has a small bathtub size kiln that she keeps busy slumping, shaping, and draping glass of all sizes, colors and shapes.

Ruth and her husband John moved to Brookings in November last year. She said she came to Brookings from the mountains of Colorado when John, a mental health coordinator, said he had been thinking about making a move and he wanted to live in a small town by the ocean.

After a bit of investigating, they decided to take a look at the Oregon Coast. “We came to look in May, and we liked it,” she said. “He was offered a job and we moved in November.”

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Tresse FX has new owners

Tresse FX Inc. the fashionable beauty salon at 16340 Lower Harbor Road at the Port of Brookings Harbor has new owners and a new manager. The new owners, mother and daughter Debbie and Destiny Wesel and business partner Steve Poponi celebrated the changeover with a grand opening March 19.

Destiny, who graduated from Brookings Harbor High School in 2008, is the new manager. She said she always wanted to be cosmetologist and, after training at Pass Phagan Cosmetology in Grants Pass, received her license in October 2009.

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Flavor of Curry adds spice to college fundraising efforts

The Flavor of Curry will be revealed Thursday, April 15, with an unusual fundraising event to support the construction of the Brookings campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC).

The revelations will include a taste of the history of Curry County, provided by well-known local storytellers and, for the palate, a selection of the county’s delectable edibles.

The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Redwood Theater with the storytellers sharing information about the shaping of Curry County’s friendly flavor.

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Chefs open Italian steak house in Harbor

Jerry Brown and Henry Colangelo are singing “We’re back in the business again,” as they greet new and old clients at the recently-opened Smugglers Italian Bistro in the English Village on Highway 101 at Hoffeldt Lane.

After 10 years operating his Smuggler’s Cove Restaurant at the Port of Brookings Harbor, Brown said, “It’s a change of location and I’m downsizing a bit.”

Chef Colangelo, former owner of the Italian Cowboy Restaurant in Brookings, returned to Brookings just in time to help Brown open the new Italian steak house.

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Hospitality 101 director honored at Five-Chamber Mixer Thursday

Tim Hoone, director of Hospitality 101, was host of the annual America’s Wild Rivers Coast Five-Chamber Mixer Thursday night, but he didn’t know a key secret.

He was also named as the first winner of the Chuck Schaumburg Hospitality Award, given by the America’s Wild Rivers Coast Consortium.

“You’ve done so much,” AWRC President Aaron Funk said to Hoone as he announced the award. “You’ve spent so many hours of your life on this.”

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