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New name results from life changes
April 21, 2010 05:00 am

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
April 21, 2010 05:00 am

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
April 14, 2010 05:00 am

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
April 14, 2010 05:00 am

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
April 10, 2010 05:00 am

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
April 10, 2010 05:00 am

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
March 27, 2010 04:00 am

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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Brookings’ newest coffee shop comes with an island attitude
March 24, 2010 10:06 am

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Sherry Martinez brings her island dreams to Brookings with the Hawaiian-themed Jitter Hut, located in the Subway sandwich shop.
A new coffee shop is in town, serving Hawaiian Kona coffee, fruit smoothies and a side of island attitude.

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.

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Magazine: CFCU makes top 100 list
March 24, 2010 10:01 am

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.”

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