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Bee business abuzz about Brookings

Beekeepers dressed in protective gear remove honeycombs from hive to extract honey. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
“It’s a hobby that pays off,” Babette Rose said about the beekeeping activities she and her husband, Russ, began five years ago. “We started in 2004 with six hives at our home on Ocean View Drive in Smith River, and today we have eight hives at the house, 10 hives at the blueberry farm and seven a little farther up the north bank.”

The blueberry farm she referred to is the Winter Flowers Farm owned by their friends, Cheryl and Duane McKinney, approximately seven miles up the North Bank of the Chetco River, and the other property is a mile or so farther up.

When Babette added, “There are 20,000 to 40,000 bees to a hive,” the multiplication table began to ring up some serious numbers that indicate a lot of honey gathering activity this time of the year.


Resale shop opens in Brookings

Mindie Gottlieb, left, Brodie Gottlieb and Rosie Gottlieb are ready to help customers at Love Me 2 Times on Chetco Avenue in Brookings.
Love Me 2 Times, the new upscale resale shop on Chetco Avenue, is a group effort, according to grandma Rosie Gottlieb, mama Mindie Craig, and little Brodie, who doesn’t sell much, but certainly entertains the clients.

The family is pretty well known by those who frequented the Salty Dog in its early days. “Lots of people knew my dad,” Mindie said about her father, Craig Gottlieb, the original owner of The Salty Dog espresso shop at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

When Brodie was born in January, grandma Rosie said she headed south from her San Francisco home to meet her new grandson, and, after meeting him, she hasn’t been able to leave.


MoJoes, serving up locally roasted coffee

One of MoJoe’s owners, Anne Bouley, stands behind the counter of Brookings’ most recent coffee shop with Jason Ramsey, an employee. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
They say that two heads are better than one, and owners of the newly opened MoJoes adjacent to MoVino Wine Bar appear to believe that four heads are even better.

MoVino’s owners Ken and Rebecca Streaker, television interviewer Candace Michel, and Anne Bouley, known for her cooking classes, on television and in magazines, have joined to offer special food and drinks at MoJoes, across the hall from MoVino, 625 Chetco Ave.

Bouley, whose article about wine maker Silvio “Tony” Ciccone, Madonna’s father, is featured in the latest issue of Food magazine, serves as chef in charge of MoJoes.

“I will be writing other articles,” she said.


Love for fishing results in Ultimate Catch

Captain Scott Stewart has loved fishing and the outdoors since he can remember and has now taken his love and turned it into his profession.

Stewart, along with his first mate Frank Castro and secretary Angela Stewart, has created a new charter fishing company out of the Port of Brookings Harbor and aptly named it Ultimate Catch Charter.

Trying to offer an experience unlike any current charter operation in business, Stewart uses light gear rather than the more typical medium- or heavy-weight gear.

“We really feel it gives the people a good experience,” Stewart explained. “We really want them to enjoy the experience of getting the fish rather than just catching them.”


Shop specializes in the one-of-a-kind

The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Dottie Nord, proprietor of Dottie’s Corner, said, “I have a treasure trove filled to the brim with my favorite things, heavenly gifts for earthly people.” 

That treasure trove in Dottie’s Corner is part of the little mini mall at 1105 Chetco Ave., and it truly is in a corner.

“I am blessed to have a little place and to be part of this community,” Nord said about her little shop that opened in May.

“It’s blooming with neighbors,” she said about the cozy complex that includes Seaside Peddler, Natosha’s Trading Co., Snowdog, and Glassic, plus the Seaside Bakery.


BHHS grad invents product that combats affects of altitude

Lisa Lent, former Brookings Harbor High School student, former flight attendant, and current chief executive and founder of Vitalah LLC, was featured at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts during the pharmacy’s Customer Appreciation Day Friday

Lent and her sister Stephanie discussed and demonstrated Oxylent, an award-winning nutrition supplement created by Lisa in 2008 after she was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus, multiple clots in her lungs.

Never one to give up easily, according to her mother, Gro Lent, she began her investigation into a way to combat the effects of altitude, dehydration and poor air quality that can create a negative environment in the body and can lead to serious health issues.


Telestroke comes to Curry Health Network

Imagine receiving a face-to-face consultation with the top neurologist in the Northwest and having personal access to his or her supporting team of physicians and medical staff – without leaving Curry County.  

With Curry Health Network’s new telemedicine program, this is now possible. 

This new program allows highly trained medical-specialists to perform consultations and examinations on patients in remote hospitals via an interactive audiovisual system. A television-type screen enables doctors in Portland and patients at Curry General Hospital to see and hear each other in real-time, allowing doctors to perform critical diagnosis via satellite. 


Coffee kiosk offers a Morning Buzz

Brookings-Harbor High School 1999 graduate Russ Burkman hopes people have been hearing the buzz about his new portside coffee stand, the Morning Buzz.

Two weeks after the new coffee stand opened at the old Surfside Coffee location on Lower Harbor Road, the Morning Buzz was buzzing with activity.

The business serves only quality foods and drinks, Burkman said. 

“We use real ice cream in our frappes, he said, “many places do not.”


Copy shop opens its doors today in Brookings

For all those concerned about the loss of copying services created by Mory’s recent closing, there is good news. Today, (July 17), Pacific Rim Copy Center opens its doors at 552 Chetco Ave. to provide those services.

Owner Barbara Wolverton said, “I’m opening it to take up the loss of printing services resulting from Mory’s closing.” Wolverton, who is the OCÉ copier technician servicing clients from Crescent City to North Bend, explained that she will not be working at the Brookings center. “I will continue to provide the same excellent service for my customer base. I’m definitely not giving up my day job,” she stressed.


The Salty Dog Coffee Bar expanding services

Larry Jackson and Jill Fairchild, the current co-owners (with a third silent partner) of Salty Dog Coffee Bar at the Port of Brookings Harbor, have announced plans in process for remodeling and expanding services to make their popular hangout even more user-friendly.

Jackson and Fairchild, who took possession of the coffee bar Nov. 1, 2009, are expanding seating areas, adding additional comfortable seating, including a comfy couch, and outside chairs and tables to allow clients to enjoy the perfect harbor view.


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