• Remodeling is finally under way at the old Bene’s Pizza building at 18th near Chambers, managed by Evans, Elder & Brown (EEB) commercial real estate. We hear from a reliable source that a yogurt shop is going in, but what yogurt shop? The folks at EEB are still mum on the new tenant so we asked around. It’s not Prince Pückler’s and it’s not Vanilla Jill’s. Maybe somebody new?
• One of the more colorful fundraisers for the Greenhill Humane Society animal shelter is a “13 Dollar Tattoos for 13 Hours” event Friday, Jan. 13, at Area 51 Tattoo and Gallery, 824 Q St. in Springfield. Participants get to choose from 100 custom “flash Friday the 13th tattoos.” All proceeds go to Greenhill. Show up between 11 am and midnight Friday and walk away with something unforgettable — and maybe a puppy, too.
• Pearl Buck Center has landed a $100,000 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust for core operating support. Pearl Buck in west Eugene provides vocational training, employment and other services to 600 children and adults in the area. The nonprofit has 75 on staff and 160 volunteers.
• Jake’s Wayback Burgers, with 42 locations in 16 states, is planning to open its first Oregon franchises in Eugene and Medford this spring, “re-imaging the great American roadside burger stand.” Gillian Maffeo of the company tells us the lease isn’t signed yet so the location cannot be disclosed. She says it takes about 45 days to build a store once permits are in hand. Each restaurant employees between 25 and 30 people.
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