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Biz Beat 10-11-2012

Good news for the downtown lunch crowd. Noisette Pastry Kitchen opened Oct. 4 in the former Broadway Market space at the corner of Broadway and Charnelton downtown. We hear the eatery had such a successful opening weekend they “ran out of everything” and had to close early Sunday. Owner is Tobi Sovak, a former pastry chef at King Estate in Lorane and Marché restaurant in Eugene. The new restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and light dinners. Phone number is 654-5257. Find customer comments on Noisette’s Facebook page.

 Will Eugene get beachfront property? The Great Oregon ShakeOut is planned for 10:18 am Thursday, Oct. 18, and business owners and managers are invited to join schools and government agencies in the statewide earthquake drill. Geologists predict that Oregon is due for a major seismic event in the coming years with potentially catastrophic damage to buildings and infrastructure. “Drop, Cover and Hold” is the slogan, though we’re not sure what we’re supposed to drop, cover and hold. Sign up free and find out at www.shakeout.org/oregon or on Facebook. 

More coffee! Yes! Par•en•the•sis Coffee Roasters is a startup Eugene business looking for $5,000 in funding by Oct. 15 through kickstarter.com and so far has $1,600 in pledges. The business is owned by Noah Crabtree who has been roasting his own coffee for six years on a homemade roaster and is now looking to expand production with bigger, better equipment. “I was fascinated with the extent to which the growing, processing and subsequent roasting of coffee could influence the quality of the cup,” he says. A video is on the Kickstarter website at wkly.ws/1d7 and his phone number is 913-1242.

The internet has an office, and faces! Expedia CruiseShipCenters now has a franchise office in Eugene at 98 E. 13th Ave., phone 953-6411. Owners Matt and Debra Velure offer vacation planning for individuals and families through the Expedia travel booking company. Matt Velure is a former airline pilot who recently earned an MBA. 

A new doc in town who understands the mind-body-spirit connection? Ajay J. Mohabeer, M.D., has joined the practice of Pain Management Partners, 2401 River Road in Eugene. Mohabeer specializes in occupational medicine and pain management in conjunction with “mind-body-spirit” medicine. He received his medical degree from Manchester University in England. Phone number of the clinic is 344-8469.

October is national Farm to School Month and the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition is hosting “tasting table” events at select local schools to encourage healthy eating and local agriculture. In addition, the Organically Grown Company is offering bags of Farm to School Fuji apples to local retailers including Red Barn, Kiva, New Frontier, Sundance, Capella and Eugene Local Foods, with 70 percent of the proceeds supporting nonprofit programs that offer farm-to-school education programs. Call 225-8807 or email mkemple@lanefood.org

The EuGenius Winter Market opened Oct. 6 and will continue weekends through Jan. 27 at the EuNique Indoor Street Faire Marketplace inside the Gateway Mall in Springfield. So far, 27 vendors have signed up and more spaces are still available. The 14,000-square-foot storefront is near Cinemark. Email eugeniusmarket@hotmail.com or call Dave Wells at 729-2608.

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