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Biz Beat 12-6-2012

In February or March 2013, The Bier Stein will move from its location on East 11th Avenue to Midtown, the building at 16th and Willamette that was formerly home to June. Bier Stein owner Chip Hardy says The Bier Stein has purchased the building and has begun remodeling so it can accommodate a single business. Its new location will almost sextuple The Bier Stein from 2,100 sq. ft. to 12,000 sq. ft. The extra space will also provide a room from which Hardy and company will begin packaging and shipping beer from online sales. “There are people in other parts of the country who love Northwestern beer and can’t get it locally,” Hardy says.

The nonprofit Center for Appropriate Transport is celebrating 20 years of providing accessible, affordable, reliable human-powered transportation, along with educational resources. Director Jan VanderTuin says  CAT is looking to train volunteers to spend time at the Eugene Bicycle Works community bike shop at 455 W. 1st Ave. Volunteers would help educate the many people who stop by the bike shop and are curious about CAT programs. Visit catoregon.org or call 683-3397 or email ebw@catoregon.org for more information or to get on a mailing list.

Holiday Market is up and running at the Fairgrounds and a quick survey of local handcraft vendors indicates sales are up over last year. We stopped by Saturday when Eugene singer Halie Loren was performing on the Food Court stage and she drew a big sit-down audience. Free music and dance performances can also be found in Holiday Hall and in the lobby. Find a schedule and new “gift guides” at www.holidaymarket.org

Aqua Serene is holding its annual Founders Day Celebration this weekend, Dec. 8-9, at 2836 W. 11th Ave. in Eugene. The business, celebrating more than two decades in Eugene, specializes in tropical fish and fish supplies along with indoor and outdoor gardening equipment, plant nutrients and expert advice. Live music from 1 to 4 pm will be part of the celebration that ends at 7 pm Saturday and 6 pm Sunday. See aquaserene.com or call 485-2171.

Hearts for Hospice has a new Resale Shop located at 444 Main St. in Springfield. The grand opening will be 9 am to 4 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-8, and again the following weekend. Items for sale include clothing, holiday decorations, furniture, lamps, kitchen items, books, linens and medical equipment. The nonprofit Hearts for Hospice supports the various services provided by Sacred Heart Hospice and Courageous Kids. To make donations or to volunteer, call Sally at 998-1100, or stop by the shop.

Sunshine Limo Service and Oregon Party Bus held their annual Christmas Light Tour Dec. 3-4 for low-income senior citizens and families of the Relief Nursery. The limo service expected about 300 people to join the free tours. See sunshinelimoservice.com

Eugene-area biotech entrepreneurs will speak at the SmartUps Pub Talk from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, Dec. 6. Registration is required at eugenechamber.com or call 484-1314.

Enrollment is still open for classes in two programs through the Non-profit Management Institute, a nine-month professional development program run by LCC’s Small Business Development Center at 1445 Willamette St. Classes will be moving to LCC’s new downtown campus facilities in January. Email armstrongt@lancecc.edu or call 463-4607.