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Biz Beat 2-16-2012

New downtown business is the topic of City Club of Eugene at 11:50 am Friday, Feb. 17, at the Hilton, lobby level. Main speakers are Tony Stirpe of Crumb Together and Katie Griffin of Kaleidoscope Clothing. See cityclubofeugene.org

Starting this week, Falling Sky Brewing is now open for lunch daily at 11 am, serving locally sourced food, at the Brew House, 1334 Oak Alley, near the shop at 30 E. 13th. See fallingskybrewing.com

We hear olivejuice, the naughty gift store and gallery at 543 Blair St. in the Whiteaker, has closed, but might be reopening somewhere, sometime, maybe even soon, according to the olivejuice Facebook page. We’re not sure where to go now locally to get our candy G-strings and tiger tattoo tights.

LBass Cosmetics and Skin Care is a new store in Eugene that held its grand opening this week. Owner is esthetician Lisa Bass and location is 260 W. Broadway downtown. “We believe that Eugene’s downtown area is about to see a major turnaround and we wanted to be part of that,” says Bass. See lbascosmetics.com or call 485-2277 or email lisa@fth-inc.com

The big Luxe Bridal Event will be from 6 to 9 pm Thursday, Feb. 23, a the Hult Center downtown. Salon DeLange of Eugene is one of the local promoters and plans to showcase live models, hairstyles and make-up. General admission at 6 pm is $12; VIP admission at 5 pm is $35 and includes a “loaded swag bag.” See luxbridal event.com

ODOT is sponsoring a new Small Business Management program for ODOT contractors at the LCC Small Business Development Center, beginning at 6 pm Monday, Feb. 27, through Tuesday, May 29. Each class is devoted to how to bid and do business with ODOT, understanding ODOT-specific issues, and peer group discussion. Businesses can also receive one-on-one confidential sessions with an experienced advisor at no additional cost beyond the $200 registration fee. Contact Suzanne Penegor at penegors@lane.edu or call 554-1922.

Centro Latino Americano has a new board president, Shonna Butler, taking over from Juan Carlos Valle, who will stay on the board and executive committee. Butler is a graduate of the UO Graduate Program in Public Administration and is a financial consultant with Mutual of Omaha in Eugene.

Cascadia Wildlands Executive Director Kate Ritley will be leaving the nonprofit in April after seven years. A search for a new director is now under way. See cascwild.org

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