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Biz Beat 2-28-2013

We hear Divine Cupcake, the dessert restaurant, is cutting its retail store and cart sales but will continue to do catering and have its carts at events around the county. The retail shop at 11th and Chambers, across from Ring of Fire, will have its final day from 10 am to 8 pm Tuesday, March 5, on its third anniversary date, according to owner Thaddeus Moore. As usual on its anniversary, the store will be giving away free cupcakes, but this time selling off equipment and furnishings as well.  

The first 90by30 Conference is coming up March 8-9 at Valley River Inn.  The conference is sponsored by the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect at the UO College of Education. 90by30 refers to the goal of reducing child abuse in Lane County by 90 percent by 2030. Registration is $99 for one day and $129 for two days, including meals, but program Director Phyllis Barkhust says an anonymous donor has offered to subsidize a $49 “rural conference rate” for low-income non-Eugene residents who want to participate. See 90by30.com for registration and list of speakers, which includes national experts.

Moe’s Tavern and its adjacent Chow Restaurant is a new business at 471 S. A St. in Springfield, a block off Main Street next to the Bus Station. The business is scheduled to open March 3. Mitchel Hescheles says the name comes from the fictional tavern in The Simpsons TV show. Moe’s will feature a dozen local beers on tap and more in bottles. Call Hescheles at 653-9193. The location was previously Tom and Johnny’s Restaurant and Lounge which closed at the end of the year. Former owners Thomas Knight and Jonathan Porras posted a note on Facebook Jan. 3, saying, “We tried several things to try to make it through this tough economy and through the tough holiday season but it was just more than we could do.”

Buffalo Wild Wings is another new Springfield business, a franchise with headquarters in Vancouver, B.C. The new sports bar with its oversized TV screens is at 2770 Gateway St. and features boneless wings, burgers and sandwiches, wraps, salads and more. 

Community Mediation Services is planning its fourth annual Peace by Piece Celebration and 30th anniversary at 6:30 pm Wednesday, March 6, at the UO Ford Alumni Center. Tickets are $55, students $25. Register at communitymediationservices.com or call 344-5366.