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Biz Beat 3-1-2012

Opus VII gallery at 22 W. 7th Ave. will be closing April 7 after a year and a half, according to a note to members from Executive Director Kaz Oveiessi and Artistic Director Sally Dietrich. The gallery’s purpose is “to recognize, reward and showcase mastery in art, architecture and design,” and “introduce the community to the creative world and win the hearts and minds of every visitor.” Oveissi says he will be moving his oriental rug store into the gallery space and intends that “we will go onward” with a “different project at a different time.”

Just Breathe, a movement and yoga studio at 2868 Willamette in south Eugene, is celebrating its second anniversary Thursday, March 1, and is offering free classes to the community that day. Mandy Baucum is a certified fitness instructor and her friend and business partner Quincy O’Toole is a NIA instructor. Space is also provided for yoga, tai chi, meditation and other practices. Website is justbreatheeverybody.com and phone number is 912-4244.

We hear Eugene dentist Josephine Stokes, currently at the dental offices on South Willamette, will be opening her own practice in mid-March. More details later as they become available. 

Lane County has thousands of small businesses that survive and even thrive, year after year, and form the foundation of our economy. We’ve started collecting information about some of the more creative local small enterprises. Here are a couple for starters:

• Nico Mantele of Eugene creates artistic stretch fabric installations for churches, theaters and event stages. He has a crew that manufactures in Eugene and he markets worldwide online at stretchshapes.net Mike Lucid is his web designer.

Rob Cook of Springfield is a longtime activist for the blind and otherwise disabled who founded a company called Navi-Tech LLC, designing and marketing low-cost detectable guidance markers (DGMs) for sidewalks and curbs, along with other products that improve accessibility for low-vision pedestrians. He holds more than 30 patents. He can be reached at robcook@gmail.com or call 741-4367.

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