Biz Beat 8-1-2013

A tour of Eugene bicycle industries is being planned as part of this weekend’s Blackberry bRamble celebration. The tour begins from 9 am to noon Friday, Aug. 2, at Rolf Prima, 150 Shelton McMurphy Blvd., followed by noon to 2 pm at Bike Friday, 3364 W. 11th Ave., followed by 2 to 4 pm at Co-Motion, 4765 Pacific Ave. Rides and celebration events continue all weekend. Email or see

Big Wildlife, Spencer Lennard’s enviro group known for its work on protecting endangered carnivores in the West, has joined Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands, one of Oregon’s most active enviro organizations. “Spencer will finally have the support system and infrastructure he needs and deserves to go forward with his current efforts,” says Bob Ferris, executive director for Cascadia. “And Cascadia Wildlands will have someone on staff to look after those predators in Cascadia that are not getting the attention they deserve.” See

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 12010 Oak Patch Road has a clever promotion that got our attention. One of our staffers donated some lumber and a week later found a flyer on his front door saying “Nice Door! Can We Have It?” The flyer notes that “Someone in your neighborhood recently made a donation to the ReStore” and goes on to list items that will be accepted, and offers a phone number for pick-up service, along with a discount coupon. ReStore used to handle mostly building supplies donated by contractors, but the volunteer-staffed nonprofit has been expanding its furniture and appliance inventory. Call 344-4809.

As a follow-up to last week’s Biz Beat blurb on biking to pubs, we hear local pubs are ordering dozens of bike racks from CAT, the Eugene nonprofit Center for Appropriate Transport. Falling Sky and Hop Valley are adding racks but other pubs are seeing customers “getting creative” in finding places to lock up their bikes. “The Hop Valley partners scouted out the Portland pubs and based on what they saw ordered racks for 72 bikes,” says Jan VanderTuin, executive director of CAT. See

Claim 52 Brewing at 1030 Tyinn St. is hosting an event for Oregon League of Conservation Voters from 4 to 8 pm Friday, Aug. 2, and the following Friday, Aug. 9, with 50 percent of proceeds from beer sales and 25 percent of proceeds from merchandise sales going to OLCV. See for future fundraisers at other restaurants and pubs.

KNRQ at 97.9 on the FM dial is moving its frequency to 103.7 FM as of July 28, according to Al Scott, Cumulus Eugene’s market operations manager. The station has an alternative rock format and its DJs and programs will continue unchanged.

The city of Eugene is calling on local artists to design and fabricate an award for The Mayor’s Bold Steps Award, given annually to Eugene-based businesses operating sustainably. The award will be passed from winner to winner each year. Deadline is 2 pm Friday, Aug. 2, for proposals submitted online through Dropbox. Call 682-5224 or email

The Clothes Horse resale store located near campus for the past 21 years will relocate Thursday, Aug. 1, to 13th and Pearl, taking over the building formerly occupied by Boardsports. Owners Ann Hathaway and Julia Martin say the new space is larger, more updated and has free parking. The business buys, sells and trades clothing, jewelry, shoes and purses from noon to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 pm Sunday. Call 345-5099.

St. Vincent de Paul had its grand opening of the Stellar Apartments July 30. The 54 affordable apartments at 1535 City View were designed by Bergsund DeLaney Architecture and planned and built by Meili Construction. The site is part of the city’s Landbanking for Affordable Housing Program and the project has been designed to achieve Earth Advantage certification, which includes energy efficiency, nontoxic materials and finishes and sustainable landscaping. Four of the units are set aside for the Veterans Living Independently Following Treatment (VetLIFT) program.

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