Biz Beat 6-19-2014

Hard Times Distillery will be opening a tasting room at 547 Blair Blvd., across from Tacovore and next to Mame. “The neighborhood has become known for food, beer and wine, but now there are locally made distilled spirits as well,” says Ben Maude of Hard Times. Call him at 414-9752.

Balance Beauty and Health has expanded to include spa services at 1293 Lincoln St. downtown. New is Celine Bailey, who has worked as a licensed esthetician, makeup artist and massage therapist since 2006 and has worked at spas and resorts in Cape Cod, Mass. The business also offers acupuncture three days a week and herbal consultation and sales. Call 393-6637 or see

Sizzle Pie at 910 Willamette St. is celebrating its first anniversary this week, says general manager Brian Hebb. The business, which also has several stores in Portland, is celebrating “one year of downtown revitalization and 365 consecutive days of pizza partying,” Hebb says. “Over the past year, we’ve seen businesses thrive around us, the atmosphere improve on the downtown blocks and citizens embrace their newly vibrant urban core.” Find information on giveaways and a photo contest on Sizzle Pie’s Facebook page.

The annual Visitor Information Celebration focusing on tourism begins at 5:30 pm Thursday, June 19, at the Center for Meeting and Learning at the LCC main campus on 30th Avenue. Sponsored by Travel Lane County. Travel writer Grant McOmie of Grant’s Getaways will be one of the speakers. Social hour begins at 5:30 pm and the dinner and awards ceremony begins at 6:30 pm. Contact 

Right at Home Eugene is a new business at 1639 Oak St., owned by Carol Mosman and part of a national enterprise that provides assessment and in-home care for those who are recovering from hospital care or needing services associated with aging. Services are provided to Eugene, Springfield and Junction City. Call 833-5050 or see

An informal discussion titled “Tips and tools: How to approach a business about sponsoring or partnering with your arts group”
will be from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, June 19, at the Eugene Public Library Singer Room. Sponsored by the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. RSVP not required but appreciated. Email Karen Rainsong at

Cycling for Veterans is planning the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway Veterans Ride Saturday, June 28, and is looking for volunteers and other support. The ride this year is from Champoeg State Heritage Area south of Newberg to Willamette Mission State Park north of Kaiser, a distance of about 18 miles. Market of Choice will donate drinks and food and the city of Eugene will donate a van and two interns to help. More food, more volunteers and some shuttle pickups and drivers are needed. Contact Ree McSween at or call 337-3710.