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Nottingham's gets new owners, new name, new style

After being closed for the past seven months, one of Old Town Sherwood's best know dining establishments has reopened with a new look, new name and new owners. Formerly known as Nottingham's, the restaurant at 22418 Pine St. in Old Town reopened as Hodney's Family Grille on March 8 and offers burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts, among other things. Look for a full write-up on Hodney's Family Grille in the May issue of The Sherwood Gazette.

Sherwood Saturday Market has second meeting for vendors

Intersted in being a vendor or entertainer at the Sherwood Saturday Market?

Then come to the second vendor meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12 on the sidewalk next to the Sherwood Library and City Hall in Old Town.

The Sherwood Saturday Market starts up again in May. For more information, call 503-625-6176 or 503-682-1604.

Sherwood Chamber's April events include mixers, ribbon cutting ceremonies

Join the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce this month at its events:

• 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 8: monthly Chgamber breakfast at the Sherwood Community Senior Center, 21907 S.W. Sherwood Blvd.

Please RSVP to the Chamber office at 503-625-7800 or by sending an e-mail to chamber@sherwoodcham ber.org.

• 6 to 9 p.m.Tuesday, April 15: P.M. Mixer at Cartwright Innovations, 14960 S.W. Tualatin Sherwood Road in Sherwood. For more information, call 503-625-9780.

• 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22: P.M. Mixer at Univera Lifesciences, location to be determined. For more information, call 503-998-5832.

• 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24: Ribbon cutting ceremony at Dinner's Done Right, 16771 S.W. 12th St. Suite A, in Sherwood. For more information call 503-925-8505

Owner of Select Finishes joins Apogee Painting

For more than five years, homeowners in Sherwood and surrounding communities have come to know Jake Wilson as the head of Select Finishes, Inc. painting. With more than 25 years in the industry, he's been the 'go-to guy' when they've needed their homes painted or wanted to refer their friends and family to the best. His knowledge and expertise earned him their business. His personality and easy rapport made him their friend.

As of March 1, Wilson is the new project manager for Apogee Painting.But this is no ordinary new job. And no ordinary end to a booming business. It's a merger of the best of two worlds, combining Wilson's breadth of specialty painting experience with Apogee Painting's customer-centered residential business. Owned by Chuck and Larisa Eichacker, Apogee Painting is named after the peak, or high point, in an orbit.

Wilson says, 'The challenges of running a business, from its overhead costs to insurance paperwork and payroll, were taking me away from what I love best, which is working with our customers and working through the details of each job. I love what I do, but I didn't love running a business.'

That's where the Eichackers come in. Chuck Eichacker was sales manager for a large Portland painting firm. The firm enjoyed tremendous growth. However, while the sales figures were sky-rocketing, Eichacker felt some of the personal touch was being lost. That's why he and wife Larisa founded their own business, Apogee Painting. They've carefully developed a loyal customer base built on referrals and word of mouth. They are especially well known for their work on historic homes in and around Portland. As their name reflects, Apogee is the high point in service and quality residential painting.

By adding Wilson and Select Finishes' customers, Apogee is putting the final piece into place. With the Eichackers at the helm managing the business and sales sides, and Wilson managing the daily ins and outs of the jobs and overseeing quality, it's a win-win for all. Apogee even hired six employees of Select Finishes, a testament to their worth as well. In addition, all previous Select Finishes warranty contracts will be honored by Apogee Painting, though only a handful out of hundreds of customers have ever had warranty issues.

'When meeting with a customer, it's so important to listen carefully and learn as much as possible about their home and their painting project,' explains Eichacker. 'At the same time, Jake can focus on the best techniques and materials to meet and surpass our customer's expectations. When we meet customers, we'll often take the time to calculate labor and materials costs on the spot. If we seem to be a good fit, we're happy to take it to the next step, writing up a detailed proposal and working toward setting a schedule for their job.'

What customers liked about Select Finishes, they'll continue to find with Apogee Painting: the personal touch, better-than-ever customer service and best results. Visit their Web site at www.apogeepainting.com. And when you see their trailers around your neighborhood with the Apogee logo, stop by to say hello. You might meet a few new friendly faces, and likely see some old familiar ones as well.

Sherwood resident to host small business classes for women

Sherwood resident Diana Sell will host a program for women to teach them how to run a successful business three times in April and once in May. Each seminar, run according to the Girls Who Network model, begins at 7 p.m. The dates are April 16, 23 and 30.

GirlsWhoNetwork.com founders, Heather Juma and Tina Lasater of San Diego, Calif., believe that all women should and can make a six-figure income working at home, when they are provided knowledge, mentorship and strong networking opportunities.

Girls who Network provides educational seminars in cities throughout the US where women work together to support and help build solid business foundations to earn six-figure incomes. Girls Who Network provides education, motivation, resources, and networking opportunities for women committed to starting a new business venture or taking their current business to the next level.

To attend a Girls Who Network seminar, register at www.GirlsWhoNetworkcom.