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by: Chase Allgood, Tami Brown of Banks has taken over ownership of Good To Go Espresso on the corner of Main Street and 19th Ave. in Forest Grove.

Farm and Garden Store gets upgrade

The Farm and Garden Store in Forest Grove has a new manager, a new look and a new focus.

The new manager, Jerry Brown, said the renovation of the retail area took longer than anticipated - six months, with friends, family and employees doing '99 percent' of the work. But it's nearly done now.

'We're just working the bugs out,' Brown said.

The store, located at 1922 19th Ave., has new floors, new walls, new lighting and a restored ceiling. It also got new shelves - which, Brown says, means double the number of products available.

'We're pretty much going to be a full-line pet store,' said Brown, who also owns the Forest Grove Dairy Queen.

The store, formerly known as Linn's, will continue selling feed and garden supplies, but will expand its pet products, including salt-water fish and more reptiles.

Brown is planning a grand reopening for sometime in the next month.

Java joint on Main Street changes hands

Good To Go Espresso, the coffee kiosk at the southeast corner of Main Street and 19th Avenue, is under new ownership.

Tami Brown of Banks took over the operation on Feb. 16, the day before her youngest son, Jake, turned 18. 'I was just ready for a change,' she said. 'I was a veteran mommy.'

Brown, a preschool teacher for 25 years, most recently at her own Apple Tree Preschool in Banks, said she has a new name in mind for the espresso stand but will operate it under its current name through the end of the year. Expect a grand reopening sometime after the new year.

Umbrellas on parade tonight

Dowtown businesses in Forest Grove celebrate First Wednesday this evening with an umbrella-decorating contest and other festivities. For details see page 11A.

Tickets for Cornelius chamber auction on sale

Business leaders in Cornelius are preparing for their own evening of fun and fund-raising.

The Cornelius Chamber of Commerce will host its annual auction and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains.

For information about tickets or donating auction items, call 503-359-4037.

Direct Labor moves office to Hillsboro

Direct Labor - a local temp agency for construction, agricultural and light-industrial laborers - has outgrown its office in Forest Grove, said owner Dorothe Jangala.

It was staffed for the last time March 27.

'I haven't ruled out opening up in Forest Grove again,' Jangala said. 'I just need to find a good location.'

Direct Labor was founded in Beaverton about 10 years ago and, about six months later, moved into the Jangala's former residence at 1924 B St.

Since then, the business has expanded to a corporate office and three branches, not counting the one in Forest Grove. The Hillsboro branch, at 243 W. Main St., opened about a year ago in anticipation of the Forest Grove location closing. Jangala said she had sold the house two years ago.

The operations of Forest Grove will be consolidated into the Hillsboro office, and Jangala predicted little impact on the temp workers. She said many of them were already busing in from Hillsboro.

'We're going to miss being there,' Jangala said. 'It's going to be weird driving by and not seeing Direct Labor outside.'

More information is available at www.directlabor.com.