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Forest Grove business briefs

Laser engraver likes to create one-of-kind gifts

Looking for a unique gift? Jonathan Elder likes a challenge. The owner of MGM Laser Works in Forest Grove is happy to engrave names on plaques and trophies, but his real passion, he says, is 'helping out customers get something they can't find anywhere else.'

MGM Laser Works set up last month at 1834 Pacific Ave., in the space formerly occupied by New Way Engraving. But this isn't a case of a business changing hands.

'When we found the space we didn't even know that had been another engraving business here,' Elder said.

The key to his business, Elder said, is being creative. For example, he's recently made a batch of thin, wooden business cards and made a custom-etched conductor's baton for a graduating music major.

'There's not much we can't do.'

Check out his gallery at

New day spa opens in Forest Grove

Where you used to get pizza, you can now get a pedicure (or a facial or a massage) in Forest Grove.

Becca Trevino opened Karma, a day spa and salon, last month at 2635 Pacific Ave., the site of the former Domino's Pizza. The spa offers a variety of services. Check out what's available at

Earlier this year, Domino's moved to 19th Avenue, near Tupper's Home Furnishings, which, in turn, relocated to Salem this month.

Billiard parlor now for 21-and-over crowd

Ballad Town Billiards, 2036 Pacific Ave., is now a '21 and over' establishment, with more room for pool and darts, six wide-screen TVs, an expanded seating area, a wider range of arcade games, food items and full bar service. Hours and prices can be found at