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Local businesses open, close, move, grow

Summertime … and the living is, well, busy for these Forest Grove businesses, which are moving and shaking their way through the local commercial community.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Beef brisket, pork ribs, barbecue beans and coleslaw will replace downtown Izgara’s Middle Eastern cuisine in Forest Grove. Izgara owners Ofer and Jamie Yoav closed their doors and are moving to Florida.

George and Karina Womack of Hillsboro will open a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in mid-September, a franchise specializing in Texas-style BBQ.

The eight meats — turkey breast, chicken, honey ham, two kinds of sausage, pork ribs, pulled pork and brisket — will be smoked for 18 hours in a Tennessee-made smoker. Side options range from coleslaw and mac ‘n’ cheese to fried okra.

“We’ll be adding to the aroma of downtown,” said George Womack.

When he was laid off after decades as a customer service engineer for high-tech companies, Womack decided to go into business for himself. Having lived in Texas for 20 years, he knows a thing or two about barbecuing.

The restaurant will provide eight to 10 part-time jobs as well as a few full-time ones.

“We’re excited to get it up and running,” said Womack, who also plans to vend at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. “We like the community and we’re looking forward to being a community partner.”

Lindas Recreations and Funky Finds recently opened at 1840 Pacific Ave., where its owners specialize in refurbishing cast-off items.Linda’s Recreations

Old washboards, window frames, rustic saws — they’ve been saved from the dump box and transformed to country chic décor. They’re still looking for good homes, though, and waiting at Linda’s Recreations and Funky Finds on Pacific Avenue.

Debi Cisneros and Linda Lewis opened their refurbishing shop about a month ago after their mutual dog groomer introduced them. Soon after discovering their shared passion for decorating, crafting, painting and creating, the women started making business plans.

Cisneros and Lewis continually scavenge for the thrown-away, the tossed-aside, the chipped and the old, waiting to transform one person’s trash into another’s treasure. They refurbish tables, chairs, décor, accessories and anything else with potential.

“I love taking what’s going to be thrown away and seeing something totally different when it’s done,” Lewis said. “People see something as junk, but we see something totally different.”

Both Forest Grove residents, the women love the city’s small-town vibe, but need people to know they are there since they’re a bit “off the beaten path.”

And it isn’t just a shop. The women also offer interior design consulting and will custom refurbish individuals’ items or search for pieces customers are looking for.

They also offer bridal registries and gift certificates.

They’re open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Call 503-708-7142. The store is located at 1840 Pacific Ave.

Spin a Good Yarn

Spin a Good Yarn recently moved from its old location in a barn-red house on Pacific Avenue toward Tom McCall Upper Elementary School. Now owner Shawn Meinung said she’s happy to be “where the action is” at 2013 Main Street in downtown.

Her new location brings more space, fabric, knitting groups, and sewing and quilting classes. Meinung said her classes are filling up and a schedule can be found online.

Meinung’s hours have changed a bit, too. She is open late two weeknights — until

8 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 p.m. Fridays. The last Friday of the month she hosts a knitting group until midnight. She’s also open Tuesday and Thursday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Crafty Fox

The Crafty Fox on Pacific Avenue — which opened last fall as a seasonal shop and decided to make a go of it year-round — had a grand reopening recently.

Shop owner Polly Danger rearranged the space to make room for more classes and events. Danger purchased more sewing machines and installed them along with more tables in the now larger craft space.

While The Crafty Fox still offers hand-crafted items for sale, Danger is focusing more on craft classes and events. She’s offering kids’ camps with different themes through August for children ages 7 to 12. There will be after-school craft classes for youth ages 8 to 12 this fall.

In addition, starting up again in the fall will be Toddler Tuesdays with dedicated socializing and “mommy time” before craft projects.  

The store will also soon host private events and birthday parties. Check out thecraftyfoxshop.com for more information, hours and a class schedule.

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: MICHELLE THOMAS - Torys Place, 2015 19th Ave. in Forest Grove, has been so successful reselling lightly used, upscale womens clothing it is expanding hours and inventory.Tory’s Place

Tory’s Place, Forest Grove’s upscale women’s resale shop, is now open five days a week, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except for Friday, when it’s open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shop owner Victoria Webster said she’s been so busy she felt the need to expand her hours. Webster estimates she’s almost doubled her inventory since she opened in March.

Those wanting to sell their clothing, shoes and bags to Tory’s Place, 2015 19th Ave., can do so without an appointment now as long as they keep it under 20 items. Webster will be looking for fall items starting Aug. 15.

Webster is also selling her handbags online and will soon add jewelry to the online mix. Visit torysplace.com to shop.

1910 Small Plates

Kathy Compton, owner of 1910 Main: An American Bistro, has opened Small Plates in the same building with an entrance on 19th Avenue.

The restaurant offers smaller food options, appetizers and drinks. Plates are $2 to $10.

The restaurant opens at 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.




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