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.
Dickeys Barbecue Pit
Beef brisket, pork ribs, barbecue beans and coleslaw will replace downtown Izgaras 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 Dickeys 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.
Well 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.
Were 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 were looking forward to being a community partner.
Old washboards, window frames, rustic saws theyve been saved from the dump box and transformed to country chic décor. Theyre still looking for good homes, though, and waiting at Lindas 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 persons trash into anothers treasure. They refurbish tables, chairs, décor, accessories and anything else with potential.
I love taking whats going to be thrown away and seeing something totally different when its done, Lewis said. People see something as junk, but we see something totally different.
Both Forest Grove residents, the women love the citys small-town vibe, but need people to know they are there since theyre a bit off the beaten path.
And it isnt 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.
Theyre 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 shes 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.
Meinungs 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. Shes also open Tuesday and Thursday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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. Shes 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.
Torys Place, Forest Groves upscale womens resale shop, is now open five days a week, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except for Friday, when its open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Shop owner Victoria Webster said shes been so busy she felt the need to expand her hours. Webster estimates shes almost doubled her inventory since she opened in March.
Those wanting to sell their clothing, shoes and bags to Torys 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.Add a comment