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Biz Beat 6-12-2014

Holy Cow is permanently closing its campus location in the EMU on the UO campus as of June 30. “Deconstruction is in full swing and we cannot afford to keep it open after business went down 50 percent due to construction,” says Kathee Lavine of Holy Cow in an email. “We are open on Willamette and our catering and products are available as always.” Lavine adds, “It is perhaps fitting that we are going out with the OUS system, both of us ending our involvement with the UO on June 30. The university has changed dramatically in the 17 years we have had the café on campus.” She says Holy Cow was the first all-organic restaurant on a college campus anywhere. “We are proud of leading the EMU in sustainability: stewarding reusable plates, composting, cooking with real, whole organically grown ingredients as well as filtering water, supporting local farmers and small businesses.” The restaurant’s off-campus site is at 2621 Willamette.

H Boutique is closing its doors at 5th Street Public Market and will reopen in the fall at Valley River Center within the Harry Richie’s store. H Boutique and Harry Richie are among a chain of 16 jewelry stores on the West Coast and Idaho and the company was founded in 1956 by Harry and Jerry Richie. Corporate offices are at 956 Willamette St. No word from the market on what business might take its place.

In labor news, McKenzie-Willamette Hospital workers go to the bargaining table at 10:30 am Thursday, June 12, at the McKenzie Room at the hospital in Springfield. Find more information at the Eugene/Springfield Solidarity Network website at http://wkly.ws/1ry.

Freelance writer and author Sharleen Nelson and her husband have published a new book on Oregon’s Festivals, Faires & Celebrations, listing more than 90 events that take place around Oregon on an annual basis. The book is published by GladEye Press and will be available soon on amazon.com. Email snelson858@comcast.net.  

We hear Festival Latino held May 31 at Sprout! Food Hub in Springfield was a big success, drawing about 400 attendees and raising more than $5,000 to support Huerto de la Familia’s work with the Latino community. The event aims to “promote cross-cultural understanding and integration in Eugene/Springfield,” according to Alex Macfarlan, the UO master’s candidate in public administration who coordinated the event. See huertodelafamilia.org. 

Guerrilla Funding for Small Business” is the topic of an LCC Small Business Development Center session at 6 pm Thursday, June 12, at the Downtown Eugene Library. Speaker is Frank Plaisted, an expert on financing small startups. Call 682-5450. Also at the library at 10 am Saturday, June 14, will be a free “Discover the Info Hub” session focusing on online tools and resources. Basic internet skills are a prerequisite.

The 50th anniversary of the McKenzie Flyfishers will be celebrated from 6 to 9 pm Monday, June 16, at Lewis & Clark Catering, 2210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., next to the Mercedes car dealership. Program begins at 8 pm with members recounting the organization’s conservation accomplishments and outings. Free and open to nonmembers. Optional dinner is $17. Call 913-0710 for more information.

A produce stand for FOOD for Lane County’s Youth Farm is now open through October from 2 to 6 pm Thursdays at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, near the ER entrance, and from 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays at the Youth Farm, 705 Flamingo Ave. in Springfield.