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Biz Beat 11-3-2016

•  After eight years at its spot on Willamette Street downtown, secondhand shop and costume mecca Kitsch-22 will close in November. The Kitsch-22 team tells EW that the space it has leased at 1022 Willamette is too small for the way the business has expanded, while it would “cost too much money to move somewhere else.” So owner Norman Lent has decided to close up shop and retire. They aren’t the only ones leaving the block: Harlequin Beads & Jewelry, across the street from Kitsch-22, is moving to a South Eugene location, the R-G reported Oct. 21, making way for a dispensary. The Kitsch-22 team says post-Halloween, sales will begin, starting with 25 percent off and eventually increasing to 50 percent off. See more on our blog at eugeneweekly.com.

 • The Business Plan You’ll Really Use Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can come hear Palo Alto Software’s Peter Thorsson on the crucial topic of business planning at 6 pm at Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. The library says, “He will deliver nuts-and-bolts explanations and steps to follow, from strategies to schedules to sales projections.” Free. More info at 541-682-5450 or eugene-or.gov/library.

Gem Faire, “West Coast’s Premier Jewelry & Bead Show,” returns to Eugene Nov. 4-6, at the Lane County Events Center, 796 W. 13th Avenue. Organizers say, “Jewelry and gem dealers from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, gems, beads, minerals, crystals, pearls and much more.” Hours are Fri. noon-6 pm, Sat. 10 am-6 pm, and Sun. 10 am-5 pm. The $7 admission is valid for the entire weekend. For more information, visit gemfaire.com, call 503-252-8300 or email info@gemfaire.com.

Eugene Downtown Cohousing, which is attempting to create a senior cohousing community, is hosting a meeting for people wishing to learn more about their project at 2 pm Saturday, Nov. 12, at 990 Lincoln Street. More info at eugenecohousingdowntown@gmail.com. or 541-344-5751.

• DriveOregon, “a trade association dedicated to electrifying transportation,” is putting on an “EVs for Businesses” workshop, 7:30-9 am Thursday, Nov. 10, at the North Building adjacent EWEB Headquarters downtown. Topics include: Costs/benefits and paybacks for EVs for businesses, technology trends and vehicle selection, workplace charging and incentives and rebates for EVs and charging infrastructure. Go to goo.gl/d0KIYM to register or contact EWEB at ev@eweb.org with questions. 

• In month of October, all 272 Dutch Bros locations partnered with their communities to raise $220,451 to support the advancement of breast cancer research and patient support at both the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Albie Aware, a California-based breast cancer awareness foundation. All Dutch Bros locations donated $5 from every specialty “Be Aware” travel mug sold in October. Dutch Bros says, “The sales of the mugs was in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, so every mug purchase presented the opportunity to further raise awareness of this disease that affects so many lives.”