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Biz Beat 2016-12-08

•  Paul and Lisa Tostberg, owners of Corvallis’ Coffee Culture, have launched their roasting business as a standalone retail-wholesale brand in the greater Pacific Northwest, Holderness Coffee Roasters. The Tostberg’s have been in the industry since 1993, according to a press release, when they had a drive-thru coffee kiosk that also developed film. The Tostbergs say, “We had no way of knowing that coffee would be a successful enterprise, so we developed film as well! As specialty coffee grew up, so did we — we dropped the film developing and focused on coffee, and eventually started roasting.” Go to holdernesscoffeeroasters.com for more info.

• Downtown Eugene Merchants are hosting “a fun shopping event for Saturday, Dec. 10, called Sugar Cookies and Shop Local,” according to Susan Costa of Mosaic Fair Trade Collection. She says participating stores will have holiday cookies for all shoppers, and “we hope people will have fun supporting local businesses and enjoying holiday cookies for our event.” Find out more at facebook.com/downtowneug.

• The Artisan Mercantile, located at 88267 Territorial Highway in Veneta, featuring handcrafted merchandise produced by Oregon artists, is having its grand opening 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, Dec. 10. The Mercantile says its premise “is to bring local area artists and crafters out of their homes with an opportunity to sell their crafts year-round.” There will also be artist-led classes. Items include everything from soy candles and greeting cards to mermaid sacks and “one-of-a-kind repurposed furniture and antiques.” For more info, go to facebook.com/ArtisanMercantileVenetaOR.

The GeekoSystem is an online collector and pop-culture community that will allow fans to buy/sale/trade collectibles and interact with each other as well as with pop-culture notables, according to Jessica Dwyer, director of communications for The GeekoSystem. She says: “It’s a worldwide community that sees fandom as family.” Dwyer says the site goes live in mid-December, and “as a local company we’re very excited to have many local pop-culture fans already on board as well as local businesses wanting to be vendors on the system.” Go to thegeekosystem.com for more information.