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Biz Beat 2016-12-15

• Brails on 5th has opened! After the venerable Keystone Café shut its doors in May 2015, Sang Joo (Joy) Knudtson of Brails Restaurant on Willamette stepped in. The new Brails is located at the former Keystone Café, 395 W. 5th Avenue, just on the edge of the Whiteaker.

Mountain Rose Herbs, offering organic, fair trade and sustainably sourced botanical products nationwide since 1987, is the first business in Oregon to earn a Zero Waste Facility Certification from Green Business Certification, according to Alyssa Lawless, director of sustainability. The company says in a press release that it was awarded platinum, the highest available certification. Mountain Rose says it “achieved a landfill diversion rate of over 96 percent” in addition to meeting all local, state, and federal waste regulations. Mountain Rose is also 100 percent powered by renewable energy through its solar array. 

As You Like it, The Pleasure Shop’s new Organics line is up for an award: As You Like It Organics Peppermint Body Butter has been nominated for “Outstanding Body-Skin Care Product” at the 2017 AVM Media Network’s “O” Awards to be announced on Thursday, Jan. 19. As You Like It is an eco-conscious, green, gender-inclusive sex toy shop. Find out more at asyoulikeitshop.com or go to 1655 W. 11th Avenue No. 1. 

• Residents of rural Oakridge, 45 miles from Eugene, have poor healthy food options, according to a press release from Whole Foods Market. The community recently organized a buying club to reduce the cost of purchasing fresh foods. Every other Monday, Whole Foods Market in Eugene serves as the produce distribution channel for the 295 members of Oakridge Buying Club as part of Whole Foods’ Pacific Northwest Region Food Access Program. Whole Foods provides wholesale rates. The most recent order included 46 cases of produce, Whole Foods says. “According to the Oakridge respondents of the Rural Lane County Access to Food Survey, 87.2 percent of residents drive more than 26 miles to their main food source and 68.2 percent indicated the existing food options are not affordable. Additionally, 28 percent of residents live below the federal poverty line,” the press release says. Eugene-based social enterprise, Bushel Box, streamlines the ordering and payment process.