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Biz Beat 1-26-2012

Brian Obie’s Inn at the 5th didn’t open as planned in mid-January, but the boutique hotel and conference center at Fifth Street Public Market is looking at welcoming its first guests Wednesday, Feb. 1. The hotel already has 1,000 room nights booked for 2012 and lots of queries about weddings and executive retreats, says Heidi Albertson of the inn. The official dedication will likely be in late February, and we are curious to see what VIPs show up. Check www.innat5th.com

We’ve confirmed that the old Bene’s Pizza building on 18th in the Albertson’s parking lot will become Top City Frozen Yogurt Café, offering self-serve frozen yogurt, full-service coffee and espresso, fruit smoothies and juice drinks. Owners are Joel and Tina Rimmer of Eugene, and Joel tells us they plan to employ up to 15 people, mostly part-time. Opening will be at the end of March. The old credit union vault will be turned into a party/meeting room. The Rimmer family business is Oldfield’s Appliance and Home Theater. Joel will continue working in management at Oldfield’s and Tina will oversee the yogurt shop with help from their two daughters, Michaela, 17, and Rachel, 14.

The Big One is coming sooner or later, and Oregon businesses  concerned about surviving a major earthquake and tsunami can now get help from the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory commission (OSSPAC) and the Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup (CREW). A workshop is being planned to develop “seismic resiliency” in Oregon. This year-long effort will provide the Legislature with recommended policy options that will help Oregon get back to business quickly after a geologic disaster. The next session will be from 9 am to 4 pm Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Port of Portland Building, 7200 NE Airport Way in Portland. Call Althea Rizzo at (503) 378-2911 ex. 22237. 

The SmartUps January Pub Talk will be from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Oregon Electric Station. Speakers will be the founders of local video game companies, including Jeff Tunnell, Dan White, Damon Slye and Pat Wilson. Jay Moore will moderate the panel.

A new Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission is being launched by Travel Lane County and will have its first public meeting at 10 am Monday, Jan. 30 at the Matt Arena on the UO campus. See www.EugeneCascadesCoast.org or call 484-5307.

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