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Biz Beat 6-14-2012

 GreenLane, a local business networking group, is partnering with Ninkasi Brewing for a “People, Profit & Pints” summer gathering from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, June 14, at Ninkasi, 272 Van Buren in the Whiteaker neighborhood. The event is for members and people looking at joining the group. Find GreenLane on Facebook.

We hear that Laxton’s Big & Tall shop is closing its doors forever at 4 pm Saturday, June 16, after 57 years of business. Laxton’s is selling its remaining goods at an additional 50 percent off the lowest sale price. Founder Walt Laxton died in 1985 and his wife, Lily, took over the store and still works there at age 86. Their son Kent Laxton has worked at the store since 1969. The shop is at 505 South A St. in Springfield. Phone number is 747-9412.

Star Gate Awareness Resources at 1374 Willamette in Eugene is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a community gathering from 7:30 to 11 pm Saturday, June 16, at the Saraha Dharma Center, the former Unitarian Church, at 477 E. 40th Ave. The event will include devotional singing and Gypsy trance dancing, according to owner and founder Alan Stein. Star Gate offers alternative books, music, DVDs and gifts. Email info@stargateeugene.com or call 342-8348.

College towns are real estate investors’ “best kept secret,” according to the CNN Money website June 6. The story says colleges and universities add stability to the rental market regardless of what the economy is doing, and “Even developers who have cut back on other housing projects are building in college towns.” Meanwhile, CNN Money reports Corvallis and Eugene were listed as number 4 and 5 in a list of metro areas in the U.S. where home prices are “starting to turn.” The story cites strong rental sales near UO and OSU and a lowering unemployment rate in Corvallis.

Local marketing and advertising agency bell+funk in the new Broadway Commerce Center downtown has hired Ali Fishner as an account executive. Fishner is a UO journalism grad who previously worked at the R/West ad agency in Portland. 

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