Biz Beat 11-6-2014

A Whiteaker neighborhood building and land at 252 Lawrence St., across the street from Crux Rock Climbing Gym, has been sold to Rick Wright, the CEO of Market of Choice, to become an events center, and we heard from one small business being evicted, Bohemia Café & Apothecary. Co-owner Felicia Parra-Colden tells us the eviction was given with short notice, but she was able to negotiate more time to relocate. “We are creating a healing space with massage therapists and herbal consultants with our tea house and apothecary,” she says, at a location to be announced, likely in the Whiteaker. The other owner of the business is Andrea Magdelena Garcia. The shop has been there for three and a half years and herb shops have occupied the space for 18 years. Parra-Colden says she and her partner are trying to raise money for the relocation. Call 343-0535.

Golden Arts Healing Collective is a new business at 395 W. Broadway offering massage, naturopathy, herbology, therapeutic movement, tea and tisane, and owned and operated by Brenda Wilson, LMT, Michelle Ditter, LMT, Rachel Hess, ND, and Deb Vitello, LMT. “We feature a small movement space for therapeutic movement lessons and small class size,” Wilson says. Golden Arts will have its grand opening 5 to 8 pm Nov. 7 during the First Friday ArtWalk, with music by Mood Area 52 and artwork by Portland Artist Kathy Brock. Call 743-6131 or find them on Facebook. 

50/50 Tanks & Tees is a new resale T-shirt shop at 277 W. 8th Ave. The shop specializes in tank tops and T-shirts, sizes XS to SL, at a flat price of $10, according to owner Loren Hill. The business also has an art gallery with art rotating monthly and will be open for First Friday ArtWalk this week, with music by Brahminy Underground. Phone number is 232-2372 and the shop is on Facebook.

Karen DeBraal opened Wise Turtle Acupuncture at 807 A St., in Springfield in late September. “I am the only acupuncturist in Springfield,” she says, and she will be joining the Springfield Second Friday Art Walk Nov. 14, featuring the flower petal art of Springfield artist Subongkot PethnuiI. That day will also be her official grand opening. Phone number is 731-1466 and website is

The McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival and benefit will begin at 5 pm Friday, Nov. 7, and continue from noon to 11 pm Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Willamalane Center, 250 S. 32nd St. in Springfield. Tickets are $15 at the door. Featured will be more than 70 craft brews from Oregon, Washington and California and live entertainment. See

Perugino is hosting a free Q&A Kabbalah Hour at 6 pm Monday, Nov. 10, at 767 Willamette St. Discussion will be led by Shmuel Shalom Cohen of Conscious Torah. Cohen spent 10 years in Israel studying Judaism and Kabbalah and came back to Eugene to “inspire peace, harmony, healing and joy in individuals, community and the world through teaching Judaism as a spiritual path to wholeness.” He gives classes and does one-on-one tutoring, and is starting a monthly series of free drop-in classes and events. See or call 514-2571.

The national Giving Tuesday holiday campaign is coming to Eugene and Springfield this fall as a benefit for local nonprofit cat rescue efforts. West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue is joining Giving Tuesday for a kickoff fundraiser from noon to 10 pm Thursday, Nov. 6, at Ninkasi Brewery, 272 Van Buren St. Call 225-4955 or visit 

McMenamins North Bank pub has gotten a makeover with a South Sea Islands theme. The Kapu Hut evokes Polynesia elements with bamboo walls and antique masks from Papua New Guinea, Japan and Africa. The “soft opening” of the renovated bar was this week with a grand opening still to come. The bar and restaurant is located on the river and bike path at 22 Club Road. Call 343-5622. See photos on our blog.

Looking for an interesting job? We hear BRING Recycling is hiring a new coordinator for its annual Home and Garden Tour that happens each September. It’s only quarter-time but looks like fun and a big challenge. Find a job description at Deadline to apply is Dec. 5.

We hear Walmart employees on West 11th raised about $5,000 for animal services in Eugene though a “Hot Dogs for Hot Dogs” fundraiser Labor Day weekend. The hot dog sales also drew attention to the dangers of leaving pets alone in cars during warm days. Volunteer Eugene police officers assisted in the fundraiser.

Congrats to Willamette Family, celebrating 50 years of providing readily accessible substance abuse/addiction care and high quality mental health care for men, women, youth and families. The agency has also been included in the Oregon Business Magazine list of “100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon.” See