What’s going on with Barnhart Associates Real Estate? We hear the Barnhart office building at 186 E. 14th Ave. has been sold to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) and will be vacated soon, but the office phone goes unanswered and email queries are not being returned. The agency still has listings and is still advertising. Owners are Jim and Nancy Barnhart and David Holland, who became a full partner in 2004. The historic building, called the Soults-Westfall Duplex, is an elaborate bungalow dating to around 1915.
KOCF-Fern Ridge Radio, associated with the Oregon Country Fair, didn’t make its June 16 broadcasting kick-off but plans to go on the air by this weekend. The low-power station at 92.5 FM won’t be live broadcasting yet since it’s still looking for studio space. “We have put together a small cadre of music producers that will be assembling their programs using home computers,” says Dean Middleton, the station manager. “We will then play those programs back using cloud upload and download services and remotely operate the station.” He says the station hopes to broadcast local Veneta city council meetings, events at the library and provide information during emergencies. Organizers have raised about $11,000 toward a goal of $20,000. See wkly.ws/21i or kocf.org.
Destruction of the old Musgrove Family Mortuary building at 11th and Olive is well under way this week behind a chainlink fence (see Biz Beat last week). Amid the rubble is a large, blue metal box with a chimney that appears to be a crematorium. Will it be recycled along with the huge pile of twisted rebar? Musgrove has moved its offices to the West Lawn Memorial Park, 225 S. Danebo Ave., which is part of the family business. See musgroves.com or call 686-2818.
Candlewood Suites, the new extended-stay hotel just east of I-5 on Franklin Boulevard, has been open since early September last year, but is having its official ribbon-cutting and grand opening at 4 pm Thursday, July 16. Online reviews so far praise the kitchenettes in each unit and other amenities. The hotel has 87 rooms and is Glenwood’s first major hotel. More are coming.
Winged Words is a new business by Kate Winter of Eugene, offering “affordable book design” and related services to writers and artists. Winter says, “Printing-on-demand technology has opened up a new world for authors. You can now publish your book quickly and easily instead of relying on traditional publishers.” But, she adds, “you still need your book to look professional and attractive.” She also does proofreading, e-book conversion and website set-up. See wingedwordsdesign.com.
The second annual Downtown Eugene Summer Sidewalk Sale will begin Thursday, July 16, and run through Saturday, July 18. More than 20 downtown merchants will be participating. Shoppers can find rummage sales and discounts from 10 to 50 percent off some merchandise. Free balloons and activity cards for children will also be available. Chalk marks on sidewalks will designate the participating merchants. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Eugene Merchants Group.