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Union makes top 20 homeownership list

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NerdWallet, a Calfornia consumer-advocacy group, ranked Union as the 20th best city in Oregon to own a home. (PHIL BULLOCK/WesCom News Service)
 

A report released by a California consumer-advocacy group says Union is one of the best places to own a home in Oregon.

The city ranked No. 20 on the list for homeownership.

 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: New La Grande businesses hosting grand openings

New La Grande businesses hosting grand openings 

Blue Mountain Outfitters outdoor equipment and apparel shop and Allure Beauty Bar will host their grand opening at 4 p.m. Saturday at 1124 Adams Ave. in La Grande. 

 

Expansion complete

Nature’s Pantry Natural Foods completes second major expansion

Dennis and Linda Clayville remember the day when the corner of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue in downtown La Grande was a hopping place.

And they believe it’s about to be born again.

The Clayvilles, owners of Nature’s Pantry Natural Foods at 1907 Fourth St., recently celebrated the completion of their second major store expansion since 2012. They’ve grown to 7,500 square feet, and have their office in a loft above the store. 

 

Avid skier, backpacker to open outdoors store

Blue Mountain Outfitters fills retail space formerly occupied by Blue Turtle Art Gallery in downtown La Grande

Lovers of Northeast Oregon’s substantial and always-beautiful great outdoors have a new place to shop for gear, now that Jim Whitbeck is opening Blue Mountain Outfitters on Adams Avenue in downtown La Grande.

 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: NAIFA Blue Mountain donates $1,000 to 3 Rivers Race

NAIFA Blue Mountain donates $1,000 to 3 Rivers Race

Shelter From the Storm’s largest annual fundraiser received a major financial shot in the arm recently from the Blue Mountain chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

 

Furniture store changes hands

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Trevor Dowdy, pictured above, and his sister Jessica are buying the former Courtesy Home Furnishings store from their father, Ross Dowdy. The store, at 2216 Adams Ave., has been renamed Self Service Furniture Warehouse. (BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH photo)
 

Courtesy Home Furnishings now known as Self Service Furniture Warehouse

Courtesy Home Furnishings, a longtime fixture in La Grande’s east end, has taken on a new name, and a new way of doing business.

But it’s staying in the Dowdy family. 

 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Local accounting firm gets new owner and new name

Local accounting firm gets new owner and new name 

The accounting firm known as Seydel, Lewis, Poe, Moeller & Gunderson, LLC will welcome new owner Yvonne Roberts as of June 1. Roberts has worked for the firm since 2007 and has been a CPA since 2004. 

Prior to working as a CPA she was an assistant vice president and manager with a local bank. Roberts is a graduate of Union High School and Eastern Oregon University. 

 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: GCAP hosting free seminar in May in La Grande

GCAP hosting free seminar in May in La Grande

The Government Contract Assistance Program is hosting a “Selling to the Government: Tapping into a Trillion Dollar Market” seminar at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the GCAP office, 104 Depot St., La Grande.

 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: GCAP opens technical assistance center in La Grande

GCAP opens technical assistance center in La Grande

The Government Contract Assistance Program has opened a procurement technical assistance center in La Grande to service the Eastern Oregon region.

 

SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS: Betty’s Books to mark 35 years with party, book-signing

Betty’s Books to mark 35 years with party, book-signing

BAKER CITY — Betty’s Books in Baker City will celebrate 35 years in business with a party and special book-signing at the store May 3.

 
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