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La Grande’s Sub Shop has a new place to call home

Scott Gorham installs some new flooring Friday as part of a remodeling project at The Sub Shop’s new location, 111 Depot St. Bill Rautenstrauch / For WesCom News Service)

Downtown La Grande’s lunch bunch — and others who like to sit down once in a while to an overstuffed sandwich prepared by someone else — are hereby advised: The Sub Shop is moving.

Baker City grocery closing

Kennedy’s Eastside Grocery closing up shop after 66 years in business. (S. John Collins/WesCom News Service)

Kennedy’s Eastside Grocery closing up shop after 66 years in business 

BAKER CITY — The closed sign has been flipped over for the last time at Kennedy’s Eastside Grocery.

Local ranch practices holistic management

Andrea and Tony Malmberg raise beef cattle in Union County. There’s nothing unusual about that — but their techniques are somewhat outside the realm of conventional.

The cutting edge

Merle Comfort of Comfort Dental Lab discusses how cutting edge technology is speeding up the crown-making process. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)

Technology allows La Grande dental lab to speed up treatment

Patience is a virtue. It is a virtue many dental patients in Union County need less of today due to a technological leap taken by Comfort Dental Lab of La Grande.

Norco manager earns ESGR award

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Area Chair Jack Johnson, left, presents a Patriot Award to Norco Manager Erik Gilstrap. Norco employee Alex Palmer, a soldier with the Oregon National Guard’s 3rd battalion, 116th Cavalry, nominated Gilstrap for the award. (Bill Rautenstrauch / For WesCom News Service)

Erik Gilstrap of Norco, Inc. recently received a Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

The Short Stop adds frozen yogurt to menu

Preparing for the day’s customers Tuesday morning, Ashlyn Christison wipes down the wheelchair accessible yogurt machines at the new yogurt business addition to The Short Stop at Gekeler Lane and 12th Street in south La Grande. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)

Store plans to add coffee shop soon 

On hot summer days, a cold treat can hit the spot. Fred Bell Jr., owner of The Short Stop, hopes he can deliver a creative creamy dessert for the right price.

Branching out

Frankie Chen, owner and manager of the Golden Crown restaurant on Adams Avenue recently purchased the Bangkok East Thai restaurant next door to his establishment. In the near future, Bangkok East will do business as Saia Thai. (Bill Rautenstrauch / For WesCom News Service)

Golden Crown acquires next-door neighbor, Bangkok East 

A young entrepreneur who was born in China and educated in La Grande has branched out, acquiring a second Oriental-style restaurant in downtown La Grande.

Art Center proponents look next door for space

The Liberty Theater Foundation hopes to purchase the C.D. Putnam Ready Wear Building, at left, and make it part of a restored Liberty Theater (building at right). The Putnam building would house an expanded lobby, offices and more. (Photo by Bill Rautenstrauch)

The Liberty Theater restoration project in downtown La Grande made more forward progress recently, as it was awarded a grant to pay for a concept master plan for use of the C.D. Putnam Ready Wear Building next door to the theater.

The $4,800 grant, from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, will help the Liberty Theater Foundation pay for an analysis of ways the Putnam Building might be utilized to enhance theater operations.

RV park changes hands

A young couple hailing from Oregon’s Mt. Hood corridor is set to start a new life in Union County, and in at least one way, their new digs look like home. 

Have clippers, will travel

Tippie Toes owner Dave Osmick trims the toenails of La Grande resident Cheyanna Inman. Osmick recently started Tippie Toes, a one-of-a-kind business catering to those who have trouble cutting their own toenails. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)

With years of service as a certified nursing assistant, La Grande resident Dave Osmick has learned that some people need a lot of help with activities of daily living, and others just a little bit of specialized assistance.

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