Jim Lippold pauses for a picture during his final day of work last week at the La Grande J.C. Penney store. Lippold retired following 38 years with the company, the last 20 as manager of the La Grande and Pendleton stores. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
Retiring manager of La Grande store landed a job as drapery installer for Penney’s in 1973 and has worked for the department store chain ever since
Elgin couple buys Bill's Quick Mart, names it Island City Market and Deli
Eastern Oregon University students Kyle Guentert, Nick Thompson and Kaleb Oveson help move some of the Liberty Theater’s original seats back into the building last March. Renovation of the old theater at 1010 Adams Ave. is one of many projects La Grande Main Street has taken on since forming in January 2009. Main Street is currently raising the funds needed to restore and re-open the Liberty.
It takes a little time for a baby to stand up on its own two feet and
totter away. For La Grande Main Street, that time has come.
After three years of nurturing from the City of La Grande, the
program dedicated to improving downtown’s business environment is well
on the way to becoming a strictly private, citizen-driven enterprise. It
has its own board of directors, and committees dedicated to
organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion.
Linda and Dennis Clayville recently completed an expansion and remodel of their Nature’s Pantry store on Fourth Street near Washington Avenue. The couple will celebrate their 25th year in business Feb. 2-3 with an open house. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
After 25 years of helping Union County residents stay healthy, Linda and
Dennis Clayville figure it’s time for a little celebration.
And with a long-dreamed-of expansion of their Nature’s Pantry store
in downtown La Grande complete, the time is more than right. In early
February, they’re planning an open house to show off their bigger,
brighter store and all it has to offer health-conscious people.
OSU report: Child care prices on average increased 7 percent more than family incomes from 2004 to 2010
Bud and Brenda Ashcraft, owners of Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar and Grill, recently remodeled their tavern with help from La Grande’s Urban Renewal District. The centerpiece of the project was an expanded dining room with added banquet space. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
Local businessman takes advantage of public-private partnership with Urban Renewal District to expand
Hobby Habit owner Dave Campbell demonstrates the radio-controlled aircraft flight simulator he’s selling at his store this holiday season. Campbell said overall Christmas sales have been respectable this year. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
Most of the downtown businesses taking part in The Observer’s informal —
very informal — survey on holiday sales Monday were upbeat and
Because Christmas is about toys, the survey usually begins at the
Hobby Habit, the only store in La Grande completely dedicated to
playthings. Owner Dave Campbell said he’s enjoying one of his better
holiday seasons, and added he’s had a good year overall.
It started out as a little retail space where Al and Colleen MacLeod
could sell the coffee beans they were roasting at home. It ended up a
full-fledged cafe complete with a stage for local performers.
Nobody’s played at Joe Beans at 1109 Adams Ave. yet, but a major
remodel of the premises is complete and it won’t be long before local
musicians start jamming.
For the MacLeods, it’ll be just like the old days, when they were the
proprietors of the Highway 30 Coffee Company, a now-defunct cafe that
once did roaring good business at the corner of Adams and Elm.
For more than a decade, Grande Ronde Hospital’s employees have worked
together to organize an annual food drive. The food drive kicks off just
before Halloween, making Operation Give Back one of the earliest and,
with more than 500 employees, one of the single largest efforts to fill
local food bank shelves before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Melani Neisz, pictured here with her roommate and friend Scott Johnson, hopes to establish a poultry ranch outside of North Powder that would double as a research and education facility. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / The Observer
Union woman hopes to establish chicken-raising operation that avoids use of chemicals, antibiotics
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