Elgin businesses do the downtown shuffle

By Trish Yerges, Correspondent August 19, 2010 08:04 am
ELGIN — The face of Elgin’s downtown commercial district on Eighth Avenue will change this summer as some store spaces are vacated and remaining businesses stake their claims for better locations and better business.

Cindy Wilhelm’s businesses Pizza & A Movie and The Coffee Scoop are currently located at 190 S. Eighth Ave., — two businesses under one roof.

However, when the store front in the McKenzie Building at 2 S. Eighth Avenue became available, Wilhelm decided to move her businesses there.

“We’re moving in on Aug. 23 and will reopen for business on the 27th,” said Wilhelm who just finished cleaning and repainting the interior of the new store space.

Wilhelm’s business will offer DVD rentals, take ’n’ bake pizzas, cold drinks, milk drinks and soft serve ice cream sodas. The Coffee Scoop offers espressos, lattes and other specialty coffee drinks.

Instead of a drive-through, Wilhelm will offer “curbside service” for pre-call orders between 7 and 9 a.m. Customers who call their orders in can pull up to the curb in front of the store and their order will be brought to their vehicle. Curbside customers must pay in exact change or by a prepaid coffee card, said Wilhelm. The business phone number will remain the same 541-437-7000.

The vacated 190 S. Eighth building will be remodeled and occupied by Lackey Insurance Agency, LLC. Lackey Insurance is presently operating from an office within the U.S. Bank building at 800 Alder St. Relocating the insurance business to 190 S. Eighth Ave. will give it much greater visibility.

“Sept. 7 will be our first day open at our new location,” said Christy Piercey of Lackey Insurance.

Piercey said that the property will initially be leased, but ultimately it will be purchased by business owner John Lackey. Piercey and Lessa Adams will continue to manage the office and may be reached at 541-437-2700.

Also relocating is Elgin business owner Teresa Martin, owner of the former “New Beginnings,” which was at 51 N. Eighth Ave. When store space became available across the street at 12 N. Eighth, she heard opportunity knocking and moved her business there. With a new business name, “All For You Salon and More,” Martin

has diversified her business into a retail and service operation.

“It’s a consignment shop like Mad Mary’s,” said Martin, “with consignment items made in Union County.”

Martin has about 20 consignees already registered to display and sell their products in the front third of her store space.

Available for sale are home furnishings by local carpenters, fine art, Waln pottery,

jewelry, candles, quilts and many other handcrafted products and gifts.

In addition to the consignments, Martin will offer traditional beauty salon services including manicures and pedicures. There are two available stations for hair designers, and she hopes to fill those. 

In addition to the beauty salon, All For You Salon and More will offer massage therapy by Kenna Collins, a tanning salon with one standing bed and two flat beds as well as tattoo and body piercing services. To contact All For You Salon and More call 437-8305.

“We’ll be having our grand opening the week that Cycle Oregon comes to Elgin,” said Martin.