Small-business Happenings for October 31, 2012

By Observer Upload October 31, 2012 01:59 pm

New Subway shop / Streets Closed for Halloween / Scholarships available 

Ecksteins open Subway shop in Elgin

ELGIN — Co-owners Brock and Alexandra Eckstein of Elgin are opening a Subway sandwich shop at 84 N. Eighth Ave., Elgin, on Nov. 1.

 Brock Eckstein is known locally as the Elgin High School football coach, and he wanted to acknowledge 20 members of the Huskies team who helped unload all the furnishings off a delivery truck in record time and into the Subway store.

 “I want to thank the Elgin football team for their help unloading all the equipment,” said Brock.

 Subway will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, and they will be offering soups, sandwiches and salads. The store has a dining area that can accommodate about 50 people.

 Besides in-store dining and “to go” orders, Subway also offers catering services.  They request a 24-hour notice for a 6-foot Subway sandwich party and a 15-20 minute notice for a Subway platter party.

 The Ecksteins have hired six employees, all from Elgin, to staff the store. 

 “We’re really excited to be opening and serving the community,” said Alexandra.

 To reach Subway, call 437-1003 during business hours or stop in to dine.  “We’ll be open later than other businesses downtown,” said Brock.


Streets closed for Halloween event

La Grande Main Street announced this week that Adams Avenue and other areas downtown will be closed to vehicles for the annual “Safe Trunk-or-Treat” event Wednesday.

Main Street said the streets will be closed from 4 to 6 p.m.


Scholarships available for preservation-related workshops, training

People interested in attending a historical preservation-related conference, workshop or training in the next year may be eligible for some financial help from the Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship. 

The scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop or training in the United States between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Scholarships will be offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community.

Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. The second round deadline is Dec. 1.

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