Small-business Happenings for November 21, 2012

By Observer Upload November 21, 2012 12:56 pm



Community marketplace to open on Adams Avenue 

Union County resident Jenny Bartell is looking for local artists, crafters and producers to display their wares at her soon-to-open Community Marketplace, 1019 Adams Ave.

Bartell, of Imbler, said she is offering a storefront location that will showcase strictly local products. She describes the new establishment as “a cross between an antique mall consignment store and a farmers market.”

“I want to provide a local store that will help bridge the gap between local talent and the community, and give people a chance to market and sell their products without the need to do all the direct sales and marketing themselves,” Bartell said

Bartell signed the lease on her building this week, and hopes to be open by Dec. 1. 

Those interested in placing products at the Community Marketplace can reach Bartell at 541-975-3555 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



Remodel nearly complete at Main Attraction salon 

Remodeling is nearly complete at The Main Attraction beauty salon, a full service salon downtown that recently changed ownership.

Jenny Chase, who took the shop over from Nita Baker in February, said the remodel includes new flooring and new styling stations. 

Chase was born and raised in Elgin and now makes her home in La Grande. She is a career beautician who graduated from the Pendleton College of Hair Design in 1998.

Her full service salon, at 1110
Adams Ave., offers hair styling, manicures and pedicures, facial waxing and more.

Main Attraction is open  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and weekends by appointment. The phone number is 541-963-2215.



Martin signs on as membership coordinator 

The Union County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Eastern Oregon University student Dlorah Martin to the staff as membership coordinator.

Martin’s assignment through the coming year is to reach out to existing members to help them leverage their member benefits, while educating potential members about the value of Chamber membership.

Martin, who is taking part in the EOU internship program coordinated by Randy Jones, hails from Silverdale, Wash. She will earn a bachelor’s degree from the Media Arts program with a double concentration in communications and journalism, as well as a minor in English with a writing emphasis.

Her previous work experience includes work at EOU in the campus welcome center, and in admissions and enrollment services. She is experience in membership services, having worked as a member services representative with a credit union. 

Reach her at 541-963-8588 or by email, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

For more information about EOU internships, contact Jones at 541-962-3983, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it