Small-business Happenings for April 3, 2013

By Observer staff April 03, 2013 08:37 am
Small-business Happenings for April 3, 2013

Albrecht joins staff at Howard and Associates

Union County resident Kristie Albrecht has earned her Oregon realtor’s license and has joined the staff at John  J. Howard and Associates Real Estate at 1207 Adams Ave. in La Grande.

Albrecht said that going into the real estate business has been a goal of hers for some time.

“It is such an exciting feeling to complete something that has been a longtime dream,’’ she said. “I have always been obsessed with real estate, from front to back. As a mural artist, amateur remodeler and appreciator of architectural design, I have a fascination with creating living spaces that reflect a person’s lifestyle. Working as a broker lends itself well to this.”

Albrecht earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. In addition to raising her two teenage children, she has worked over the years in various public service capacities, most recently as the office manager at Grande Ronde Med Spa.

She began her employment career as a firefighter and hotshot for the U.S. Forest Service. She also worked as a reserve police officer with the La Grande Police Department. In her free time, Albrecht enjoys outdoor recreation, supporting her kids in their endeavors, and volunteering with the Oregon Special Olympics.

“I feel as though I finally am in a field that I love, and am excited to assist others in fulfilling their real estate needs,’’ Albrecht said.

John Howard said he’s glad to have Albrecht as part of the team.

“Kristie has been a great addition to our office,” Howard said. “She has been actively involved in the community the past 17 years and has a strong sense of the community that buyers and sellers appreciate. She brings with her a great work ethic.”

Reach Albrecht  by phone at 541-663-9000 or 541-805-5871, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Presleys open cell repair business in Island City

Chris and Albin Presley of La Grande have opened The Cell Fix at 10505 W. First St, Suite B in Island City, with a grand opening slated for this Saturday.

Albin Presley is a 1975 La Grande High School graduate. He and Chris met in Sacramento, Calif., and were married in 1978. The couple moved to La Grande in 1982.

Albin Presley attended Cellular Repair School in Phoenix, Ariz., and has a certificate of completion for repair for advanced mobile devices. The Cell Fix offers repairs of cell phones, tablets, game consoles and more.

The Cell Fix is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Reach the business at 541-786-9655.

Saturday’s grand opening is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas, and a drawing for door prizes. A tablet is offered as the grand prize.

The Presleys also own STG  Steel Buildings in La Grande.

Sidewalk work scheduled downtown this week

Contractors are working on sidewalks in downtown La Grande this week, with some impact on foot and vehicle traffic expected.

The affected areas are within the “Big H” streetscape project area, on Adams Avenue between Elm and Depot Streets, Elm and Depot between Washington and Jefferson Avenue, and the north side of Washington between Elm and Depot.

Contractors are pressure washing the sidewalks and installing a sealer on the stamped, colored concrete portions of the sidewalks in these areas.

All work is expected to be finished by Friday, according the City of La Grande Community and Economic Development Director Charlie Mitchell.

— From staff reports