Mid Columbia Economic Development District strives to promote the creation of family-wage jobs, the diversification of the economic base, and the growth, development and retention of business and industry in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
MCEDD is organized as a government non-profit in Oregon as an ORS-190 and in Washington through RCW 39.34.010.
March 25, 2021 – Terry Henderson and his four-legged friend in front of Picture This Frame & Print, 1106 12th Street, Hood River.
Picture This Frame & Print is opening its doors at 1106 12th Street in Hood River with the help of a working capital loan from Mount Hood Economic Alliance (MHEA), a fund staffed by MCEDD. The gallery will focus on custom picture framing, scanning and large-format fine-art printing.
Terry Henderson started working at Boulder Street Gallery in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1980 and bought the business in 2000. He was in the process of steadfastly growing the business when he met the love of his life, Jennie. Together, they built the business and grew it from that small gallery to a footprint more than twice the original size, featuring the work of 28 artists and adding high quality, large format printing to their roster of services.
In 2019 Jennie developed a lung disease that caused the Henderson’s to sell their property and home to move to sea-level. The Henderson’s chose the Gorge to live and relocate the business because their daughter and her family live in The Dalles. Days before their move to Oregon, Jennie was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and died in the arms of her loving husband. “I want so much to do what we were going to do, in her honor, and that is to continue hers and our legacy in business helping people,” Terry said.
Terry will continue to apply his skill and experience to working with the customer to design the perfect complement of frame and materials for the customer’s artwork, keepsake, or photography. Scanning and printing will be the primary niche for the business. Terry has a scanner from Denmark that is able to scan large original art and reproduce on canvas up to 4 foot by 8-foot giclee prints with his 12-color archival printer. In the past, he has had customers from all over the country request his services. Artists prefer his system because it produces a perfect replica of the original. Terry also hopes to draw walk-in customers requesting a large canvas of their own file such as a wedding photo.
Picture This Frame & Print will offer in person services from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Mondays, as well as offering online services.
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District operates a number of business loan programs, including funds through the Mount Hood Economic Alliance. The MCEDD Loan Programs are available to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing businesses doing business in the Mid-Columbia area.
February 24, 2021 – Dog River Pet Supplies opened its doors on Valentine’s Day 2019 with the intention to bring raw and natural pet foods, holistic remedies and expert nutrition advice to Hood River pets and their owners. Molly Lewis and Sean Kelly were able to open the doors with the help of a loan through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board (OIB), a fund staffed by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District. The couple created a warm and welcoming space through a great deal of hard work, and with an additional infusion of capital from the OIB they are increasing their retail space, expanding their current inventory of supplies for dogs and cats and introducing products for wild bird and small animal enthusiasts.
This new line of products will include items like bird feeders, houses and bulk bird seeds, wind chimes and other backyard habitats and accessories. Look for more small animal feed for rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, too!
Customers will also see new lighting, paint, lovingly refinished floors and some new display shelves and fixtures. Dog River Pet Supplies will continue to focus on a “customer first” philosophy that offers quality pet foods and supplies, researched personal advice, loyalty programs, and easy returns.
You can find Dog River Pet Supplies on Instagram @dogriverpetsupplies, or on Facebook, but better yet, stop by the store for supplies and conversations. Located at: 1118 12th Street, across the street from Pine Street Bakery, on The Heights in Hood River. Phone number: (541) 490-0646.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing businesses doing business in the five county (Sherman, Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat and Skamania) Mid-Columbia Area. This loan program is part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy.