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.
December 19, 2018 – After graduating from Pacific University with a PhD in clinical psychology, Dr. Lauren Justice set her eyes on beginning her long-time dream of opening a private practice in Hood River. With the help of a loan through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board (a fund staffed by MCEDD) for this start-up, Dr. Justice was able to open her doors to individuals and couples in October 2018. As a Psychologist Resident, Dr. Justice is currently working toward her independent licensure under the supervision of Dr. Mark Burton, a clinical psychologist in the Portland, OR area with over 25 years of experience. Over the course of her training, she gained experience that has equipped her to work with a wide range of client needs. Dr. Justice has previously worked as a clinical supervisor, behavioral health coordinator, yoga therapist, and counselor in primary care settings, non-profit community mental health clinics, integrative medicine clinics, and university counseling. She now brings that range of experience to the individuals and couples that walk through her door at her office on 501 Portway Avenue in Hood River, OR.
Justice strives to help her clients resolve problems in their mind, body,
relationships, and lifestyle. She will work with individuals to improve their
understanding of the source of their distress and refocus on what they value
most. Depending on a client’s preference, therapy with Dr. Justice may draw
from traditional treatment approaches or it may utilize yoga therapy and
mindfulness techniques. Dr. Justice enjoys guiding individuals and couples
interested in finding the best way to overcome difficult relationship patterns,
health-related problems, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Her mind-body
approach, along with her background as a published yoga researcher and
behavioral health specialist, can help clients get back on track toward
improved health and wellness.
In addition to her practice, Dr. Justice stays active as a certified yoga instructor and researcher. She has published, presented, and continues to conduct research promoting the use of yoga as a mental health practice. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, as well as other journals addressing yoga practice, physical therapy and alternative medicine. She has also presented on these topics at professional conferences for the American Public Health Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapist’s annual Symposium on Yoga Research. Dr. Justice currently teaches yoga classes that explore yoga philosophy and mental wellness at Trinity Natural Medicine in Hood River. When Dr. Justice is not focusing on her professional passions, she can be found on Northwest trails with her husband and their dog, Rhubarb. As a native Oregonian, She feels fortunate to make a home and grow her business in an area and community that helped to shape her.
Dr. Justice’s professional office is located at 501 Portway Avenue, Hood River, OR. More information about Lauren Justice, PhD is available on her website at www.laurenjusticephd.com.
November 26, 2018 – In June of 2012 Jenessa VanDeHey and Shawn Simmons opened the doors to their business, Feast Market & Delicatessen, in a former service station in White Salmon, WA. Sourcing local and organic ingredients, Feast had been serving the community fresh deli salads, sandwiches and soups. However, after six successful years of business, Feast Market began to outgrow this space.
When the Historic Goodwill Lodge building, located in the heart of downtown White Salmon, became available for lease, the couple jumped at the opportunity to expand their business. The expansion to this new space tripled their size, giving them the ability to seat about 100 guests and allowed the expansion of their menu with farm-to-table style dining experience in the evenings, in addition to their famous deli fare during lunch hours. Feast Market is open seven days a week from 10:30 am to 9 pm with set times for lunch, dinner and the market and deli.
Feast Market is more than just a deli and a restaurant, though. Jenessa and Shawn enjoy working closely with local farmers and purveyors to source the products sold in the market section of their establishment. In addition to their menu offerings, Feast Market offers fresh, local, sustainable meat, seafood and a variety of local products, such as farm fresh eggs, cheese, raw milk, fermented goods, and preserves.
With the assistance of MCEDD business financing, the dream of expanding into the new location became a reality. New refrigeration equipment for the market and all leasehold improvements were purchased in order to create the new Feast Market in the Historic Goodwill Lodge building. This grand new venue boasts exposed beam ceilings, a warm and inviting gathering space and marketplace. With the expansion, Feast Market now has a full bar of wine and spirits, espresso, a happy hour menu, and patio seating with a glorious Mt. Hood view. You can find Feast Market at 151 E Jewett BLVD in White Salmon, WA. More information about Feast Market is available on their website at www.feastmarket.org. To inquire about Feast products, catering services, or reservations please call (509)-637-6886.
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.