March 21, 2018 – Bend in the Road, LLC obtained a MCEDD loan in December 2017 to start up an antiques and collectibles cooperative. This unique collaboration of local collectors, up-cyclers and refinishers are located in a newly remodel building located at 1120 Tucker Road in Hood River Oregon. These vendors offer antiques, furniture, jewelry, home décor, colle ctibles, vintage clothing, artwork and lots of other unique vintage and homemade items.
With the help of this MCEDD loan, Keely Stawicki (owner) purchased and completely remodeled this building, which was originally a gas station and convenience store. This 1940’s building was home to many different businesses throughout the years. “Most people remember it as ‘Booth’s Corner’ and then it was a Good Karma Thrift Store,” says Keely. “Everyone thought we were going to tear the building down. The historic old building located on the corner on the Hood River heights has finally gotten a much-needed facelift after decades of being in disrepair”.
Bend in the Road facility rehabilitation in progress
After completely gutting the building, the remodel included leveling floor and doorways so everything is on the same level, replacing flooring, lighting, electrical wiring and the installation of wall boards and ceiling boards and paving the parking lot. Recently the building facade was completed for a whole new look and landscaping will soon be completed.
Bend in the Road exterior completion
“We had gotten the project as far as we could, as with any remodel it always takes more than you think its going to. We were able to tackle the most important projects in order to get the apartment rented and get the store open for business. But we ran out of funding and needed a little help in finishing the most important part of the project. We knew we couldn’t stop now,” Keely noted. Mid-Columbia Economic and Development District loaned the much-needed funding to finish the front of the building. The project included a post and beam timber porch with board and batten siding. Keely supported Dee Ranch Company, another small business that she is connected with saying “A special shout out The Dee Ranch Company for supplying all of the custom timbers, lumber and siding. The real wood gives it that classic timeless look that we wanted!”
Keely manages the day to day operations of this retail cooperative, Bend in the Road Vintage Boutique and Antiques and wants everyone to know that “we are working towards making it a destination. A fun shopping atmosphere mixed with a variety of fun hard to find items for purchase.” Keely is also one of the retail vendors and offers do-it-yourself classes on furniture refinishing and other useful topics. With a focus on refinishing furniture, Bend in the Road carries Dixie Belle Paint and Howard Products.
Bend in the Road, LLC is open from 11 am to 5 pm daily. You can learn more about Bend in the Road, LLC at its Facebook page or at www.bendintheroadhr.com.
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. Contact Eric Nerdin at 541-296-2266 or email@example.com for more information on MCEDD’s Loan Program.
March 16, 2018 –
Josiah Dean and Claire Sierra arrived in June 2015 to take over operations of the Balch hotel in Dufur, Oregon under lease agreement. Through a partnership between a local community bank and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District’s loan program, they obtained a MCEDD loan and a commercial loan to purchase the hotel property and business in June 2016.
Josiah stated at the time: “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity. To own this charming hotel, in this beautiful Gorge location is beyond our wildest dreams. We’re so grateful to [MCEDD and our bank], for helping to make this happen.” The Balch Hotel was built in 1907 by Charles Balch. The hotel has 18 guest rooms with a spa, parlor, dining room, staff quarters, and commercial kitchen. The hotel originally was excited to offer “hot and cold water in every room, electric lights and steam heat.” The 18-inch thick walls, made with locally made bricks, keep the building cool during the hot Dufur summers. It operated as a hotel into the 1940’s and then was used as apartments, rooming house and private residence until 1988, when it was restored as a hotel. The restoration continued with two different owners from 1998 into 2015, bringing the Balch Hotel back to its historic grandeur. It currently operates as a boutique hotel that is a wedding, retreat and event location. For more information on the Balch Hotel, please contact Josiah and Claire at 541-467-2277 or visit the hotel website.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start up business 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.