Grants Pass Business Grapevine

September 2013

September 2013

Professional Auto Body Repair at Star Body Works

Star Body Works is well-known in the Rogue Valley, as they been serving valley customers for 65 years. Co-owner Mark Lamensdorf, along with his brother Art, bought the business in 1990 and they have since added service centers in Rogue River and Talent before opening a shop in Grants Pass earlier this year at 715 Union Avenue.
"Art and I learned how to work on cars at our uncle's towing company in southern California early on," Mark said. "After high school I started my own collision shop and by the time we moved to Oregon I had been operating for over 15 years. We moved to Oregon 24 years ago for a better quality of life and because we love to fish and hunt."

august 2013

august 2013

Getting the Most Value at J. Austin Coin & Jewelry

When Mark and Andrea Hutto, owners of J. Austin Coin & Jewelry (217 SE 6th) met in Hungary in 1996, they knew it was love at first sight.
"We were there as college exchange students buying estates," Mark said. "I had been living in the Rogue Valley since 1994 and started buying and selling coins. Andrea grew up under a very oppressive Communist regime in Romania and escaped on a train with her family when she was 12. When she came to the U.S., she saw the opportunities available to her."

July 2013

July 2013

Two Locations for Copeland Paving

Copeland Paving and Copeland Sand & Gravel have been providing the best service possible to the community for asphalt and aggregate needs since 1947. Bob Copeland Sr. was actually stationed at Camp White before shipping out in World War II, and after the war he returned to the Rogue Valley.
The Copeland family has seen many additions and changes over the years, beginning with Grants Pass Fuel, delivering heating oil from Portland to homes and schools in the 1950s, to maintaining roads and road construction today.

June 2013

June 2013

Personalized Care for the Memory Impaired

My mother died with Alzheimer's ten years ago and now every time I misplace my keys I get a panic attack. It's an extremely cruel disease that can put families through a lot of turmoil. To help alleviate the pain for both clients and their families, Pacific Living Centers was formed in September 2002.
The four owners—Charlie Smith, Sandy Quinton, Don Reeser and Tim Cummings—are all local Grants Pass people who saw a real need in the Valley for facilities that catered specifically to those with memory impairment.

May 2013

May 2013

"Pennies Worth" Can Make That Picnic Happen

Local landscaper René Paré has been in the business since he was a "young whipper-snapper," mowing lawns with his two older brothers to make pocket change. Born and raised in Grants Pass, René and his wife Robin are the owners of Mountain View Landscaping and, since 2000, Pennies Worth Acres Nursery, located at 7016 New Hope Road.
"I was raised on my parents' farm right here on the property where the nursery is located," René said. "After graduating from OSU in Horticulture, I returned home to start my own landscaping business."

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