Grants Pass Business Grapevine

June 2014

June 2014

Great Deals at Affordable Home Furnishings

In these trying economic times, any retail business with the name "affordable" in it is playing it smart. And at Affordable Home Furnishings (2185 Spalding Avenue), owner Robby Salazer makes sure that his customers get the best deal possible.
"Our goal is to help our customers find the best furniture or mattress at the best possible price," Robby said. "We are a full-line furniture store carrying Ashley, Coaster and Corsicana, and we are the only authorized Spring Air mattress dealer in southern Oregon. And it would be real hard to beat our prices."
Robby has lived in the Rogue Valley his entire life and graduated from North Valley High School. Sales manager Nik Martin was also born and raised in the Rogue Valley and also attended NVHS.
"I have been in the furniture business for over eight years," Robby said.

may 2014

may 2014

Yoga and More at Sundance Healing Arts

One of the keystones of good health is exercise, and at Sundance Healing Arts (220 SE H), owner Sarah Walendy offers many paths for participants to improve mind, body, and spirit.
"I felt discouraged by the disconnect often seen in traditional gym settings, where the focus of fitness and dance is aesthetics," Sarah said. "The concept of pushing through pain to get result seemed dysfunctional."
Movement has been a source of light for Sarah throughout her life. She studied ballet at an early age and adulthood.
"Moving into fitness was an easy transition for me, and Pilates connected all the dots of postural wellness and optimal kinesthetic function," she said. "But after teaching Pilates in a gym environment for a long time, I began to realize there is more to fitness than well-toned muscles. I shifted my focus to mind and body."

April 2014

April 2014

New Owners and New Look at R-Haus

The R-Haus (2140 Rogue River Hwy), one of the longest-running restaurants in the Rogue Valley, has some new owners who are bringing new energy and life to the establishment. Chris and Virginia Oddo both have extensive restaurant experience, and they met in southern California 18 years ago when they worked for a large country bar. They moved to the Rogue Valley six years ago.
When the oppor-tunity present-ed itself to buy the R-Haus, the Oddos couldn't pass it up. With its large dining room overlooking views of the Rogue River and the expansive, landscaped grounds, the R-Haus has an ambiance that has attracted diners from all over the Rogue Valley since the 1930s and 1940s, when it was the Lacota Lodge, a fishermen's paradise. It was totally remodeled in 1972, when it became a restaurant.

March 2014

March 2014

Big Changes at Figaro’s Pizza

One of the best ways to fill out your March Madness brackets is over a couple of slices of Figaro's Pizza (550 Redwood Highway). Owners Jason Anderson and his fiancé Amanda Hammond, who were both born and raised in Grants Pass, bought Figaro's in December 2012.
Jason graduated from Grants Pass High School and has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from SOU. Amanda graduated from North Valley and has previous managerial experience in a pizza restaurant. When the business opportunity presented itself, it seemed like a natural fit for them.
"Figaro's is very unique in that our products can be ordered baked or take-and-bake (with the exception of sandwiches)," Jason said.

February 2014

February 2014

‘Tis the Season at H&R Block

The first graduated income tax hit the American scene during the Civil War, and since then the tax code in this country has grown to 73,954 pages.
Not many of us have time to sit down in front of the fire with a good glass of Chadonnay and read all that, and that's where H&R Block comes in handy. The staff consists of 15 licensed tax preparers and three licensed tax consultants and enrolled agents, and they're there to make your life easier.
Franchisee Dennis Taylor had a background in the financial services field and decided to make the change into accounting and tax preparation when the economy switched in 2007/2008.

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