Grants Pass Business Grapevine

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."

April 2013

April 2013

Great Japanese Food at Matsukaze

It was 29 years ago that the Tamashiro family moved to Grants Pass from Honolulu, Hawaii. In August 1984 the four brothers, Jon, Peter, Kurt and Tony, along with their mother Grace, opened Matsukaze Restaurant at 1675 NE 7th Street to rave reviews.
A few years ago Grace retired, leaving the operation of the restaurant to Jon and Tony. The oldest brother, Peter, is now a mortgage broker and, along with his wife Susan, owns Platinum Financial. Kurt has been a successful realtor for many years.
"Most of us had experience in restaurants," Jon said. "Peter went to cooking school in Hawaii and worked at a number of restaurants there. I was a busser and server while in college. Interestingly, our grandfather on our dad's side immigrated to Hawaii from Okinawa and worked in the restaurant industry, eventually owning and operating his own restaurants in Hawaii. It may have skipped a generation, but cooking is in our blood."

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