Talent Show

July 2013

July 2013

Liquid Blue Stand Up Paddle Boards

Rental business located at Emigrant Lake makes it easy
to try out the world's fastest growing water sport

Jackie and Danny Auchard have made it easy for Rogue Valley residents to take part in the fastest growing watersport in the world: stand up paddle boarding (SUP). The two just launched Liquid Blue, an SUP rental business located at Emigrant Lake on the grassy area near the water slides.

June 2013

June 2013

The Avalon Bar & Grill Reopens

When Stefano and Anna Cipollone walked through the doors of the Avalon Bar & Grill, they knew they found what they were looking for. "We liked the high ceilings and view of rolling mountains," Anna said. "Overall, we love Talent and the close-knit community. We felt Talent had a need for another great restaurant. Starting up the Avalon again just made sense for our family."
Stefano, a first generation Italian American, grew up in the kitchen. His dad was the owner of multiple restaurants in southern Florida.

May 2013

May 2013

Leave Your Mark

In 1993, when Peter Cislo was an administrator at Ashland High School, he decided to make a brick that would hold a bronze plate to be used as a fundraiser for schools and churches. While drawing up the plans in his bedroom, little did he know that soon he would have to retire from education to meet the demands of a full time landscape supply store.
"Five years later, one of the distributors asked if I would like to sell their residential and commercial pavers, and the rest is history," Pete said.

April 2013

April 2013

Quality Paperback Books

A love of reading landed Joe and Coralee Eaton as the new owners of Quality Paperback Books located at 115 N. Pacific Highway here in Talent. "We enjoy the Talent community," Joe said. "And we like meeting new friends and participating in the community activities. So far, our experience has been very rewarding. Everyone is so positive and supportive. It's been a lot of fun...and a lot of hard work!"
The work began after Joe came out of retirement—for the second time. He worked for Bear Creek Corporations for over 30 years. After retiring he took a job as a medial transportation driver for the Rogue Valley Manor. In December 2012, after retiring from the driving position, he and his wife Coralee purchased the store from Gary Brewer (the bookstore has been in business for over 20 years).
Coralee works full-time at CSL Plasma in Medford, and joins Joe at the store in the evenings and on weekends.

March 2013

March 2013

The Grotto

Anna Clay, owner of the Grotto here in Talent, began working in the restaurant industry during college to earn extra income. "Translation: beer money," Anna explained. "I discovered that the crazy, chaotic life actually suited me." She had no idea that years later it would end up being her career.
When she learned that Pioneer Pizza was up for sale, she jumped at the opportunity. "Thirteen years ago when the Grotto opened, there wasn't a whole lot going on in Talent," Anna said. "My friends and family thought I was nuts to open a restaurant here. But something about it really appealed to me, and still does.

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