Grants Pass Business Grapevine

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.

January 2014

January 2014

24-Hours a Day at Anytime Fitness

According to Wikipedia, Anytime Fitness is the world's #1 24-hour fitness center, with over 2300 clubs worldwide. Here in Grants Pass, owner Remy Boots, who bought the business in May 2013, is a personal trainer, certified sports and conditioning specialist, and a Youth Fitness and Youth Speed Coach.
"I coached football and track for 20+ years at the high school level," said Remy, who moved to the Rogue Valley from Medford in 2001. "For the last 14 years, I headed up the strength and conditioning programs at all the schools where I coached. I hold a Personal Training certificate and did personal training and speed training for the last ten years."
Every summer Remy hosts a speed and conditioning camp, which is limited to ten athletes per session. "That way I can give each person special attention," he said.

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