December 2013

Great Selection and Service at Jack’s Spin Cycles

Jacks Spin Cycles

Bicycling has the dual advantage of helping you stay in shape and getting you to where you want to go (without having to pay for gas). Here in Grants Pass, Jack Christman of Jack's Spin Cycles (545 NE E, Suite C), wants to help you get fitted with the right bike and all the accessories.
"We're a full-service bicycle shop," Jack said. "We have a large inventory of all kinds of bikes—road, mountain, cyclocross, BMX, commuter, cargo, hybrids, and children's—as well as recumbent bicycles and adult tricycles. We're well stocked with cycling accessories, shoes, clothing and safety gear. Our UBI-trained mechanics service all lines of bikes, old and new."
Jack grew up in New England and moved to Mesa, Arizona, in the 1970s. He has been working in the bicycle industry since 1970 in Rhode Island. After raising his family in Arizona, he attended the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, mastering bike mechanics and wheel building. He moved to Ashland a year later, and since then has owned and operated Second Gear Cyclery and Ashland Street Bicycles in Ashland; Canyon Creek Bicycles in Canyonville and Roseburg; and now Jack's Spin Cycles in Grants Pass.
Jack's wife, Lisa Baldwin, grew up in Josephine County and is currently in her 29th year of teaching in Grants Pass public schools.
In July 2013 Jack bought Spin Cycles in Grants Pass and relocated it to a more convenient location in the Colonial Plaza. "We're easy to find and there's lots of parking for your car or bike," Jack said. "Test rides are safe and fun."
People familiar with the old Spin Cycles will find at Jack's a greatly expanded selection of bikes and accessories in a big, bright, accessible store.
"It's truly a new and improved bike shop," Jack said. "I have many long-time friends and connections throughout the bicycle industry, and I can track down anything a cyclist might want or need. If we don't have it in stock, we can get it."
For more information, the phone number at Jack's Spin Cycles is 541-955-8807.

Prestigious Retinal Eye Center & Macular Research Institute

Retinal Eye CenterWhen Dr. William S. Rodden opened the Retina & Vitreous Center of Southern Oregon in Ashland (246 Catalina Drive) in 1992, it was the first retinal practice in the entire region. "Prior to that, patients traveled to Portland or San Francisco to see a retina specialist," Dr. Rodden said.
Dr. Rodden developed the vitreoretinal service for the operating theater at Ashland Community Hospital, which, to this day, is the only surgery center used by the retina surgeons in southern Oregon. In 2002 he opened a fully functioning satellite office in Grants Pass (1019 NE 7th) to alleviate the travel burden on patients living further to the north.
In 2008 he was joined by Dr. Christine R. Gonzales, who had been an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and retinal fellowship director at UCLA, where she published over fifty research papers and lectured at international and national conferences. She completed medical school at UC San Francisco and her vitreoretinal fellowship at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Dr. Rodden completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, with three years of retina fellowships in San Francisco and OHSU in Portland. "After completing my fellowship training, I saw a unique opportunity to bring retinal expertise to an underserved area," he said. "I recognized the potential of the region as it was rapidly becoming a center for excellence in medicine, with the retinal subspecialty as a missing piece."
At the Retina & Vitreous Center, they specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple ocular diseases, including macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusive diseases, and diabetic retinopathy. They also offer surgical subspecialization for retinal detachment repair and pathologies of the macula. And Dr. Gonzales continues to bring an academic approach to the practice, introducing many innovative national studies, including phase 1 and 2 FDA studies, to the community.
The Retina & Vitreous Center provides full service to patients who come from a radius of up to 150 miles. "We offer a full examination, diagnostics, and treatment on the same day if an office-based technique is required or in a very short period of time if surgery is needed," Dr. Rodden said.
"Our stellar quality staff, including the technicians, billers and photographers, is well versed in retinal diseases and has an excellent rapport with the patients who are often very nervous about blinding conditions and highly technical treatments," said Dr. Gonzales.
Dr. Rodden agreed. "Many of the staff have special certifications and expertise in order to be part of the national studies," he said.
Much of the Retina & Vitreous Center's business is by referral from general ophthalmologists and optometrists. Both doctors commented that "we are very fortunate to be associated with some of the finest ocular professionals in the country. We greatly appreciate their excellent work and support."
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 541-956-6471. You can visit their website at

La Dolce Vita ("The Sweet Life") Hair Salon

La Dolce VitaAt La Dolce Vita Hair Salon (1681 NE 7th), owner Rosemarie Jerin and her fellow hair stylists Shelby Smith and Krysten Ricks are committed to their craft as well as the clients' experience.
"We are all independently owned businesses working as a team," Rosemarie said. "This is what makes us so unique. Our mission statement is, 'It's all about the experience,' and we are committed to this mission on a daily basis. I surround myself with others who are just as committed to the clients' and co-workers' experience as I am. We all continue our education, no matter what level we are in our career. The hair industry is always evolving, which makes it exciting."
Rosemarie and her husband Ken moved to the Rogue Valley with their three sons in 1998 from Portland. As a hair stylist for the last twenty years, she worked on building up a local clientele. When the boys were grown, she decided to open her own salon, and La Dolce Vita began on June 1, 2011.
Rosemarie definitely loves her job.
"As a child I would go with my grandma to her 'beauty operator,' and I loved the smell of the salon and watching the interaction with all the women," she said. "At 16, when I asked to become a hair stylist, my parents were not okay with my career choice, so I went on to college for several years to be a nurse. One day in class, I was sitting there six months pregnant and thought, 'What would I tell my child to do?' So, I left college and immediately signed up for beauty school. That was over 20 years ago, and I still love the smell of a hair salon and the interaction with clients and co-workers."
At La Dolce Vita, Rosemarie has created a salon that has a spa atmosphere.
"It isn't intimidating because we only specialize in hair," she said. "We have a separate shampoo room with a very serene feeling, and our clients love it. Bottom line: we are a service industry, and we specialize in excellent customer service with exceptional knowledge of our craft. We do not take our customers' patronage for granted."
La Dolce Vita is a 5-chair salon, and Rosemarie is currently wanting to fill two more stations with stylists who would enhance the team and help provide the LDV experience.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, the phone number is 541-476-1388.