Medford Business Grapevine

August 2014

August 2014

Rogue Wave Now Offering Guided
SUP Tours on the Rogue River

If you've been to any of the area lakes over the past few years, chances are you've seen a stand-up paddle boarder. SUP is wildly popular on flat water, and now, thanks to the likes of Rogue Valley native Jake Baracker, you can take guided SUP tours down the Rogue River.
Just last month Jake launched his guide business, Rogue Wave SUP Outfitter and Guide, LLC. "I want to share the stoke of paddle boarding and surfing in a way that is accessible to locals," Jake said. "With the popularity of flat water paddle boarding growing locally, I felt there was a need for an experienced paddler to introduce others to SUP on local rivers."

July 2014

July 2014

Building Blocks Learning Center

Medford native Kristin Carnighan, the founder of Building Blocks Learning Center, has now teamed up with lifelong friend Heather Welch. After Heather substituted for Kristin last year, she knew she'd be a perfect fit at Building Blocks.
"Heather and I have been close friends for 25 years and have been able to share ideas and techniques for inspiring and motivating children to learn and grow," Kristin said. "She is a very energetic, passionate and compassionate individual. Building Blocks Learning Center is lucky to have such an amazing teacher.
"I believe that each student comes to class with a backpack full of knowledge," Kristin continued. "Our job is to help them unpack it, learn from it, and share it with others."

June 2014

June 2014

Wicklund Veterinary Care

Medford resident Jennifer Wicklund grew up wanting to be a veterinarian, as do many young girls. But in college, that dream got away from her and she took up the study of geology. "This led me to working in the field of paleontology for a short time and having the experience of a lifetime digging dinosaur bones in the deserts of Wyoming!" Jennifer said.
After growing up in Medford, Wicklund spent 16 years in Minnesota, and after conversation with a long-lost relative, she pursued a veterinary studies as a second career. "Upon graduation from veterinary school in 2007, I moved back to Medford to be closer to my family and start private veterinary practice at Best Friends Animal Hospital," Jennifer said.

May 2014

May 2014

NewAge Natural & Organic Carpet Cleaning

When Michael Kozak first started NewAge Natural and Organic Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in 1989 he was lucky to get involved with and learn from some very high end interior designers, fabric protection companies, and two cleaners that were highly respected in the industry. "I got educated in the industry from some of the best who are now no longer around, and I learned how to clean the finest carpeting, upholstery, and fabrics available including hand-knotted oriental rugs," Michael said.
In the 25 years since, NewAge has cleaned million dollar homes to car interiors, and anything in between. "I realized that the chemicals everyone else was using were toxic and dangerous, and I did not want to expose my customers or myself to these residues," he continued. "So we clean with a truck-mounted system with non-toxic cleaners and extremely hot water, which is a very effective method that won't off gas in your home."

April 2014

April 2014

“Tree Work Done Right” with Southern Oregon Tree Care

Willie Gingg knows trees. He grew up on an orchard, worked in the logging business, and now for the past 15 years has owned and operated Southern Oregon Tree Care, LLC.
Starting out as a one-man crew in 2005, today Willie is one of only nine ISA Board Certified Master Arborists in Oregon, and is the only one here in the Rogue Valley. "This title is reserved for those individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their profession," explained office manager Kaila A. Roper. "And on top of this he is also a qualified tree risk assessor. Our company also has an additional Certified Arborist on staff, and our entire crew is professional in appearance and manner."

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