Talent Show

November 2014

November 2014

Brad Linnell Relocates State Farm Office to Phoenix

After five years in Talent, Brad Linnell is moving his State Farm Insurance business down the road a bit to 3915 S. Pacific Highway in Phoenix. "We have loved being here in Talent, but I've been looking for a new location because we need more office space," Brad explained. "For the last two years we have been looking, but unfortunately we could not find anything in Talent."
Brad thinks it will be a smooth transition with little or no inconvenience for his clients. "Both of my girls are in school in Talent, and I will continue to volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club and the Talent Chamber of Commerce. Even though we are moving the office location, I plan on still being very active in Talent and its community.

"I have lived in Southern Oregon all of my life," Brad continued. "Talent is very attractive because of the small town feel, and the town is very focused on community. When you walk downtown all the faces are familiar and friendly."

October 2014

October 2014

Skin Solutions

Skin Solutions, 106 Talent Avenue, is a holistic spa specializing in organic skincare and hair removal owned and operated by Natalie Mitchell. "I wanted to create a healing environment that promotes knowledge and beauty, offering custom organic facials ranging from anti-aging and acne, to sensitive and rosacea skin types." She also specializes in the ancient art of body sugaring. We'll get to that soon, but first a little back story as to how she chose this path.

Originally from the Applegate Valley, Natalie moved away as a teenager spending a lot of time traveling before settling on Kauai where she lived for eight years. "After my son was born I started to recognize the demand for organic, chemical-free products that we use every day, especially when it comes to our largest organ: our skin," she explained.

September 2014

September 2014

Porto Gelato

We have good news for lovers of ice cream, more specifically, traditional Italian gelato...on August 14, Porto Gelato opened for business at 106 Talent Avenue.

Owners Garry, Cristina, and their son Nate Wood moved back to the Rogue Valley this past July, and are excited to start their new life and business here in Talent.

Originally from the Rogue Valley, the couple away from Southern Oregon in 2005 and spent some time traveling, spending two years living on Orcas Island, and another year in Bocas del Toro, Panama, then returned to Port Townsend, Washington where they raised their daughter Payton, and son Nate.

August 2014

August 2014

Harvest Restaurant

On June 10, Ruby and John Biles opened the doors to Harvest Restaurant here in Talent. Their vision: to create a world cuisine dining experience centered around a locally-sourced, ingredient-driven menu. "Harvest Restaurant is an expression of simple elegance," explains John.
Both husband and wife have been cooking for over 13 years in various culinary settings. Ruby attended the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and John studied in Santa Barbara, California. "We have worked in various local establishments, but felt it was time to present our own cuisine and share our passion with the community we love," John said. "When we found out this renovated gas station was available we jumped at the chance to create what we felt Talent really needed."

July 2014

July 2014

Green Valley Wellness: One Stop Shop for OMMP Patients

As long time entrepreneurs and advocates of healthy lifestyle choices, Michael Monarch (CEO) and Peter Gross (COO) partnered together in February, after 18 years of friendship, to form Green Valley Wellness, LLC, with the hopes of setting the bar in the Rogue Valley for creating Southern Oregon's premier medical cannabis dispensary. Both Peter and Michael have extensive backgrounds in health and wellness—including a combined 25 years as certified massage therapists.
"We saw a distinct need for the patients of the area to have access to safe medical grade cannabis that is of the highest quality, thoroughly laboratory tested and declared safe by the State of Oregon's new standards according to HB3460," Michael said. "On a business level, we clearly saw the trend and tidal wave of the 'Green Rush' that is currently happening throughout the country."

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