Store manager to buy Silverado Jewelry Gallery

24 May

As of June 1, the Silverado Jewelry Gallery in downtown Hood River will have a new owner. Longtime local manager Christine Grenci has worked out a deal to buy the local store, one of two in Oregon (the other is in Bend). She jokes that she was the only person offered a business loan by a bank during the past year — in the entire United States.

Oh, it wasn’t a joke? These days, you never know. In any case, cheers to Christine. What a year 2009 will be. She and Michael Barthmus, owner of nearby Doppio Coffee + Lounge, are engaged to marry later this year.

FYI, having a partner in business is not a requirement to hang out a shingle in downtown Hood River. But I’m beginning to wonder about these coffee bar guys. You may have noticed Nate and Katie making those regular shuttle runs between Dog River and Twiggs. Love is in the … roast?

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