Stores you may have missed, but shouldn’t

29 Jul

Cue Beach Boys — I get around ’round, I get around. I do. It’s my job, in part, to do that for the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. But it’s a great excuse to meet cool people and learn about the riches sometimes buried right beneath our noses in the Hood.

Congrats to Gabriel Head and Ben Van Dehey for surviving three years with their Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza store at 2910 W. Cascade Ave. Part of a regional group of 21 such pie purveyors, Pizzicato thrives in a tough restaurant market in a tough restaurant market niche — pizza, as in Andrew’s, Double Mountain, Pietro’s, Papa Murphy’s, Domino’s, not to mention the frozen and take-and-bake product at Safeway and Rosauer’s. Good job, guys.

Did you know that Gorge Satellite sells and installs big-screen TV systems? Me neither. I was talking with longtime Gorge businessman Greg Duhan the other day, and was surprised that we have a source here not only for quality product, but the expertise to get it on the wall. Gorge Satellite is at 2795 Cascade Ave., across from the big box.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m not exactly the core customer for Capriccio Salon & Beauty Supply (well, maybe I should be). Laura Vink, owner of the store at 2930 Cascade Ave., has carved out a nice little differentiation from other places that do hair. She has a deep trove of hair-care products, covering a full range of familiar (and maybe not so familiar) brands. She doesn’t do nails, another (ahem) breath of fresh air.

Steve Nybroten has opened his new Allstate insurance agency up on the Heights, on 12th street just north of Shortt Supply. Hey, you were gonna stop there anyway to get a Camelbak and some running gear, so if you need insurance, remember that Steve has returned the Allstate brand to Hood River (by purchasing the clientele of a former agent in The Dalles).

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