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Link, a link-a-do, link, a-link-do …

8 Jul

Apologies to Jimmy Durante (dating myself here, but he was a comedian with a big nose that our parents … and grandparents … enjoyed), but here’s a roundup of some missing linkage …

The crew down at Nora’s Table are celebrating an appreciative review (A-) by The Oregonian’s David Sarasohn, on his blog today and in the print A&E this Friday. …

Hey, we just got shed of winter, and now there’s this Skiing blogger saying good things about Hood River — skiing, and otherwise. Still, good ink. …

A blogger based in Richmond, Va. (River City?), recently visited Hood River, and had glowing things to say about several lodging and dining properties — Nora’s Table, Stonehedge, Celilo, 3 Rivers Grill — not to mention other good stuff. …

The mountain biking community is having a good chat about the recent proposal by Timberline Lodge to develop downhill biking trails. Love it when that segment of the enviro community blessed with an objective gene and an iota of perspective start to see the illogic in the knee-jerk reactions of their putative official banner-carriers. It’s never all black and white.

For businesses that depend a bit on tourism — and those that depend on businesses that depend on tourism — it’s good to keep track of who’s saying what about our neighborhood, in other venues. Even if it’s yours truly. And this from a recent visitor to the Hood River Hotel (with which, in the interests of full disclosure, I have a working relationship). Blog on, brave world.

Encore Video has made the move, to 1825 12th St., just north of Rosauers. Track the relocation saga here….

This weekend (June 10-11) is the Hood River Cherry Celebration along the Fruit Loop (tell your friends, and do it yourself). Also, for a change of pace (and place), drop in to the Event Site on the waterfront for the Kiteboarding 4 Cancer benefit. Kiting, and standup paddleboarding. Fun. And, it raised more than $63,000 last year for the global war on … cancer …

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Encore Video will head north to spot near Rosauers

29 May

Fresh word from Stephen Ford of Current Commercial that he has inked a deal to site Encore Video — Hood River’s only remaining four-wall video store — in the space formerly home to the Apparel Express.

Owners Sheryl and Alan Herman are shooting for a July 1 opening in the new space. It all hinges on the usual — paint, carpets, moving.

Sheryl tells me she’s got a cool plan to help it happen. They’ll be moving in bits and pieces up to the actual transfer date. But a couple of days before the final move, she’ll roll out a 50% off sale. Can you see where this is going?

“50% OFF! OMG, I’m so there!”

That’s what she’s hoping people think. They come in, walk out with troves of videos, and when they bring them back, it’s to a new store. Voila, the customers have helped move half their pile.

Sharp idea, actually. She’s got a good entrepreneurial streak, compared to the former bozos at Movie Gallery. Coffee and tea and cotton candy for browsers. A deep collection of archival video — old TV shows, classic movies, sports and cartoons. And two of my favorites, a really rich collection of foreign films, and documentaries.

I’ll admit to using Netflix. But I also have the occasional itch to just go in and browse, and not have to wait for the mail. When that mood moves me to Encore, I always come out with something. How many times did I go into Movie Gallery, browse the walls, and leave, disgusted that all I could fine were straight-to-DVD slasher films?

Sheryl says they want to compete on customer service, variety and product quality.

“If you can do that, you can get loyalty,” she says. “A lot of people are forgetting that your customers aren’t an interruption of your day, but the reason you’re there.”

Keep an eye out for 50% off, and help Encore move.

The Next Door will consolidate services in space formerly home to Encore Video

27 May

Did you hear the one about The Next Door Inc., our favorite umbrella social service agency, with offices and services scattered across three locations in Hood River, and desperately in need of some centralization and all the efficiencies that a walk down the hall or a head in the door can bring to really important work?

If you were at the Hood River Lions meeting Tuesday, or the Rotary Club meeting last week, you heard that The Next Door Inc. has agreed to purchase the building where Encore Video has been for years.

Janet Hamada, executive director of the agency that provides foster care, operates the Klahre House alternative school, runs New Parent Services, Families First and the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs (among many others), writes a great blog that touches on all the different ways Next Door programs and staff people touch our lives.

She says the purchase of the building will allow The Next Door Inc. to bring all its programs under one 12,000-square-foot roof. Currently, it’s using about 10,000 square feet in three sites.

“We’ve been trying to do this for 10 years, and have had two dozen starts and stops along the way,” she says. “This is a wonderful opportunity.”

The Next Door Inc. plans an open house in mid-July. Toward the end of June, it will launch a capital campaign to help secure the purchase.