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2 F EVM We are perfectionists with passion. We offer innovative service solutions for the highest quality and operational excellence. In short, working with us is simply smarter. Everybody wants a reliable car. Brooks Auto Doctor knows how Preventative Health Care for your car works! Where precision and community come together. Servicing import cars in Lane County for 30 years and counting.

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I strive to provide superior service to my clientele. In doing so, my desire is to provide a pleasant and enjoyable experience… One house at a time, one friendship at a time, one community… the best place in the universe to live, right here in Oregon!

Hello, Springfield!


lease enjoy the first issue of our new magazine all about Springfield, Oregon. The magazine is vivid with color and design and full of positive local stories on some of the most forward-looking and growing businesses in Springfield, and we are grateful that they gave our new publication a chance and took part in it.

Residential in City • Residential with Land (septic, well, acreage, out buildings, river frontage, farm, forest deferral) • Bare Land with or without improvements • First Time Home Buyers • Estate / Elderly Placement Manufactured Homes in Parks or on land •Luxury Homes • USDA, VA, FHA funded homes • Hobby Farms • New Construction

To complete our first issue, I’ve had to come into the area and ask our advertising partners to trust that we would do a good job and represent them in a positive light. I feel that we have created a strong first issue and our staff is already biting at the bit to begin the next one.

Debi Douglass, ABR, GRI, Broker

Springfield is such a friendly and unique area. I can honestly say that everyone I spoke to about our new venture was kind and interested in our plan for this first Springfield magazine. Springfield is moving and shaking and attracting some awesome local business. Everyone should be keeping their eyes on this charming community as deep thinkers are at work here.


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Volume 2 of Springfield Emerald Valley Magazine will be on the streets around Nov. 5, and watch for a quarterly magazine in 2019. Springfield deserves a positive editorial publication that will educate readers on the importance of shopping at and supporting local business in the area, and locally owned businesses deserve an affordable way to tell their story, create their image, and brand their business. We feel we can fill that need. Local Supporting Local is our motto with this magazine as well as our Southern Lane County Emerald Valley Magazine and our weekly paper, The Creswell Chronicle. Scott Olson’s S.J. Olson Publishing is one of the few locally owned and growing publishing companies around and it is growing because of the awesome team that runs it and the heart that goes into everything they do. Please go to our website at to view our weekly paper and read the other magazines we are putting out. Please shoot me an email at cr.creswellchron@ if you have story ideas or would like to advertise in our winter issue. My goal for our winter issue is to grow in pages, content and advertisers – to do an even better job with Volume 2 and to place Springfield on the pedestal where it belongs. Warmly,

Cheryl Richard, Ediitor

Meet the EVMS Staff

Scott Olson Publisher

Cheryl Richard Editor

Erin Tierney Creative Director

Mike Rothgeb Lead Writer

Andrew von Engel Lead Graphic Designer

Julie Baiocchi Graphic Designer

Contributing Writer: Christopher Bondurant

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deserves a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. That’s the belief guiding Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane, a local nonprofit that builds and repairs homes in and around the Springfield/Eugene metro area and Cottage Grove. An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Central Lane is the result of a merger between the Springfield/Eugene and Cottage Grove Area Habitats. Combined, this new affiliate has built 70 houses and completed more than 35 repairs for low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. One of those homes was sold last summer to Springfield resident Nayeli. Nayeli and her young daughter were living in a two-bedroom apartment with another single mom and her kids when Nayeli first applied to Habitat. At the time, their home was so cramped that there was no space for her daughter to study or have friends over to play. After successfully completing the requirements of the program, Nayeli’s family moved into their new home in a 10-home Habitat community. Their affordable mortgage means that Nayeli can better plan for their financial future, and she was able to fulfill her daughter’s dream of getting a puppy. Habitat homes aren’t free, but their mortgages are structured to be extremely affordable. To be considered, an applicant must fall within 40-60% of median area income based on family size, and be able to pay an affordable Habitat mortgage (30% of gross income, including property taxes and homeowner insurance). Their current housing must also be inadequate (such as being overcrowded, unsafe, or temporary), or unaffordable. Future homeowners also have “sweat equity” requirements, which include volunteering to build on other homes, working on their own home, and participating in homeowner readiness trainings, including financial management, home repair, yard maintenance, and being a good neighbor.

The Eugene ReStore

Tues-Sat. 10-6

Cottage Grove ReStore Thurs-Sat. 10-6 Habitat is funded through donations, grants, homeowner payments, and ReStores located in Eugene and Cottage Grove. ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more at 30-70% off of retail prices. In addition to providing financial support for the affiliate, these stores also divert hundreds of thousands of pounds of materials from landfills. The ReStores rely on generous donations from local businesses and individuals, and stock changes daily. They are open for drop-offs during their hours of operation, and offer free pickup for large items.



The need for affordable housing is rapidly increasing in Lane County. To meet this need, Habitat is working hard to raise more money and build more homes. Much of this growth is planned for Springfield; Habitat will soon start work on a 12-home development here and plans to open a ReStore in Springfield in the next few years. Habitat relies on volunteers to help with everything from building homes, to working with our families, to staffing the ReStore. Visit or call 541-741-1707 to learn more about Habitat’s programs, to apply for the homeownership program, or to become a volunteer.

Trash N Treasure C o m e e x p l o r e t h e m a n -t i q u e s s t o r e

“Stick with what you know.” This is what I always tell people when they ask me what kind of stuff they should buy and sell. The more you know about something, the better you’ll do. You will know which particular item in a group will sell better than others and the fair market value to pay for it and at which to sell it. A little knowledge can go a long way, but a lot of knowledge will be the difference between success and failure. There’s nothing more valuable than the experience of wheeling and dealing with people when it comes to buying and selling. I have been buying and selling antiques and collectibles for about 13 years now. June 2018 will be the ninth anniversary of owning my own store, but my first career was with the family printing business. I never expected to end up in antiques! I started out by renting a small space in an antiques/collectibles shop, learning the business from the owner and from other dealers I met. I went to garage and estate sales, did my share of dumpster diving, bought up storage units, listened avidly and asked umpteen questions. This knowledge and experience enables me to run my own business today. When the owner of the store moved, she asked to me to take over. Eventually, I moved to my current location at 440 Main St. in Springfield.

When I started running my own store, I rented spaces out to dealers like many antiques shops do; but I did the math and discovered that I could make more money per square foot selling just my own merchandise instead. An added benefit is that I was able to use that space to create specialized interest areas throughout the store, as well as having similar things in one place, not spread around various dealer spaces. Personally, I specialize in what I call “Mantiques”: old things that men tend to like, such as car-related collectibles, “sharp and pointy” items, records, marbles, old toys, vintage pin-ups, tools and fishing equipment. There are a few things that I am an expert on, like Hot Wheels, model kits and marbles; because I played with them as a child and have done a lot of research as an adult, I tend to do best with these items. Don’t get me wrong, I also have “Girltiques” in the store. For instance, I sell Barbies because my wife collects them. You know what they say, “Happy wife, happy life!” Being successful sometimes is just common sense and showing confidence in what you are talking about. If you believe what you’re saying, so will the customer. I’ve learned that you gain respect and trust if you talk straight to people about an item, so my advice is, above all, be honest with everyone.



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Valley is home to many lavender farms because our warm, dry summers support the growing e Willamette hneeds of this versatile perennial plant that is native to the Mediterranean. Each spring, lavender farmers eagerly By Carol Tannenbaum

await new green. The two most popular varieties on the lavender farm as well as in the home garden are English lavender (Lavandular angustifolia) and a hybrid variety (Lavandula X intermedia) that is a natural cross between L. angustifolia and L. latifolia, often referred to as intermedia or lavandin. Both of these varieties have at least 100 named cultivars which sport many spike colors ranging from deep, intense purple or bright blue to pale pink or white. Foliage color can vary from green to gray-green or even silver. Both of these varieties are generally hardy to Zone 5. A third common lavender variety, L. stoechas, referred to as Spanish lavender has a strong, pungent aroma but is attractive for its leaflike petals (bracts) at the top of the spike that suggest rabbit ears or a roosting butterfly. One can’t help but smile when seeing these spikes move in a breeze. Spanish lavender, hardy to Zone 7, is primarily used for landscaping. Lavender is a popular garden plant in the Willamette Valley because the bloom season can last from April through August depending on which varieties and their cultivars are planted. The Spanish lavenders typically start blooming in April. After deadheading, a second bloom appears in mid- to late August. English lavenders bloom starting in early to mid-June through July. Some cultivars will rebloom in late August. The intermedia lavender variety (again depending on the cultivar) blooms from early July through August. At McKenzie River Lavender five different lavender cultivars are grown. Two English lavenders – ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Royal Velvet’ – are prized for their sweet aromas and their deep, dark purple colors. These are dried for bouquets as well as buds for potpourri, sachets, crafts or cooking. Three hybrid intermedia lavenders, ‘Grosso,’ ‘Abrialii’ and ‘Provence’ yield longstemmed blooms. In the landscape they provide presence as their long stems sway in the slightest breeze. ‘Grosso’ and ‘Abrialii’ make great fresh as well as handsome dried bouquets. ‘Provence’ blooms shatter easily, so it’s prized for its buds. The ‘Grosso’ is steam-distilled for its essential oil and byproduct hydrosol.


hosts a Lavender Festival July 13-15 th.


During lavender season, RIVER LAVENDER hosts a Lavender Festival in early July. This year the event is: MCKENZIE

July 13 -15

88088 Millican Rd • Springfield 541-741-1046

10 am to 5pm - all days


Fresh Bouquets of ‘Grosso’ Lavender



‘Grosso’ Essential Oil of ‘Grosso’ Lavender Linen Spray, Unique Lavender Crafts, Soaps, Lotions, and more! During the Oregon Lavender Farm Tour, our country bazaar showcases all things lavender, as well as the creations of local artisans. Plant starts and U-pick lavender are also available. Enjoy an experience for the family including music, food and drink and activities for children.

Please note our Farm is not dog-friendly.

Hanging Baskets 

Seasonal Hours, Call for a visit !

Fruits & Vegetables Cut & Snipped Green Beans

541.736.8575 40882 McKenzie Hwy. | Milepost 15.5

Don’t Miss This Fall & Winter! Two English lavenders – ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Royal Velvet’ – are prized for their sweet aromas and their deep, dark purple colors.


HOLIDAY SEASON CUT & U-CUT XMAS TREES Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and visit us at: www.herrickfarms EVM F 9

SERVING THE MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED IN LANE COUNTY At its core, the Volunteers In Medicine Clinic is an exercise in caring and compassion. The VIM Clinic provides free medical care for low-income adults who do not have access to a primary care provider. Using volunteer physicians and other healthcare professionals, VIM has cared for thousands of people who live or work in Lane County.

Patients receive vitally needed medical services including primary care, behavioral health services, women’s healthcare, diabetic care and more... These specialists provide consultations, testing and advanced medical treatment to VIM patients, often at little or no cost.

O U R PAT I E N T C O N N E C T I O N “Without VIM I would not be able to afford healthcare and I would not be here.”

“They’ve been great, they’re very attentive to you. They do like, I’m a diabetic and they check my feet, check my blood sugar, blood pressure, they do a lot while I’m there. And the doctors have all been really good.”

-- Bertha Zavalos-Avalos

-- Calvin Losh

“I’m probably alive because of Volunteers In Medicine, just knowing they are here if I need them.”

Maria Alvarado dePineda

-- James Hegardt

“I came in with heart problems, without Volunteers In Medicine I would not be able to afford the medication I need to manage my condition.”

“When I see people who work there, it’s God’s work, because people there work all their lives, and now they want to take care of people who can’t take care of themselves.”

-- Ed Patterson

-- Servilho GomesdaSilva

“I was very depressed, and I came here, and I met with Ruth, and she helped me get through my bad state of mind.”

-- Parker Brown

Rito Lopez Martinez

“When I first started coming here, I was coming every other week to see a diabetic educator and it was fantastic. Everybody has been super careful with me and I love it.”

“The doctors here are very nice and professional. I came from Brazil and the way they treat me here is amazing. Everyone that works here does so because they like to help others.”

-- Christian Gomes-daSilva

-- Veselina Karakoleva 541-685-1800

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Volunteers In Medicine of Lane County

Every child deserves a chance. It’s you. Too many children suffer from abuse and neglect. When they are removed from their homes, they are placed in overburdened court and child welfare systems where they can slip through the cracks and risk continued abuse or neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) have the power to prevent this tragic reality. Last year, over 1,600 children in Lane County spent at least one night in the Child Welfare System. We know that those who had a CASA advocate on their side spent less time in care and will be less likely to re-enter the system due to abuse or neglect. What an invaluable gift our CASAs give to these children and our community. What is a CASA Volunteer? CASA volunteers provide a powerful voice for abused and neglected children by speaking for each child’s best interests in the courtroom and the community. Each CASA volunteer advocates with the ultimate goal of getting their assigned child or children in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. While other adults involved in the child’s life can change frequently, the CASA volunteer makes a commitment to remain a constant presence for the child from the case’s beginning to end. CASAs helps navigate the child through the system, connecting with the court, foster parents, lawyers, DHS, teachers, doctors, and more. CASAs serve 10-15 hours per month.

A TYPICAL VOLUNTEER: Passionately Cares about the Health and Welfare of Children Appreciates a High Quality of Life in their Community Believes that Abuse has NO Place in the Home - Understands that Children who Witness or Experience Abuse are Forever Affected To learn more about how you can play your part and help the children on our waiting list, please visit our website at or give our office a call at: 541-984-3132.

Who volunteers for CASA? People just like you – CASA welcomes community members from all backgrounds! You do not need to be a social worker or attorney to volunteer.

LIKE US ON Facebook Instagram Twitter

CASA relies on the generous gifts of our community member’s time and resources to serve the children in need of an advocate on their side.




SATURDAY June 30th -10 am CASA Disc Golf Tournament Westmoreland Park, Eugene

JUNE - AUGUST Taste of Summer Series

Various Locations Across Lane County *Including an event specifically for men interested in becoming advocates

FALL TRAINING Begins September 6th Applications due August 1st CASA Office, Springfield

HEROES FOR CHILDREN BREAKFAST Tuesday October 2nd Valley River Inn, Eugene

15TH ANNUAL CASA CASINO NIGHT Friday February 8th, 2019 Eugene Hilton

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SPRINGFIELD 2100 Main Street 541-741-2453 9am to 5:30 Mon–Sat 9am to 5pm Sunday

By Mike Rothgeb There are numerous biking

trails in and around Springfield, and many new ones in development. Middle Fork Path next to Dorris Ranch in southern Springfield is a popular trail for cyclists of all experience levels. This four-mile paved trail runs along the Willamette River and connects with Clearwater Park through a recent addition. Now, the path is longer and cyclists can spend even more time outside on warm summer days. Additionally, the Mill Race Path runs through historic downtown Springfield and connects with the Middle Fork Path, extending the journey even further. There are several access points, including 5th Street and 32nd Street.

For those seeking excitement, mountain biking trails

have recently opened in the Thurston Hills Natural Area. This new local attraction is the first of its kind open to the public. There are still many trails under con-

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Biking in Springfield is a path struction, so stop by frequently to explore the sprawling 665 acres. It’s not just the cities that support cycling, it’s the communities and small businesses, too. One business has been a staple of the cycling community for over 40 years. Originally located in Eugene, Hutch’s Bicycle Store has been selling and repairing bicycles since 1927. The Eugene store moved to Charnelton Street and, in 1972, a second location opened on Main Street in Springfield. Hutch’s Bicycle Store in Springfield is locally owned by Debbie Boyd, Pat Patterson and Jay Loew. Managed by Will Gurney, Hutch’s has everything one needs for two-wheeled adventures. Will has been the manager in Springfield for the past year and a half. His team of knowledgeable, friendly and experienced staff can handle all bicycle-related questions and problems.

Hutch’s sells a vast array of styles and brands for many purposes, and at every price point. Casual bikes are popular choices for families who want a more comfortable ride on paved trails and parks. Hutch’s also caters to both the average and the endurance rider, helping them select a ride that fits their lifestyle. Mountain biking and BMX are other

popular pastimes, and Hutch’s in Springfield provides the largest selection of BMX bikes in the area.

But Hutch’s doesn’t just sell bicycles, they also offer a variety of services to their customers. Dave Kendall, Hutch’s head mechanic, has over 30 years of experience in the biking industry, 10 of which have been at Hutch’s in Springfield. Will, Dave and their team have experience on all the top brands and even work on recumbent bikes, tricycles, and the occasional wheelchair and motorized scooter. Hutch’s provides free estimates for pricing, tuneups and repairs, and the staff is always happy to offer advice.

to adventure Accessories are a must and

Hutch’s has everything imaginable, from lights, fenders, helmets, racks, baskets, water bottles, apparel and more. Hutch’s is the first and last place you’ll need to look. If Hutch’s doesn’t have a specific part or accessory in stock, they can usually have it shipped the following day. Eugene may be TrackTown USA, but Springfield has friendly streets and ample cycling opportunities. Springfield perfectly blends their roadways, parks and walking trails into safe and wellmaintained bike paths. Break out that bike, get a tuneup at Hutch’s Bicycle Store, and see where the paths take you this summer.

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Wynant’s Family Health Foods, a family-owned specialty store, is located on South A Street in Springfield and has been serving the local community for nearly four decades. With five generations involved in the business, Wynant’s Family Health Foods believes in holding on to what makes mom-and-pop stores so appealing: the personal touch. Founded by Lillie and Larry Wynant, the original Wynant’s Family Health Foods opened on Mohawk Boulevard in May 1981. Wynant’s was on Mohawk for 19 years before moving to Q Street, where it remained for an additional 10. On July 1, 2008, Wynant’s Family Health Foods moved to its current location on South A Street in the former Vic Alfonso Used Cars and Auto Shop. With considerable renovations, the shop transformed into an amazing store containing 80 bulk bins, a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, a 12-foot produce stand, kombucha and salad bars, and so much more. Current owners Tamara Daily, granddaughter of Larry and Lillie, and Greg Daily have been running Wynant’s for 17 years and have continued the legacy of high-quality products and friendly, personalized service. Tamara and Greg have been married for 30 years and their son, Ryan, also works in the store. Wynant’s Family Health Foods sells a variety of items including organic and locally grown produce, specialty foods, vitamins, supplements and body care products. Greg Daily works with nearly 600 vendors and frequently brings in customer-requested items. Wynant’s proudly partners with local businesses and keeps locally made and grown products within their community. Specialty items and supplements are where Wynant’s differs from other grocery stores. Brand-name sports, dietary supplements and essential oils line their shelves, and Wynant’s even has their own private label of health supplements. All supplements sold come with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. “It’s not about the money, it’s about getting them healthy,” Greg Daily states, truly caring about his customers’ wellbeing. But Wynant’s doesn’t just sell supplements; their knowledgeable staff has thoroughly researched every product they carry. “If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find it,” Daily said. Besides helping their neighbors through healthier diets and lifestyles, Wynant’s also helps local youth in the community. Wynant’s proudly supports the Academy of Arts and Academics and Gateway High School. Greg even welcomes local artists and high school students working on their senior projects to paint beautifully illustrated murals on the walls of his building. -By Mike Rothgeb

Wynant’s Family Health Foods celebrated their 37th anniversary on May 12th and gave back to their customers by offering 20% off all products in the store. Greg, Tamara, Ryan, and the rest of the family

and employees that make up Wynant’s Family Health Foods are a remarkable and dedicated team. They go above and beyond for their community and believe in guiding their customers to healthy living.

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1146 Mohawk Blvd. Springfield, OR 97477 541.741.2021 Fax 541.741.3041

By Christopher Bondurant Anything you need for a project plan or meal, you’ll most likely find in Springfield’s budding Mohawk district. With a rich assortment of services ranging from restaurants, banks, and stores to landmark fixtures such as CopyRite Printing at Mohawk and Parker street, this vibrant community of commerce offers services that are essential to the

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Springfield, Thurston, and even Eugene areas. But Linda Sitterley, CopyRite’s longtime store manager, will tell you that the Mohawk district also represents so much more: a proud and caring commonwealth of business neighbors. She’s been with Copy-Rite for 11 years and is a part of a group of dedicated entrepreneurs called the Hawks, who work together to better serve the neighbor-

hoods in and around the bustling district. The group was started by the original owner and founder of Copy-Rite, Joyce Tinsley, with the aim of protecting and enriching the local business culture. “She’s the one who said we needed to get together, we needed to do something to make sure the City knows we’re here, and that we’re not going away” Sitterley said of Tinsley’s decision to start the Hawks group. Tinsley’s revolutionary vision was that if businesses invest their effort more in cooperation than competition, they create a culture of servantleadership that will resonate with the community of patrons, and ultimately benefit the entire district. “It’s a networking group,” Sitterley said. “We just try to help one another out with referrals and things. When we

first set up the Hawks, we’d get together once a month, talk about what’s happening within each of our businesses, how we can help out, anything we need, then we’d bring in somebody from the City that would talk to us about anything upcoming that pertained to us.” Another primary focus of the group is maintaining a positive presence during many events and gatherings. They pool their resources and devote their time to help out wherever they can. “If there’s any volunteer work that comes up, CopyRite is always ready to step in and help out,” Sitterley said. “We’ll volunteer our time doing events; we’ve worked a couple of years now with the Veterans’ Day celebrations that happen in November, and help with some other things like the Christmas Parade that happens every year.

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“Corkey Gourley, with State Farm, has a firetruck and he’s done some things with that for Food for Lane County and different organizations; Corkey is really heavily into volunteering,” she added. “Vicki Schoenleber at Citizens Bank does a lot of the organizing. Really, everyone – all this connection is happening!” And the benefits of this culture are clearly evident in the results: The Mohawk area has enjoyed a general stability and low turnover rate, coupled with a steady influx of businesses and gradual renovations. “That area where Harbor Freight is was rundown and vacant buildings, but now it’s starting to get revitalized and businesses are going in,” said Sitterley, who is hopeful about the future of the region. “The district’s really growing! The hospital remodel is just massive, and Starbucks is now moving in to what was the Wendy’s, and that’s going to be a big change. We [at Copy-Rite] just did a little remodel and got a new digital color machine!” There’s a clear revitalization effort at work here. Counterbalanced with the City’s planned downtown initiatives, this is an effort born of industrious need, and

driven by grassroots determination. The entrepreneurs here love their businesses and the surrounding areas they serve, and willingly invest the time and energy to improve both for the betterment of all. It’s a true example of the American spirit, and part of what gives this stretch of Springfield its unique charm. One key element yet undetermined is the empty Waremart building by Harbor Freight. Abandoned for over two decades, with ownership transfers complicated by contaminant-damage from a former tenant, the fate of this massive structure, supporting several newer businesses, remains troublingly unclear. “That’s still a big, empty building; nobody really knows what they’re going to do with it,” Sitterley said. “We’re just waiting to see.” What is clear to Sitterley is that this influx of new neighbors is a positive trend she hopes will continue well into the future. Already an essential part of Springfield’s commercial ecosystem, she’s excited to see how the Mohawk region will continue to improve once the Waremart building has been developed.

“I’d like to see more businesses come in that we can all benefit from,” she said. In the meantime, Sitterley and the other Hawks remain dedicated to ensuring that a culture of civic responsibility is thriving in the Mohawk district. “We have each other’s backs,” she said. “I know if there’s anything I need, I can go to anyone around here, and that sense of community is important.” Learn more about Copy-Rite Printing and their future plans on their Facebook page.

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Stuart, Kassie, Pam, Reagan, Edward, & Josh are Gray’s plant experts here to help you grow.

GRAY'S GA R D E N CENTERS 4489 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon, 97477 Also at 737 West 6th Avenue, Eugene

Mon. - Sat. / 9 am to 6 pm & Sun. / 10 am to 5 pm 541-357-5431

Facebook: @graysgardens Instagram: @graysgardencenter

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By Erin Tierney

hat’s better than a green thumb?

A Gray’s thumb.

I have a gorgeous trailing fuchsia on my apartment balcony, one that I’ve watched grow from the teeniest of buds. Each morning I greet the meandering beauty, and each evening I sit by it and count its blossoms. It’s a small enrichment to my daily life; a little reminder that if you tend to things, they will grow. I found this plant at Gray’s Garden Center in Springfield one lazy Saturday afternoon. Not having a clue what I was looking for, I trotted down

Main Street, when their bustling nursery caught my eye. I pulled in, and spent well over two hours at the center, exploring, admiring all there was to offer. While in the nursery, I landscaped in my head, using the greenhouse backdrop as my muse. I’ve since added the enchantment of Gray’s plants to all my spaces. A curious array of cacti and succulents line my windowpane. A tomato plant grows mighty and strong in its pot on the porch. Herbs poke out of the ground, healthy, established, and reaching for the sun. Gray’s allowed me to cultivate my surroundings. All needs in one location, it was easy to find all the pieces needed to get started, and fill my flowers’ needs to keep going. My plants are happy, and so am I, thanks to Gray’s. It’s places like these that add color to your life, and with local roots as deep as theirs in the Willamette Valley, it’s certainly a pleasure doing business there.


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Gray’s inventory changes through the year to reflect the best plants to grace each season.



ray’s Feed was started in 1940 by Bob Gray, who later brought his brother, Carlton, on board with the Eugene business. It was in 1948 that Gray’s branched out onto Main Street in Springfield, which was managed by Bob and Carlton’s brother-in-law, Charlie. It was the evolution of the Gray’s name that speaks volumes to its growth over the years. The name was changed to Gray’s Feed & Seed, then Gray’s Seed & Garden. Then, in the 1970s, to Gray’s Garden Center. Locally owned and locally loved, Gray’s has brought color to Springfield residents for decades. The nursery specializes in locally grown plants to help you create and maintain your indoor and outdoor living spaces. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, their knowledgeable staff can help select plants that will thrive in your home, condo, or office with minimal care. Gray’s experts are always

restocking their houseplants to ensure great selection. Their assortment of annuals and perennials can easily fill your beds and containers, and their plant experts can help you design your own lovely containers. They are also fully stocked with a wide selection of garden décor to spruce up and accentuate your spaces. Gray’s offers a full line of trees and shrubs to fill your garden, and carries all the necessities to keep your plants looking their best with many organic and natural solutions. For your indoor spaces, Gray’s offers one of the largest selections of indoor plants and products that are healthy, beautiful and in a variety of sizes and prices.

▲ Herbs, fruits & vegetables ▲ Trees, shrubs & tropicals ▲ Roses, vines & hanging baskets ▲ Seeds, bulbs, annuals & perennials ▲ Cactus & succulents ▲ Tropicals & palms ▲ Terrariums & fairy gardens

Keep your plants looking their best with organic & natural solutions

Let the vibrant colors inspire you. Gray’s Garden Center in Springfield is your destination for a beautiful garden all year long.

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Citizens Bank Your neighborhood banking partner

By Mike Rothgeb


ocally owned and operated, Citizens Bank has been the premier community bank in Springfield since 2003. With 15 branches in local communities, Citizens Bank proudly serves individuals and small to medium businesses throughout the Willamette Valley.

Citizens Bank’s headquarters originally opened in Corvallis in 1957 and they have been focusing on helping individuals, professionals, and local and agricultural businesses ever since. Citizens Bank is dedicated to their neighbors, and all deposit dollars gathered are deployed directly into the communities they serve.

Citizens Bank looks at the needs of their customers and helps them fulfill their goals and dreams. Loyal customers can agree that Citizens Bank’s approach relies heavily on friendly and dedicated service, with an old-fashioned personal toucth. Customers of Citizens Bank can utilize mobile banking and remote deposit capture, which provides convenience and flexibility in their busy schedules. But it’s more than just their services, it’s also about financial safety and security. The committed and friendly team at Citizens Bank places their customers’ security, goals and needs as top priorities.

in the banking industry since 1973. Schoenleber has been with Citizens since 2006 and immediately noticed a difference in atmosphere and overall mentality from other banks she’s worked in. “I appreciate [that this] bank is not a sales force. We are here to be trusted advisers,” Schoenleber states. “We do what’s best for the customer.” If you’re looking for a different banking experience, visit your neighbors at Citizens Bank; their service and values are something you can bank on.

Vicki Schoenleber, Citizens Bank’s Springfield vice president and branch manager, has been working

2355 Olympic St. • Springfield, OR 97477 • PO BOX 699 • 541-746-5240 • Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat-Sun: Closed • Drive-thru window open the same hours.

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A cut above the rest By Mike Rothgeb

Founded by Seth SanFilippo in 2006, Urban Lumber promotes environmental responsibility and makes it their goal to keep natural resources out of landfills. SanFilippo and his employees specialize in custom benches, tables, doors and shelving, using salvaged wood from all types of local trees. Urban Lumber is recognized worldwide and was named Business of the Year by Springfield Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Urban Lumber has a sawmill, kiln, workshop and showroom in Springfield where they handcraft beautifully designed projects which ship all over the world. SanFilippo even has his own custom-built saw which allows work on trees up to eight feet wide. “Working on large-scale furniture projects is one of our specialties. It’s one reason people come to us,” SanFilippo states. Urban Lumber offers free consultations and no project is too big or too small. SanFilippo has created furniture for numerous local businesses, including Blue Mist Restaurant and Bar, Oakshire Brewing and Northwest Community Credit Union in Eugene.


hen replanted at the same rate they’re cut down, trees are a renewable resource that’ll be around for the foreseeable future. Not only are trees integral to our lives, but their abundance is also what makes the Pacific Northwest beautifully unique. Businesses like Urban Lumber Company are here to make sure that beauty remains for generations to come.

Got organic milk?

By Mike Rothgeb


ounded by Chuck and Phyllis Lehman in 1993, Lehman Dairy is a certified organic milk wholesaler to Organic Valley. Chuck Lehman’s parents were in the dairy industry, and it’s something he’s done his entire life. In 1993, He went out on his own with the experience he’d obtained through years of farm work, and created his business.

Every summer, California experiences devastating wildfires that damage countless homes and businesses. From 2014 to 2017, Urban Lumber owned a retail store in Sonoma County where they created custom furniture for many local businesses. A lot of their former customers and friends lost everything in the fires and Urban Lumber’s Reach Out, Rebuild program offers significant discounts and freight assistance to help them rebuild. Urban Lumber believes in helping their neighbors, and they receive the same treatment from Citizens Bank.

Phyllis handles the bookkeeping aspects of the business and Chuck, with the help of his son and eight employees, handles the farm work. Lehman Dairy owns 240 cattle on their 100-acre farm west of Springfield. Lehman Dairy stands out from other farms through their commitment to organic dairy products. To produce organic milk, dairy farms are required to follow regulations set forth by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and their Organic Certification Program. Lehman Dairy feeds only certified-organic feed and avoids pesticides and antibiotics when raising their cattle. The WSDA also inspects their farm once a year to make sure they’re meeting requirements. This means higher-quality milk products for the people of Lane County. Lehman Dairy also offers organic cattle manure and compost to their neighbors and customers, a perfect addition to anyone’s garden or farm. Chuck and Phyllis proudly do business with Citizens Bank, which helped them establish a line of

“They’ve helped us out a ton. They’re more than just a bank, they’re a partner,” SanFilippo states. SanFilippo has worked with other banks in the past but felt they didn’t understand his company’s needs. Citizens Bank not only treats SanFilippo like a person, they treat him like a neighbor. “We have a great relationship, both professionally and personally. The people at [Citizens Bank] have become friends,” he said. Finding a business that cares about their neighbors is hard to find, and finding a bank that treats their customers like people is even harder. Urban Lumber Company and Citizens Bank change how business is done.

303 South 5th St. #127 • Springfield, OR 541-762-2256 • • Facebook. com/UrbanLumberco Instagram: @urbanlumberco Mon-Fri: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Sun: Closed

credit. This assisted in the growth of their herd, farm development, necessary maintenance and upgrades, and expansion of their business. “We’ve worked with big banks before. It’s nice to be with a locally owned bank and receive that personal touch,” Phyllis Lehman states. Chuck and Phyllis’ previous bank didn’t understand their needs and wasn’t able to make their dreams come true. Citizens Bank, however, has experience with agricultural businesses and understands their goals. Lehman Dairy is a proud member of Citizens Bank and provides an important resource to this community. With the dedication of the Lehman family and Citizens Bank, Lehman Dairy will continue to produce high-quality, organic milk for years to come.

27693 Crow Road, Eugene, OR 97402 541-510-9973 •

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Ciao Pizza

& Trattoria

CLASSIC ITALIAN CUISINE WITHOUT THE JET LAG BY M IKE ROT HGEB Ciao Pizza & Trattoria in Springfield has been offering au-

Only the finest varieties of wine are served, such as Silvan Ridge Winery, King Estate Winery, and Hinman Vineyards selections, as well as popular vintages from California and Italy. Seven rotating beer taps are also available, featuring Hop Valley Brewing, Steelhead Brewery, Falling Sky Brewing, and other local beers.

Dave Lucht, head chef and part owner of Ciao Pizza, has been exercising his culinary talents since age 14. Originally from Hesston, Kansas, he worked in several kitchens while earning a business degree from the University of Kansas. After moving to Los Angeles in 2002, he attended Southern California School of Culinary Arts to pursue his passion for cooking. In 2006, Lucht and his family moved to Oregon, where he worked at Hop Valley and The Excelsior before partnering with Paparo in 2015.

Ciao Pizza partners with many local businesses and will offer pizza, salads, and sandwiches for Music on the Vine at Silvan Ridge Winery this summer. Every three months, Lucht pairs dishes with locally crafted beers for Seasonal Beer Dinners. Last month, Hop Valley and Ciao Pizza teamed up for a six-course, Italian-style family dinner. At the end of the summer, Alesong Brewing and Blending will take part in a similar event.

thentic, made-from-scratch Italian cuisine since 2007. Owner of The Excelsior Inn and Excelsior Farms, Maurizio Paparo has been a cornerstone of the business community since 1982 and started Ciao Pizza to provide Lane County with a casual Italian dining experience.

To obtain only the freshest produce, Lucht and his sous chefs, Serenity

and Gabe, shop every day and use local ingredients whenever possible when preparing their meals. Ciao Pizza focuses on Italian comfort cuisine featuring pizza, calzone, pasta, Stromboli, appetizers, soups, salads, and desserts. Friday night specials are also available and feature unique spins on entrees like porchetta, peppercorn seared ahi, and more.

Most menu items are baked in their classic woodfire oven which is the centerpiece of the restaurant, reinforcing the authentic Italian feel. Ciao Pizza’s welcoming dining area is perfect all year long with their indoor and outdoor seating options.

Lucht has created his own signature items available for purchase at Ciao, Market of Choice, and local grocery stores. Their original Italian hot sauce blends fire-roasted tomatoes, peppers, Piri-Piri, honey, and red wine vinegar into a subtle and tasty concoction. Ciao Pizza is also marketing their Ciao Spice, with plans to further expand their product line. Ciao Pizza and its talented cooking staff, welcoming dining room, and high-quality meals bring the charm of Italy to the valley. Walk in or reserve your seat at Ciao Pizza & Trattoria and you’ll feel like part of the family.

“Trattoria” means a casual, laid-back café in Italian. Lucht strives to make his restaurant a welcoming, relaxing, and comfortable place for individuals, couples, groups, and families. Walk-ins, take out, and reservations are available, as well as delivery through HungryDucks. Catering is also available for parties, weddings, and office get-togethers.


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1486 18th St. | Springfield | 541-636-4032 |


Monday - Friday 7 am - pm


Trudy came along

to Springfield!

What a

yummy place to be.

Along Came Trudy offers a much-needed venue in the area to host local events, meeting, receptions and parties. The building itself is beautiful, but the catering that comes with the venue is five-star. Just go to Trudy’s Facepage to see all the positive and heartfelt reviews and comments about the food and atmosphere, but mainly how kind and caring Trudy and her staff are. The building is bright and warm and the smells coming from the kitchen are mouthwatering. Along Came Trudy offers breakfast and lunch – everything homemade and from scratch! Trudy is famous for her scones, homemade biscuits and gravy, danishes and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch brings made-from-scratch soups, salads and unique sandwiches and daily lunch specials. The menu offers healthy and low-calorie choices so you can take one of her insanely good cinnamon rolls home with you. Check out Along Came Trudy’s website for event prices and details.. Check out Along Came Trudy’s website for event prices and details. • 541-393-6650

Now when you drive into the Gateway area and step out of your car you inhale the heavenly scent of Texas barbecue. The city of Springfield is lucky to host the area’s only locally owned and operated Dickeys Barbecue Pit. Dickey’s is an American success story which started in the 1940s and is now the largest barbecue franchise in the country. The Springfield location is truly a family-run business as Vernon Collins his son and daughter are helping to make sure you get the best food and experience at their location. The new location’s decor is beautiful. The establishment is clean and bright and goes perfectly with Texas barbecue. You have to try to brisket, which is the establishment’s number-one seller – but the smoked chicken, turkey, ribs, pulled pork, and polish sausage are all juicy and mouthwatering. There are several sides to choose from, but we highly recommend the baked potato casserole, mac and cheese, and of course, the barbecue beans.

The Dickey’s menu has expanded the last few years to include sliders and tacos! Yes, bbq tacos, Texas style. Think of Dickey’s the next time you’re feeding a crowd. Dickey’s caters any size group and does it well. But no review would be complete without mentioning the Dickey’s yellow cups. Not only are these the best extra-large cup to drink from, they are also collector’s items. There are Dickey’s lovers out there who have collected cups from every state that hosts a franchise.

3000 Gateway St., #120 • Springfield

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Exciting Options at Unami Sushi By Christopher Bondurant


f you’re looking for cutting-edge culinary innovation, look no further than Unami Sushi. This charming shop on 42nd and Main in Springfield, with its convenient drive-through featuring their signature dish, the Sushi Burrito promises a lot more than your standard fare. And this is a promise Toby Helms, the innovative chef and owner, takes very seriously. I sat down with him to learn more about the history and culture of Unami. After returning from Montana, having built an internationally recognized dining establishment, Helms sought to bring that same high-quality taste to a different kind of market. “I wanted to make a place where you could still get full, and was budget friendly, but we used the same quality fish as my last place,” he said. Within months Helms found the location, but he didn’t just want to serve the same traditional food. He wanted something that hadn’t been attempted before and saw need for a different kind of sushi roll. “The Sushi Burrito almost invented itself,” he said. “A lot of people want to eat sushi, but not everybody has the time; they might want to eat it for lunch, but they don’t want to sit down at a restaurant.” So he experimented, working tirelessly with a select crew from Montana that had come to Oregon to continue working with him. Together, they invented a brand-new way to enjoy a classic style of cuisine: the Sushi Burrito – a

convenient and delicious creation that had never before been seen in this area. “And then we just started from there, developing what would taste good in a larger form, because not all the rolls you can convert exactly into a sushi burrito, haphazardly,” he said. And the results of their hard work show in Unami’s extensive selection of menu items. Over 25 different kinds of burritos are each paired wonderfully with a house-made sauce. “We have a lot of unique sauces and items, and I try to make each menu item with a goal for what its taste is going to be,” Helms said. The Samurai Lunch is a delight for both the eyes and the taste buds. Bursting with vibrant colors, it’s a heaping helping of spring vegetables and a generous portion of fresh sliced fish, all wrapped in rice and seaweed, and served with a hand-crafted Nikiri sauce to perfectly round out the flavor. The #Bacon, a favorite among patrons and staff alike, dances playfully between the bold and savory jalapeño and the freshness of the avocado, with a robust crunch of bacon, complemented by their original maple glaze sauce that is caramelized to perfection for a sweet and tangy richness that’s utterly irresistible. With his location in Springfield and a food truck in Eugene, across from the Ninkasi Brewery in the Whit, Helms is looking to provide even more options for local foodies in the near future. “We’re looking into another location, which should be opening sometime in the summer,” he said. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more details and information, and to learn more about their menu items.

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4205 Main St. Springfield, Oregon, 97478 / 541-505-8962 Tues. 11am - 9pm / Sun. 11am - 5pm & Mon. 11am till 8pm


Unami Sushi & Asian Grill unamisushi

The Unami crew Daniel Carlson, Skylar Wentz & Toby Helms



How a Group of Industry Veterans Banded Together to Brew it Themselves BY JON STINNETT

By now, it’s an oft-told tale — a restaurateur with an eye for opportunities in funky but challenged areas takes a chance on a new venture, creating a gathering place in a historic building that helps kick-start its community.

346 Main Street | Springfield 458-201-7039 Brewery

There’s much to be said for the vision that brought Plank Town Brewing to life at the corner of Fourth and Main street in downtown Springfield, and for the closeness that makes the brewpub such a beloved part of its neighborhood and helps connect “I CREATE PLACES people in a part of Springfield they I WANT TO BE, may have previously avoided. It’s all BECAUSE I TEND TO GO THERE ANYWAY,” the more notable that its believers brought the brewpub to life during an uncertain time of economic hardship back in 2009, and it’s hoped that the opening of Hilltop Bar & Grill in Pleasant Hill last July can have a similar sort of transformative effect there. Still, had owner Bart Caridio of Sam Bond’s Garage and Axe & Fiddle Pub renown been unable to inspire and draw supporters together to contribute their time, talents and resources to Plank Town’s evolution, things may very well have all been for naught. Success there has required the dedication and sweat equity of many, a group of veterans in the industry that shared the dream early on, bought in completely and helped find a way to make it real.

Take Curtis Phillips, for example. A key early supporter and investor, Phillips gave countless hours to the restoration effort that revitalized Plank Town headquarters, and when he learned that noted brewer Steve Van Rossem of High Street McMenamins and Block 15 Brewing fame had signed on to supervise Plank Town’s suds, Phillips took ‘buy-in’ to another level. “When I found out that Steve was going to be our brewer, I refinanced my house and bought in for every penny I could,” he said. Now, Van Rossem, himself a part-owner, and assistant brewer John Crane turn out some of the area’s most alluring brews, which Phillips still sells part-time, and he’s fond of the time he gets to spend “talking about how awesome Plank Town is.” Meanwhile, new Head Chef Mark Hughes, himself a homebrewer, kitchen chemist and gastronomy aficionado, has been exploring the marriage of Plank Town’s beer and brew menus, developing dishes that complement Van Rossem’s signature suds. Look for a few in a new menu that’s set to debut soon. Almost any visit to Plank Town offers a good chance you’ll be greeted by Dan Schmid another longtime High Street alum, early Plank Town supporter/part-owner and perhaps the brewpub’s most outspoken ambassador. “I see myself as a diplomat for this place,” Schmid says, “and I like to see people well-served. Getting in on the ground floor, having the ability to make decisions and offer advice, to work with people

whose reputations you admire, is great. I’ve never experienced it quite this way before.” It’s a dynamic that many of Plank Town’s staffers learned to appreciate even before they started working there. “We find people who really love this place,” says manager Sydnie Olliff. “They experience the atmosphere, the food, great beer and say ‘I want to work here.’ And we take care of our employees too. You’ll always see people after work enjoying a beer or a meal. People bring their families. There’s a lot of good camaraderie.” Which is, of course, exactly as Caridio planned it all along. “I create places I want to be, because I tend to go there anyway,” he says. “They provide a place for people to come and talk, to gather and be proud.”

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TASTE Café Yumm! is a name known to the locals of Eugene, Springfield and the surrounding areas for serving healthy and great-tasting food.


he famous local restaurant chain began over 20 years ago in Eugene when Mark and Mary Ann Beauchamp opened their first café. They topped their rice and bean bowls with a unique condiment called “Yumm! Sauce” which quickly attracted a passionate following and became a staple of their restaurant. Today, Café Yumm! has 22 locations in both Oregon and Washington, including two locations in Springfield, with plans to expand to Boise, Idaho soon. In Springfield, Café Yumm! restaurants are on Gateway Street and inside the RiverBend Hospital. When a local franchisee opened Café Yumm! on Gateway 10 years ago, Springfield residents lined up around the block to enjoy customizable Yumm! bowls, soups, salads and breakfast items. Café Yumm! opened their second restaurant inside the RiverBend Hospital with the goal of offering visitors and hospital staff healthy dining options. The team at Springfield’s Café Yumm! location believes in raising the bar for fast and casual dining. With a focus on quality, the restaurant sources many local, sustainable ingredients like organic tofu, all-natural chicken, turkey and Pacific wild salmon. Over 50 percent of the ingredients are also certified organic. Café Yumm! is always happy to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences, making it the perfect place to eat with friends, family or coworkers with diverse diets. From their rice-based bowls to their breakfast menu, wraps and sandwiches, everything is fresh to order with healthy nutrition in mind. Supporting the local business community is important to Café Yumm!, and they are proud to offer locally crafted beers and wines, including Hop Valley, Ninkasi, Acrobat Winery, Sweet Cheeks and others. Non-alcoholic local beverages include Brew Dr. Kombucha and Columbia Gorge juices. Café Yumm! even sells their own line of products, including their fan-favorite Yumm! sauces, fresh coffee, Crispy Noodles, Jalapeno Sesame Salsa, fresh-baked cookies, Asian Slaw Dressing and Sweet Ginger Miso dressing. But it’s not just about ingredients and options; Café Yumm! also focuses their attention on maintaining a friendly and welcoming environment for patrons and employees. “We’re on a first name basis with a lot of our customers. We get to know them because they’re in here so often,” says Josh Cathey, one of the owners of Café Yumm! on Gateway Street. Cathey has been working at Café Yumm! for nearly 10 years and enjoys giving his employees opportunities to learn new skills which they take with them for the rest of their lives. Many Café Yumm! employees are high school or college students with little to no work experience. They stick around for many years, not only for the fun work environment but also because they feel like they’re part of a family. Each year, Café Yumm! donates time and money to nonprofit organizations, local food banks, food and water protection organizations, public education, fitness programs, recycling efforts and more. Café Yumm! sponsors booths at local events throughout the year where they sample Yumm! casseroles and distribute bottles of pure rainwater.

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Dining at its best!

Café Yumm! is more than just a restaurant; it is an integral part of the community.

Inside Café Yumm! at the Riverbend Drive location.

This past February, Café Yumm! sponsored the KLCC Brewfest at the Lane Events Center and provided food to volunteers who participated in the event. Two years ago, Café Yumm! partnered with Royal Caribbean and donated hundreds of dollars in food and volunteer hours to help restore Springfield Elementary School and better the quality of education in our area. Café Yumm! is more than just a restaurant; it is an integral part of the community that not only provides healthy options but also valuable community support. They believe in building genuine relationships with their guests and encourage customers to check out their website, Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay connected. Next time you pop in for your favorite Yumm! Bowl or a locally crafted beer, you can enjoy each bite a little more knowing the ingredients are organic, locally sourced and healthy. Café Yumm! is something we as a community can be proud to support. - Mike Rothgeb

Café Yumm!

provides a variety of healthy options for any diet and lifestyle. Café Yumm! offers a catering menu for companies, parties and other social events so people can enjoy their favorite items during office meetings, family gatherings in the park, or special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. Employees are treated like family and even receive a free meal during their work shift.



Mon-Sat: 10 am-9 pm | Sun: 10 am-8 pm

Mon-Sat: 10 am-10 pm | Sun: 10 am-3:30 pm

3340 Gateway St. | Springfield, OR menu: 541-747-9866

3333 Riverbend Dr. | Springfield, OR menu: 541-736-9866 | |


out your creative side. You’ll learn how to distress wood, stain and paint your design, and create a personal finished project for your own home or as a gift. The design options are endless and personalized by you, the maker. New designs are released each month.

trust their inner DIY instincts is a favorite of ours,” Warren adds. “We love it when a sign is meaningful on a personal level, or allows someone to show their love for others through a handmade work of art. Studio favorites include Oregon-theme designs, welcome signs, and those celebrating important family dates.”

Board and Brush Springfield is part of a nationwide chain of studios that work to inspire and promote social crafting. Their design trends are fresh and the concept is triedand-true, combining an opportunity for a creative outlet with wine and beer – perfect for a girls’ night out, a birthday party, or even a team-building event. There are weekly classes offered for all comers too!

“What inspires our staff is to greet people at the door and hear them say how unsure they are about their abilities, and then to see the grin emerge as they distress the wood and learn to use tools – and then see that full-blown smile as they walk out the door having realized that they are creative and capable,” owner Kelly Warren says. “it’s amazing to hand a woman a power tool and see the sense of empowerment she gains.”

The Warren family opened their Booth Kelly Mill district location in February, and they are excited for what the future holds for both Board and Brush and the Mill District.

The Springfield location, the first in Oregon, offers classes to help bring

“Any design that challenges our customers to be more creative and

oard and Brush Creative Studio in Springfield takes DIY beyond your crafting dreams, making custom wooden décor signs a beautiful reality without having to have the knowhow. They emphasize that your abilities don’t need to be strong in order to have your projects come out looking good!


“We hope that, with the business expansions and overhaul happening here, that we will become the epicenter of fun in Downtown Springfield,” Estin Warren says. “We are just so thrilled to be the very first Board and Brush Creative Studio in Oregon and welcome everyone to come channel their inner DIY with us!”


303 S. 5th St., Suite 153 • Springfield, Oregon 97477 • 541-972-9663 28 F EVM • Find us on

miles from Eugene is the By Mike Rothgeb area’s greatest spot for weddings, parties and enjoying a glass of featuring wines wine. Labeled one of the Top 20 Oregon from around the Gems by Touring and Tasting Magazine, world. JP Valot has been the winemakSilvan Ridge Winery is one place you won’t want er at Silvan Ridge to miss this summer. since 2012 and has Established in 1979 as Hinman Vineyards, Silvan Ridge is years of experience Lane County’s oldest operating winery. With nearly four with over 15 vindecades of service, residents and visitors of Lane County tages from Oregon trust the quality of wine and dedication of the staff. and his original home of Argentina. Hinman Vineyards was purchased in 1991 by Carolyn A variety of wine clubs are available, offering countless Chambers, who continued the legacy but changed the perks to members. From discounts on bottles to free winery to reflect her maiden name: Silva, meaning admission to events, the wine clubs pay for themselves “forest” in Latin. Within five years of the purchase, for anyone who visits the winery regularly. Silvan Ridge became one of the leading wineries in Wineries are also popular venues for weddings and the state. In 2011, when Carolyn passed away, her parties, and Silvan Ridge Winery rents their space daughter Elizabeth Chambers took over and followed throughout the year. Their indoor facility is larger than in her mother’s footsteps. Unfortunately, the Chambers others and holds over 100 people. During the summer, family suffered another loss this past February when local bands grace the amphitheater’s stage while people Elizabeth Chambers passed away at age 56. drink wine and socialize on the grass. Although Silvan Ridge has faced several challenges, the winery is stronger than ever. Currently, Silvan Ridge Starting June 1 at 6 p.m., Silvan Ridge will host Friday Winery is owned by Elizabeth Chambers’ daughter Julia Night Concerts featuring musical performances until and Julia’s husband, Andrew Stiltner. The Stiltners have October. Two wine club release parties will be held on kept the winery in the family and want to reassure their July 19 and July 21 at 6 p.m., and Texas Roadhouse loyal customers that all the services they know and love will cater a barbecue buffet spread for members. People will remain. are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, pick their favorite bottles of wine and watch the sunset. The vineyard sur-

Beautiful Reception Room

Stunning Patio View

rounds the winery, as well as gently rolling hills and plenty of wide-open space. An elegant clock tower overlooks a paved patio, and a grassy amphitheater is perfect for local entertainment. At sunset, wine connoisseurs can look west and take in the beauty of the vineyard as it’s bathed in golden light. Silvan Ridge offers their own brand of red and white wines and a comprehensive tasting menu

Silvan Ridge Winery will also host Winetasia on July 28 at 6 p.m., a yearly fundraiser that donates money to Kids First. The event features food, wine and dancing, and directly benefits children in need. From California to Washington there are hundreds of wineries that have their own appeal, but Silvan Ridge stands out from the rest. Whether it’s the family and employees behind the scenes or the quality of their product paired with the beauty of the vineyard, the unique charm sets it apart. Visit Silvan Ridge Winery and you’ll have a magical experience.


Mon-Sun: 12pm to 5 pm 27012 Briggs Hill Rd • Eugene, OR 97405 • 541-345-1945

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Facebook: LaneTransit / Twitter: @LaneTransit /

By Mike Rothgeb ransportation has evolved by leaps and bounds over the years; from covered wagons to the electric smart cars of today, technology has been there every step of the way. Major concerns that have remained, however, are convenience and safety. Lane Transit District (LTD) offers Springfield, Eugene and the surrounding areas numerous transportation options, each with safety and convenience as top priorities. Thirty-one bus routes span the greater Eugene and Springfield metro area, some of which even run to outlying communities like Creswell, Cottage Grove and Veneta. RideSource, a program for accessible services, provides individuals with disabilities curb-to-curb service any-


where normal routes are available. All of LTD’s fixed bus routes are wheelchair accessible and feature wheelchair lifts, low floorboards and audio/visual assistance. LTD even has an Honored Rider Program where anyone over 65 rides for free. Due to the University of Oregon and Autzen Stadium, tourism is big around the Eugene and Springfield area. LTD and their award-winning Bus Rapid Transit (EmX) go to hotspots around the cities, showing visitors the highlights of the areas. Event routes support visitors and tourism and make frequent stops at events like the Oregon Country Fair and the Butte-toButte Race. LTD is a perfect option for youthrelated activities and allows kids to get

Customer Service Center: 1080 Willamette St. Eugene, OR 97401 Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. / 541-687-5555

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around and stay active during their parents’ busy summer schedules. With 1Pass, a partnership with Willamalane and the City of Eugene, youth can enjoy a three-month pass that takes them anywhere they want to go. Environmental health is important to LTD and they do their part. Most of their fleet consists of hybrid buses, and LTD will have five all-electric buses online later this month and plans to add five more soon. LTD is recognized on national and state levels for their diversity and innovation in transportation. The impact of traffic on a city is also important, and LTD plays a major role in the overall flow of the community. Traffic is a big concern for a city’s health – not just in the flow, but the performance of the city. Group Pass programs are available to organizations that contract with LTD, providing their employees easy and convenient transportation all around

the city. Some car owners even prefer LTD due to the ease of travel given the frequent stops and convenient routes. LTD believes in safety – not only for their riders, but for other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. National statistics show that transit is safer than automobile travel and all of LTD’s drivers have undergone defensive driving training to help keep everyone safe. Lane Transit District also works with their partners to minimize accidents and encourage safe transportation. Main Street in Springfield, in particular, is a major focus of LTD’s efforts due to recent motor vehicle tragedies. Transportation isn’t a luxury, but a cornerstone of our daily lives. With Lane Transit District behind the wheel, Eugene, Springfield and all of Lane County can rest easy knowing they’ll get us safely from point A to point B, and anywhere in between.

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Hey, Springfield! Rethink your ride. FAST AND FREQUENT EMX Travel from Gateway/RiverBend all the way to Beltline and West 11th (or anywhere in between) without having to transfer. Just $3.50 for an all day bus and EmX pass.

1PASS FOR KIDS 18 AND UNDER Just $50 for the whole summer. 1Pass combines transit and free or discounted admission to pools, bowling, skating, museums, and more!

PARK & RIDE Park free at Thurston Station on Main Street and Bob Straub Parkway or at Rite-Aid on Marcola Road, and ride the bus. You’ll save on gas and parking. Just $3.50 for an all day bus and EmX pass.

SENIORS RIDE FREE All day, every day. Get your pass at the downtown Eugene Station on weekdays, 7am-7pm.

Springfield Emerald Valley Magazine  

A lifestyles magazine for Springfield, Oregon.

Springfield Emerald Valley Magazine  

A lifestyles magazine for Springfield, Oregon.