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The Grove By Mary Owen

Holiday celebrations at Marketplace at the Grove starts with an open house, complete with snacks, cider, door prizes, a drawing, and a visit from Santa. “We are a hybrid of a mini-mall and a vendor mall,” said Teri Mesa, co-manager with Tammi Burns. “When finished, there will be a total of eight vendors, each with their own store front that ranges between 120 and 500 square feet. Each space has a unique facade resembling a historic downtown shopping district. The design gives each vendor the opportunity to brand themselves, creating a real boutique feel without the expense and risk of an individual ‘brick-and-mortar’ store.”

Boutique feel, variety at the heart of Stayton Marketplace Mesa and her family opened coffee shop and flower shop, Moxieberry, a block north of the site in 2014.

Town Stayton for their efforts in assisting business owners for helping the downtown core area to once again become “a vibrant and thriving retail district.”

“It was a pretty scary prospect with downtown being so slow,” she said. “With the addition of our boutique a year ago, and the energy building around the Marketplace, many new businesses are setting up shop.”

“There are several boutiques to include Art Gone Wild with Paul Toews,” Mesa said. “Rockin’ Rodeo Wear and Country Chic has women’s jeans, tops, gifts and vintage furniture. Foo Foo Handbags offers purses, wallets, jewelry and more.”

Mesa also credited Friends of Old

Additionally, the Grove is home to Friends of the Library’s used bookstore, Man Cave which sells all things “man,” Scout & Hailey carrying baby clothes and toys, Arise & Shine offering repurposed gifts and bags, and Break The Chain Apparel, clothing with a voice against bullying, child abuse and other issues.

Mesa said plans are in the works to add a coffee bar, seating for gathering, art classes, pop-up vendors and artists and other events. Space is available to rent for events, she added.

“Shopping locally not only boosts the local economy, shopping downtown helps to revive our historic downtown and celebrates our historic beginnings,” Mesa said. “Downtown Stayton will once again become a major contributor to the growth and development of our town and surrounding communities.”

“We will also do a facelift to the front of the building,” she said. “The project is part of revitalizing downtown. This particular building previously held Jensen-Kreitzer clothing store for decades. When the business closed for retirement a few years back, it dramatically impacted the traffic to downtown.”

Friends of Old Town By Mary Owen A lot of changes are in the works for downtown Stayton. “We’re working with the Marketplace at the Grove to finalize their grant, and they’re opening soon,” said Isaac KortMeade, the program coordinator for Friends of Old Town Stayton. “We’re starting to enact some new ways to better serve our businesses that are already here, and do our best to attract some new shops downtown. A lot is changing in old town, and I think FOTS can really be the center of all of it.” Kort-Meade came to FOTS through the RARE Americorps program run out of the University of Oregon. The program places about 25 people across Oregon in rural communities to work on a variety of projects.

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Kort-Meade graduated from UofO in the spring with a degree in urban planning and economics. In a position funded through next July, he is paid by a stipend partly by FOTS and partly by the city of Stayton. In addition to his FOTS position, he works half-time for the city doing economic development work. “It’s been amazing so far,” he said. “Even just two months in, I feel so welcomed by the community.” Kort-Meade said he is doing his best to reach out to local businesses and the community to promote FOTS and downtown in general. “We’re currently planning our December event for the second, working with Star Cinema to provide a Holiday Kickoff downtown,” he said. “We’re also clarifying our membership program, so we can add some more structure to FOTS to help us

work more efficiently. “Looking back on our goals, I think we’ve done a great job in accomplishing them,” he added. “We’ve grown FOTS a lot in the past year. Even though I’ve only been here since September, I’ve seen the amount of work put into growing and improving downtown. We’ve been able to put on bigger events and build our relationships with businesses and community groups.” Kort-Meade called the Howl at the Moon, held at the time of the Great American Eclipse in August, a very successful event that “brought a lot of good” to downtown.” He hopes to continue to help lay the groundwork for a “really vibrant and exciting downtown.” “We’ve got a lot on our plate for the future,” he said. “A couple of business

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owners downtown have asked for help getting grants to do some rehab work on historic buildings. We’re working on events for the spring of next year. No clear decisions have been made yet, so I don’t want to provide too much detail, but we’ve got a lot of excitement coming up!” Friends of Downtown Stayton seeks to preserve and grow Stayton’s downtown core. Founded in 2015, members include residents, business owners and city counselors, all with a share vision of improving the community. Some FOTS projects include new downtown address numbers, building the downtown parklet, and downtown flower baskets. The organization meets monthly and welcomes new members. For information, contact Kort-Meade at 503-769-2919 or message him at friendsofoldtownstayton@gmail.com.

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