A beloved La Grande gem of a shop for over two decades, the roots of The Potter’s House Gallery date back to 1993 when Bob and Judy Jensen opened a summer gallery in Joseph (Jensen Artforms), which they ran for 10 years. Tired of schlepping their pottery, paintings, and ceramics to sell at outdoor art events, they opened their own gallery, The Potter’s House Gallery. Since opening in 2000 in La Grande, the house on 6th Street has been Bob and Judy’s home and studio. Bob is a retired art teacher who is a potter and water colorist and Judy is the creative mind behind the selection of enchanting gifts.
Bob and Judy’s mission for The Potter’s House Gallery is to provide handmade and unique high-quality gifts for their customers, as well as a special piece of furniture or home décor upcycled from reclaimed furniture and other items.
The Potter’s House Gallery not only offers Bob’s one-of-kind Raku and Stoneware pottery and exquisite watercolors, but also features the work of other local Eastern Oregon artists. Thanks to Judy’s keen eye for the delightful, there are also extraordinary decorating, lifestyle, art, and hospitality gifts for the discerning customer.
Bob and Judy strive to treat their customers in a manner such that they will leave feeling better than when they entered.
Over the years, Bob and Judy Jensen have contributed so much to La Grande, not only through The Potter’s House Gallery, but also with their outreach to the community and support of other Northeastern Oregon artists.
In 2019, Rosewood Cottage, a beloved La Grande establishment since 1997, moved down Adams Avenue four blocks into Pat’s Alley. Throughout the years, Rosewood Cottage has been a family business, with owner Cozy Barker working alongside her daughter Bethany and her granddaughter Paige, assisted by employees who have become life-long friends. Cozy said that the move came about because she wanted to be downtown where there was more foot traffic and also Pat’s Alley was more accessible to her customers in walkers and wheelchairs.
Rosewood Cottage offers a wide variety of kitchenware, gifts, and home décor products, including the most complete Fiesta dinnerware section in the area in all styles and colors. Also on offer are the popular Yankee and Swan Creek candles, along with bath and body products by Naked Bee, Camille Beckman and Bend Soap Company. They also have a selection of Chala and Bungalow handbags and accessories, as well as Demdaco home décor products, including Willow Tree angels, assorted kitchen, western, and wildlife décor items, along with Warmies and Jim Shore collectible décor. However, most beloved by people of the region are Rosewood Cottage’s seasonal promotions and the delicious fudge.
Rosewood Cottage has always been about family and friends and that continues to be Cozy’s mission as the charming boutique takes its place among the Pat’s Alley family of businesses. Her goals revolve around offering the most interesting and delightful products and maintaining the feeling of family for her employees and customers. With those ideals firmly in place, Rosewood Cottage will continue to be a destination for discerning shoppers throughout the region.
In 2021, Tara Sager was the winner of a competition hosted by LGMSD, the City of La Grande Urban Renewal Agency, and NEOEDD. For the competition, participants created a business plan for a store that would be able to move into a physical location. Part of the winning prize was funding to launch the business and provide technical assistance. Thus, in July of 2021, Rebel Woolworks opened in its current location at 1113 Adams Avenue in La Grande.
Eleven years ago, Tara Sager was living on a remote island in Alaska and, because she did not have access to yarn, she taught herself how to spin and dye yarn. She fell in love with the creative process and started an Etsy shop, which was open for about a year. Over the ensuing years, she has moved to the Mainland, grew a family, took up a previous career, and did the RV-ing life. However, she missed the creativity and community of dyeing yarn.
In February of 2020, Tara opened up Rebel Woolworks while exploring in the RV. She and her family were headed to Pendleton when they passed through La Grande and fell in love. The business grew to a point where she and her family moved into a home that could accommodate both her family and the expanding business. However, Rebel Woolworks soon outgrew her home studio space as well. That is when she entered the La Grande Business Plan Competition in 2021 and Rebel Woolworks had a brick and mortar home!
Over the ensuing years, indie-dyed yarn or independently-made yarn has become extremely trendy. Not only does the Rebel Woolworks store offer sublime hand-dyed yarn and fiber, a myriad of gifts, including crafted snacks, tea and beverages, chocolates and sweets, and cards and stationary are on offer. Rebel Woolworks also has an expansive internet presence, where Tara sells her wares nationally and internationally through a well-curated website.
Eventually, Tara hopes to branch out even more with an addition offering food and liquid refreshment. With Tara’s drive, creativity, and determination, Rebel Woolworks will become a destination for artistic souls around the region and contribute greatly to the growth and development of La Grande.
Devin Cornford had always been interested in having his own business but he really had no specific kind in mind. That is, until he and his wife, Deb, visited a growler station in Bend. He then knew what he wanted that business to be and, thus, Tap That Growlers was born. Devin and Deb, along with their children Gary and Nikkita and Nikkita’s husband Kaden Titus, opened Tap That! Growlers in 2014.
By 2020, business was so brisk that they moved to their present location at 1106 Adams Avenue. At that time, the downtown provider of craft beer, hard cider, and more also expanded to add a restaurant serving brick-oven pizza, custom pasta, wings, pretzels, salads, and more. Tap That Growlers now features sections for different crowds. There is one section that is family friendly, where children are welcome. There, growlers can be filled to take to go or customers can have dinner with their children and have a drink with dinner. The other side is for adults 21 and over. This includes shuffleboard, tabletop games and activities and slot machines. Both sections rece3ive full service from the bar and kitchen.
Along with operating a fun-filled venue for the whole family, the Cornford family is also active in the community. Over the years, they have hosted many fundraising events for children, most recently the 4-H Radio Auction on April 2nd of this year. This commitment to community is a natural, given Devin’s years as a firefighter.
With the Cornford family’s mission of serving the community in many different guises and their goal of continuing to make an impact on our local community through their outreach, as well as providing great food and drink in a convivial setting, they are indeed a valued member of the La Grande business community.
Owned by Dale and Carol Basso, Globe Furniture is one of Northeastern Oregon’s legacy merchants, having served the region for almost 75 years. Globe belongs to the largest furniture buying group in the Northwest and a national group as well, so there are endless choices of furnishings and accessories to give every home a personal touch.
Globe’s mission has always been to provide a wide array of quality furniture at a great price. The dedicated staff is focused on helping each customer find just the right look for their home.
Globe offers a myriad of options for changing up a home from the living room to the dining room and the bedroom. Featuring such brands as Ekornes (Stressless), Stanton, Simmons, La-Z-Boy, and many more, every design need can be met by the courteous and knowledgeable staff. Globe can even put together the perfect home office. As an added bonus, each and every purchase includes free delivery, set up, and removal of the furniture to be replaced.
The people at Globe see their future as one of continuing to uphold their legacy as a provider of tasteful and affordable home furnishings. Known for their quality service, vast selection, and affordable prices, Globe takes pride in their reputation for trustworthiness and reliability.
Three of La Grande’s finest dining establishments are offering Easter breakfast or dinner on April 17, 2022. From sit-down dining to takeaway, these restaurants will take care of all the work so that you and your family can celebrate Easter burden free, leaving time to reflect on the joy of the holiday.
The Landing at 1501 Adams Avenue is open on Easter Sunday from 7:30 to 10:30 AM, offering its extraordinary breakfast experience. The menu contains many delights from the Basic Breakfast, through many creative iterations of bagel or Panini sandwiches and waffles to cereals and homemade baked goods. There is also an array of beverage choices, including various Mukilteo artisan coffees and a wide selection of teas. Check out the full menu on their website: https://lagrandelandinghotel.com/dining.
Call 541-663-1501 for breakfast reservations or to place an order.
4th Street Bistro in Marketplace Fresh Foods is offering Easter Sunday specials from 11 AM to 6 PM, highlighting a Sunday meal at $12 a plate or a mix and match of the following: honey-glazed ham, garlic-herbed Hasselback potatoes, baked cauliflower or bacon asparagus, and smoked Gouda or mac-n-cheese. There is also an extensive selection of craft beers and ciders to choose from. Meals can be preordered and picked up on Easter Sunday or a table can be reserved in any of the dining rooms or on The Rooftop.
Call 541-962-7500 for reservations or to place an order.
Ten Depot Street is showcasing an Easter Sunday takeout from 2 to 5 PM with a wide assortment of main courses, sides, and desserts. From slow-roasted prime rib and baked salmon to leg of lamb to the traditional ham, these are offered as a plate or family style. Along with this, one can choose 4 sides, including mashed Yukon potatoes, wild rice pilaf, orange glazed sweet potatoes, baked 3-cheese pasta, sautéed asparagus with balsamic and parmesan, an assortment of various salads, and Parker House Rolls. Check out the full menu on their website: https://tendepotstreet.com.
Call 541-963-8766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
“It’s not about the loans we do; it is about the hearts we change and the people we help.”
Steve Jacobson, Founder and CEO, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
Teri Champlin, a lifelong resident of Union County and the Branch Manager of the Fairway Mortgage office for our community, exemplifies this credo. Whether one is are looking to buy, build or refinance a home, she is there to help. She has been in the mortgage industry for more than 20 years and has the depth of experience to explore all loan options. She can thus help her clients achieve home ownership with the speed and service they deserve, finding the right loan with great rates, terms, and costs to meet each client’s specific needs.
Teri is an active and involved member of the La Grande community. She currently serves as the chair of the Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees. She joined the board in 2014 and served as vice-chair and secretary prior to becoming the chair. During her tenure on the board, she has also served on numerous hospital committees. Teri is also an alumnus of Eastern Oregon University.
Since financing a home is one of the biggest commitments one can make, Fairway Mortgage’s mission is customer service. They are dedicated to finding the best rates and loan options with some of the fastest turn times in the industry, especially in an ever-changing and volatile market.
Teri’s goal is to be a trusted advisor who provides highly personalized service to help each client through every step of the loan process, from application to closing and beyond. She strives to exceed expectations, provide satisfaction, and earn trust.
With her deep roots in our community, vast experience in her profession, and dedication to service, Teri and Fairway Independent Mortgage Company are valued assets to the greater La Grande community.
“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”
Nate Conklin State Farm, La Grande’s leading State Farm agency, exemplifies that credo. They have a high caliber team with 57 years of combined insurance experience. Led by Nate, a La Grande native and graduate of Eastern Oregon University, the team includes licensed agents Luke Smith, Ken Brainerd and Anthony Leavens. Tami Conklin is the office manager with Rikki Griffin as the office assistant. They all work together to help serve their State Farm customers and the local community.
State Farm is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. In that century, they have helped people rebuild neighborhoods, invested in communities, and supported education and safety initiates in communities throughout the country.
Nate and his outstanding team have carried out this approach through their support of local causes and initiatives, sponsoring many community activities and organizations, including AYSO Soccer, Altrusa Festival of Trees, Ducks Unlimited, and the annual Farmers Banquet. In 2017, Nate moved the office to Downtown La Grande and is now a supporter of La Grande Main Street.
Nate Conklin State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams and their goal is to keep carrying out this mission with even more excellence, as well as being of service to the La Grande community.
With their dedication and commitment, the Nate Conklin State Farm team will have no trouble meeting that goal!
Founded by Beverly Calder in 1997, BELLA Mercantile is poised to celebrate 25 years in Baker City and 12 years in La Grande, and it remains NE Oregon’s destination for providing an incredible shopping experience as a “farmer’s market every day of the week” along with extraordinary customer service. Starting out in Baker City as a wine shop, BELLA Mercantile has evolved to be so much more, offering kitchen gadgets, cookware, bakeware, linen, and even cards and socks!
BELLA Mercantile is proud to feature great Oregon products from every region of the state, including locally produced and organic garlic, fruits, veggies, nuts, honey, various jams and preserves, and other condiments, as well as locally produced grass-feed beef, local free-range chickens and local grass-fed lamb.
The wine, however, is still a prominent feature. With selections from almost 2,000 producers, there is something for every budget and palate, and a knowledgeable and caring staff to help each customer find the perfect bottle. This attention to detail and boosting local products are a part of the guiding mission of BELLA as it has grown and flourished in NE Oregon.
Along with being “the best little kitchen, wine, chocolate, and good food store that you never thought you’d find” (to quote their advert), BELLA Mercantile supports the region in many ways. In addition to small contributions, they have a “365 Community Grant fund. Ms. Calder and her employees pick 20 projects each year that directly benefit women and children in Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties and donate $365 to each. BELLA is also the sponsor of the Baker City Cycling Classic.
Staying true to her mission, Ms. Calder and BELLA Mercantile have guaranteed a bright and delicious future in NE Oregon.
Spring is almost here and it is the perfect time to begin new adventures. La Grande Main Street is looking for volunteers for its Design Committee. The Design Committee supports a community’s transformation by enhancing the physical and visual assets that set the commercial district apart. This includes creating an inviting inclusive atmosphere, celebrating La Grande’s historic character, and fostering accessible people-centric public spaces.
Are you a creative soul possessed of a far-reaching vision of what you see as La Grande’s future ambiance? Then the Design Committee would be the ideal place to utilize your talents and expertise to shape the future of your community.
Do you think this might be a good fit? Call Taylor Scroggins, Executive Director, at 541-963-1223 or text Volunteer to 541-975-4591.