Established in 2018 by a group of six experienced realtors in Union County, Blue Summit Realty Group serves Union, Baker, Wallowa, and Umatilla Counties. These realtors are all well connected and established in the community and they are a team of the highest producers in the region with decades of proven experience.
Blue Summit Realty Group’s stated mission is to provide their clients with the best and most comprehensive real estate services available in Eastern Oregon. They are full-time realtors who are energized and determined to help their clients achieve their dreams of home ownership. They are competent, organized, and confidential in their dealings with each client.
On offer at Blue Summit is a wide range of services from comprehensive market analysis and listing and buying agencies for all types of real property to staging assistance, and much more. The Blue Summit team is expert in all areas of real estate, including homes, land, commercial, farms, and ranches.
Ever innovative and creative, Blue Summit’s goal is to help each and every client achieve their dream of home ownership. Toward that end, they are completely networked in the community with relationships that assist their clients. They are on top of the latest technology in order to facilitate seamless and professional transactions. Most importantly, the realtors at Blue Summit Realty Group are honest and confidential and will handle their clients’ real estate business with care and consideration.
Given Blue Summit Realty Group’s motivation, connectedness, professionalism, and ethics, they will continue to deliver the ultimate in real estate sales and service in Eastern Oregon for years to come.
Allied Mortgage Resource is a division of Mann Mortgage, which is a family-owned company that emphasizes community relationships, honesty and integrity. Founded in 1989 by Don Mann, the company has been committed to hometown values, solid partnerships, streamlined processes, and cutting-edge technologies. Above all, they are committed to helping qualified borrowers in their communities obtain the dream of home ownership.
From a single loan officer in the late 1980s, Mann Mortgage has expanded to include 55 branch locations and 500 employees in 12 states and 12 states that are licensed states. These coop branches enjoy a strong reputation built on depth and breadth of expertise, as well as enduring industry partnerships.
The mission of Allied Mortgage Resource is bound up in the ethos of the founder of Mann Mortgage, Don Mann. He modeled his mortgage company after a 1950s era farming coop. With the pooling of resources, lending could be kept personal and local. Based on Don Mann’s original business model, the mission emphasizes sharing collectively, thus benefitting everyone.
Allied Mortgage Resource offers a full complement of mortgage options from conventional loans, VA loans, and FHA loans as well as construction and renovation loans and reverse mortgages. They take pride in their many five-star reviews, as well as being named as an MPA 2021 Top Mortgage Employer, a USDA Top RD Lender, and a 2021 Outside Best Places to work recipient.
Allied Mortgage Resource is also integrally involved in our local communities through civic organizations and nonprofits. With the emphasis on a culture of working together with the community and their clients, their goal of helping more people own homes is being realized.
With Allied Mortgage Resource’s dedication to community and its reputation as a superior workplace, the future is increasingly bright as they strive toward fulfilling their mission and meeting their goals.
Over the past couple of weeks, Downtown La Grande has been graced with two new shops, each serving a unique clientele. I visited both late last week, just in time for Bout Time Boutique’s grand opening and Savage Serpents had opened a few weeks earlier. My little jaunt also coincided with the Union County Chamber of Commerce’s First Thursday event, “Sip, Shop, Repeat Local”, a wander around Downtown La Grande sipping wine on a beautiful summer’s eve and occasionally shopping experience. After first visiting Bout Time Boutique, I made my way to Savage Serpents.
Bout Time Boutique’s opening has been eagerly anticipated around the region, as there has not been many women’s clothing stores in Downtown LG for many years. Reyna and Craig Moschkau moved back to La Grande in 2020 and, through community involvement and just talking with people around town, found a desire for more retail and decided to fill the need for an affordable and high quality women’s clothing store. The Moschkaus wanted to give their customers a retail space where they could explore and try on things at their leisure.
Bout Time Boutique has lived up to everyone’s expectations! The selection of clothing and accessories is thoughtfully curated with all ages and sizes in mind and presented in an elegant and accessible manner. The style is casual Western chic with a bit of Boho to mix things up. The actual store is tastefully decorated and just a delight to be in. Well done!
In 2013, after receiving his degree in Electrical Engineering, Tim Osterloh founded Clank-Tronix. He started out with a mission to provide local electronics repair services to all of La Grande with a special focus on video games. This has expanded to where Clank-Tronix carries a great selection of used gaming systems, including brands like Atari, Nintendo, Play Station, Sega, and X-Box. They also carry most hand-held systems like Gameboy, DS, and PSP.
They also currently have hundreds of video games, including the classics such as Atari, NES and Odyssey, as well as newer games for Xbox One, Wii U and Play Station 4, along with games for the handheld systems. In addition, Clank-Tronix will also fix your broken console locally instead of you having to mail the hardware to some distant company. They also have an active presence on E-Bay with constantly evolving merchandise.
In the same building and under the same ownership is The Archives Book Store, managed by Stewart Kirby. Besides an eclectic mix of books, The Archives also has a rich and varied selection of vinyl records, board games, and comic books.
The folks at Clank-Tronix and The Archives have an ongoing goal of making a living doing what they are passionate about by being the only used gaming store in the region and the biggest bookstore in Eastern Oregon.
This utterly delightful duo of stores, catering to the inner adventurer and explorer in all of us, fills a valued niche in Northeastern Oregon and is renowned for its friendly and knowledgeable staff.
For the past nine months, I have been posting on our La Grande Main Street blog spotlighting our partners and upcoming events. I now am going to be rambling around La Grande shopping, dining, and talking with people along the way and sharing my experiences on the blog. My first ramble on Saturday June 25th took me to the La Grande Farmer’s Market and then on to the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival.
Last Saturday was really the first day of summer—blue skies, perfect temperature, and a very light breeze. As I headed down to the Farmer’s Market, my spirits were high and I was really impressed. What a perfect setting! Much produce was on offer (I did get my salad fixings), the tamale folks were there, and the craft people were out in force. The banjo duo, Beako (named after a crow’s beak, because crows are creative, intelligent, and work for scratch) was perfection. It was absolutely delightful seeing folks taking in all the Farmer’s Market has to offer and that really started my day off well.
Then onto the Eastern Oregon Beer Festival. This much-anticipated event, put on by LGMSD with the help of sponsors, a group of enthusiastic volunteers, and vendors, definitely lived up to its reputation. Again, it was just wonderful seeing people just enjoying themselves sampling the wares of a stellar group of breweries, accompanied by delicious food proffered by Becky’s Burger Wagon, Dochos, and Taco Feliz with dessert by Kettle Corn ‘N More. Throughout the day, Wicked Mary provided covers of songs with a multigenerational appeal. To close out the day, Wasteland Kings entertained the happy crowd with their singular upbeat repertoire. My favorite part of our Beer Festival though was people watching. I spent most of my day holding down the fort at the LGMSD table, which was the ideal place to observe the crowd. As I sold raffle tickets for the original Nintendo donated by Clank-Tronix, I met some really delightful people who had great memories about the prize that they shared with me. The Taster’s Choice award, voted on by festival attendees, was awarded to 1188 Brewing of John Day. What a great crowd! It’s been a long time since I have seen so many people in one place having a genuinely good time--people from all walks of life and spanning generations. There will be a photo album from both of these fun events posted with the next blog
What a fantastic start to the summer! Next week, I will be visiting two new stores opening in Downtown La Grande—Savage Serpents and Bout Time Boutique.
Founded over 90 years ago by a group of farmers who wanted to insure the property of their friends and neighbors, Country Financial is now a highly rated and financially strong company that offers their clients a variety of ways to protect what is important to them, as well as plan for a financially secure future. Country Financial’s La Grande representative, Paul Swigert, is proud of Country Financial’s reputation and works hard to earn his clients’ trust.
Country Financial offers a wide range of services, ranging from insurance (car, life, home, business, farm and crop) to individual and business retirement, education, and financial planning services. Paul and his employees are passionate about serving their communities. Through Country Financial’s Employee Giving Match and Volunteer Time Off programs, they give back to their communities and make them stronger. Country Financial is also committed to providing financial education to their communities.
Paul joined Country Financial to “fulfill a valuable need in our community.” He states that “it’s a great feeling to help my friends and neighbors achieve their goals.” That has been his mission with Country Financial and, to further that mission, Paul has become the manager of the Baker City Country Financial location.
Over his 16 years with Country Financial, Paul has been looking after the financial needs of his varying communities and clients. His goal is to keep working hard to burnish the reputation of Country Financial and merit his communities’ and client’s trust.
With the dedication and zeal of Paul and his staff, Country Financial is positioned to successfully carry out their mission in La Grande and the region now and into the future.
In 1955, a group of business leaders in Joseph, OR founded the Bank of Wallowa County, which remained relatively unchanged until 1991, when a new ownership group purchased the bank and it became Community Bank. Community Bank has since grown to 7 branches in Eastern Oregon and 3 in Southeastern Washington.
The mission of Community Bank revolves around its dedication to their communities and the desire to provide the highest quality of customer service. This includes creating advancement opportunities for staff members who are willing to commit to ensuring that Community Bank is the premier financial institution in our area.
Community Bank offers a full range of banking services, including personal, real estate and commercial loans, personal checking and savings accounts, IRAs and CDs, and debit and credit cards. The bankers at Community Bank also invest in their communities by supporting local events and nonprofits and by volunteering local events, leading 4H clubs and coaching youth sports.
Looking toward the future, Community Bank’s goals center around continuing to grow and be successful by maintaining its dedication to the communities it serves with a sustained level of professionalism, outstanding customer service, and a commitment to advancement and growth opportunities for its staff members.
With Community Bank’s unflinching commitment to its communities and its staff, it will continue to thrive and grow, contributing to the region far into the future.
The Mountain Works has been La Grande’s bike shop since 1978. They are also La Grande’s local ski shop, climbing supplier, and skate shop. They will fix a flat, tune up skis, and provide needed supplies. Customers can also just hang and have a beer, featuring selections from Side A, Barley Browns, Terminal Gravity and more.
The Mountain Works is housed in the Bohnenkamp Building at 1301 Adams Avenue. The most recent Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant of $200,000 has just been awarded to renovate the building façade, make the building more resilient to natural forces, and renovate the second floor to provide multiple new housing units.
The Mountain Works has been a Trek dealership since 1982. As a group, the Metlen and Hartz families purchased the longstanding Trek dealership in Northeastern Oregon in 2006 from a local family. They then continued the tradition of a family operation until the spring of 2011 when the Metlens moved into retirement and a new business, Joseph Branch Railriders.
The Hartz family, Whit, Mavis and Hazel, remain at the store. They firmly believe in healthy active choices resulting in a better life. They see the value of bicycles as a mode of primary transportation, a fitness tool, and just old-fashioned fun. They enjoy and promote bicycling and other outdoor activities as healthy solo or group activities. The Mountain Works staff understand that not all people desire or are destined to be Olympic champions and that riding and playing styles are as varied as each individual person.
With their holistic approach to life and business, The Mountain Works is guaranteed to thrive and grow, giving back to their community along the way.
La Grande Main Street Downtown (Main Street) is proud to announce that La Grande is a recipient of the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant for the third cycle in a row. Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 28 matching grants worth $5,000,000 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization. The grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Projects range from façade improvement to basic facilities and housing with awards ranging from $23,850-$200,000.
La Grande’s award will go to the Bohnenkamp Building at 1301 Adams Avenue. This project was awarded the maximum of $200,000 in order to renovate the building façade, make the building more resilient to natural forces, and renovate the second floor to provide multiple new housing units. Oregon Heritage funds applications that best convey the ability to stimulate private investment and local economic development and best fit within the community’s long-range plan for downtown vitality, as well as community need.
“La Grande Main Street is very excited to see this project be awarded funding. As one of our most prominent historic buildings, the Bohnenkamp Building is full of opportunity to further beautify the district, fully utilize a historic building, and increase housing availability in the downtown core,” said Taylor Scroggins, Executive Director for La Grande Main Street Downtown.“
He continued, “Having already seen the impact this grant can have on the community, like the impact it had in 2019 with the Liberty Theatre and Putnam Building, and in 2017 when awarded to the IOOF Building, we look forward to seeing this project move forward and bring the whole community with it.”
“We are very excited to receive the Downtown Revitalization Grant,” said Mavis Hartz, owner of the Bohnenkamp Building. “We are looking forward to restoring the building to its former glory. This first step will make the building much safer, as well as establish three beautiful apartments for rent. We would like to thank everyone involved for the opportunity to increase the vibrancy of Downtown La Grande.”
This is a distinct honor and a recognition of La Grande’s historical significance and potential for future growth and development. LGMSD will keep you updated on the progress of this exciting project.
To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant or the Oregon Main Street Network, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-986-0685.
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.