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New businesses open in downtown Stayton

By Julia Bochsler

Revitalize Downtown Stayton

Vacant storefront windows in Stayton are wrapped in brown paper are leaving shoppers wondering what’s going on? 

Ten small businesses are relocating, reopening, expanding, or starting a new venture in historic downtown Stayton. 

“Revitalize Downtown Stayton has worked hard over the last six years to beautify our historic district,” noted Aaron Frichtl, President of RDS. “The recent movement to downtown is a strong indicator of its desirability. Entrepreneurs really enjoy the unique vibe of the old buildings, both inside and out.”

Alan and Quonna Bender relocated Wolfgang’s Thirst Parlor and Tap House to 403 N Third Ave., preparing a comfortable, relaxed vibe with indoor seating overlooking the canal, covered outdoor seating and shuffleboard.

The Lovin’ Oven, 220 E Ida St., is expanding its operations into the 1910 Spaniol’s building. The building is in the middle of a complete overhaul. 

Superheroes, A Super Sweet Shoppe, 239 N Third Ave., is coming to town, offering unique gummies, taffy, chocolates and gifts. Online shopping started Feb. 1 with doors opening in March.

Pop culture is coming with Nick Coffey’s extensive vinyl record collection at Vinyl Vortex opening in February inside Marketplace at the Grove, 351 N Third Ave. The mall provides an opportunity for small and emerging retailers to launch a “brick and mortar” storefront. 

Mellie Jane Rustics recently opened in Marketplace at the Grove and provides shoppers a look at the beautiful, detailed work of maker Melanie, in her home decor, accessories and gifts made of recycled leather and quality fabrics.

Moxieberry is now Moxieberry Bakery & Market, having pared down its lunch menu and expanded its grab’n’go menu, baked goods selection, retail gourmet foods and gifts. In the spring, the owners will open a new boutique right next door.

Two new photography studios opened recently in the rear of the Deidrich Building, at 252 E Florence St. Think Good Things Photography specializes in children’s portraits and 1766 Aesthetics specializes in couples’ portraits and wedding photography. 

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