The marijuana business in The Dalles is expanding. On Feb. 2, a new recreational marijuana outlet, Three Kings Organics, opened at 224 Terminal Ave. in The Dalles, just down the street from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Tum-A-Lum Lumber.
The Dalles has a relatively large senior population. And as the number of senior citizens in The Dalles who need care increases, a new business has stepped up to help meet the need.
Jeremiah R. Paulsen has been hired to serve as the new executive director of The Dalles Main Street Program.
The long, grueling winter has meant a sharp uptick in work for certain local businesses. Insurance agents, auto body shops and heating companies are among the businesses slammed as the gorge endures a relentlessly cold, snowy winter.
Hopefully by next month The Dalles will learn if it has been accepted as a Blue Zones Project, having raised the needed $200,000 first-year local contribution to qualify for the three-year health and well-being initiative.
Two local breweries join annual festival
Later this month, beer enthusiasts will be able to get “behind the scenes” at numerous Oregon breweries, including two right here in The Dalles. In February, breweries will participate in the ninth annual “Zwickelmania,” a craft beer celebration sponsored by the Oregon Brewers Guild, a nonprofit trade association representing the state’s independent breweries.
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion of the Blue Zone Project at the chamber’s government affairs breakfast Thursday, Jan. 26,7 to 8 a.m. at the Barbecue Restaurant, 1013 W. Sixth Street in The Dalles.
Taurus Carpet Cleaning has been tending to local carpets since the summer of 2005, and the business is not planning to slow down anytime soon.
Despite difficult travel conditions, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was well attended Thursday evening. The event took place at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center and drew several hundred people who came to celebrate the achievements of eight community members.
On the heels of what was a lackluster Christmas for downtown businesses thanks to bad weather, frigid, snowy conditions in January have kept sales well below normal.
The Dalles is among three Oregon towns being considered for a Blue Zone Project, which would bring three years of paid staff to help create a healthier community.
Oregon Main Street is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving downtown revitalization assistance.
Helping Hands Home Care has been in business in the Portland area for about 30 years, but is relatively new to the Columbia River Gorge. “Our staff have been providing everything — housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, personal care and medication management,” explained Mary Gailley, regional manager for Helping Hands, adding that the business also provides foot care for clients, help with dressing and bathing, doing the laundry, and even care for a client’s pets and plants.
Columbia River Herbals was the first medical marijuana retailer in the city of The Dalles, and business owner Norm Brock has now been given a green light to expand into a new realm. “We’ve received approval for a marijuana retailer’s license from the state for our downtown location,” said Brock, adding that his shop began selling recreational pot effective Jan. 1.
It’s nearly that time of year again! The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is making plans to honor outstanding citizens from around the local community with its annual Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet.