New Bites on NW Crossing Drive!

This week you may have noticed a new eatery quietly pop up in the newly-completed Fremont Row mixed-use building on NW Crossing Drive. NorthWest Crossing is pleased to welcome Poke Row to vibrant neighborhood center. Founded by the team behind Downtown Bend’s 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, Lillian Chu, Chef Tyler Shen, and Justin Chu, were inspired by the quick rise in popularity of poke on the mainland! To them, this was the perfect

opportunity to share some authentic Hawaiian flavor with Central Oregon. 

 

So, what is all the hype about poke? Dating back to the early Hawaiians, poke simply means “to slice or cut” in the Hawaiian language. Early on beginning as a daily snack at sea during a long day fishing, then evolving into an appetizer at home, seasoned with a little seaweed, poke has evolved into a popular and healthy main dish. 

 

 

Poke Row solely focuses on delivering fresh and healthy food to each visitor. It is a casual environment, perfect for a quick bite dining in, or taking to go. Their menu is simple and allows you to put together your own perfect bowl or burrito with a variety of proteins, mix-ins, sauces and toppings. But your meal isn’t complete until you follow it with the perfect dessert of Hawaiian Shaved Ice!  

 

Poke Row is the first of a few new exciting additions to the neighborhood center. In the coming months, we are excited to also welcome West Coast Provisions, Cosa Cura, and Eclectic Soul to the ‘hood! Cosa Cura and Eclectic Soul will add variety and a stronger draw to the already established retail-shop community in NWX, while West Coast Provisions is your newest neighborhood gourmet market!

As growth of our neighborhood continues, we hope that it continues to excite you as much as it does us! Creating a strong sense of community is a top priority to us and a growing neighborhoods center contributes to that each day.

The Center Welcomes Pediatric Specialists

Children and teenagers need specialized orthopedic and neurosurgical care for their growing bodies and brains. We have always cared for children at The Center because we are passionate about helping children become healthy adults. Our new pediatric specialists are here to provide a wider range of specialized treatment options for families in Central Oregon, with exceptional care and compassion.

Pediatric Orthopedics

Dr. Justin Roth has experience in all facets of pediatric orthopedics, with specialized training in limb and spinal deformity, hip preservation, foot and ankle conditions, sports medicine, and neuromuscular disease management, as well as pediatric and adult trauma. He was motivated to pursue this specialty because he enjoys working with children and their families and using his extensive knowledge and training to make a difference in people’s lives. Children are not just small adults. Their growing bodies require specialized orthopedic care, whether treating a fracture or a complicated medical condition like limb and spinal deformity.  He says, “I’m committed to providing the highest level of quality orthopedic care to Central Oregon’s youth. There is nothing more rewarding than helping them thrive.”

Dr. Roth completed his fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and completed his residency at Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley, California. He enjoys backcountry skiing, surfing, golf, biking, travel, and spending time with his family.

Pediatric Neurosurgery

Fellowship trained in pediatric neurosurgery, Dr. Priscilla Pang provides care for all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, including brain and spine trauma, spina bifida, brain and spine tumors, degenerative spine, tethered cord, Chiari malformations, and other congenital disorders. She enjoys working with a diverse patient base using a thoughtful, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary approach. She says, “I am passionate about helping patients improve their quality of life. My care philosophy is to treat each patient like I would want a provider to treat myself or a family member, providing the most compassionate and effective care possible.”

Dr. Pang completed her fellowship at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in pediatric neurological surgery after finishing her residency at Oregon Health and Science University in neurological surgery. During residency, she was awarded the Western Neurosurgical Society (WNS) Clinical Resident Award. She completed her medical education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she received an MD, as well as a masters of science in applied anatomy. Prior to that, she earned a bachelors of arts in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She enjoys traveling, rock climbing, yoga, surfing, and knitting.

To make an appointment with a pediatric specialist, call 541-382-3344 or visit thecenteroregon.com.

Bend Kids Personal Pediatrics Opens in NWX

As a kid, Dr. JB Warton used to ride her bike to her father’s small family practice clinic after school. It’s a memory that not only impacted her future career path, but also her ambition to start her own pediatrics practice within a short bike ride from her own family’s home in NorthWest Crossing.

Bend Kids Personal Pediatrics opened in the neighborhood last month and is based on the concierge or subscription-based healthcare model. This growing trend is really based on the “old school” days of house calls and a dedicated physician that took time to provide a high level of patient care. Dr. JB was introduced to the concierge practice model in residency and was intrigued with the concept. However, like most physicians, Dr. JB has spent most of her career at large clinics and institutions, most recently as a pediatrician at Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC).

Voted as Bend’s Best Pediatrician by Bend Nest in 2017, Dr. JB is excited to offer a better healthcare experience for Bend families. Her small, charming office is designed with kids’ comfort in mind; not your typical sterile clinic setting. In addition to seeing patients in her office, JB also makes house calls, has Face Time appointments, and answers emails, calls and texts, day or night. Leveraging technology allows her to be closer to patients and break down barriers parents typically face when trying to get in contact with their child’s physician. And with a much smaller patient load, Dr. JB can spend much more time with families, providing a higher level of care.

While Bend Kids Pediatrics doesn’t take insurance, Dr. JB designed the pricing structure to be affordable and accessible for many families. She’s passionate about her patient relationships and determined to provide quality care with an emphasis on prevention.

Dr. JB was raised in both Northern California and Bend and is a graduate of Bend High School. After pursuing school and training in the medical field, she and her husband Tom returned to Central Oregon in 2010 to raise their family. They have three active boys, aged 8, 6 and 3 and an adorable Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. And yes, she rides her orange cruiser bike to work every day, enjoying the fun commute in her neighborhood.

Visit Bend Kids Personal Pediatrics to learn more >>

 

Root Adorned Opens in NWX

“Home is where we put our roots,” says Erin Hasler, the second-generation Bend native and owner of the new shop, Root Adorned. This philosophy was the basis for naming her boutique which offers artisan goods for the inspired home. “A home should feel like a sanctuary if you surround yourself with beauty.”

Erin has a broad background in retail, design and marketing, although Root Adorned is her first venture as a store owner—and she couldn’t be more excited. Her love for retail began years ago when she was a buyer for the beloved Bend shop, Boomtown, which offered a variety of eclectic items. More recently, she owned Ija Designs, a jewelry design company that sold to stores across the country prior to the company being acquired by Nashelle.

While preparing to open her shop, Erin and her husband took a 3-week trip to far off places gathering new and vintage tapestries and rugs, as well as inspiration for creating stunning sanctuaries. Root Adorned will support up-and coming artists, as well as offer indoor tropical house plants and pots and beautiful one-of-a-kind home accents.

The energy and scale of the growing NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center was attractive to Erin as she decided on a locale for her new business. She loves the people and the small business support the community offers to businesses like hers. We’re excited to welcome Root Adorned to the ‘hood!

Eclipse Vision Safety Tips

We’re only a few days away from the amazing celestial event that has thousands flocking to Central Oregon. The August 21st solar eclipse is a can’t-miss event that is sure to have all eyes up at the sky.

But unfortunately, while the eclipse will only last a few short minutes, damage to viewers’ eyes can last a lifetime. Dr. Gabby Marshall, the clinical director of Elemental Eyecare in NorthWest Crossing, specializes in pediatric vision therapy and is very concerned about potential damage caused by the sun.

“You should never look at the sun, no matter how much of it is blocked,” Marshall warns. “Viewing the sun for any length of time, even if partially blocked, can cause permanent scarring of the eyes. This will cause blindness in your central vision, similar to the effects of macular degeneration. It is permanent and disabling.”

For this reason, Marshall, and many other medical professionals in the area strongly suggest viewers wear protective eye glasses throughout the entire eclipse, even when the sun is blocked. There has been a lot of information in recent weeks about the eclipse glasses. There are only 4 companies in the US that have produced ISO-approved glasses (ISO 12312-2): American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17. If your glasses aren’t ISO approved and made from one of these companies, Marshall urges folks to find replacement glasses. While Elemental Eyecare is sold out of glasses, another neighbor, Umpqua Bank is giving them out for free.

Even if your family has glasses, be aware that kids may be tempted to sneak a peek without their protective eyewear. Given the harm this can cause, parents are urged to keep close supervision on their children and stress the importance of keeping eyes behind their “magic” glasses. Don’t take a risk. Set a good example. And keep a close eye on your kids. If everyone is safe, this will be a great event to remember for your entire family.

Keep a Cool Head about Concussions This Summer

Summer is in full swing – and so are the abundance of summer activities in our area. Getting outside and being active is a great way to stay healthy while having fun with friends and family. We want everyone to enjoy all of the activities we have access to as Central Oregonians, but it is vitally important to remember that injuries and falls are common and can often lead to concussions – a potentially serious risk. Concussions after a fall can occur in nearly every outdoor activity, from trail running to playground accidents. We caught up with local expert, Viviane Ugalde, MD at The Center for Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care and Medical Director of Concussion Management for The Center Foundation, to get the facts and a heads up on what to do after sustaining a head injury.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. They may also be caused by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move back and forth rapidly. A concussion is a serious condition that requires specialized medical expertise.

What are the symptoms?

After an injury to the head, a person with a concussion may not be able to recall events around the injury time, may appear dazed or stunned, may be confused, move clumsily, speak slowly, or have other behavioral changes. Other concussion symptoms can include headache, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, dizziness, confusion, and changes in attention, concentration, and/or memory.

But I never lost consciousness!

The majority of concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness. Concussions are most often associated with a period of altered consciousness; the individual may appear to be confused, “out of it”, unable to answer simple questions, or unable to remember the incident.

What do I do if I suspect I have a concussion?

It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your head. If you have suffered a concussion and return to your sport of choice without being evaluated by a medical professional, you increase your risk for more complications. Do not try to judge the seriousness of your head injury yourself – seek medical attention from a health care professional experienced in concussion management as soon as you can. Make an appointment with your primary care provider, or visit NOWcare for same-day appointments. Be sure to keep a close eye on the individual for the first 24-48 hours and watch for any changes.

If any of the following symptoms are present, go to the emergency room or call 911:

  • Lost consciousness
  • Convulsions or seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably)
  • Severe confusion; cannot recognize familiar people or places
  • Repeated vomiting
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination

How will my doctor evaluate my head injury?

Your medical provider will assess things like your cognitive function, balance, vision, neck pain/injuries, and any potential need for referrals for speech therapy, physical therapy, or neuropsychology. Your doctor may do a scan of your brain, such as a CT scan or other tests.

What will recovery be like?

Every person and every brain injury is different. Most people will recover quickly and fully within a few weeks, but for some, symptoms can last months or longer. Making short term changes to your daily activities can help get you back to a regular routine more quickly. Rest is extremely important to allow the brain to recover. As you start to feel better, introducing light activity can be a great way to help the brain heal. It is important to avoid any activity that put you at risk for another injury to the head. Electronics and “screen time” should be avoided for the initial recovery period. Your medical provider can create a custom plan to ensure the quickest recovery possible. Be sure to contact your doctor right away if any symptoms concern you or are getting worse.

How can I reduce my risk of concussion?

The goal is for every Central Oregonian to enjoy the outdoors and be active while staying safe. Be sure to use approved and properly fitted safety equipment for your sport of choice, and make sure it is in good condition. While there is no concussion-proof helmet, they do protect the skull and absorb impact. Make sure your helmet fits properly and is worn consistently. Always wear a seatbelt, or use age-appropriate car seats, to reduce the risk of head injury in case of motor vehicle accidents.

For more information on concussions, visit the Concussion Center at TheCenterOregon.com.

Business Feature: Kariella

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When her daughter Kariella was born, Amara Bessa enjoyed getting together with other moms in Bend, swapping sleep stories and feeding techniques. Previously, Amara was a buyer in the fashion industry in California. The other moms in her group took note of her stylish and unique fashion choices—a rarity for a sleep-deprived mom with a new baby. With the encouragement of her mom group, Amara started Kariella (the boutique) in her garage, hosting weekend trunk shows with girlfriends.

Eventually, Kariella outgrew Amara’s garage and she officially opened a small retail store on Arizona Street, and later moved downtown. Kariella quickly drew a loyal following, known for unique, quality pieces that were affordable. In 2015, circumstances caused Amara to move her store to Ventura, California and Bend Kariella fans were crushed.

Although a California girl at heart, Amara longed to reopen Kariella in Bend and stay connected to her Central Oregon customers and friends. When the opportunity to open a retail store in NorthWest Crossing popped up, Amara jumped at the chance—and Kariella was back in Bend!

kariellastoreLocated in the heart of the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center, Kariella is a cute fashion boutique offering a great range of sophisticated and fun clothing and accessories that won’t break the bank. “I like beautiful things, but don’t necessarily want to spend a fortune on them,” says Amara. That philosophy is reflected in the soft sweaters, flowy dresses and delicate jewelry adorning the racks in the store.

Amara describes her style as “laid-back modern bohemian with feminine flair”. The 36-year old boutique owner has a talent for taking a simple piece of clothing and knowing how to layer that piece with others and accessories in a way that is age appropriate, yet stylish and fun for her customers.

The store receives new inventory every week and is gearing up for spring and summer fashion (including stylish swimwear). Kariella is currently open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm but starting May 15, will be open Monday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm. The store is located at 2755 NW Crossing Dr #105. www.kariella.com

The Press loves JEM (and so do we!)

JEM Organic Nut ButtersJEM_sunset_cover-web are not only delicious, but good for you too. This growing Bend, Oregon company (with a convenient storefront in NorthWest Crossing), offers a range of savory and sweet nut butters that taste good on everything from fresh fruit to ice cream. And they’re made with quality organic ingredients and packed with nutrition.

But we’re not the only ones to notice this tasty product. Recently, we spotted JEM mentioned in the February issues of both Sunset Magazine and Food & Wine Magazine. It also made an appearance on a food segment on The Today Show.

So, if you haven’t tried JEM yet, what are you waiting for? Visit their website for more information or recipe ideas.

Hydro Flask’s New Home in NWX

Hydro FlaskFounded in Bend in 2009, Hydro Flask is a beloved local brand. If you’re from Bend, chances are, you have a Hydro Flask in your car, on your desk or in your pack (or all three!). The company has blossomed from humble beginnings into an award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel beverage and food flasks. And much of that time, the company has been headquartered in NorthWest Crossing.

Late last year, the company moved just down the street to their brand new facility in NWX. The modern 12,000-square foot building not only better accommodates their growing team, but also incorporates a variety of features including a hydration station, bike corral and showers for post-lunch exercise outings. In addition, team members have access to beverage taps and specialty coffee equipment featuring Hydro Flask customers’ microbrews, kombucha, and roasted coffee. With panoramic view windows and roll-up doors facing the Cascades, the space embodies Hydro Flask’s fun and adventure-oriented brand culture.

NorthWest Crossing seems to be the perfect home base for this growing company and its team. And we’re grateful to Hydro Flask for saving us from lukewarm. Cheers!

 

Neighborhood Elf Enjoys NWX

corny_graphicHave you seen Cornelius lately? This sneaky little elf has been roaming the neighborhood visiting various hot spots in the ‘hood. And he seems to be enjoying himself.

Between devouring ocean rolls, playing in the park and enjoying some libations, Cornelius has been a very busy elf this month. If you spot him on our Facebook or Instagram accounts, be sure to follow the post link and submit your guess for your chance to win a $150 gift card to the NorthWest Crossing business of your choice. But come December 24, Cornelius will be headed back to the North Pole until next year.

Read more about our beloved elf >>

Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Manipura Kitchen

With only two more NorthWest Crossing Farmers Markets for the season, you need to head on down to check out the goodness before it’s too late. One such “goodness” is Manipura Kitchen, a local Bend company founded in January of this year. Founder Anne Farnault grew up in France and going to the local market each week with her Mom is one of her favorite memories. After working at a Los Angeles Farmers Market for several seasons, Anne decided to fuse three of her passions – Ayurveda, Farmer’s Markets and cooking – to create a line of Infused Ghee.

In Ayurvedic Medicine “Ghee” (clarified butter) plays an important role in overall health and well-being because of its healing properties. Ghee is made by cooking butter to remove all milk solids and water. What is left after this process is: pure golden oil with a Royal flavored aroma. By infusing spices and herbs in the ghee, Anne takes it to the next level and creates a large palette of flavored healing ghee infusions.

There are several ways to use Manipura Kitchen’s products for healthy living. The company’s Ghee is a great cooking oil, and can also be added to soups, steamed vegetables, desserts, smoothies, even coffee or tea is adding a punch of flavors to your dishes. Ghee is paleo friendly, and does not require refrigeration.

In addition to her products, Anne offers Private Ayurvedic Cooking classes with a French flair for healthy living at your home. Her cooking addresses the needs of individuals who are vegetarian, non vegetarian, gluten free, soy free or dairy free.

 

Come to our final two Farmers Markets – September 10 and 17 from 10am-2pm. See you here!

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Adoboloco

Making things even hotter at this year’s Farmers Market is Adoboloco! This Oregon company was founded in 2011 and this is their first year spicing things up for us here in Bend. The company creates a wide variety of hot sauces which are based on the flavor of the pepper varietals used. This process is similar to fine wine or coffee – the way that Adoboloco grows and selects chili peppers from farmers can be likened to the way wineries select grapes. The seasonal and environmental influences affect the flavor, color and heat levels of the pepper, and they embrace and mention these differences on each bottle.

You can also be sure there is no funny business inside each bottle – all of Adoboloco’s hot sauces use only four ingredients and the sauce is naturally preseved. There aren’t any fillers, gums, oils or sugars in Adoboloco’s products. One of their sauces has five ingredients – the Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce – which has a “whole lot” of naturally sweet fresh Hawaiian Pineapple.

They said, “While on vacation visiting family here in Bend, we visited the market several times. We love how organized it is and the variety of high quality vendors.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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News Release: New Restaurant “Washington” to Open in NorthWest Crossing

New Restaurant “Washington” to Open in NorthWest Crossing
New dining option in the Bend, Oregon neighborhood features fresh, seasonal food and drinks

August 15, 2016– Bend, Oregon – NorthWest Crossing, a mixed-use community on Bend Oregon’s west side, will welcome “Washington” to its dining ranks next month. Located along Mt. Washington Drive, the new restaurant combines traditional with swanky and rustic with industrial for a welcoming feel. They will feature neighborhood cuisine in a traditional American style, as well as beer, wine and cocktails served in the bar. Washington is owned and operated by Ted Swigert, who founded the popular Drake restaurant in 2013 in downtown Bend.

 

Swigert said, “We’re excited to bring all the things people love about Drake to our new restaurant in NorthWest Crossing, with some key differences that will appeal to the neighborhood audience. Our culinary director, John Gurnee, has created a consistent and approachable menu with some fun twists, like daily specials, a raw seafood bar and salads you can build yourself with a variety of toppings. The kids menu will also give families better options for healthy foods and choices for their children.”

 

The focal point of the new space is its indoor-outdoor feel, with large rollup windows in the bar area that open to a spacious patio. The patio will feature a large fire pit, community tables and flat screen TVs, along with bike parking and a convenient “to go” window for those who’d like to eat great food at home. Inside, the open kitchen with a seating bar allows guests to see what’s going on behind the scenes.

 

The design of Washington is a collaborative effort between Swigert and contractor Bob O’Connor, who have built 14 restaurants together in the past 25 years. Sara Hobin and Jennifer Thornton of Style 8 Design were key members of the team tackling interior design, finish selections and styling. Local agency, GB2 developed branding and marketing for both Drake and Washington.

 

“The final product is a comfortable unique space that leans traditional but also features contemporary accents to compliment the beautiful building.  Washington debuts with its own individualized look and feel but also purposely has some elements that give a nod to Drake.  This was a very fun project and we’re excited to watch it come to life even more as the doors open,” says Hobin who also was involved in Drake’s design in 2013.

 

The bar in the Washington will showcase creations from Melanie Ehrlich, who serves as the official “Liquid Therapist” for both Drake and the new restaurant. Not only will the bar be serving local craft beers, a selection of wines and traditional cocktails, but Ehrlich will add in infused drinks with fresh, seasonal ingredients throughout the year.

 

“The stars aligned for us to open in this great location along Mt. Washington Drive, and we are looking forward to becoming a regular stop for both the residents of NorthWest Crossing and all of Bend,” Swigert continued.
Washington is set to open in late summer and is located at 900 Mt. Washington Drive. They will be open from 11am to close on weekdays for lunch and dinner and 10am to close on Saturday and Sunday to include brunch.

 

NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: ONDA

We love having nonprofit organizations that mean so much to our community participate in our Farmers Market – educating visitors and helping gain support for their important missions. The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is one such organization that is joining us for the second year at the market.

They are having a great time this season introducing Oregon’s wild desert to market goers. What is Oregon’s desert you may ask? Our high desert is known for its “stunning beauty, biological significance, recreational opportunities and cultural value.” Much of the desert landscape is on publically owned land, and ONDA works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM and others every day to ensure that these lands remain places that will be there for future generations to enjoy.

ONDA has many goals but some of them include:

  • Lobbying for permanent protection of desert lands as Wilderness to protect habitats for fish and wildlife
  • Working to ensure that the recent interest in energy development in Oregon’s high desert is thoughtful and follows conservation laws
  • Providing Stewardship and Restoration activities to ensure that critical areas regain ecological health

If you love our beautiful state and its lands, stop by their booth to chat about their mission and how you can help!

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

Photo is the Owyhee Canyonlands in Eastern Oregon.

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Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Sweet Mamas Soaps & More

Sweet Mamas Soaps & More is back for its second appearance at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.  The company was founded in 2013 by Kim Tatum. She named her company after her goats, from whose milk she creates her products. Each morning when she would go out to milk them, Kim would call out “Hi, my sweet mamas!” and the name was born.

Sweet Mama’s products stand out because it is made from  fresh goat milk from the Tatum’s farm just east of Bend, but it also contains raw shea butter and clays.  Raw shea butter is well known as an excellent moisturizer.  They add clay to the soap for color, to boost cleansing properties, to add “slip” when used to shave with a razor to eliminate shaving rash (no shaving cream needed), and to add a creamy quality to the lather.  The company currently offers two soaps with activated charcoal which makes a great face soap for people with acne-prone skin.

In addition to soap, Sweet Mama’s also makes a great lotion using their goat milk, aloe vera juice, and raw shea butter along with oils that soaks in and soothes dry, chapped skin.  Last year, they added lotion bars for people wanting a more intensive lotion that takes a little longer to soak in.  They call it a “heel saver” because it will greatly reduce, if not eliminate, cracked heels when applied at bedtime and allowed to soak in overnight.

But that’s not all! Sweet Mama’s push-up, twist tubes of Body Balm are made using herbal infused olive oil, raw shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils – a great concoction to apply on cracked skin, callouses, minor wounds, and rashes.  Kim said, “My husband has used it for the past couple of years in place of a prescription steroid cream on his psoriasis.”  Also in a tube is the company’s Arnica Balm, made from arnica infused olive oil along with most of the same herbs as the Body Balm and essential oils that are great to apply on sore muscles and joints.  This product is great for sore muscles, plantar fasciitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Last, but not least, Sweet Mama’s makes sell lip balm in mango, mint, orange, and pomegranate; and 3 tinted colors:  light pink, pink, and copper.

Kim said, “I research different ingredients (oils, butters, herbs, and essential oils), their reputed health benefits and their cost and formulate recipes based on what I learn.  At the Farmers Market, I enjoy meeting people who come to our booth and discussing their skincare issues so I can learn how to better meet their needs.  For example, one summer I had a couple people come by my booth who had peanut allergies in their family.  We were concerned about the sweet almond oil in my soaps and lotion and whether it would cause an allergic reaction.  In response I decided the sweet almond oil really wasn’t necessary in my soaps, but I do like it in the lotion as it is a light oil (compared to olive oil which is heavier).  So, I have replaced olive oil for the sweet almond oil in my soaps, but not the lotion.  It is this input from customers at festivals and markets that encourages me to continue learning and questioning why I use the ingredients I do.  I am frequently reminded of a saying I heard as a child, ‘The more you know, the more you learn you don’t know.’”

Kim has a passion for   researching and making skin products that use simple, natural ingredient that yield great benefits at a price that is affordable.  She says, “While there is no way to make good, natural skincare for the same bargain prices large grocery and chain stores can sell chemically-filled skincare products, I do believe it is possible to make good natural skincare that is affordable for someone who chooses to use natural versus chemical skincare.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Rofe Designs

Roanna Fe Gingrich founded Rofe Designs in 2010, and this will be the company’s second year participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. All of the designs for Rofe Designs clothing are hand-drawn (nothing digital!) and hand-screened. The clothing itself is ethically made that is soft and comfortable, and looks good too!

Roanna said, “I love the location of this market and the low-key feel. The quality of products sold at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is unmatched for other markets this size.”

Salem based Rofe Designs is hoping to expand soon with a mobile storefront that can come to customers, with an option of holding a private Rofe party – for rewards, wardrobe expansion and even for a fundraiser. Part of the aim of this new model will be to support local and small businesses with outside products for Roanna’s craft. She is continuously working at new ways to be more sustainable and create options for giving back to the beautiful community in which we live.

She continued, “The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market gives me a real excuse to spend more time in the Bend area, little getaway from the valley!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Holm Made Toffee

One of our longest running vendors at the Farmers Market, Holm Made Toffee is back for their sixth year in a row. This small, family-run business was started as a hobby by Donna Holm in 2007, and is now run by Donna, who makes all the toffee by hand and her daughter-in-law Randi Holm, who manages sales, marketing and events. Donna is often joined by her other children and grandchildren who like to help, so it is a true family affair.

Over the years, the company has grow slowly but surely through word of mouth. They participate in numerous markets and events across the state and can also be found in 50+ stores in the Pacific NW.

Randi said, “We LOVE the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market because we get to meet lots of new faces each week – as well as see familiar ones. Not only do a lot of Bend locals attend, but also a lot of tourists. We love hearing stories from our customers on why they are purchasing our candy and where it gets to travel. Last year we heard from folks taking it all the way to Europe or even just home down the street!”

In addition, the company has teamed up with many other market vendors on some collaboration projects. Jeff and Juli Labhart from Bonta Gelato use some of Holm Made Toffee’s flavors in their gelato, and so does Addy Mac’s Ice Cream in their toffee flavor ice cream.  Holm Made Toffee also uses dried lavender buds from market vendor Tumalo Lavender in their lavender toffee. Partnerships made in heaven – or at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market as the case may be.

Randi continued, “The market has grown A TON since I first started participating and it has been great to see what new vendors, musical acts and FUN are here in 2016!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Pink Rakes Studio

If you are looking for something one-of-a-kind that will start a conversation, then first-time market vendor Pink Rakes Studio has it! Founded earlier this year by Stephanie Petershagen, Pink Rakes creates hand-built ceramics and sculpture that are sure to catch the eye.

From useful pieces like small plates, spoon rests and vases, to abstract masks and yard art, Pink Rakes pulls out all the stops. Creativity abounds in every piece! The best way to explain the items that you might see at the market from this vendor is to show you some photos. See below!

Stephanie said, “I like the location of the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market on Bend’s westside and all the good vibes from the visitors and other vendors.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: DK Designs Jewelry

While you may have definitely seen the beautiful creations of local company, DK Designs Jewelry, this is the first year you’ll find them at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. Founded three years ago by owner Donna K, DK Designs makes unique pieces of hand crafted jewelry.

Made using recycled materials, Swarovski crystals and materials chosen by the customer, each piece is made with attention to detail. Both the materials used and the quality craftsmanship are made to last. The company focuses on precious metals that are said to have holistic properties, so not only are the creations beautiful but they can help you feel better as well. For example, copper was used by ancient Egyptians and Aztecs for its healing properties and elements like hematite have been said to alleviate fevers.

Donna has been a resident of Oregon for three generations, and DK Designs creates jewelry with a true Oregon feel – combining local organic elements with a new modern industrial twist.

She said, “I love the NorthWest Crossing area and am excited to bring something new to the visitors of the Farmers Market.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Bucha Buena Fermentation Creations

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Coming back to the market for its second year, Bucha Buena brings visitors its local, craft kombucha. The company’s brewery is located on Bend’s westside in true micro craft fashion: it’s created in the backyard of owners’ Brooke Moore and Brit Nelson.

Bucha Buena takes local seriously as they only use real fruit to flavor their product, and everything they use is sourced in our home state of Oregon. They are looking forward to sharing their fare with visitors at the Farmers Market, as their brewery is not open to the public. So Saturday is your best chance to try out their kombucha – and more.

They said, “We are excited about the release of our new Sour Series, a hard kombucha that is 4.1% ABV, and aged in oak barrels. Our website will have tap listings for where you can find it around town.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: MaileKai Creates, LLC

Founded in 2010, MaileKai Creates makes useful and fun works of art by up-cycling all those beautiful bottles in the world. The company takes discarded bottles and uses several processes to create items that can be used again and again.

Some of their pieces are slumped (melted in a kiln) to create one-of-a-kind gifts, spoon rests, soap or jewelry dishes, serving or hors d’oeuvres dishes and much more. Other bottles are carefully cut and sanded into drinking glasses, vases, or goblets, enabling customers to re-claim their favorite bottles and turn them into useful items.

This family business is run by Robert Clark (chief bottle cutter) and Elise Clark (chief bottle slumper), plus a bottle cleaning and sanding crew made up of four teenagers: Jodi, Kai, Sami, Alex. Most of the bottles MaileKai collects are from in and around Bend, from local bars and eateries, as well as from all those recycle bins that are curbside twice a month. The team scavenges for their favorites, and also have many customers collecting bottles for them to use, saving them from the landfill.

Elise says, “We love the NWX market because the combination of Farmers and Artists makes for an interesting mix of vendors. Great food, awesome music, and happy customers always makes for a fun day.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Zantana Designs

Back again to the market with their unique jewelry line made of fine finished dichroic glass and sterling silver, Zantana Designs pieces help wearers make a statement! In most of the company’s handcrafted pieces, the dichroic glass is multilayered giving it a sense of depth and revealing a variety of colors. Founded in 2002 by Berta Heisler and her husband Rex, Zantana Designs has been attending the market for the last three years.

Although they were busy developing some national gallery work in the past, this year, the couple plans to stay closer to home (their studio is near Smith Rock, providing plenty of beautiful inspiration).

Berta says, “We will do mostly local shows this year to stay in touch with our roots and the fine people of Central Oregon. We love the environment at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Precious Cargo Seafood

Seafood is the perfect fresh and tasty food for summer days in Oregon. Bend company, Precious Cargo Seafood is under new ownership this year – Dawn Mitchell is the new proprietor – and it will be her first year participating in the market.

Her seafood stock changes with the catch, and is updated regularly on her website (she also takes special orders). The company carries 100 percent wild caught seafood, so you can be sure you are purchasing your fish from a sustainable source. Many of her products are flash frozen at sea, which preserves the freshness of the fish. At this year’s market, she will not only be selling a selection of seafood, but also will have live crawdads, along with all the extras – Rik’s Rubs (local company), pasta, bread, batter mixes, marinades, BBQ supplies, planks and everything needed to create a seafood meal. A one-stop shop for a great dining experience!

Mitchell, who is a Central Oregon native, said, “I am really excited to be in the NW Crossing Farmers Market. I can’t wait to meet new people and just enjoy being outside having fun at work!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: The Scott Allen Company

The Scott Allen Company is back for the third year running at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market – but you might not recognize the name – the company was formerly known as RELIC Workshop. The same beautiful products will be available though – Allen designs and handcrafts modern industrial furniture, using reclaimed local materials whenever possible.

He says, “I think the thing that makes my work unique is the marrying of natural warm materials with linear modern industrial design. I employ sustainable business practices.”

The Scott Allen Company makes everything from tiny concrete planters to building custom tables and fixtures for restaurants (you can see his work at NorthWest Crossing’s Bend Pizza Kitchen). The company was founded 12 years ago in a Napa Valley garage, and moved to Bend three years ago. Business is good with double digit growth from 2014-2015.

Allen continued, “This will be my third year at NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. I love the market. It gets me out of the shop and into the community of like-minded artists, farmers, proprietors and the people that seek genuine hand grown and handmade things. There’s this wonderful camaraderie that naturally incubates. It allows me interface with my clients and talk about the process, the materials and the product in a way that is genuine. It puts a face on what it is I do and I think the passion comes through.”

His favorite thing about the market – its authenticity. Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Cascade Lavender

Celebrating 10 years in business this year, Cascade Lavender offers organic, local lavender made into an extensive range of products. The company sells everything lavender from 100 percent essential oil to bath and body products all the way to aromatherapy products and dried lavender. In addition, Cascade Lavender offers culinary lavender products, fresh lavender plants and bouquets.

This is the company’s third year participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, and their farm is also open to the public during the summer.

They say, “We love everything about the market – the organizers, the other vendors, the great live music and, of course, the clientele.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday  through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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Professional Builder Magazine Explores NorthWest Crossing’s Master Plan

Professional Builder magazine recently published a Q&A with NorthWest Crossing’s general manager David Ford. Under discussion? Our neighborhood’s unique build-out model – a vision for a community that was attractive, varied and welcoming.  From the article: “Typically, master planned communities are built out by a single builder or by a half-dozen companies that buy lots and put up their production-built homes. But West Bend Property Company, a partnership between Brooks Resources and Tennant Family Limited Partnership, used a different model, recruiting a guild of 25 home builders to buy lots through a lottery.”

Professional Builder magazine is published for the the nation’s home building community — builders, designers and trade partners. It was founded 75 years ago, and comes out on a monthly basis. Our article came out in their April issue and is also published online.

Check out the complete interview here >>

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Local Entrepreneur Goes 3D…at 12 Years Old

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NorthWest Crossing has always been a bit of a hotbed for entrepreneurship and small business, but this new business might very well have the youngest founder at its head. This new “start up” was the brainchild of 12-year-old resident, Thomas, who has always been passionate about making things. When his passion directed itself at gaining a 3D printer his parents knew that he could really do amazing things with it – and after months of saying no, they finally agreed with the caveat that he would need to find a way to pay for it.

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He’s created/printed more than a hundred “things”, learned about the technology and printer itself, as well as facing the challenges of marketing and selling his products. Now Thomas’ 3D printing “business” is officially up and running, and he is eager to fabricate (as his dad says) “stuff -from prototypes to GoPro mounts, to key chains, toys, phone covers and a zillion other things- at a fair price and with quick turnaround time, as a way to save money for a new bike.” The printer can make an object up to 7.8” x 7.8” x 7.8” with a resolution down to 0.1cm (100 microns). If you have an idea, a design or prototype that you want to fabricate (or find almost anything on thingiverse.com or www.shapeways.com/marketplace?li=home-shop and lots of other sites), please contact Thomas. Support one of NorthWest Crossing’s youngest entrepreneurs!

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2015 Numbers Are In: NWX Fares Extremely Well

Our friends at Harcourts The Garner Group, our local NorthWest Crossing real estate office, recently gave us a roundup of sales numbers for the year. We’re pleased to tell you that NorthWest Crossing has fared extremely well when it comes to home values. As you can see from the chart below, not only have numbers risen since 2014, but average sale prices in our neighborhood remain nearly $200,000 above Bend area residential average sale prices overall.

 

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In fact, there were gains across the board for NorthWest Crossing. Listings and sales were up by double-digit margins – and these sales numbers (pulled from MLS) don’t even reflect the number of custom homes built in the neighborhood. If you’re already an owner in the neighborhood, your home is gaining in value.

If you’re looking to move here, don’t despair! West Bend Property Company and our Builders Guild continue to move forward with new development and new homes to help keep up with demand. A recent release of new homesites to our builders completely sold out (see our development update post), which means there will be more than 30 homes hitting the market soon, as well as another round opening up this summer.

Make Christmas Beautiful with Ease at NorthWest Crossing

The Christmas holiday is nearly upon us! If you are starting to feel stressed, then there are some solutions to make things easier for you – just down the street in our neighborhood center!

  • Hostess gifts: Going to a party and need a thoughtful hostess gift? There’s a wide selection of gifts for the home and more at The Cutest Store Ever. If you’re hosting a party, you can decorate your home to the nines with all of Laurie’s great ideas – just stop by and check out the shop!
  • Children’s gifts: If you’re like us, many of the kids in your life have so many “things” its hard to know what to get them. Experiences! Little Bite Cafe has kids’ cooking classes every season and even hosts parties – call or come in the cafe to find out more. (We’re pretty sure they have some holiday goodies going as well!)
  • Holiday dinner: Tate and Tate Catering has full holiday meals available. Here’s the catch – you need to order by today 12/21. Otherwise, stop by their shop at the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center for some ready-to-bake casseroles and other savory dishes to help you feed your holiday company with ease. They’re open until 3pm on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day.
  • Holiday desserts: The Sparrow Bakery is once again pulling out all the stops and creating some holiday masterpieces just for you. Special order Buche de Noel, apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies, and u-bake croissants now for pick up on Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas everyone! Looks like we will be having a white one this year!

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Holiday Pampering: Look Your Best This Season

Not only do the holidays bring us joy and time with friends and family, they also include quite a bit of work – whether it be housekeeping, cooking, decorating, volunteering, company parties or other – we tend to stay busy this time of year. And we also want to look our best! NorthWest Crossing makes it easy with places for pampering and grooming right in our neighborhood center!

For guys, the West Side Barber Shop is the perfect place to get a fresh shave or haircut, all while relaxing with a complimentary drink, including craft beer from local brewery, Goodlife. This traditional barber shop specializes in haircuts for men and boys, and you can find their competitive price list on their website.

For ladies, more than a haircut is sometimes in order to feel our best. We have two salons in our neighborhood center that offer a variety of beauty-related services:

Look! Salon offers facials, lash extensions, brow shaping, manicures, pedicures – all this in addition to hair care services.  Their salon is beautifully decorated, relaxing, and an enjoyable place to go to be pampered. Appointments can be made via phone or in person – they are located at 2736 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 140 and their phone number is (541) 317-2887.

Salon Twist is a full service salon, offering head-to-toe makeovers. They are one of the only places in town that offers sugaring, which is said to be a more gentle form of hair removal. They also carry the best products for your hair, skin, and nail needs. They are located at 2736 NW Crossing Drive, Suite 110 and their phone number is (541) 385-6149.

So look your best for the holidays this year – all while staying right here in the ‘hood!

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Farmers Market Profile: Humm Kombucha

Bend, Oregon based Humm Kombucha takes pride in making the best tasting kombucha on the planet – without sacrificing any of the nutritional benefits. From the early days brewing in the kitchen; to the company’s newest automated brewery, the focus remains on Humm Kombucha values of Optimism, Healthy Business, Partnership and Quality.

Humm Kombucha is created from lots of love and the highest-grade organic ingredients, making it nature’s perfect energy source.  Each bottle is loaded with antioxidants, probiotics and B vitamins.

 

They say, “We have participated in the the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market since our beginning as Kombucha Mama and have some very fond memories associated with it! We absolutely love this market and all the new and familiar faces we get to see each weekend! The music, the people, and the uniquely wonderful products really make this farmer’s market amazing!”

 

Humm Kombucha was founded by Danek and Michelle Mitchell in Bend, Ore., six years ago as Kombucha Mama, Humm Kombucha rebranded in 2014 in anticipation of rapid expansion. In addition to the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, Humm can be found in grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores in bottles and on tap throughout the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Arizona, California and Nevada, with further expansion ongoing.

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Shevlin Health & Wellness Center Update

Since breaking ground last summer, the new Shevlin Health & Wellness Center has been a flurry of construction activity at the corner of NW Crossing Drive and Shevlin Park Road. The campus will eventually comprise of 11 buildings offering everything from primary care and acupuncture to specialty medicine and a pharmacy.  The project has received so much demand, the construction schedules have been accelerated to accommodate future tenants.

High Lakes Health Care opened its doors as the anchor tenant in April of this year. Since then, Mountain View Acupuncture and Step & Spine have opened and are operating from their new locations. Central Oregon Eyecare has a projected occupancy date in September.

The campus’ occupants will collectively be celebrating their new digs with a public Open House in October. Details will be announced as the date draws nearer.

Meanwhile, construction continues to finish spaces for future tenants including Pacific NW Audiology, opening summer 2016 and The Center, anticipated to be open by fall 2016.

Stop by Shevlin Health and Wellness to meet the providers who can service you without even leaving the neighborhood! Or if you’re interested in leasing information, please contact Fratzke Commercial Real Estate. 

 

Farmers Market Profile: Waldorf School of Bend

Each year, the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market hosts some community organizations and The Waldorf School of Bend is one of them.

The Waldorf School of Bend (WSB) serves families with children from early childhood through ninth grade. An education at WSB follows established Waldorf curriculum, centered on the arts and humanities. The school’s community culture is rich in character, diverse religions and social beliefs, and economic backgrounds. WSB’s shared values include social responsibility and self-awareness, kindness and compassion for humankind, and a strong reverence for the health of our environment. They believe these values lay the foundation for our children to grow and learn.

Erin Hansen, board member for the school, said, “We’ve participated at the NWX Farmer’s Market for the past two years and has loved being part of these events!  It is a great environment to meet new people and see old friends.  The diverse offerings at this market bring those who are looking for home grown, grass- roots, all that is fabulous about Bend products and services.”

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Farmers Market Profile: Holm Made Toffee

Holm Made Toffee is a small, family-run business in Bend, Oregon, which was started by Donna Holm as a hobby once she retired from teaching in 2007. She had been making toffee for decades and it always got rave reviews. Fairly soon, it became a family affair and the company has grown slowly but surely through word-of-mouth and participation in numerous markets and events across the state. You can also find their toffees in 40+ stores in the Pacific NW. While Donna still produces all the batches by hand, her daughter-in-law Randi runs the sales, marketing and events. (They are often joined by her other children and grandchildren who like to help!)

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Every bag of Holm Made Toffee is a work of art. Donna’s been making toffee from her recipe for more than 25 years and it is so good, there’s no need to change it for generations to come! She puts in a combination of Oregon grown hazelnuts, semi-sweet chocolate, butter and sugar for a magical, delightful and sweet result.

Randi said, “This is our fifth summer in a row participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. We LOVE this market because we get to meet lots of new faces each week – as well as see familiar ones. It is a great connection for us with our ‘fans’ and we love hearing stories from our customers on why they are purchasing our candy and where it gets to travel!”

You can find out more at www.holmmadetoffee.com.

 


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Farmers Market Profile: Waldorf School of Bend

The Waldorf School of Bend serves families with children from early childhood through ninth grade. An education at WSB follows established Waldorf curriculum, rich in the arts and humanities. Our community culture is rich in character, diverse religions and social beliefs, and economic backgrounds. Our shared values include social responsibility and self-awareness, kindness and compassion for humankind, and a strong reverence for the health of our environment. These values lay the foundation for our children to grow and learn.

They cultivate reverence for nature and an appreciation of beauty in our world. By creating a “spirit of place,” they provide an environment of peace and well-being in which learning can blossom and thrive.

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The Waldorf School of Bend community forges an inspired path for modern learning and social renewal. From the insights of Rudolf Steiner, they cultivate academic excellence through our experiential curriculum rich in the arts, sciences and practical works. They honor each child’s unique spirit by building capacities of will, free thought, compassion and social responsibility. In this way, children develop with purpose to act as powerful world citizens.

The Waldorf School of Bend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

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Community Values

  • They support the well-being and wholeness of children through a curriculum that appropriately meets the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual needs within each developmental stage of their growth.
  • They uphold excellence in education by creating meaningful teacher-student relationships, and joyful, artistic teaching that supports learning through inspiration, imagination, and intuition.
  • They strive to bring the healing force of social renewal to life through our daily actions of service to others, kindness and compassion for humankind and stewardship for the earth.

At the Waldorf School of Bend, education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Thus, core academic subjects are taught to ignite the imagination of students and teachers in order to help foster pragmatic and inspired solutions to the ever-growing challenges of our time. The rigorous academic curriculum allows graduates to move forward with a sense of strong social consciousness, strong academic skills and a vibrant individuality to create their own futures. A strong reverence for nature and the desire to nurture the earth are primary foundations on which school practices are based. This school’s education is based on experimental learning through art, music and movement.They believe in local, sustainable and organic products. Their school store, The 4 Gnomes, sells socially conscious, locally made and environmentally friendly toys, crafts and art materials for children of all ages.

Farmers Market Profile: Fearless Baking

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The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is happy to welcome back the wholesome goodness from Fearless Baking!  Since opening their doors in 2013, Fearless Baking has been making simple, scratch made pastries. From the moment they begin baking in the early hours of the morning for the company’s wholesale accounts to preparing breakfast, lunch & coffee for individual customers, they are proud to do so fearlessly! The company specializes in both gluten free and traditional pastries, and even makes beautiful custom wedding cakes.

This year is Fearless Baking’s third time participating in the NWX Farmers Market and their whole staff is excited to particpate again. Owners Elise Kukulka and Abby Jensen say, “The farmers markets are a great way for us Fearless Bakers to talk with our customers, share samples and gather farm fresh produce for the week. The NWX Market is a wonderful community of vendors, artisans and farmers whom we look to for sourcing local, fresh ingredients for our bakery; From the flowers in our shop, to trading gluten free flour tips, fresh raspberries or marionberries for scones and vegetables for our lunch options.”

You can look for Fearless Baking’s crowd favorites including Herbed Focaccia Bread, Gluten Free English Muffins, Cookies, New York Style Bagels, Tarts and fresh morning pastries at this year’s market – and more!

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Farmers Market Profile: Justy’s Jellies

More than 15 years ago, Justy Haney of Justy’s Jellies bought the rights to some extraordinary jelly that was being sold in a restaurant where she worked. When the restaurant closed, she wanted the jellies to live on and her company was born. Starting with the original two recipes – Pineapple Jalapeno Jelly, and Pineapple Roasted Garlic Jelly – , Justy has expanded the line with new flavors that she has created herself. Best seller Very Berry Jalapeno is joined in the lineup by hotter jellies like Pineapple Habanero, Very Berry Habanero and Tropical Heat. Sweeter versions feature flavors like Vanilla Peach, Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita and her favorite the Tropical Fruit.

The unique flavors make these locally made jellies standout from other – they are all fruit based with several surprising ingredients in them. She focuses on the use of Oregon fruits, and buys her peppers during the growing season from a local farm. Justy handmakes and handpours each batch of jelly.

Justy has been participating on and off in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for the past four years. She says, “I like the vibe of the market.”

 

 

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Farmers Market Profile: Tumalo Lavender

More than just aromatic cut fresh lavender, Tumalo Lavender offers fine handcrafted lavender soaps, luscious lavender lotions, lavender-infused jams, jelly and honey and much more! At their farm, they even offer a refreshing, unique Lavender Lemonade.

Owners Gordon and Judy Knight have been participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmer’s Market since the beginning. They said, “We have experienced the growth of the market and the enthusiasm of the people who attend. We love seeing the old and new interest in our products. The NorthWest Crossing market offers a festive atmosphere with their unique music and vendors each season.”

Tumalo Lavender was founded in 2006 with the planting of the company’s first 1000 lavender plants. Today, they have more than 9000 lavender plants in the field along with three cold frames and a green house where they provide specialty propagation and grow over 20,000 plants for growers each year. They offer wholesale and retail lavender plants, organic certified lavender oil and hydrosol. In addition, they offer year-round field consultation for upstart businesses and distill their own essential oils and hydrosol as well as custom distillation for local growers.

 

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Farmers Market Profile: MaileKai Creations

MaileKai Creations is back at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market for the third year in a row, selling their beautiful and creative upcycled glass bottles of all shapes and sizes. The company melts or slumps the bottles into useful shapes, such as spoon rests; dishes to hold chips or dip, crackers, olives, nuts, candy, or even toothpicks; catch-alls to hold business cards, loose change, jewelry, makeup, keys, or other small household items.

This local company is an extended family enterprise, with owners and their children involved in creating these works of art:

  • Elise Clark—bottle Slumper and Sales
  • Robert Clark—bottle Cutter, Photographer & Website Design
  • Dart Eastwood—Director of Operations (aka: dumpster diver for bottles, and Sales)
  • 4 kids—2 Clarks, 2 Eastwoods—bottle washers and cut bottle sanders

 

By heating and molding glass bottles into fun and useful shapes, MaileKai creates artistic and useful upcycled items. Accent colors are added to create products that will match your favorite colors. Most of the bottles are recycled items, scavenged from recycle bins and various drink and eatery establishments in and around our beautiful Bend, Oregon. In addition, the company has many contributions from faithful customers who save their unique bottles just for them.

 

In addition to the main slumped bottle line, MaileKai Creations does some ceramics with melted glass inside. This year, they are debuting cut bottles which are made into drinking glasses or vases. This is another terrific way to upcycle all those cool bottles in the world, and the company is having great fun with it. Come check them out!

 

 

Owner Elise Clark said, ” NorthWest Crossing’s market is fun because first and foremost, it is a Farmers market, and the community comes out to get their produce. I love this—and I get my produce there as well! After customers have their produce, they like to shop for unique items, artwork, and creative upcycled products, like our slumped & cut bottles. The people are fun, the music is great, and the whole atmosphere is really terrific.”

 

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Farmers Market Profile: Little Pinkiss

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Little Pinkiss is a brand-new vendor at our Saturday Bend, Oregon Farmers Market. We’re so excited to welcome owners Ivy Schnepp and Christina Capri, who founded this unique company just a few months ago. Little Pinkiss  creates one-of-a-kind children’s accessories for kids who like to have fun with their style! Think fashionably sweet hair accessories to fun, printed scarves, tote bags and jewelry.

The company was born out of “love and necessity” when Ivy’s daughter was born with no hair and didn’t grow her wild and curly mane until she was about 2 years old. To tame her wild curls, her mom started out making hair accessories that would do the job.   Collaborating with long time friend, Christina Capri, the Little Pinkiss scarf line was born in 2015.  The owners are also debuting a jewelry line for both boys and girls at the Farmers Market.

Not only will your little ones look fantastic sporting these stylish accessories, but you can feel good that every item from Little Pinkiss is handmade in Bend, Oregon. Even though the items are intended for children, they are perfect for anyone who is young at heart!

Ivy and Christina said, “We are excited to be at the NWX Market this year! We are looking forward to building a community presence, as well as meeting people attending the market and other vendors.”

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1st Annual NWX Charity Art Bop a Success

Art BopWe had a break in the rainy spring weather (we’re not complaining! we need the rain!) on the late afternoon and evening of May 15th, just in time for the Charity Art Bop hosted by our neighborhood businesses. The crux of the activity for the three-hour event was at our own Little Bite Café, which was packed with beautiful local art, handbags, jewelry and more. Other business also participated by extending their hours, hosting artists and donating a portion of proceeds to the charity. Donations for the first annual event went to The Bend Spay and Neuter Project, which provides low and no cost services – such as dog food, free vet care and spay/neuter programs – to help people and pets stay together.

Classic Car Cruise In comes to NWX

CarShow14Final-Poster-JPEGGet ready for some classic car fun in the ‘hood this weekend! This first neighborhood car show will feature great music, tasty eats and some seriously amazing cars! Best of all, proceeds benefit the Skin Cancer Awareness.

Every year skin cancer touches the lives of millions of people. Did you know that Oregon has the 5th highest rate of melanoma in the United States? Or that Oregon has the 8th highest death rate from Melanoma?

Through the personal impact that skin cancer has had, the NWX Cruise In idea was born, and is sure to be a huge hit for years to come.

We are taking over NorthWest Crossing and bringing in some of the most amazing classic cars in Central Oregon for you to see. There will be lots of information regarding melanoma, the effects, and more importantly the prevention of this disease at the event.

So bring the whole family! Located right on NW Crossing Drive in the heart of the neighborhood center. 10am – 3:30pm. FREE.

Community Garden Opening Day!

Opening Day and Registration will be on Saturday, 4/27/2013 starting at 9:30am at the NorthWest Crossing Community Garden. The beds not already reserved by the returning gardeners will be rented on a first come/first served basis. Residency in NorthWest Crossing is NOT required.

Opening day is a REQUIRED DAY for all gardeners, as you will need to:

  1. Complete a short registration form
  2. Make your $30.00 payment, cash or check. (checks to be made out to “Deschutes County Extension Service”)   NO credit cards accepted
  3. Pick up your NWXCG Handbook
  4. Help out with a general clean-up/preparation of the garden area.  SO BRING YOUR GLOVES, SHOVELS/RAKES & TROWELS!

You will meet our Garden Assistants (GA), as they will be there to participate as well.  The time required should be less than an hour.

We will go over some of the basics for gardening here, such as amending the soil and irrigation tips.  We will also quickly discuss the “RULES & REGULATIONS OF NWXCG” found in the Handbook you will receive upon registering, and answer any questions that you might have.

While many of us love our pets, please adhere to the No Pet Policy within the fenced garden.  Thank you in advance for being respectful of this request.

The NWX Community   Garden is located on the corner of NW Crossing Drive and Clearwater Drive. For more information, please contact  John Coltman at 541-633-0106 or [email protected], or Louise Gaston at [email protected] or 541-318-5759.  Thank you for your interest in our garden and we look forward to seeing your beautiful bounty!

2013 NWX Event Calendar Announced!

Street festival, triathlons and movies, oh my! Look ahead to all the fun we have planned in 2013 (with more to be announced)…

2013 Event Calendar
visit www.nwxevents.com for detailed information.


NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival
April 13 – 14, 2013

NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo
Friday, June 28, 2013

NorthWest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 29 – September 21, 2013

Tour des Chutes Cycling Event
July 13, 2013

COBA Tour of Homes
July 19-21 & 26-28, 2013

Cascade Lakes Relay
August 2-3, 2013

NorthWest Crossing Munch & Movies
Fridays, August 16 – Sept 6, 2013

Leadman Triathlon
Saturday, September 21, 2013

* For event information, including sponsorships and vendor information, please contact Valerie Yost, 541-382-1662 x 103.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Monday, December 3rd | 5:30pm
Breezeway between Sage Café & All Mixed-Up

Please join us as we celebrate the season with friends and neighbors. For the first time, we’re lighting the 65’ Ponderosa next to Sage Café. Bring the family and enjoy free hot cider, festive entertainment provided by the Summit High Choir and a visit from Santa himself! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the NeighborImpact Food Bank and receive a raffle ticket for an amazing NWX Gift Basket stuffed with merchandise and gift certificates from NorthWest Crossing businesses.

Holiday Food Drive:
NeighborImpact serves Central Oregon families in need. Let’s show them how generous the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood can be! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the Tree Lighting Ceremony (please click to download a list of needs from NeighborImpact).

When you bring a donation, we’ll enter you in the drawing for an amazing NorthWest Crossing gift basket filled with all kinds of goodies from NorthWest Crossing businesses.We’ll hold the drawing at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, so you must be present to win!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun stuffed into this awesome gift basket:
$10 gift card from Sage Cafe
$50 BendFilm membership with access to the lending library
Jem Raw Chocolates
Wine from Tate and Tate
Laptop case and insulated wine carrier from Umpqua Bank
Gift from La Rosa
Gift card from Pisano’s
Wine and gifts from portello
Large Zipper Pouch from Sara Bella*
Gift card from All Mixed-Up
NorthWest Crossing gear

Food donations for NeighborImpact will be accepted at The Garner Group office through Friday.

Several businesses in the Neighborhood Center will be open late and serving up specials, so please support your local businesses.

Special thanks to:
Summit High Choir
NeighborImpact
Sage Cafe
Santa (you know who you are!)
The Garner Group
Umpqua Bank
La Rosa
Tate & Tate
Jem Raw Chocolates
Sara Bella*
Pisano’s Pizza
portello winecafe
BendFilm
All Mixed-Up
West Bend Property Company
Lights R Us
Running Tree

Mid-Week music and fun at All Mixed-Up

All Mixed-Up in NorthWest Crossing is hosting acoustic guitar Wednesday Happy Hours 5-7pm, starting Wednesday the 22nd of February – Blaine Cameron (wonderful and versatile singer, musician who played Billie in Chicago at the Tower last fall) will be a regular, with select Americana open mic nights featuring talented Summit High students (and others!).  Enjoy a cup of soup, smoothie or fro-yo and be sure to check out the Happy Hour specials every week!

Pin-up Pooches Celebrate Launch of Calendar

Dogs of NWX CalendarThe dogs had their day last night at the “Dogs of NorthWest Crossing 2012 Calendar” Launch Party at Ruff Wear. 14 photo-friendly pooches and their owners came out to preview the calendar which is a fundraiser for The Bend Spay and Neuter Project.

Dog in glasses
Playa (Miss June) is ready for her close-up...

The calendar will go on sale for $16 starting November 3rd at various retail locations throughout Bend including:

Sara Bella Upcycled Boutique
Sage Café
La Rosa
Look! Salon
Cascade Cottons
Paper Jazz
Dudley’s Bookshop Café
Best Friends Pet Supply
Healthy Paws
Bend Pet Express
Birkenstock of Bend
Newport Market

Charlie Dog listens to music
Charlie enjoys the music...
Pug model for the Dogs of NWX Calendar
Lily Pug (aka: Miss December) prepares for her debut

The festive affair included a performance by local dog owner, Mike Viles in tribute of his dog, Lilly (Miss July), nibbles provided by Tate and Tate Catering and Bend Pet Express, and lots of calendar sales. Bend Spay and Neuter Project sold a whopping 89 calendars before the night’s end. The remaining limited quantities will be sold at the various retail locations around town.

Dog owners view calendar
Proud dog owners view the calendar for the first time.

This project was born out of a dog-inspired photo contest last spring when NorthWest Crossing residents submitted photos of their beloved pets. 14 were selected by Facebook friends and throughout the year, each doggy was professionally photographed by local artist Karen Cammack. Ruff Wear, a dog gear manufacturer with headquarters in the neighborhood provided gear for props and prizes. A large portion of the printing costs were donated by local printer Ryder Graphics. And several retailer partners throughout Bend are selling the calendars to benefit Bend Spay and Neuter Project.

Please visit a retail location listed above to purchase your calendar, or contact Bend Spay and Neuter Project at 541-617-1010 for more information.

Dogs of NWX Calendar launch party
Lilly (Miss July) and her parents preview the calendar

 

 

Trick-or-Treat!

Halloween is nearly upon us! Let’s do a little trick-or-treating around the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center businesses, shall we? Participating businesses will be passing out candy to little ghosts, goblins and princesses between 3-5pm.

Participating businesses:
Tate and Tate
Umpqua Bank
La Rosa
The Garner Group
Sage Cafe
All Mixed Up
portello winecafe
Sara Bella
Kirsti Wolfe Designs
Elemental Eyecare
Mama Bear Oden’s Preschool

Also, please use caution when driving around the neighborhood. We want everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween! Boo!

Neighborhood Night

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NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood Night is coming up on Wednesday, October 26th. This month, enjoy a special free poetry reading, learn more about joining a great cause, and munch on some delicious pizza! Here’s what’s on tap…

Neighborhood Night
Wednesday, October 26th
5-8pm

Free Poetry Reading Event Performed by High Desert Poetry Cell, a group of five guys from Bend who write and read their own poetry.

7-8pm at the Discovery Park Lodge (located on the corner of NW Crossing Drive & Charbonneau) in the Brooks Fireplace Room

Book sales to benefit Saving Grace.

Poets include:
Larry Jacobs
Don Kunz
John Kvapil
Peter Lovering
John Martin

Join The Garner Group as they host Relay for Life at the sales office during Neighborhood Night from 6-7pm. Come learn more about this exciting event and how you can help make a difference in your community at the 2012 Relay for Life. Pisano’s Pizza is generously giving 50% off a pizza* to anyone who comes to learn about Relay for Life. And the first 5 people that commit to being a chair for a committee will get a coupon for a free lunch special which includes a slice of pizza, salad a drink.
* Dine-in only, must purchase drinks to receive discount on pizza.

Bruschetta and a Bottle @ portello!  Stop by portello during NWX Neighborhood Night and get a bottle of our Happy Hour Red or White wine and an order of Bruschetta for $28 all night long!  And don’t forget Happy Hour is also from 4pm – 6pm with great wine, beer and portello menu favorites!

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Head to NorthWest Crossing the last Wednesday of each month and visit with local business owners. Participating businesses and restaurants will be offering a variety of specials, entertainment, giveaways and more! Check back each month for an update of participants.