Central Oregon is not only growing, it is also becoming more diverse, and local entrepreneurs believe the same is true of the community’s demand for international foods. That’s stirring up […]
Single-use plastic is so last century, right? Director of Sustainability at Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Cassidy Cushing, thinks so too. Last year alone, Cushing oversaw efforts which eliminated the use of […]
Cate Havstad-Casad hopes to start a revolution. While managing 360-acres from the Madras farm she runs with her husband Chris, Havstad founded Range Revolution. She refers to it as the […]
Kristian Thordarson spent eight years as a general contractor in Portland before moving to Bend with his family in 2020. Thordarson took the move as an opportunity to zoom in […]
As a budding artist designing clothing and handmade leather goods, Alicia Renner found a sense of community at a shared artist workspace, Poet House, which once existed in downtown Bend. […]
Records from 296 B.C. in Ancient Greece tell of a place where men would gather to get their hair and beards trimmed, and of course, debate political and philosophical subjects […]
Angelina Swanson is a natural. From her athletic lifestyle, to the planet-conscious, Bend-based aos (Angelina Organic Skincare) business she created, she embodies her brand as more than a namesake. Starting […]
When each new client comes to Neal Huston with a dream home or commercial space in mind, he sees the project as a puzzle to be solved. Sometimes the pieces […]
Photo Toby Nolan When second-generation family owners of an Idaho/Oregon railroad construction company were looking to design a new fireplace for their home, they turned to Paul Shepherd at Bend’s […]
The globe-trotting odyssey of 81-year-old Marda Stoliar and her Bend-based International School of Baking would easily fill the countless number of cookbooks she has studied, gathered and reviewed during the […]
The secondhand market has seen significant growth in the past few years amid growing concerns about the environmental and ethical impact of what we buy. Experts don’t think this trend […]
What does it mean to give like a local? Here in Bend, living like a local means creating a life that reflects the spirit of our community. It means seeking […]
While cacti and succulents prosper in the heat and sunshine, they don’t need summer to flourish; a wonderful indoor high desert can be created at home. The plants not only […]
Marcelle Howard began dancing at the age of three at a studio formerly known as Jean’s Dancing School in Prineville. Slipping on her tap shoes, she emerged into her first […]
Eddie Swisher has a corner in Bend, Oregon where not only is he greeted on a first-name basis by his customers, but he makes a point of knowing their names […]
Kylea Civello Design Kylea Civello turned to furniture refinishing to keep her mind occupied while her mom was sick, and again when experiencing postpartum anxiety after the birth of her […]
Sponsored Content Marie Saldivar and her husband Kurtis met in the vast, Joshua tree-lined landscape of the Mojave Desert. They were part of a community of outsiders, artists and dreamers […]
Sponsored Content It all started in a garage for Bend’s Baldhead Cabinets, which is today a designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty, high-quality garage cabinetry. In the 1980s, Eric and Bobbie […]
Bend has certainly changed during the past few decades. The number of roundabouts and breweries has exponentially increased. The home prices have gone through the roof. The proliferation of familiar […]
Traveling to Milan, Italy and displaying his work at SaloneSatellite 2022, a showcase for designers under the age of thirty-five, helped emerging Bend furniture designer Jacob Riggle take his work […]
Two essentials for a Central Oregon camping trip are most certainly beer and a sleeping bag, so it’s fitting that the idea for sleeping bag beer holders was dreamt up […]
In 1964, when Marvin Wodtli was just 2 years old, his parents built a home out on Billadeau Road east of Bend’s city limits. They raised cattle and hay on […]
Last year, Sunriver Resort launched a new chef apprenticeship program in collaboration with the American Culinary Federation. The four-year program trains chefs on the job, ultimately graduating twelve per year […]
Jake Woodruff knows that roofing may not be the sexiest subject out there, and that a new roof doesn’t usually top a person’s list of “cool” large purchases. Regardless, having […]
Sponsored Content When buying or selling real estate, prospective clients might think they’re working with just a single broker to move the deal forward. While that broker might be the […]
Sponsored Content Coming to the office looks a little different for the employees of Bend’s Century Insurance. Maybe it’s the two-tap kegerator next to the flatscreen TV or the comfy […]
Rhino Skin Solutions was created in 2015 in Central Oregon for Smith Rock climbers. Developed to help combat the brutal effects of sharp crimps and rough rock, Rhino has evolved […]
While returning from the mountains on Century Drive in the past year or so, it’s been hard to miss the roaring fire pit outside Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. The flames […]
Cary Greenlee never imagined roofing would turn into a lifelong career and a family business he would one day pass on to his son, Nicholas Greenlee.
The Paulson’s Floor Coverings name may be relatively new to Bend, but the company brings with it 100 years of history as an Oregon-grown family business.
When empty nesters Jane and John Ross were looking to make the move to Central Oregon from the Willamette Valley, they worked with a realtor to explore what was available […]
While shopping for a new stove, refrigerator or mattress isn’t something people do every day, choosing the right one is a decision bound to impact a shopper’s daily life for […]
Bend Magazine sat down with CEO of the Mueggenburg Group, Nils Mueggenburg to learn about the global business of botanicals.
For those starting a business in Bend, naming often involves taking a look around at the community—drawing inspiration from places like the Deschutes River, the Cascade Mountains, the volcanic landscape and the native plants and animals.
Central Oregon ski areas face climate change, COVID-19 and conversations of people vs. profit.
Bend-based company Metolius Tea brewed into existence in 2010, when founder Amy Stahl began mixing potions based on her love of fine tea and plant medicine.
Jenny and Greg Lanker purchased Area Rug Connection in early July and have since expanded the store’s offerings to include a full range of home décor.
When he finally landed in Central Oregon, Hollyman settled in with a local design/build firm to hone his craft as an architectural designer over the next two decades.
After careers in beverage sales, wine distribution and brand marketing, Duane and Dina Barker planted wine grapes on their land east of Bend.
A visit to downtown Bend’s Smith Rock Records is an experience rife with nostalgia as customers step into a space packed with new and used vinyl albums, CDs and cassette tapes.
With more time at home over the past eighteen months, Central Oregon homeowners are looking at their environments with fresh eyes.
Kathleen Donohue has been with Neil Kelly, which specializes in design/build remodeling, for more than thirty years, so she’s well versed in remodels.
As a second-generation sheet-metal worker and owner of a Bend HVAC company, Paul Shepherd has long been comfortable welding and crafting metal to fit a purpose.
Sometimes when there’s a product we wish existed, but can’t find, we settle for less. But what if it’s for something as personal as your skin?
Though by no means as affluent as larger markets such as Portland, Seattle or the Bay Area, there is money in Bend for those with a good idea and the willingness to work for it.
Bend Magazine sat down with Tom Beans to talk the rewards and challenges of owning a bookstore, and the future of print.
With Kathy’s business savvy and Sterling’s vision, the pair set to work and in November 2008, Bend Electric Bikes was born.
As he continues to run the business, Baptista said he’s most grateful for his staff, from the sales team to installers and others, who all play a role in the success of the company. That success becomes evident by the customers who return.
“To me, it felt like I was made for this,” said Feagans, owner of Windermere Central Oregon Real Estate. “There is no greater joy than seeing a family get their home—it’s really exciting to see people win in that way, and it’s fun to be a part of that.”
Motels are starting to see a resurgence. Americans are yearning for more authentic experiences, an ability to connect to the communities and places they visit.
The Colima Market brings a slice of Mexico to Central Oregon.
Since 1981, Contract Furnishings Mart has been serving the Pacific Northwest in all needs related to flooring, cabinets and countertops.
Norman and his wife arrived in Bend in 1977, and started talking to banks about building speculative homes in their new city. “We found Bend, and we fell in love with it,” Norman said.
As cities in Oregon continue to develop and expand, the likelihood of animals getting caught in the middle between city and country increases.
Inside the well-appointed showroom, visitors will find dozens of staged displays of living room furniture, wall décor, lighting, dining areas and more, with unique products meant to appeal to a variety of style preferences.
Dewayne Hornbeak launched Epoch Ascent in 2015, bringing his background as a U.S. Marine and his work with the State Department in high-threat protection to creating a sport-specific training facility.
Shehadeh and Blackstrap saw an opportunity to cut down on the waste of disposable masks by producing facemasks that could be washed and reused.
Ingredient Studio is the culinary brainchild of Candy Argondizza and Marité Acosta, an accomplished pair of female chefs who moved to Bend from New York City in 2017, after years of visiting Central Oregon.
The new shop is cozy and imaginative, packed with plants large and small and a wall of pottery from local ceramicists, including Cook’s Pottery in La Pine.
Whether it’s sipping wine while glimpsing life at a sprawling vineyard or hunting for the perfect pumpkin at a scenic ranch, agritourism introduces visitors to ranching and farming, while also serving as an integral part of many farms’ business plans.
Matt Hand started his career in 1994 at BendBroadband, where he built COTV BendBroadband Channel 11.
When Phil Geiger moved to Central Oregon in the late 1990s to snowboard, he held a few different jobs before signing on to be a driver for a small restaurant takeout delivery business.
“For a city that has 100,000 people, there are so many choices for neighborhoods, schools and activities, which is fantastic for people who live here. For people who are coming here though, it’s incredibly overwhelming.”
Shanna Koenig Camuso launched the whole food artisanal nut and seed company Gather Nuts in Bend in 2019. The Texas native and certified nutrition consultant came to Central Oregon seeking a milder climate that still offered the outdoor recreation they both loved.
While many entrepreneurs dream of one day opening a brick and mortar storefront to showcase their business and reach customers, the risks and cost of doing so can be a barrier for many.
When students in a new outdoor products class at Oregon State University-Cascades were asked last fall to brainstorm a new product to design, Daniel Rogers suggested heated flyrod grips.
The company develops embedded circuit boards, firmware, accompanying software, plastics and enclosures for electronics.
Not all hats are created equal. That’s something you learn the first time you walk into Gene Baldwin’s hat studio outside Sisters.
Sisters entrepreneur forgoes early retirement to launch startup with surfer Laird Hamilton.
When Oregon voters legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2014, Lipson saw an opportunity.
Before coworking became the coolest thing to do in Bend since opening a craft brewery, it had to go through another stage where it wasn’t so glamorous. And it wasn’t so long ago.
Investing in a smarter approach to city government.
On Bend’s eastside sits a small industrial office building that connects thousands of students and hundreds of teachers to one of the nation’s largest online education networks.
Today Bend boasts a thriving economy that has diversified beyond construction and tourism. It has landed a four-year university and is becoming a hub of technology and outdoor-related businesses.
At age 83, serial entrepreneur is still building a better Bend.
Aquaglide produces water sport gear and has plans for growing its business.
We wanted a name that was different and spoke to the spirit of what we’re all about: adventuring, keeping on the go and just having good times along the way.
EarthCruiser founder Lance Gillies builds off-road vehicles for an international market that sees no boundaries to travel.
Apricot Apiaries is a beekeeping operation out of Kimberly, Oregon that uses their bees to pollinate farms and orchards, and produce a variety of honey and beeswax products. Most people […]
Critics say new rules for smoke management don’t go far enough.
“In the games industry, it’s still very much the Wild West.”
12.1% of Central Oregon workers are remote.
Every element of the farm is utilized, including the minutes in the day.
His projects include downtown’s upcycled bike racks.
“People want to see where their money goes and how it is being used in the community.”
Analyzing the successes of 2018 and the indicators for 2019.
It’s just the latest in a long list of contributions that each have made to bolster Central Oregon’s growing creative economy.
“Working with innovative people who transform problems into positive change—that inspires me.”
The Bend data scientist mentors girls who are interested in science.
A public snub turns into marketing gold for a sex-tech startup in Bend.
“I didn’t wait to be invited. If you feel in your heart that you want to serve in this capacity, do it.”
Physicist, blacksmith and recovering reality TV competitor.
The historic home is all that remains of Bend’s flagship dairy.
The development will take applicants who make up to 125% of the median area income.
“It’s imperative that my community and I move forward on issues of equity, inclusion, education and social transformation.”
The farm is symbolic of concerns about Oregon’s agricultural future.
Epic could hire as many as 100 new employees in the coming year.
An interview with owner and brewer Melanie Betti.
The company was founded in 1911.
The jewelry store built a legacy of personal relationships in Bend.
“We recognized we could use those tools philanthropically as well.”
Gotta love that FoodeFlash card.
It’s all fun and games until you have to wake up at 4:30 a.m.
KidRunner recently sold-out of its first launch.
The year is 2040. You’re touring OSU-Cascades in Bend. Go.
Tim Riefke will lead the nonprofit in its growth.
And they’re doing it without beef.
When one thinks of plywood, beauty isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind.
Female-run companies receive less than 3 percent of venture capital funding.