Higher operating costs, inflation, price sensitivity and the allure of online shopping make running a retail business more challenging than ever.
Since 1935, the downtown business has seen technology come and go, watched families grow up and helped its neighbors during the pandemic. Owners Colleen and Kip Henery will close the store for good on April 28.
Rachel Alexander is now Salem Reporter’s managing editor. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Rachel Alexander, an award-winning education reporter, has been appointed managing editor of Salem Reporter. As managing editor, Alexander will oversee day-to-day news coverage produced by the Salem Reporter’s team of journalists. “This appointment reflects my confidence in Rachel’s journalistic[Read More…]
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Good news and bad at Employment Department, farmworkers union reaches out, alcohol tax
Josh Pritchfield pours a taster at Vagabond Brewing, 2195 Hyacinth St. N.E., on Friday, May 22. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) There’s a lot going on business. To help keep you up to speed, the Salem Reporter is launching a semi-regular roundup of business-related items including new business openings, locations, grant opportunities[Read More…]
Signs in the window of Brown’s Towne Restaurant and Lounge on Wednesday, September 30. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) After doing everything he’s supposed to for months, John McGrath, the owner of McGrath’s Fish House, said he feels singled out. When the state eased Covid restrictions this spring, he made sure to[Read More…]
The sign at The ARCHES Project. (Anthony McGuire/Special to Salem Reporter) On Monday, the Salem Urban Renewal Agency will consider agreements intended to help Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency expand homeless services. Also on the agenda is giving the city library room to rehabilitate its miniature dollhouse and a revised[Read More…]
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: CEO retires, money for specialty crops, relief for quarantined workers and loans for wildfire victims
Nothing but ashes and metal is left of Bonnie Sullivan’s home on the banks of the Santiam River just east of Mill City. She escaped the wildfire by riding in an open car trunk. (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Sullivan) There’s a lot going on business. To help keep you up[Read More…]
A chart showing Salem’s rental market compared to other cities. (Courtesy/Apartment List) Renting in Salem got a little more expensive thanks to the pandemic. That’s a recent finding from Apartment List, an online rental platform that tracks trends in local rental markets. According to Apartment List, rents are up in[Read More…]
Roger Tofte puts a plastic bag over a small castle next to the kiddie train to keep it safe through the off-season at Enchanted Forest on Tuesday, October 27. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Enchanted Forest, a beloved theme park just south of Salem on Interstate 5, usually closes for the season[Read More…]
Downtown Salem’s usually busy streets were nearly empty during the lunch hour on March 17, 2020, the first day of a statewide restaurant closure (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Time is running out for Salem area businesses to apply for grants intended to help them rebound after being adversely affected by the[Read More…]