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|Articles - April 2012|
|Thursday, March 22, 2012|
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BY SUSAN G. HAUSER
There’s a new hotel in Eugene, but the fact that Brian Obie’s Inn at the 5th is the town’s first new hotel in 30 years is not the real story. What is remarkable is that Obie managed to pull off this downtown development in the first place. His 70-room boutique hotel, which opened in late February, is considered a minor miracle in the hotel industry.
During the construction deep freeze of 2010-11, Obie, a longtime local businessman and former mayor, lined up investors and lenders for his dream project. In that same period, no more than half a dozen new hotel projects in the entire nation got the green light, according to Stephen Ledoux, a hotel industry specialist with Davis Wright Tremaine, the law firm that assisted Obie with the project’s financing.
“You want to talk about an uphill battle,” says Ledoux. “There was nothing easy about this any step of the way. But this happened by force of the will of Brian Obie.”
Obie has been one of the owners of Eugene’s Fifth Street Public Market for 30 years. It was during a stay at Inn at the Market, Seattle’s popular boutique hotel near Pike Place Market, that Obie got the inspiration for his own market inn.
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BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
Demand for organic food continues to soar: Last year, sales of organic food rose to $32.3 billion — up 10% from 2012. In Oregon, organic produce wholesaler Organically Grown Co. has been championing organic growing methods for four decades.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.
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