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|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.
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.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex fast changing business environment.
Update: We checked in with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who offers his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
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?
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I was in a rut. A few months ago, I was at my desk trying to come up with cover story ideas for our June “green” issue. But I was stuck on a concept that is a bit too tried and true in the magazine business.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY LEE VAN DER VOO
A forest collaboration saves the Rough & Ready Lumber Company.
Friday, June 06, 2014
BY KATIE AUSBURGER | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
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