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The candy economy is still sweet
May 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009

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Gourmet chocolate lover Ashley Rahll says she always has at least one chocolate bar on hand at home. But a recent trip to Portland chocolate retailer Cacao with friend Adam Morris meant an extra-special splurge on a spicy dark drinking chocolate and single-malt scotch chocolate.

 

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The good book
April 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MichaelPowellEven before stock markets plunged and banks went bust, independent bookstores were closing their doors for good. But not Powell’s Books.

 

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New smoking ban dampens sales
April 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Oregon’s new workplace smoking ban is a big reason why lottery and video poker sales in bars and restaurants dropped 20% in January and 15% in February compared to the same time last year, according to the Oregon Restaurant Association.

 

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Tactics: Dutch Bros. rejects the corporate grind
March 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
TravisBoersma.jpgIt's hard to miss the blue and white windmill embossed on dozens of Dutch Bros. drive-through coffee stands planted around the state.
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There’s room at the inn as lodging industry feels drop
March 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
TheNines.jpgOregon’s lodging industry is taking a significant financial hit as consumers and businesses cut out unnecessary expenditures such as travel from their budgets.
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