Olsen Ag. drops Viridian wine label
POLK COUNTY -- Olsen Agriculture announced last week that it has discontinued its Viridian wine label.
The company, based near Monmouth and one of the largest private agricultural businesses in Oregon, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011. It exited that status on Sept. 1.
Ben Hanna, Olsen Ag general manager, said Viridian pinot noir and pinot gris wine has been distributed in more than 20 states and has been well received.
"But the market has been a challenge for Olsen," Hanna said. "We need to focus on our core competencies as we rebuild the company.
"We have strong farming operations and our grape production is an important part of our plan, but the bottled wine has not been a good fit."
Viridian was established in 2006. Hanna said Olsen will continue to grow grapes for other wineries and plans to trellis an additional 80 acres of pinot noir in 2013.
Open house set at Main Auto Body
DALLAS -- Main Auto Body will host an open house for the public Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Dallas location, 12795 Westview Drive.
Main Auto Body, with locations also in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Salem, purchased the former Taylor's Auto Body in 2011 and has been working on remodeling the business since.
The open house, which is an opportunity for the public to see the remodeled facility and be introduced to the business, will include prize drawings approximately every half hour and lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information: Jerry, shop manager, 503-623-8487; email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendors are needed for WOU event
MONMOUTH -- Businesses in Monmouth and Independence -- and the rest of Polk County -- are welcome to set up informational booths and introduce themselves during a community barbecue for new students at Western Oregon University on Sept. 19.
Participating businesses receive one table and two chairs to showcase their products and services. They are also encouraged to present students with giveaways.
The event, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Church Street on campus, is hosted by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $30 for M-I members and $60 for nonmembers. Applications deadline is Friday.
For more information: 503-838-4268 or email@example.com.
Frozen yogurt shop plans opening
MONMOUTH -- Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in Monmouth? You'll have another option beginning Saturday.
Frozation Nation, a self-serve frozen yogurt bar, will hold a grand opening of its new shop at Pacific Plaza, near the intersection of Pacific Highway South and Clay Street, that day at 11 a.m.
The shop is owned by Joe and Teresa Hutchinson of Monmouth. It will offer 15 flavors of frozen yogurt -- with sugar-, gluten- and lactose-free options -- and more than 50 toppings.
Frozation Nation will also feature an event room for parties and meetings, a high-speed Internet connection with a big screen television for gaming, and free Wi-Fi.
Teresa recently retired from Western Oregon University, while Joe is assistant director of the school's campus public safety department.
Frozation Nation will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information: frozationnation.com or on Facebook.