Independence business earns state recognition INDEPENDENCE -- Mecanico, the newest pub in downtown Independence, was recognized Oct. 2 for its creative repurposing of a long-boarded up gas and service station.The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, during its annual Oregon Main Street Conference in Astoria, recognized several cities and businesses across Oregon for their efforts toward downtown revitalization.Salem-based real estate investor Matthew Lind purchased the property from the city of Independence in 2010 after it sat vacant for more than a decade.Lind kept the building's facade true to its gas station roots -- the original gas pump remains in place as well, though nonfunctioning.Now a hub of activity Thursdays through Sundays, the pub's only days of operation, recognition from the state on the project's creativity is a testament to the vital role Independence has placed on creating a thriving downtown, said Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street coordinator. Local real estate office under new ownership DALLAS -- Under new ownership, Angor Realty LLC, reopened in Dallas this month.The office for the firm, now owned by Gordon English Jr., is at 154 SW Oak St., Dallas.Angor Realty offers property management services, as well as helping clients find homes.Business hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.For more information: 503-623-9480. New clothing store set to open in Independence INDEPENDENCE -- I'll Never Tell, a new clothing store, is set to open Saturday at 769 N. Main St., Suite B, between the Monmouth-Independence YMCA and Rocksalt Imports/Angeney Kime Art.Focusing mostly on new, name brand clothing for men, women and children, I'll Never Tell will also feature used clothing.All items, new and used, will be priced under $20.A ribbon cutting for the new store, hosted by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce, is set for Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m.Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information: 971-209-2520; email to email@example.com. Local nonprofits ranked among best to work for POLK COUNTY -- In its fifth annual account of the state's best nonprofits to work for, Oregon Business magazine ranked three Polk County organizations in the report published Oct. 3.Dallas Retirement Village and Monmouth-based Partnerships in Community Living Inc. ranked Nos. 25 and 27, respectively, in the report's list of 34 large organizations, those with 50 employees or more.West Salem-based Family Building Blocks ranked 13th on the large organizations list.The report surveyed more than 5,000 employees and volunteers from 159 nonprofits statewide. MBA to host fundraiser for its scholarship fund MONMOUTH -- The Monmouth Business Association will host a fundraiser at Burgerville on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the group's WOU scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a business major from Monmouth.Volunteers are needed throughout the three-hour event.For more information: Mark Fancey, 503-751-0147.