Sondra Lozier, the last renter left in the huge Litch Building on the corner of West Main and River Street in Enterprise, has found new digs.
Lozier has been contemplating moving since the new owner of the Litch Building, McKee Brothers Investments, took possession and discussed reconstruction plans with the renters.
Since then, Sugar Time Bakery has moved to the newly remodeled Burnaugh Building (also a McKee project), R’s Consignment moved across the street to 105 W. Main and Valley Barbers moved to 211 West Main. Lozier was the last renter examining her options in December 2017.
Lozier will be moving her popular “Favorite Finds on Main” business to 700 West Main, across from the Red Rooster Café and Main Street Motors. Not only does she keep her name, the new digs feature a huge shop area, lots of storage and easy access to her storage in the NAPA Auto Parts basement and windows galore.
Lozier said she is contemplating how she will use those windows.
“I’m really pleased about this,” Lozier said. “It gives me more room, storage, it’s going to work a lot better for me (than earlier ideas).”
When she was in her original location in the Litch Building, she sent a lot of people down to the Red Rooster Café, she said, and with the growing familiarity of tourists with that business and the addition to Rants and Raves Brewery of Moscow, Idaho (beginning remodeling at the old Ace Hardware location in April), there will be a lot of possibilities on West Main.
Lozier plans to keep Favorite Finds on Main open in the old location until Feb. 28 and tentatively plans to be open in the new shop location by the first of March.
Look for advertisements as she makes that transition. One operational change to look for will be in the open hours as Lozier plans to bring her hours more in line with the open hours at Red Rooster.
THE WOOD lot across from the old Jay Herbert Bates Mill in Wallowa just keeps attracting new timber-related businesses.
Jake Layton of Wallowa, 33, son of Ron and Rene Layton of Joseph, is now operating a portable mill adjacent to and in tandem with Butch Tanzey’s Tanzey Forest Improvement Inc.
Layton, a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service who also coaches JV basketball at Joseph Charter School, is developing Layton Forest Products to fill a need in the community, he said.
The business takes advantage of a partnership with Tanzey that results in the ability to pay private landowners a premium price for their logs, while offering retail customers a good price for raw lumber and access to custom cuts.
Layton mills timber cut from private lands Tanzey manages and chops the lesser quality logs for firewood and kindling.
Layton’s kindling is dry and a really big bundle goes for $15. Find him on Facebook.
Layton’s mill can take any log less than 36 inches in diameter and produce special cut beams along with (mostly Douglas fir) construction lumber (1x and 2x material 16 to 20 feet in length). He has slab wood available, thick planks with live edges (popular for coffee tables, benches) and blued pine. He also has a stock of garden posts and fence stays.
Pretty much any 2x material is 90 cents a board foot, Layton said.
Call him for prices and tell him what you need or come in with your plans, and he’ll help you determine what you need. His number is 541-263-1022.