Janet Day – Fraser Valley entrepreneurs move forward in face of recession
July 12, 2009
Boom Times. This is a recession, right? It’s time to hunker down and not take any risks, right? Tell that to the entrepreneurs in this end of the Valley who are ignoring the conventional wisdom and using the down times to go big.
The Winter Park Organic Market is moving, expanding and going after services and business that no natural foods market has before. Look for the popular little market to move from the Kings Crossing center to the new convenience store a block or so north in the Cornerstone property. The move adds 10 new jobs to the Valley. Details about their forward-thinking ideas to come in the near future.
The Cosmic Dog Grill has turned the vacant lot next to the old Shed restaurant (now a vacated real estate office) into an attraction. A funky retro-style sign and colorful pushcart plus a few picnic tables draw all kinds of visitors to what is essentially an eyesore in downtown Winter Park.
This isn’t just any hotdog stand. These guys are selling high-quality quarter-pound beef dogs, brats, chicken dogs, chorizo dogs and veggie dogs. More than a dozen toppings are offered including a variety of mustards or relish, and several types of peppers. Go for the Cosmic Dog – your choice of dog with a blue cheese sauce and piled-high caramelized onions. Add a squirt of Dijon mustard and you’ve got heaven on a hotdog bun.
Get any dog, home-made side dish and drink for just $6.50. Be sure to get the frequent-buyer card and ask about deals for locals and other special promotions.
Out at the Winter Park Resort Village, Goody’s has opened. This is an old-style soda fountain serving not just ice cream (Homer Simpson would love the Cookie D’oh flavor) but a long list of shaved ice flavors (The Tiger’s Blood combination of watermelon, strawberry and coconut got my attention) and crepes sweet and savory. The walk-up window should be open soon.
Farm Fresh and Fun. The new Fraser Farmer’s Market is growing each week in its inaugural year. Stop by Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for fresh produce, artisan breads and pastries, local arts and crafts, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, even a massage.
News From Afar. Former Fraser resident Kristin Schuring, the former homeowner liaison at Zephyr Mountain Lodge, has settled into life in Bend, Ore., and wants her friends here to know she and Patrick Meucci are planning a February wedding in Mexico. Congrats to both of them.
Unfortunate Oversight. There’s no one to blame for this but myself, even though I’ve tried to pin it on others. My column item last week about the artists responsible for creating the Art Out of Thin Air group and organizing the fantastic show at Pole Creek Golf Course failed to mention painter Donna Lyons, without whose input the effort may not have succeeded.
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