Origin Story: Ember’s Wildflower Animal Sanctuary and Bunny Rescue

Bunnies are the third most abandoned pet. One local woman is looking to change that statistic.

Lindsey Provost started Ember’s Wildflower Animal Sanctuary and Bunny Rescue just two years ago and, since then, she’s adopted out more than 80 bunnies.

She says she is just getting started.

If you want to find out more, just search Facebook for “Ember’s Wildflower Animal Sanctuary and Bunny Rescue.”

▶️ Origin Story: Opulent Mindfulness

A deep breath has been a survival tactic of sorts as we’ve gone through the stressors of a pandemic.

For Meris Gebhardt, she found the deep breaths and meditation as a healing practice six years ago.

She started Opulent Mindfulness and now she’s using her skills to help others heal through the power of meditation. If you want to find out more please visit http://www.opulentmindfulness.com/

▶️ Origin Story: Preston Thompson Guitars

Guitars were a lifelong passion for Preston Thompson but it took a few other careers and a nudge from his business partner to turn that passion into a profession.

Preston and Dan Stewart started the guitar shop in Sisters roughly eight years ago.

Even after Preston’s passing, Dan and the rest of the crew at Preston Thompson Guitars are committed to continuing his legacy.

You can find out more at pktguitars.com

▶️ Origin Story: Truffle Pig Trading Co.

The pandemic changed a lot of things for a lot of people.

But for a Bend woman, it opened a door she was always too scared to open.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Samantha O’Connor found out, Rissa Conway had a good job that paid the bills.

But come March, it all came crashing down.

With a push from her husband – and some extra time on her hands – she opened up her own consignment store in downtown Bend.

This is Truffle Pig Trading Company’s Origin Story.

▶️ Origin Story: Broken Top Candle Company

Affton Coffelt is the brain – and the nose –  behind Broken Top Candle Company in Bend.

She has three kids but has always described herself as a craft person who doesn’t like to sit still.

She’s grown her company from hand-pouring candles in her kitchen to having candles in major chain stores all across the United States in just five years.

You can find out more at brokentopcandleco.com

▶️ Origin Story: Saxon’s Fine Jewelers

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and for one jewelry shop in Bend, that phrase rings true.

Saxon’s Fine Jewelers in Bend has been in business for 38 years and has bedazzled multiple generations of Central Oregonians.

For the three co-founders, Ron and Annette Henderson and Bruce Plummer, it’s the simple act of making people happy that keeps them going.

You can find Saxon’s at 3298 SW Powerhouse Drive in the Old Mill.

Origin Story: Outland Motors

If you’re looking for a car that can handle all your adventure gear and inclement weather, Outland Motors in Southeast Bend could be the place for you.

Owner Bill Mitchener looks at cars as art.

He and his wife, Ellen, are passionate about making the car buying experience more personal and honest.

You can find Outland Motors at 940 SE 9th Street in Bend or head to their website outlandmotors.com

▶️ Origin Story: Crescent Moon Ranch

If you’re heading north on Highway 97 approaching Terrebonne, you’ll notice two things: Smith Rock and Alpacas.

That’s exactly why the owners of Crescent Moon Ranch, Scott and Debbie Miller, chose this spot for their alpaca farm.

Anyone driving by can stop in and feed the alpacas and, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll watch one being born.

You can find out more information at Crescent Moon Ranch’s website.

▶️ Origin Story: Poltex

If you’ve ever been to a doctor’s office or laboratory, you’ve probably seen some equipment organizers made right here in Central Oregon.

Poltex in Redmond started when its owner, Paul Filipowicz, got frustrated with his own workspace.

Since that day, it’s grown to a much larger business and ships supplies across the country and the world.

If you’d like to find out more head to poltex.com

▶️ Origin Story: Risse Racing

Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or someone who forgets about the bike in the back of the garage, you’ve got to always make sure your suspension is on point.

Risse Racing in Redmond can help!

Kevin Risse has been passionate about everything bikes since he was a young kid and now has made a living out of it.

As a mechanical engineer, Risse can build parts that don’t even exist anymore to make sure your next ride is as smooth as possible.

Find out more at risseracing.com