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

Origin Story: Over The Edge Taphouse

If you take a drive down the hill into Crooked River Ranch, you’ll notice a golf course and some beautiful scenery.

Now, there’s a new spot for you to take in the view, all while eating some good food, drinking good beer and enjoying good times.

Over The Edge Taphouse was the brainchild of Lynelle Morgan. She calls the taphouse her happy place.

Samantha O’Connor sat down with Morgan for a conversation about how the restaurant got started.

▶️ Origin Story: Blue Spruce Pottery

Michael and Michele Gwinup moved to Bend more than 40 years ago and started a pottery business.

They’ve come a long way over the years and you have probably seen their stuff around town- especially if you’ve ever “mugged” at the Pole, Pedal, Paddle.

Blue Spruce Pottery was named after a tree in the front yard and has grown into a successful family business.

You can find out more at bluesprucepottery.com.

▶️ Origin Story: Maragas Winery

If you’ve ever driven the stretch of Highway 97 between Portland and Bend, you’ve likely noticed Maragas Winery outside Terrebonne.

Maybe you’ve even stopped in.

With views of Smith Rock to the east and the Cascades to the west, it’s a plot of land seemingly made specifically for the Maragas family to create the region’s first vineyard and winery.

This is their Origin Story, sponsored by BendBroadband Business.



▶️ Origin Story: Seed to Table

A Sisters woman is hoping to make eating vegetables a more obtainable and enjoyable experience.

Seed to Table cultivates roughly 50,000 lbs of vegetables on about an acre and a half of land.

Founder, Audrey Tehan, grew up on the farm and loves giving back to her community through field trips, food banks, and farmers markets.

You can find out more at seedtotableoregon.org

▶️ Origin Story: Sudara

A local company is having a global impact and their mission for good continues to grow.

Sudara was started as a non-profit in 2005 after Shannon Keith took an unforgettable trip to India.

She saw the devastating impacts of sex trafficking first hand and knew she needed to help.

Central Oregon Daily’s Samantha O’Connor sat down with the founder to learn more. You can find out more at sudara.org.

▶️ Origin Story: Bend’s Prep Kitchen

Cooking is in Mark Katzman’s blood.

And now, through a passion project he launched a little later in life, he’s providing a place for more culinary enthusiasts to grow their craft.

Located in a spot on Revere Ave. that’s been home to a sushi joint, BBQ spot and more, it’s fitting that it now is where chefs create all kinds of cuisine.

In this week’s edition of Origin Story brought to you by BendBroadband Business, Samantha O’Connor takes us to Prep Kitchen, Bend’s one and only commercial kitchen.



▶️ Origin Story: Sisters Cattle Co.

In this week’s Origin Story, Samantha O’Connor introduces us to a rancher who is doing things a little differently.

Hobbs Magaret at Sisters Cattle Co. is passionate about helping the environment and helping feed his community in the healthiest way possible. Magaret is popular on TikTok for sharing his ideas about regenerative agriculture. If you’d like to learn more or order meat, head to sisterscattleco.com

▶️ Origin Story: Oregon Hop Springs

Oregon Hop Springs is a product that combines two of Central Oregon’s most precious resources: water and hops. The combination might sound odd, but one Sisters couple begs to differ. Cindy and Dave Glick created the non-alocholic hop water in their retirement and they are ready to share it with the world! You can find Oregon Hop Springs at multiple locations in Central Oregon and at their website oregonhopsprings.com