Origin Story: Soak in Hops at Hop in the Spa

We Central Oregonians love our beer. We enjoy drinking it, making it, and cooking with it, but one place in Sisters, Oregon is changing the way we think about beer, by brewing up their own hoppy concoctions for soaking in. In this week’s Origin Story, we take you to Hop in the Spa.

If you’re interested in hopping in the spa, you can connect with Mike and Sally at their website, hopinthespa.com or on social media at Hop in the Spa.

Thanks to BendBroadband for giving us the time and resources to tell the stories for Central Oregonians who have turned their passion into a profession with a new edition of Origin Story every Monday on Central Oregon Daily News at 5.

Local Businesses Celebrate the Return of the Sisters Folk Festival

After smoke filled skies forced the cancellation of the Sisters Folk Festival last year, fans, community members and businesses are celebrating the festivals return to Sisters. The festival will likely be sold out by the time the music starts on Friday night, which means 4,500 people are expected to flock to Sisters over the weekend. With roughly half of those in attendance coming from outside of Central Oregon, local businesses are looking forward to their last big weekend of the summer.

Superfood Company Opens in Sisters

Superfood Company Headed By Surfer Laird Hamilton Opens in Sisters

When you’re a world-class athlete you look for every edge you can find to push yourself to the next level.

Legendary surfer Laird Hamilton found one of his edges with a homemade creamer that he added to his daily diet, for an added natural boost of energy during the day.

Paul Hodge, CEO of Laird Superfood, had recently moved to Sisters and once he sold Hamilton on the idea that the creamer was the foundation for a new health food company, he also pitched the Central Oregon community as the place to locate the headquarters of the new venture.

For business leaders in Sisters, the question wasn’t if Laird Superfood was a good fit for the community, but how fast could they make it happen.

Sisters officials are hoping that Laird Superfood is the first wave of a rising tide of new businesses in their community.

Origin Story: Birdseed Food Co

In this week’s Origin Story, where we meet people who have turned their passion into a profession, Allison Roecker introduces us to Ashley Chase.

When Ashley Chase was 24 years old, she only had half the amount of blood in her body that a healthy adult female should have. Her mind was constantly foggy and she was only living her life at half of her potential. The culprit of these ailments? Gluten.

Now, Ashley is redefining what healthy foods are with her brand of homemade granola. Birdseed granola can be found all over Central Oregon in grocery stores like Newport Avenue Market and Market of Choice, coffee shops like Spoken Moto and Jackson’s Corner, and many other places.

You can follow Birdseed Food Co on social media at @birdseedfoodco, or online at birdseedfoodco.com.

Origin Story: Dyad Adornment Co.

Allison Roecker joins us for our weekly Origin Story segment where we meet Central Oregonians who turn their passion into a profession.

Selling plants and handmade jewelry out of an Airstream trailer outside of Spoken Moto might sound like an unconventional business model, but one Bend woman, Courtney Willis, is making it work and we guarantee you’ll want to rush over there to check it out!

The Dyad Adornment truck is open Tuesday through Saturday right outside of Spoken Moto next to the Box Factory in Bend. You can follow her on Instagram at @dyadadornmentco, and although she doesn’t have all of her inventory on her website, you can find a selection at dyadadornmentco.com.

Origin Story: Wax & Wane

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has this week’s Origin Story where she introduces us to people who turn their passion into a profession. This week we meet the owner of Wax & Wane Candles.

Inspiration can be found everywhere and for Central Oregon native, Hannah Turner, she found her inspiration in her childhood memories by recreating the smells of the high desert.

Although Wax & Wane candles aren’t in Bend stores quite yet, you can find them on Hannah’s Etsy shop and at wwcandles.com. For more information and really pretty pictures, you can follow Wax & Wane on Instagram at @waxandwanecandles and Facebook.

Taste This! – Holm Made Toffee

For this week’s Taste This!, Donna learns about toffee making on a culinary adventure with Holm Made Toffee.

Thanks to Donna and Randi for showing us around and taste their toffee, which you can pick up at grocery stores and shops all over Central Oregon. Look for them at Farmers Markets at NorthWest Crossing, Downtown and on the East Side and online anytime at holmmadetoffee.com.

Thanks to Newport Avenue Market for telling us about Holm Made Toffee and for giving us what we need to take this culinary adventure every week. Life is short. Eat good food. 

Origin Story: Bushel and a Peck Organic Skincare

In this week’s Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to Aimee Berg of Bushel and a Peck Organic Skincare.

Central Oregon’s high desert climate can get pretty dry. Aimee Berg saw this problem and created an all natural and organic solution that will have you tossing your lip balm collection in the garbage.

You can find Bushel and a Peck products at many different locations in Central Oregon including Newport Avenue Market, Wren and Wild and Sole Footbar. You can also find products on Aimee’s website at bushelandapeck.co.

Every Sunday on Central Oregon Daily’s new feature, Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to a passionate person who is making their dreams come true.