Business Briefs: October/November 2013

Happyrock Coffee Roasting Co.
Happyrock Coffee Roasting Co.

Happyrock Coffee Roasting Co. was established in 1999 in historic downtown Gladstone. The name of the roasting company comes from what the locals call the town: Gladstone a.k.a. Happyrock. Lisa Halcom has been the owner and roaster since 2009. Happyrock roasts all beans in small batches, which guarantees consistent quality. “Serving a high-end product while maintaining its friendly small town atmosphere is Happyrock’s goal”, says Halcom. Besides online and in their small historic shop, Happyrock Coffee can also be found in restaurants, at the Oregon City Farmers Market, in grocery stores like Spicer Brothers Produce and Market of Choice, as well as the specialty store “Made In Oregon.” Happyrock has won several awards in Coffee Roasting Championships. In the 2010 “Best Coffee in Oregon Competition” at the Oregon State Fair, Happyrock won the championship with the blend “Storm of the Black Bear” and again in 2011 with the blend “Darkness of Divinity.” In 2012 “Blend No.5” was in the top 16 finalists in the “America’s Best Espresso Competition” at Coffee Fest Seattle. And in 2013 Happyrock’s “Blend No.5” was again named one of the 10 best espresso blends in Oregon at “The Best Coffee in Oregon Championships.” Are you looking for a locally-roasted coffee to become addicted to? Try any of the award-winning blends by ordering Happyrock blends online at HappyrockCoffee.com or visit the shop at 465 Portland Ave., Gladstone.

“Warrior Room” — the name alone is empowering. Ashley Jensen, owner and trainer at the Warrior Room — a kettle bell gym, located at 1928 SE Washington St. in Milwaukie — is “dedicated to bringing affordable, grueling, results-oriented workouts to its clients in a small, personal-group setting.” Jensen is a tall, strong, and fit woman who has a heart of gold, as evidenced by her most recent impressively attended and sponsored event: “Cobras vs Honey Badgers Arm Wrestling Tournament,” benefitting Northwest Housing Alternatives. At the Warrior Room, you can make a difference to your physique and fitness level and also help fund a great charity. Jensen’s goal is to help you get in shape and stay there with individualized attention and safe, expert instruction in the use of kettle bells without the lavish price tag of a big-box private trainer. In addition to kettle bell workouts, there are boot camps, classes for adults and children, and even an organic local private chef who can prepare to-go meals for you to stay on track. Call 503-841-0049 or visit WarriorRoom.org to connect.

Wing Ma'am
Wing Ma’am

Grindr-type app for women? Yes, ladies! Come early December 2013 “Wing Ma’am” will be launching their mobile app designed for LGBTQ women. Not only will Wing Ma’am help you find queer women’s events — by genre — in cities you are visiting throughout the world, Wing Ma’am can also help you find Ms. Right — or Ms. Right-Now if you are not yet ready for “forever.” Visionary Ariella Furman, who also produces the insanely popular “Impulse Pittsburgh” (ImpulsePittsburgh.com) parties, became a little envious when her gay male friends so easily met other guys via “Grindr.” Queer women can be hard to find, especially if you are new to a city. It was the immediate accessibility of new friends on the Grindr app that inspired Ariella. “I decided to design something similar for queer women. We used our own funding with a development team to build the app,” Furman says. Wing Ma’am will be able to help you find new friends and tap into queer women’s events happening practically immediately, upon signing up. Just like Obamacare, Wing Ma’am needs YOU to sign up! Go to WingMaam.com to connect.

Mitchell Schram
Mitchell Schram, Stolz Motors, LLC

“Making friends one car at a time” is how Mitchell Schram operates Stolz Motors, LLC, located at 4545 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland. “One of the simple things I do is listen to my customers. I don’t push customers into purchases; I provide a safe, positive environment to discuss cars, learn people’s needs, and offer suggestions and solutions. I want to build a business where people feel safe, comfortable, and good about purchasing their next car. I support the community, both the LGBT community and the Northeast Portland community.” If relieving yourself of the big-dealership pressure and creating a long-term friendship with someone who you can come to each time you need to purchase a car, then connecting with Schram is the way to go. Schram can locate a car that fits your needs if you do not see one in the Stolz Motors inventory; think of him as your personal car shopper. Schram left a job in corporate America to be his own boss. “I’ve always liked cars and helping people solve problems. I get great satisfaction out of helping people find the right car at a good price and within their budget.” Since Schram is a mechanical engineer and digs German cars, it seems fitting that he named his business “Stolz Motors”, because “Stolz” means “pride” in German. And, pride is what you will feel driving off in a new car at a price you can afford, purchased from a guy you trust. To check out the inventory, go to StolzMotors.com or email Mitch@StolzMotors.com or call 503-545-7995 for an appointment. Mention PQ Monthly and you will receive a $50 gift certificate after purchasing a vehicle.

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