Business Briefs


A new restaurant, BZ's Last Stand & Hacienda, will open sometime this weekend or next week at 18 Calle Guanajuato Way, where Pilaf was located before it closed last November. BZ's will serve Tex-Mex food and will feature an authentic taqueria downstairs and a cantina upstairs, said owner Beasy McMillan, who also owns Cucina Biazzi and has founded a number of Ashland restaurants. For more information call 488-6470.

Gavin Kleiman and Deborah Stamper, both physical therapists, have opened a new practice at 2205 Ashland St, suite 204. Kleiman & Stamper Physical Therapy combines alternative therapies, such as yoga and meditation, with traditional physical therapy techniques, Kleiman said. He and Stamper worked at Ashland Community Hospital before the hospital closed its outpatient physical therapy unit earlier this year. For more information call 482-0242 or log on to

Mari Dickinson started a personal assistant business in Ashland on March 30. Dickinson, who has worked as a personal assistant for 15 years, will help people manage weddings, parties, their homes and their workplaces, among other things. She charges either by the hour or by the task, depending on the job. For more information call 944-6951.

Of Interest

The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy, or Thrive, is offering a six session business development class called "Creating a Successful Business." The classes will focus on marketing, financial management and operations. Classes will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting April 22. For more information call 201-2093 or log on to

— By Hannah Guzik

If you know of any Ashland businesses that have just opened or closed, contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or

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