Business Briefs


Ashland's United Bicycle Institute plans to expand its bicycle mechanics and frame building school by opening a new facility in Portland. The school will continue to offer its complete program in Ashland, where it has held classes since 1981. The institute is expanding because its classes are so popular that they fill up four to six months in advance, according to a release. The school has begun construction on its Portland facility and hopes to begin offering classes this summer. For more information log on to

Noble Café & Roastery, a 36-seat coffee shop, opened May 8 at 281 Fourth St. The almost 3,000-square-foot space also serves as the headquarters of Noble Coffee Roasting. The owners of the business are Caleb and Libby Peterson, Jared and Carolyn Rennie, and Steve and Kelly Sacks. The café is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday and offers pastries in the mornings, and sandwiches and salads between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information call 488-3288 or log on to

Mitchell Walzer opened Turtle's Beejie Hut, a business that sells organic kettle corn, which is sweet and salty popcorn, at 46 E. Main St. on May 1. Using all organic ingredients, Walzer makes the kettle corn on site and sells it for $2 to $6, he said. Next month his prices will increase slightly. He also sells beverages, ice cream and chocolate. The small business next to the Ashland Bistro Café was used by that restaurant to sell to-go food until last fall. Turtle's Beejie Hut is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Mondays. For more information call 646-6953.

Jay Van Tussenbrook, Web manager for Earthly Goods in Ashland, started his own Web-based consulting company in April. Van Tussenbrook specializes in search engine optimization, which is helping businesses increase the chances that their Web sites will be displayed in an online search. He charges $1,200 for a search engine optimization report that includes tips. Van Tussenbrook has worked in the Web industry for 10 years, he said. For more information call 821-0328.

Miss Molly's Petite Paws, which has provided daycare for small dogs in Ashland for two years, now also offers dog boarding. Vicki Bamman, owner of Miss Molly's, expanded the business's services in order to cater to locals who leave their dogs behind when they travel, she said. The business also offers a pet taxi that picks up dogs at their owners homes. For more information call 864-9170 or log on to

Of Interest

Karen Bolda will team up with design expert Brenda Cornett to give a workshop on graphic design basics for small businesses and solopreneurs on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ashland Library. The workshop will teach people to create business cards, flyers, postcards, brochures or other visual marketing aids and will cover practical design tips to create visual strategies for successful marketing. For more information log on to or call 890-1883.

— 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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