Origin Story: Wren and Wild

After two decades in the cosmetic industry, Mandy Butera knew too much, so she taught herself how to clean up her body and mind. She opened wellness studio Wren and Wild so she could teach others how to clean up their own lives and have fun while doing it.

If you’re interested in clean living and want to visit Wren and Wild for products or yoga classes, it’s located in downtown Bend at 910 NW Harriman Street, or you can check them out online at wrenandwild.com and on social media at Wren and Wild

Origin Story: Hopped Up Jewelry

Kimberly Markley moved to Bend in 2011 and her admiration for the community and the Central Oregon lifestyle has only grown. She made a pair of hop flower earrings to celebrate her new town and they attracted A LOT of attention. From there, Hopped Up Jewelry was born.

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

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.

#AvrynStrong Fundraisers Held in Bend

Fundraisers were held all around town to support, Avryn, a boy from Bend injured in a car wreck.

The Bend community came out-in-force on Saturday to support a 10-year-old boy who is still recovering from an horrific accident on the parkway. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan joins us with a look at how much money was raised at the events.

10-year-old Avryn Hayes, a local Bend boy who was involved in a head-on collision on the parkway on April 19th, is on his way to recovery at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. The family is facing medical bills, including $69,000 in air flight charges that is not covered by insurance.

As soon as the accident happened the community rallied around Avryn and his family, holding fundraisers at several local businesses around town in order to help with the families medical bills, including Dutch Bros, Longboard Louies East and Black Rock Coffee. One of the first businesses to jump on helping out Avryn and his family was Buckwild Sports

Origin Story: Orion Forge

Hunter Dahlberg of Orion Forge developed a passion for metal and all of the potential it holds, so he moved to Bend and began smithing. This week, Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker learned that there is more to blacksmithing than just shoeing horses and making swords.

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

Origin Story: A Passion for Baking

Can you imagine finding your calling at age seven? Shelbi Blok did just that, and mapped out her bakery dreams with just a crayon and her imagination. In this week’s Origin Story, Allison Roecker introduces us to the owner of Bend’s newest Late-Night Dessert Bar, Too Sweet Cakes.

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. 

Small Businesses React to Law that Eliminates Tax Break

How One Business Owner is Responding to the News

Small business owners across the state are weighing in on a new Oregon law that will eliminate a state tax break that they would have received in conjunction with the new federal tax reform. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how one local business owner is handling the news.

Governor Brown is calling for a special session this summer to try to extend the preferred tax rate that the state already offers more small business owners like Jennifer and it could happen as early as June.