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Biz Buzz: Dog friendly restaurants and great banks

Biz Buzz: Dog friendly restaurants and great banks
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on October 24, 2017 2:22PM

Biz Buzz:

We’re all watching the windows at the former Silver Lake Bistro in Joseph, waiting and wondering what is next. And a new flyer on the door proclaims: “The Dog Spot: treats for pets and people.”

Say what?

It’s the brainchild of chef Arion Canniff and his wife Amy Wolf (Amy is the daughter of Lynn Wolf of Joseph).

Canniff has 38 years of experience as a chef and Amy has at least 20 years of retail experience and both love their pets . . . so, “Why not combine that?” Canniff asked.

Canniff is the man who created “More Than A Mouthful” Cheesecake, which some may remember from Alpenfest a few years back. He’s mostly sold that product in Jacksonville and Medford and in Sandpoint where he was chef at La Rosa Club. But we’re sure looking forward to that little treat, aren’t we? You’re going to see me careening down Joseph Main Street from the mini-donut wagon to The Dog Spot on a sugar high as soon as I possibly can.

Canniff is busy remodeling the space (just a little, not much, he says) and intends the ambiance to be rustic and pet friendly. Just how pet friendly is still up in the air. He’s waiting for a ruling from the health department about how much interaction/restaurant space dogs can legally have.

We know there are restaurants in Portland that are pet friendly, but, as Canniff says, “Portland rules are a little different.”

That’s not worrying him.

“I’ve worked on every continent except Antarctica — so I’m used to different rules,” he said.

In any case, we can expect The Dog Spot to open sometime around Thanksgiving, Canniff said.

The couple is really committed to Northwest-sourced products, so expect both the pet treats and the human food to be from our region.

You’ll be able to spot Canniff right away. He wears a Mickey Mouse shirt every day.

LOCAL BANKS were honored by the Governor. Kate Brown proclaimed Oct. 16-20 Community Bank Week, honoring local banks for the significant economic and civic contributions they make in communities across the state.

Community banks are the first stop for local businesses because of their ability to immediately understand the concerns of businesses in their region. Community banks reported loans to Oregon small businesses topping $5.9 billion in a single year, according to a recent survey by the Oregon Bankers Association.

But that’s not the half of it. The survey also showed community banks in the state gave to their communities, pitching in $4.9 million to nonprofits and community organizations. Meanwhile, their employees logged more than 64,000 volunteer hours.

Sound familiar? You bet it does.


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