Barbara Beck’s first attempt at selling pastries in Longview crumbled, but now she’s back with more variety, a better location and fresh excitement.
On Oct. 20, Beck opened Granny’s Goodies at 1061 15th Ave., which was most recently home to a fast-food Mexican restaurant. Granny’s sells freshly baked doughnuts, custom cakes, espresso and take-and-bake pizzas.
“We can do any cake anybody wants,” said Beck, a 64-year-old Longview resident.
Two years ago, Beck opened Awe-Some Donuts at the Baker’s Corner Plaza, which became a hit with hunters heading out of town but ultimately closed after about six months. Beck said the niche business wasn’t in the best location, and she couldn’t keep injecting money to keep it afloat.
“It was too far out of town, and I had a limited budget,” Beck said.
Beck then found a job at the Walmart bakery, where she met Marilyn Fisher, who had been baking and designing cakes since she was a teenager. The two women got to talking and realized they could make a business out of their combined talents. Beck makes all the doughnuts, while Fisher, who has taken top honors at Oregon state fairs, handles the cakes.
“You give me an idea, and I’ll run with it and try to get you what you need,” Fisher, 61 of Longview, said.
Granny’s Goodies has 10 employees. John Tomlinson is the assistant baker and Barb Vollmert makes pizzas and pies. Desiree Allen is the barista, and three of Beck’s grandchildren also work for her.
The lobby at Granny’s Goodies is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the drive-through window is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Take-home pizzas must be called in ahead of pickup. Call 636-2253 (BAKE) for more information.
Toledo Telephone honored for video service
Toledo Telephone has received a national award for its Roku Over the Top Video service, the company announced last month.
The Toledo-based communications company was awarded the best independent sevice provider innovation award at the fifth annual TelcoTV Vision Awards, which were in Las Vegas. TelcoTV is the telecommunications industry’s largest conference for broadband service providers.
The Roku box is bundled with Toledo Telephone’s high-speed Internet connections and gives customers acess to unlimited movies, TV shows, music and sports.
Toledo Telephone has about 1,900 lines and 1,300 broadband subscribers, most of them in South Lewis County. The company provides voice, long distance, Internet, video surveillance and other services.
• Erica L. Rodman recently re-joined the staff at Woodland Real Estate LLC, where she began her real estate career in 2004.
She left the real estate business in 2008 to take a position for two years as the executive director of the Port of Woodland after which she took a career sabbatical. In 2009, she was a recipient of the Vancouver Business Journal’s Accomplished Under 40 award.
She served on the Woodland City Council from Nov. 8, 2005 to Dec. 31, 2007.
Rodman obtained a managing broker’s license in 2006. She focuses her business in Clark and Cowlitz counties, with specialties in land development and commercial real estate.
She also is involved in the Clark County Business and Industry Association (BIA).
• The JH Kelly 14th Annual Retiree and Employee Recognition Dinner was held Oct. 26 at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center. Ninety-four retirees were celebrated and 209 employees with 10 or more years of service with the company were recognized.
At the event, former company chairman and chief executive officer Dan Evans was recognized for receiving the 2012 Moulton Medal for Distinguished Alumni from the University of Washington’s Chemical Engineering Department.
Evans, who addressed the chemical engineering graduates at a commencement in June, was quoted in a JH Kelly press release as attributing part of his success to his chemical engineering degree and the professors who supported him.
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