Ebb and Flow: Coffee People returns to its roots

A weekly list of new hires, fires and promotions, as well as business openings and closings.

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Openings and closings

Iconic Portland brewer Coffee People was founded more than 30 years ago but was eventually acquired by JAB Holding Company. Jim and Patty Roberts, who originally founded Coffee People, have reacquired the red and white “Coffee People” service mark for the company. JAB reportedly abandoned the service mark. The Roberts hope to open 10-12 Coffee People locations in the next few years. This isn’t the first time the Coffee People have made a comeback; the Roberts opened a Jim and Patty’s Coffee back in 2002.

Boys club

The Boys & Girls Club in Sellwood has sold its property to NBP Capital for $8.8 million. The nonprofit announced its decision to sell last year, citing a desire to move programs closer to its members. NBP will build a mixed-use property, with apartments and retail.


The Salem Salvation Army closed four years ago when the thrift store ran into financial problems. But in the time since closing, the store was able to reboot and will open down the road Aug. 18 — with three times the staff. The thrift store will now open in the Lancaster Center East. The majority of its profits will fund individuals in alcohol and drug treatment programs.

Revolving Door

The Eugene Water & Electric Board hired a new general managerearlier than expected. Frank Lawson started on the job just five days after the board approved his contract. Lawson was supposed to begin his new role Aug. 1, but he reportedly was able to leave his position as EWED’s electric systems engineering supervisor early.PROVENANCE HEADSHOT PRESS 1

Provenance Hotels hired Ashley Stempler as Director of Interior Design. Stempler will be in charge of design for the eight existing hotels, as well as new hotels in Seattle, Hermosa Beach and Portland. The position is newly created, and is similar to positions Stempler has held in the past with Commune Hotels in New York and Gettys in Hong Kong.

The Technology Association of Oregon has named four new board members: Chis Canazaro, director of Silicon Valley Bank; Ben Ertischek, founder of CSquire; Elisabeth Richasd, CIO of Greenbrier and Monica Enand, CEO of Zapproved. TAO is a Portland nonprofit that works to improve the economy and empowers entrepreneurs. The board consists of 32 local business people.