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Withnell Dodge/Ram Sells Dealership to Roberson Motors Inc.

Written by Luis Ramirez on Mar. 21st, 2023

SALEM- The Withnell Dodge/Ram car dealership at 2650 Commercial Street SE has closed and is changing owners effective March 1, 2023.

The dealership has been in the Salem community since 1980 but will be replaced by Roberson Motors. 

A Facebook post by owner David Withnell alerted followers of the impending sale of the business. 

“This was in the works for a little while as it takes a long time for these things to transpire,” owner Da…

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Valiant the Sandwich Moves Sandwich Shop to the Heart of Downtown

Written by Luis Ramirez on Mar. 21st, 2023

SALEM- Valiant the Sandwich opened their new location downtown after opening up during the pandemic and developing a cult following.

Their new space is located at 477 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301. 

Owner Joshua St. James was born and raised in the Salem area and has worked in the food industry for several years. In 2018, Avid Cider hired him to r…

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Las Cuatas Lokas Uses Social Media to Grow Business

Written by Luis Ramirez on Mar. 21st, 2023

The business started as a love for Mexican candy and an effort to replicate a recipe before blowing up on social media amongst the backdrop of the pandemic.

Las Cuatas Lokas, which means The Crazy Twins in Spanish, was started by 13-year-old twins in Salem. They were fans of Pica Pica and wanted to find a way to create their own recipe.

“They wanted …

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Fuego Latin Club Opens Up in Keizer

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 16th, 2022

KEIZER- The Mid-Willamette area is now the home to its first Latin dance club as Fuego Latin Club (3393 River Rd. N, Keizer) opened their doors in October.

Fuego Latin Club is the brainchild of Jose Luis Pantaleon, a local entrepreneur who owns a staffing company named Agri-Staff in addition to the club.

He’d previously owned Area 51 bar and grill in…

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Salem/Keizer Non-Profit Christmas Initiatives

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 16th, 2022

CAPITAL FC Capital FC had their annual CFC Soccer Ball Auction and Benefit on November 19, which helped raise money to support scholarships for their youth-based programs.  “We raised more than ever, and this will allow us to continue to provide quality programming and scholarships to the nearly 40% of our kids that receive financial assistance to participate,â…

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The Withnell Family YMCA Opens Their Doors

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 16th, 2022

SALEM- After waiting for almost four years, the newly remodeled YMCA opened in downtown Salem on October 20. The Salem Withnell Family YMCA is now a 51,000-square-foot flagship building in the heart of the city. Construction began in 2020 where the former building was located.

“We’re excited to see all our past members come back and see how many n…

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New Developments in Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Nov. 18th, 2022
SALEM- Several new developments are currently under construction or recently completed in the Salem area.   1233 Riverbend Road NW A new food cart pavilion will be opening in West Salem at a new development. The new pod will be called Checkpoint 221 and will feature 16 food carts, a bar, and an indoor/outdoor dining area. Checkpoint 221 hopes to be…
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New Boys & Girls Club Branch Opens in Northeast Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Sep. 30th, 2022
SALEM- The Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion, and Polk counties opened up their newest location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28.  The new location will help an underserved area of Northeast Salem off Lancaster Drive and will be named the Epping Homestead Branch (3805 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem).  This will be the eighth Boys & Girls …
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Marco Polo Restaurant Changing Ownership after 21 years

Written by Luis Ramirez on Sep. 28th, 2022
SALEM- Marco Polo Global Restaurant is changing hands after 21 years. Owners Jackey and Cathay Cheung recently retired and have handed the reigns over to longtime employee Patty Pakulak. Pakulak was an employee for 12 years under the Cheungs before being approached to take over as new owner. “I’ve been in it for so long and my dad owned a restaurant w…
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Chronic Tacos Makes Their Long Awaited Debut in Downtown Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Aug. 26th, 2022
Kris and Angel Scott were looking into owning a franchise when they stumbled upon the California-based chain, Chronic Tacos. “We got jaded with the whole 9 to 5 thing and working for other people,” Kris Scott said. “I came home one day and Angel asked about owning a franchise. We both looked into brands. She found Chronic Tacos by looking at the Fortu…
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