Instead of Amazon.com, try Cosmic Depot

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Tucked away down a winding path just off Third Street, Cosmic Depot looks like the home of the friendly neighborhood witch. A black cat named “Shadow” roams between the butterfly-bedazzled shrubbery and the bright yellow house speckled with purple stars. Inside, the shop is bursting at the seams with all manner of…

Meet in the Middle: City proposes compromise with Crow’s Feet Commons

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly When the Source first reported last week that the City of Bend would not renew Crow’s Feet Commons’ lease on the 500 square feet of Mirror Pond Plaza adjacent to the historic building it also leases from the City, the public outcry caught owner David Marchi by surprise. “Public reaction has been…

Sinless Sweets: Plant-Based Pies make healthy taste good

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Barclay Losse has a sweet tooth. He also has diabetes. About a year and a half ago, Losse started experimenting with desserts that he could enjoy without jeopardizing his health. “I wanted to create something tasty that wouldn’t mess with my blood sugar as much as other tasty things,” he…

Best of Central Oregon 2014: Best Bicycle Shop

Hutch’s Bicycles By Erin Rook, Source Weekly A local fixture for more than 30 years, Hutch’s Bicycles has grown alongside Bend’s bike culture. When Jim Lewis—who has worked with bikes since he started building them in his garage at age 9 and has never been employed by any other company—was tasked with opening the first of two…

Killer Tofu: Local scientist warns of GMO risks

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Dr. Ray Seidler, a retired Oregon State University professor and former microbiologist for the Environmental Protection Agency, is on a mission to educate local communities about what he says are the dangers of allowing genetically modified organisms into the food supply unlabeled and unregulated. The scientist says he was spurred to action after…

Cabin Fever: Dogwood Cocktail Cabin elevates downtown drinking

By Erin Rook and Brianna Brey, Source Weekly Bend is a beer town through and through (see this week’s feature). The downtown drinking and dining scene is awash in tap handles and IBU scales. So when Dogwood Cocktail Cabinhit the scene last month with a distinct lack of beer selection and an emphasis on craft cocktail…

Hate Your Job? You’re Not Alone

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Once upon a time in my 20s, when I was complaining to my mother about a soul-less retail job, she offered this completely depressing reminder: “Everyone hates their job.” While that may no longer be true for me, I get that I’m one of the lucky ones. So, if you…

Talking to Trees: Carpenter transforms salvage into art

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly When a tree falls in the forest, Mike Ross sees décor, not debris. The Bend-based craftsman uses salvaged timber—typically culled from parks and lawns across the Pacific Northwest—to fashion thoroughly modern furnishings inspired by the wood’s natural curves, knots, and quirks. He sells his one-of-a-kind pieces out of a showroom…

Bend City Council Approves $190K Contract for Galveston Revitalization Design

By Erin Rook, the Source Weekly It’s only been a month since the City raised the ire of Galveston corridor business and property owners with a bridge closure that limited access to businesses and diverted traffic onto neighborhood streets. But last night, the Council approved, with the hesitant blessings of stakeholders, a contract to draft a preliminary…