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October 6, 2012
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On Biz: Roseburg spa expansion means more room for pampering

La Bella Medique Spa has stepped out on its own.

After several years of being located inside other businesses, the spa has moved to a storefront of its own. A month ago, La Bella owner Jennifer Van Slyke relocated her shop to 610 S.E. Rose St., Roseburg.

La Bella specializes in skin and nail care.

Van Slyke had been considering an expansion at La Bella’s former location on Boston Street, but then a rent increase made her reconsider her business’ future. She opted to move, leaving a 600 square-foot space and landing in 1,550 square feet. That allowed La Bella to increase from two treatment rooms to six.

Van Slyke said one reason the business needed more space was because of an increased male clientele.

“We now have a double treatment room where couples can get treatment at the same time,” said Van Slyke. “We love what we do. We hope we make people feel good.”

La Bella has five employees.

The business can be contacted by calling 541-229-3223. Van Slyke said an updated website should be completed in a couple of weeks.

No stone unturned

Jerry Briggs is diversifying what his Canyonville area ranch has to offer.

His new business, B Rock Ready, is selling rock products from the family-owned pit off Gazley Road. Son Mike Briggs and daughter Kim Briggs are helping their father run the new operation that kicked into gear in June when the business rented a rock crusher.

B Rock Ready has crushed rock, round rock, decorative rock, sand and topsoil for sale. Delivery is available.

“It’s something new, so not everybody knows it’s here,” said Jerry Briggs. “We’re doing as well as can be expected. We’re finding people all the time who didn’t know we were here.”

The pit was first opened up in the 1930s, supplying rock to the Briggs ranch. Then in the 1950s and again in the 1960s, the pit was leased out to rock product companies for commercial use. Now the Briggses are running their own business at the pit.

Mike Briggs has experience in the rock business, having worked for Western Rock Reduction Co. in Shady Cove for the past three years. He works on a portable crushing plant.

Jerry Briggs is continuing to be a rancher and Mike Briggs is continuing to work for Western Rock. With Kim, they’ll share the responsibilities and work of the new business.

B Rock Ready’s phone number is 541-863-2762.

Dough, a deer

This is the season of collecting bucks, both in the field and in the till.

Bowhunters were in the field pursuing bucks and bulls in August and September. Now rifle hunters are getting their chance.

When these folks roll out for the hunt, they bring big bucks to rural Oregon communities. A study commissioned by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2009 found that Oregonians and others spent $517.9 million in 2008. That included $104.5 million spent on accommodations, meals in restaurants, food at grocery stores, transportation and other expenses on overnight trips and day trips of more than 50 miles one way. They spent $31.6 million on day trips of less than 50 miles. In addition, hunters spent $381.9 million on hunting-related equipment. Studies in 2006 show that hunting revenue created nearly 10,000 jobs in Oregon.

About 300,000 people buy Oregon hunting licenses each year, 275,000 of them Oregon residents. The rest bring in money from other states to spend in Oregon. Expenditures from people viewing wildlife added another $1.02 billion to the Oregon economy in 2008.

• On Biz is not an endorsement, only an introduction to businesses in our community. Reporter Craig Reed can be reached at 541-957-4210 or by email at

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