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Jennifer Rockwell is the administrative assistant for the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Hello from Reedsport/Winchester Bay. How about starting off with some good news?

The annual Gardiner, Reedsport, Winchester Bay S.T.E.P. Salmon Derby is only a couple of weeks away! It is going to be handled a little differently this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be no raffles and no award presentation. There will still be $1,500 in cash prizes awarded, but those checks will be sent in the mail. The Salmon Derby takes place from Sept. 5 through Sept. 7. You can sign up in Reedsport at Kel-Cee Ace Hardware or Snowy River Mercantile, and in Winchester Bay at Salmon Harbor Tackle or Stockade Market. If you have any questions, please call Rick Rockholt at 541-613-0589 or email umpqua.rock@charter.net.

In addition to the Salmon Derby, we are celebrating the opening of some new businesses in town. E.L. Edwards has opened an office in Old Town Reedsport. You can stop by and look at their listings on the window, or pop in during normal business hours to chat with an associate.

Any of your mailing needs can now be met at Reedsport Mail and Ship on Winchester Avenu., which is an authorized shipper for USPS, UP, and FedEx. They also offer notary services, copies, faxing, and printing as well as personal mailboxes. Nails to You and Reflexology by LucyLu has joined us in Reedsport, right on Highway 101. Lucy has been in business in Florence, but made the move to Reedsport in June.

If you wanted to pamper your car, you could visit Swift’s Auto Detailing, now open on South 20th Street. There are also two new restaurants to enjoy. Reedsport Coffeehouse Café opened near the elementary school on Longwood Drive. They offer a drive-up window for coffee, sit-down dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a walk-up window for to-go orders.

Jackson’s Café and More has opened in Winchester Bay and is currently only offering to-go orders but look to open its dining room soon. In addition to delicious food, Jackson’s will be serving up a family-friendly gaming atmosphere in the coming months. Visit RWBtogo.com for a listing of restaurants, hours, menus and contact information about dining in Reedsport or Winchester Bay.

Not open yet, but something to keep an eye on, is the Toy Boat, once called Unger’s Landing. It is the blue boat-looking building near the newly remodeled Rainbow Plaza Boat Launch in Reedsport. A couple is planning to open a restaurant there. They are currently making renovations to the structure with plans for a soft opening in the fall. They will have café-style family dining on the main floor and a lounge upstairs.

Also hoping to open their doors soon is Free Ceramics. You can view and purchase some of their creations at the Mindpower Gallery in Old Town Reedsport. Visit their website, freeceramics.com to read more about their story and check out their art.

Reedsport was very much looking forward to an event new to our area this year — Junk Refunk Market goes to the Beach. Unfortunately, it could not be held in 2020, but we are excited to see 50+ vendors from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho in July of 2021. You can search Junk Refunk Market goes to the Beach on Facebook to learn more.

While most of our events sadly had to be cancelled for 2020, it does not hinder your ability to enjoy the beauty of Coastal Douglas County. Winchester Bay’s miles of undisturbed beaches are the perfect way to practice physical distancing while still enjoying the sea, sunshine and fresh air. The dunes are open, and the sound of OHV’s hum as you cruise Salmon Harbor Drive.

As always, if you have any questions about Coastal Douglas County please do not hesitate to call the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce at 541-271-3495. We would be delighted to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.

Jennifer Rockwell is an administrative assistant for the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce.

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