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Still The One

Peter Rogers relaxes in
the new Coldwell Banker Mountain West lobby

Coldwell Banker Mountain West, the oldest real estate company in Salem, is now the “newest”

    Coldwell Banker Mountain West has acquired the building at 235 Union Street NE, Salem and has finished an outstanding renovation. This 3 level, 12,500 square foot building is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in Oregon. Over 6,000 feet of 200 year old plank flooring was installed, along with 7,000 square feet of 100% wool carpet. The new furniture is from the Restoration Hardware line using reclaimed oak and select hardwoods. Lighting is state of the art low energy, as is the heating and air conditioning.
    “Our goal is to create a space that is beautiful to the eye, while using materials that are safe for the environment and healthy for our staff and associates,” says Peter Rogers.
    Peter personally installed and finished the plank wood flooring, as well as designing the gourmet kitchen. “I enjoy working with wood and love cooking,” says Rogers, “So I had so fun working with our contractor, Gene Makarenko of V.A. and Sons. “Gene is a master at remodeling and knows where to find the materials and people to create this stunning building.”
    “A project of this caliber requires a team effort because the entire goal is to create a space that does not look at all like an office. This office of the future is to have areas for interaction and socializing on a professional level. State of the art technology combined with old world warmth and color, using all natural environmental materials was our vision,” says Gene Makarenko, general contractor.
    “Alex Rhoten, the commercial real estate agent who represented Coldwell Banker Mountain West in purchasing the property, recognized it as being ideal for our needs,” says Peter Rogers, President. “Alex’s knowledge of small business financing made this entire project become a reality. We then met with Randy Compton of Pioneer Trust Bank, and John Safstrom who greatly assisted us with the S.B.A.C. Small Business Administration. Then we met with City Redevelopment offices for guidance in creating a building that would enhance the city of Salem.”
    Coldwell Banker Mountain West is the leading real estate firm in the Willamette Valley, and the number 1 real estate office in Oregon. As well, Coldwell Banker Mountain West has been in the Top 10 nationally for Coldwell Banker since 1986. Coldwell Banker Mountain West’s unique Free Lifetime Handyman Repair Service is one of the reasons they have been voted “The Best” by readers of the Statesman Journal for the past 4 years.
    Coldwell Banker Mountain West was at the vanguard during the housing depression and never reduced staff nor marketing to aid their clients and associates. “Every 70 years or so we seem to have this kind of generational financial change, but long term, we believe owning your own home is the wisest purchase one can make to build financial security,” says Rogers.
    Visit online at Coldwell Banker Mountain West has been serving Salem, Keizer, Silverton and the Willamette Valley since 1977 and has been a part of the Coldwell Banker franchise since 1982.

“Business of the Year”
Valley Credit Union

Valley Credit Union is a
proud sponsor of the Salem Art Festival.
    Not just a leader in the mid-Willamette financial community, Valley Credit Union is a leader in giving back to the community they serve. From the Real Honors Breakfast to the Diaper Drive, Cross Walk of Salem, The Salem Arts Festival, and so many more listed in this article. Valley Credit Union is always there. It takes a great deal of time, planning and a true commitment to support all these great events each year. They are each so important and vital in their own way. The Salem Business Journal salutes Valley Credit Union as “Business of the Year” 2014 for all they do.
    At Valley, our local community is at the center of those we serve. Our members are our number one priority, but the neighborhoods and communities that we live in are extremely important as well.
    Our philosophy is "people helping people," which has been the guiding principle for credit unions since the beginning of the credit union movement. It goes beyond just serving our members, ensuring a vibrant, cooperative community for everyone.
    Our staff and members have identified several non-profit and charitable organizations we wish to support. Our direct involvement is not only important but essential to presenting who we are to our community.
    Placing community service at the center of who we are we are, allows us to share our vision with our members every day, and also the communities supporting us from all around.
    In the past year Valley Credit Union has supported great organizations, including:
  • Family Building Blocks
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • The Medical Society Foundation of Marion and Polk Counties
  • The Salem Art Association
  • The Silverton Arts Association “Business of the Year” Valley Credit Union Valley Credit Union convenient ATM at Salem Hospital Valley Credit Union is a proud sponsor of the Salem Art Festival.
  • The Silverton Kiwanis
  • The American Red Cross
  • Credit Unions for Kids (Children's Miracle Network)
  • The Marion-Polk Food Share
  • The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life
  • The Silverton Pet Parade
  • Willamette Humane Society
  • CrossWalk
  • Schools, clubs and other organizations

    Nathan Good Architects, Receives The “People’s Choice Award”

    Recently completed remodel
    to Willamette Valley Vineyards
    has received the “People’s Choice Award”
    from the Oregon Chapter of the
    International Interior Design Association
        Salem design firm, Nathan Good Architects, receives the “People’s Choice Award” from the Oregon Chapter of the International Interior Design Association for the recently completed remodel and additions to Willamette Valley Vineyards.
        Nathan Good Architects is honored to announce that the recently completed remodel and additions to Willamette Valley Vineyards has received the “People’s Choice Award” from the Oregon Chapter of the International Interior Design Association.
        Over 3,250 votes were cast for approximately thirty entries, with the Willamette Valley Vineyards project receiving close to half of all votes.
        The award was presented to Nathan Good at the 2014 Design Excellence Awards banquet held in Portland on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014.
        The Willamette Valley Vineyards project entailed a substantial remodel and additions to the hospitality and barrel aging facility, the addition of two new guest suites, a new wine cellar, and the addition of multiple outdoor environments for the enjoyment of sensational views overlooking the vineyards. A new food-pairing bar enables visitors to experience the rich interplay between wine and thoughtfully prepared cuisine. The character for the new interiors synthesizes a warm Northwest pallet of natural materials with soft curvilinear forms.
        Willamette Valley Vineyards now features a number of sustainable design elements, from the roof top solar panels to the bottle-recycling center.
        The distinctive wood flooring in the new tasting rooms was crafted from wood salvaged from shipping pallets arriving to the Port of Portland from Southeast Asia. The new hospitality suites have received LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.
        Those wishing to see the new award winning design are welcome to visit the winery to the south of Salem off I-5 any day of the week from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
        Nathan Good Architects was founded in Salem in 2005 and has offices in downtown Salem and Portland. They specialize in architecture and interior design for winery and hospitality clients, custom homes, and select commercial projects.
        They have received a number of national and local design awards: Custom Green Home of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders, the Western Home Award from Sunset magazine, and design awards from the Salem and Portland chapters of the American Institute of Architects.