Four new or renewed businesses are changing the look of Montesano and East County.
In Montesano, Towne Barbershop opened around the first of the year; Urban Juice Factory opened last week; and the long awaited return of the Bee Hive Restaurant could come as soon as this week. Watch for updates on The Vidette’s Facebook page or Twitter feed (@MonteVidette). There’s also a new food truck parked at the Satsop Business Park.
Urban Juice Factory, Inc.
Address: 214 S. Main St., Montesano.
Owners: Todd, Michelle and Hannah Pierog and Chris Wood.
Previous work: Todd owns West Satsop Contracting, Inc.; Michelle works as an office financial manager with a law firm in Olympia; Hannah is finishing her master’s degree in business; Chris is a real estate agent.
Specialization: According to a Facebook post, they are testing a “decadent toast menu.” The menu can be found on their Facebook page (facebook.com/urbanjuicefactoryinc).
Personal: Both Hannah and Chris are Montesano High School graduates.
Quote: “Living and loving this community for our entire lives we wanted to create a place that promotes a lifestyle for offering healthy choices, indulging in the local arts, and celebrating one another’s goals.”
Prices: Range from $1.85 for iced tea to $7.45 for a Smoothie Bowl.
Employees: Aside from the four owners, there are four part-time and one full-time employees.
Hours: Open 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week, unless closed for private engagements.
Mug Shot food truck
Address: 43 Tower Blvd., Elma, at the Satsop Business Park
Owners: Darrell Chambers
Previous work: They were both drug and alcohol counselors owning a drug and alcohol outpatient treatment center in Olympia, which is now being run by their daughter.
Specialization: “Our burgers are a third of a pound Angus beef.” Angie Chambers said. “And everybody loves our chicken wrap.” Also, their items have pretty creative names.
Personal: Greater Grays Harbor Inc. will host a ribbon-cutting celebration at noon, April 30. There will be deals available.
Quote: “Food trucks like Mug Shot are a vital piece of the puzzle as our customers and employee base continues to grow at the business park,” Satsop Business Park manager Alissa Shay said.
Prices: Chain gang (a combination of items) is the most expensive item at $9.
Hours: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
Website: Being developed.
Address: 108 Pioneer Ave. E., Montesano
Owners: Doug and Megan Zimmerman
Previous work: Doug had a career building houses as a framer before transitioning to cutting hair 11 years ago. “When people I’d been asking for a job started asking me for a job, I knew it was time to change,” Doug Zimmerman said. He cut hair in many places along the West Coast before setting roots in Montesano.
Specialization: Straight razor shaves. “I learned from a 90-year-old barber who learned from a 90-year-old barber.”
Personal: Doug’s oldest child lives in Montesano, so they decided to stay. They’ve been in Monte for about two years. Doug enjoys surfing.
Quote: “I like the blue-collar crowd that lives around here. They work hard. Everybody’s really caring. It’s a little Americana that you want to be a part of. It pulls you in,” Doug Zimmerman said.
Prices: $18 for a haircut, $2 discounts for seniors and military.
Hours: Varies, but often open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
The Bee Hive Restaurant
Address: 300 S. Main St., Montesano.
Owners: Craig and Rose Gallington.
Previous work: They own Wynooche Meats and Deli and Wynooche Valley Meats.
Hours: Menu being determined.
Prices: To be determined.
Employees: Signs posted Monday at the restaurant say they still are hiring.
Hours: To be determined.