Business notes:Mekong Thai opens, Business after hours, HR Distillers signs up Pendleton Whisky, Chamber smart phone app

April 6, 2011

Mekong Thai opens on West Cascade

Marnie Douangphoumky and family opened Mekong Thai restaurant, at 1810 Cascade Ave., on Monday.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and dinner nightly.

Mekong is located in the space formerly occupied by Sophie's and Abruzzo.

The Doungphoumky family has operated Mekong Thai in Milwaukie for three years and will offer a similar menu of Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

Columbia Cliff hosts Business After Hours

Columbia Cliff Villas hosts the next Hood River Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event, Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Appetizers will be provided by the White Buffalo Wine Bar and Bistro. Wine will be provided by Naked Winery. There will be a raffle drawing for a free night's stay at Columbia Cliff Villas and a 50/50 drawing.

The villas are at 3880 Westcliff Drive, next to Columbia Gorge Hotel.

HR Distillers signs up Pendleton Whisky market support

Hood River Distillers, the Northwest's oldest and largest importer and producer of distilled spirits, is partnering with French/West/Vaughan for marketing support of Pendleton Whisky, the official spirit of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and one of the fast-growing premium whisky brands in the U.S.

FWV is one of the nation's largest independent public relations, public affairs and brand communications agencies.

"We're excited to work with an agency such as FWV that truly understands the cowboy spirit upon which Pendleton Whisky was founded," said Ronald Dodge, Hood River Distillers president and CEO.

The agency has additional experience with leading western organizations like the PRCA and Parelli Natural Horsemanship, as well as beverage and spirits experience for clients such as Diageo brand Bulleit Bourbon, Jack Daniel's and the North Carolina Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association.

Pendleton Whisky was developed to honor the tradition of the Pendleton Round-Up, one of the most prestigious rodeo events in the world, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

Hood River Chamber has an app for itself

The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce is now providing a mobile app "MyChamberApp" (MCA) to help consumers and visitors find local business locations, area events, and services offered by chamber members.

MCA provides a host of easily accessible maps, locations, phone numbers, websites, images, and even videos to help consumers locate information and resources for Hood River County. The app offers one-touch access for chamber member business websites, phone numbers and GPS location identification.

Available in an easily downloadable form to iPhone, iPod, Android and Blackberry users for free (, MCA can also be found on the chamber's website at

"Last year during the tourism season, we found that many visitors were asking for easy online accessibility to contact and directional information from our website," commented Kerry Cobb, chamber executive director.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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