Gift tags at Waterville banks

Compiled by Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

This bi-monthly column highlights business news in Waterville and in other Douglas County communities. If you have business news that you would like to appear in this column, email


Umpqua Bank and North Cascades Bank have gift tags available for children in need in the Waterville community. Please go into one of the banks and pick up a gift tag for a child. Purchase the gift, wrap it and return it before Dec. 20. Gifts are distributed by the Waterville Food Bank.


Waterville Parlor wishes everyone a happy holiday season. The parlor is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Waterville Parlor offers specialized and family haircuts for men and women.


Steve and Lani Kenner of Kenner Automotive would like to send holiday greetings and a big thank you to their customers. The Kenners have headed south for the winter, so the shop will be closed until April 1. They look forward to seeing their customers in the spring.

“Be safe this winter and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” write Steve and Lani.


Highway 2 Brew, Waterville’s popular espresso business, is ready to treat you during the holidays. Their special holiday drinks include Peppermint Bark Mocha, Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte, Gingerbread Chai and Pistachio Brittle Latte. They also have non-alcoholic Grasshopper, White Russian or Peach Schnapps drinks. Their Mexican Mocha, which is dark chocolate with a variety of spices, is very popular for cold morning commutes. Candy Cane steamers are great for the kids. Egg nog is available throughout the winter.

Everyone on your shopping list will appreciate a Highway 2 Brew gift certificate. This stocking stuffer is perfect for teachers, day care providers and grandparents. The stand is open on Christmas Eve until 6 p.m. if you need one last gift. They also sell ground coffee by the bag.

Their tea selection from “Two Leaves and a Bud” offers everything from a blend to pry your eyes open in the morning to a black robust Assam, stomach soothing Better Belly Herbal and a comforting chamomile.

Have you tried the stand’s Light Delight cookies? These are sugar free, gluten free, low carb and low calorie, but not short on flavor. New cookie choices are available each week.

Highway 2 Brew opens weekdays at 5:30 a.m., Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m. It closes at 7 p.m. every day.


Waterville Family Foods is your one-stop shopping spot for the holiday season. You can pre-order your prime rib and they will cut it to fit your family’s needs. Turkey and ham are also available. They have holiday decorations, gift wrap, greeting cards and flowers for your table. Check out their holiday beverage selection and sparkling juices for the children. Don’t forget the eggnog.

The grocery has poinsettias that are perfect for decorating your home, for gifts or for adding holiday cheer to your office. They also have plenty of holiday candy and stocking stuffers.

Waterville Family Foods is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Christmas Eve until 5 p.m. It will be closed on Christmas day.


Naoko Hinderer of Field Moon Handmade Soap will be selling her products at the Waterville Federated Church community bazaar on Dec. 8. This will be the last Christmas sale in Waterville before the holidays. To buy products, you can also visit the online shop at If you live in Waterville, Hinderer will deliver the soaps you order online to you, or you can make arrangements to pick them up.


Pioneer Park Café is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. They are closed Sunday. The café will have daily specials available throughout the winter. These are posted on their Facebook page every day.


Waterville Historic Hotel is open on a seasonal basis from mid-April until the end of October each year. The hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites, all of which are non-smoking. They offer complementary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. The hotel will reopen in mid-April. For information on the “Hotel for Sale,” visit their website at


Katie Shafer, manager of Umpqua Bank, said that the bank is wrapping up a really good year in the Waterville community. They currently have great CD rates. Call the bank at 745-8511 for more information.


North Cascades Bank was recently honored with the 2018 Financial Capability Innovation Award presented by EVERFI, Inc., a national technology innovator. The award recognizes North Cascades Bank’s significant efforts to improve the financial capability of area residents through unique digital learning initiatives.

“North Cascades Bank is proud to have empowered so many local students with the essential skills needed to make sound financial decisions. It’s a testament to our investment in our local communities,” said Charlie Guildner, president of the bank.

Honorees were selected based on a set of criteria that included the scale and reach of their financial education initiatives, the duration of their commitment, and unique employee volunteering activities that supplement their programs.

North Cascades Bank is committed to providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate the increasingly complex financial world, according to a news release from the bank. They have partnered with EVERFI to bring Financial Foundations to local students at no cost to schools or taxpayers and have reached more than 250 students during the 2017-18 school year in six area schools, including Mansfield.

The web-based program uses the latest in simulation and gaming technologies to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.

Administered by teachers in a classroom setting, the web-based course offers over six hours of programming on a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k plans and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and performance of every student.

Further, North Cascades Bank partners with EVERFI to provide a financial literacy and capability adult learning platform for customers, community organizations and employees.