Street 14 Coffee
Astoria Business of the Month, December 2013
“We are excited to be part of the community, and wanted to do business with a community bank,” said Jennifer Cameron-Lattek, who arrived in Astoria in the fall of 2012 and owns Street 14 Coffee with her husband Micha. “I like everyone who works at Clatsop Community Bank, and the bank employees are customers of ours, too,” she added.
“The people at Clatsop Community Bank know you, and treat you like a person,” Micha said. “And they’re doing a good job for small businesses in town. I see many business owners coming and going at the bank when I’m there,” he explained.
Jennifer and Micha moved from Germany to Astoria, and bought Street 14 Coffee last year. Jennifer is a native Portlander, and met Micha in his hometown of Berlin. Both are self-described “academic refugees” who–unhappy with the career prospects in academia–decided to make a way for themselves in the coffee business.
“We thought we’d have to give up a lot to live in a small town like Astoria, but that’s not true,” the couple said. “Astoria is a small town that you actually want to live in. Our experience in the community and with the shop has been all that we expected and more. Astoria is changing in some exciting ways, and we want to be part of that.”
CKI Land Surveying and Civil Engineering
Seaside Business of the Month, December 2013
“Anytime I need something, all I have to do is call,” said Dean Keranen, professional engineer and project manager at CKI Land Surveying and Civil Engineering. “Mindy, one of the bankers at Clatsop Community Bank, takes care of whatever we need, and it’s immediate. You’re not waiting three or four days for something to happen—it’s just done,” he said.
“Clatsop Community Bank is a friendly place with great service,” added Scott Cooter, professional land surveyor and project manager with CKI. “We hadn’t worked with a local bank before, and the positive experience we’ve had with Clatsop Community Bank is a real eye-opener,” he added.
Dean and Scott own CKI, a firm they established in 2004 that is based in Gearhart. They provide land surveying, civil engineering and land use planning services for subdivisions, commercial sites, institutional development and private residential projects. Their capabilities include “everything but the building,” and often involve wetlands mitigation and flood elevation certificates. CKI’s service area includes points south to Lincoln City, north to the Long Beach Peninsula, and east to Mount Hood. Dean and Scott previously worked together in Portland for another firm before setting up shop for themselves on the coast. “It’s so much faster and easier to get around from meeting to meeting (on the coast), and as business owners, we have the flexibility to be more involved with our families,” Scott said.
Atlantis Design and Build
Astoria Business of the Month, November 2013
“I’d been with Bank of America since 1984, and when they left town, I checked out all of the other banks,” said Mark Tanguay, owner of Atlantis Design and Build in Astoria. “I liked the account structure at Clatsop Community Bank,” he said. “It fit my needs without a bunch of extras and fees that I didn’t want.” What really sold him, however, was that he could use his debit card at any bank’s ATM and Clatsop Community Bank would reimburse the foreign ATM charges (up to a monthly maximum).
Mark also likes the friendly atmosphere at the bank and the accessibility of the management team. “I like that the people who run the bank are actually around. At my old bank, I had to spend hours to get someone on the phone on the east coast,” he said.
Mark started his company in 2000, and specializes in kitchen and bath renovations. “I’m an artist, and I like sculpture. Tile and cabinetry are part of that,” he said. Mark also does in-home collaborations with “DIY” (do-it-yourself) clients who want to work on their own projects with the benefit of Mark’s expertise and professional tools. “It’s almost like a class in your own home,” he said.
Mark arrived in Astoria in 1973 on a 10-speed bike, and within 5 minutes decided he would stay. “I love the architecture and the houses here,” he said.
Gil and Trish Landscape
Seaside Business of the Month, November 2013
“We’d been interested in community banks for some time,” said Tricia Gates Arciga, who owns Gil & Trish Landscape with her husband, Gilberto Arciga. “The business model appeals to our values in terms of investing locally, and desiring to see the area thrive and grow,” she added.
The couple has been with Clatsop Community Bank since 2009, and says the bank has done well in living up to the values that attracted them in the first place. Plus, “They know us, and we always see the same faces there,” Tricia said. “There is almost no turnover.”
Gilberto began building the landscape business in Cannon Beach as early as 2001. It was a “part-time” endeavor in addition to his work at other jobs, which he admits added up to a lot of hard work at the end of the day. His focus was primarily on landscape maintenance until Tricia joined the business in 2009. “That allowed us to take it further,” he said. Services now include landscape design, installation and maintenance, as well as design and installation of patios, fences, retaining walls, planters and paths. The couple serves clients along the north Oregon coast from their home base in Nehalem to Surf Pines.
Astoria Business of the Month, October 2013
"Clatsop Community Bank is close and convenient,” said Matt Matzen, owner of Matt’s Candies in downtown Astoria. “But really, I chose Clatsop Community Bank because it is a local bank, and we try to do business locally as much as possible,” he said. “Plus, you just get friendlier service with a local bank like Clatsop than you get at the regional or national banks,” he added.
Matt opened his shop in downtown Astoria in the summer of 2013, after managing a candy store in Long Beach for 11 years. “The other cities in the area already have enough candy,” Matt said, but he saw an opportunity in Astoria and decided to locate his shop there. “I chose a spot near the Liberty Theater because of the foot traffic,” he added.
Matt learned the business from a World War II vet who owned the candy shop in Long Beach where Matt got started. He makes fudge and chocolates onsite daily, and sells other specialty candies, taffy, and harder-to-find nostalgia items that many remember from childhood. He also accepts custom orders and will ship outside the area.
French's Gutters and Sheet Metal
Seaside Business of the Month, October 2013
“I like keeping my money local,” said Jerry French, when asked why he chose Clatsop Community Bank. “The relationship with them is personal—like family,” he said. “The staff remembers me and knows me by name, and they treat my crew the same way,” he added.
Jerry owns French’s Gutters and Sheet Metal in Gearhart, and is big on doing business locally. “I refer local contractors when people ask me about services I don’t provide,” he said. He also encourages his crew to bank locally, as he does.
“I have no complaints about my experience with Clatsop Community Bank. It couldn’t be any better,” Jerry said.
Jerry has been in business since the late ‘80s, when he bought the company from his brother, Jesse, who is also a local contractor. His company designs and installs copper, aluminum, stainless steel and 28 colors of continuous gutter systems. He’s also developed the French Cut Outlet, a patented gutter component that is attracting a lot of attention in the market, including from the military. “There’s great potential in it,” he said of the design.
“We offer all the bells and whistles, including gutter covers and screens,” Jerry said. “We don’t do shortcuts, and we provide the best materials for the dollar. Customer satisfaction is our number-one priority.”
The Chart Room
Astoria Business of the Month, September 2013
“Clatsop Community Bank had me from day one,” said Contessia Zweber, manager of the Chart Room in Astoria. “I first got to know them when I applied for a consolidation loan, and they treated me so well,” she said. “I have all of my accounts there now, and don’t think I’ll ever bank anywhere else. They are professional, willing to help, and have always been there with anything I needed. And when I learned my bosses were investors in the bank, that just sealed the deal for me.”
Contessia has managed the Chart Room since June 2012, when it reopened under new owners Steve and Karen Allen. Contessia worked at the Chart Room, and (former) Andrew and Steve’s restaurant next door, when both businesses were under previous ownership. The Allens now own both properties, and will be opening a brewery at the former Andrew and Steve’s location soon.
The Chart Room is open daily from 11am to 2:30am with full service bar and a limited selection of made-from-scratch food. “We’ve established consistency with our service, our staff and our offerings, and business has multiplied as a result,” Contessia said.
Seaside Muffler and Off Road
Seaside Business of the Month, September 2013
“Initially, we chose Clatsop Community Bank because it’s so close to our business,” said Danielle Wing, who owns Seaside Muffler & Off Road with her husband Tim. “Little did we know how much we’d love them!”
“The relationship we have with Clatsop Community Bank is great,” Danielle said. “We went to them for an auto loan, and it was taken care of the same day. And when my debit card number was stolen in Las Vegas, the staff at the bank happened to notice the unusual activity and called me immediately.”
“When I hear people talk about changing banks, I always refer them to Clatsop,” she added.
Danielle and Tim bought Seaside Muffler in 2011 from Guy Williams, who built the business over a 25-year period. Tim and Danielle continue to offer muffler and radiator service, and expanded the business by adding off-road services, including custom exhaust systems, suspension kits, performance upgrades and more.
“We knew it was an omen to buy the business when we discovered during the purchase process that Tim’s grandfather has owned the building from 1958-1962, when it was a gas and service station,” Danielle said.