Earlier this fall, The Register-Guard spotlighted eight new businesses that started despite the pandemic — or that started right before and survived a first year in business marked by tribulations.
Here are five more young businesses that have seized the year:
Monika Janczuk and her partner, James Strauss, were once clients of a Central Bark in Wisconsin. When they moved to Eugene, they opened their own. The hands-on doggy daycare made its debut in November with large indoor and outdoor play areas, an onsite groomer and other pup-minded amenities. Yes, that includes a deep freezer filled with peanut butter-filled dog toys.
Check your dog in for a stay at centralbarkeugene.com, stop by at 750 McKinley St. or call 541-505-7101 with questions.
Happy Cow Burger
Another burger joint has joined the race for best burger in Eugene — but with an Asian twist. Happy Cow Burger offers local, free range, grass-fed beef burgers, loco moco and hashes at the former Humble Bagel location. The new eatery also offers meals from the happiest cow: Beyond meat substitutes and Coconut Bliss shakes for vegetarian and vegans.
Build something new for yourself like a bulgogi and kimchi burger at Happy Cow Burger by calling 541-510-0015 or visiting 2435 Hilyard St., Suite A in Eugene.
This Thai restaurant has popped up along the southern edge of the University of Oregon campus. Drumrongthai started in 2010 as a food cart in the Whiteaker area, migrated to Creswell and back again. Today it serves classic Thai favorites from the former Sundial Cafe location.
See Drumrongthai’s menu online at drumrongthai.com or visit, at 2435 Hilyard St. Suite B in Eugene. Call 541-505-7492 with questions.
Seize the Cafe
This spot describes itself as a chill cafe with great food — what more could you want? Details, of course. Seize the Cafe is an easy-going atmosphere in the former Allan Bros. location with rotating specials shared regularly on Facebook. Some of these include butternut risotto, steelhead trout and fresh noodle lasagna. If you’re thinking about dessert, don’t worry: Seize has that taken care of, too.
Visit Seize the Cafe at 2465 Hilyard St. and call 541-735-3706 with questions. Keep up on facebook.com/Seize-The-Cafe.
Cactus and Candles
This little e-boutique was born to nurse those work from home vibes. Gently scented beeswax candles are created by mastermind Ethan Rife and paired with cacti for a minimalist business focused on making the most of this year. Cactus and Candles was born in March when Rife thought about how much the small things in life make our spaces a little sweeter.
Visit Cactus and Candles from the safety of your home: cactusandcandles.com
Contact reporter Dana Sparks at [email protected] or 541-338-2243, and follow her on Twitter @danamsparks and Instagram @danasparksphoto. Want more stories like this? Subscribe to get unlimited access and support local journalism.
This article originally appeared on Register-Guard: New Eugene businesses offer eateries on Hilyard, a place for dogs and small things