Day: April 7, 2010

IN THE RING: Tourism in Keizer?

This week’s question was: “What, if anything, should be added to Keizer to promote tourism?” Phil Bay, retired insurance agent and former city councilor: “Public Arts-Keizer Rapids Parj, and Rotary Amphiteater-45th Parallel. But let’s be realistic. We are not St. Louis, we are not Seattle. And we do not need to be comparing ourselves to them, and that is nothing to be ashamed of. We have always had great youth sports programs, and of course we have the Volcanoes Baseball program.” John Morgan, MorganCPS Consulting: “Ever since I was Community Development Director I advocated for 20 foot tall fiberglass full-color Irises lining River Road. That would be both thematic and tacky which is sure to bring in the tourists!   “However, on a more pragmatic note, Keizer has only one real opportunity to be a tourist destination, and that’s not Keizer. It’s the surrounding central Willamette Valley with its wonderful landscapes, variety of landform and uses, and myriad examples of agricultural production. Keizer should serve as a central convenient location in the middle of a huge tourist attraction, not try to be the tourist attraction itself.” Vic Backlund, former GOP state representative and retired educator: “What comes to mind first is that we should promote the ‘liveability of Keizer,’ that we emphasizde that Keizer is a great place to live.  For example, Keizer is known for its volunteerism; Keizer has its annual Iris...

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Mole’s Appliances settles into new location

One of Keizer’s most established businesses, Mole’s Appliances, has moved after more than 40 years in the same location. Owner Amir Fathizadeh has moved the retail store several blocks south to 3800 River Road. [MAP: 7] Fathizadeh, who bought the company in 2002, will continue to carry all the brands he has in the past.  He has added on Whirlpool and Kitchenaid. The store space is about three times as large as the cramped quarters the store was housed since 1966. He will be able to show all his products and brands.  Mole’s has also added Speed Queen laundry appliances. “They’re the only brand with a full three-year warranty,” Fathizadeh said. Aside from new appliances Mole’s will continue to offer used appliances as well as scratch and dent items that are up to 40-50 percent off retail. “People think department stores and big boxes have the lowest prices,” said Fathizadeh. He said his store offers great prices.  Just as importantly, he said, “we  help our customers make educated decisions on the purchase of an appliance.” Aside from a larger show room, more parking is available at the new location.  There is customer parking at either end of the building. Mole’s Appliance will continue to service and repair all major appliances, their repair staff are factory-authorized technicians. Fathizadeh, who lives in Keizer, has brought on his son, Bijan, as sales...

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