Mercantile to Close


After months of careful consideration, Barb Blystone, owner of the Mercantile, has made the difficult but necessary decision to CLOSE THE STORE by November 15th and turn her time and energy to the increasing needs of her family.

In the meantime, she has filled the store with your favorite items and there are SALES THROUGHOUT THE STORE, so spread the word!

Barb says ‘THANK YOU’ for making these 10 years of business a pleasure and a success, we will deeply miss our store, and especially our special connection with you.
Barb, Sharon & Heather

Note from Kathy: It’s sad to think of the Mercantile/Dancing Rabbit closing their unique and wonderful store. Barb has not tried to market the business, but she says she would be interested in talking to potential buyers. I know this gift shop and clothing store, with jewelry, books, candles, kid’s things, cards, decorative items, etc. will be sadly missed.

Ridgefield Junction Auto License Grows

Junction Auto License 2016

Claudia Fuentes has been hired as a title clerk at Ridgefield Junction Auto License, located on the east side of the freeway near 10th Avenue, at 7509 South 5th Street, Suite 101A.

Ridgefield Junction Auto License processes title transfers, issues plates, and renews registration for cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV’s, motor homes and trailers. 2017 boat decals are in stock and available for registration renewal any time between now and their expiration June 30th. No notices are sent for renewal of vessels.

Claudia has more than 4 years experience and was a clerk at the Clark County Auditors Office before joining us in March of this year. Certified by the state and knowledgeable with experience, Claudia also speaks Spanish.

Ridgefield Junction Auto License can be reached at 360-887-2345 or online at WWW.RJAL.ORG

Mark Eaton, owner, was one of the first sponsors of, and has continued to advertise on the blog. Clicking on his ad at the right links to his website.

Will your business appear on the 2016 RBA map?

RBA logo

2016 is the start of something NEW.  It is the first year we have the opportunity to bring businesses and our beautiful community of Ridgefield together on a professionally crafted, double-sided map with Marketing Solutions NW.  Over 6500 copies will be printed with our maps being displayed not only in Ridgefield but also Battleground, Woodland, Kalama, and LaCenter!

RBA MISSION:  “Dedicated to bringing the businesses and community to Ridgefield together.”

WHAT WE DO: The Ridgefield Business Association supports local businesses and our growing community. RBA Annual membership runs January 1st to December 31st.

​​All display ads will be in full color. Marketing Solutions NW produces all artwork free of charge and you will see a proof before printing. There are various ad sizes and prices and, of course, prime locations on the map. David Baker of Marketing Solutions NW will be in touch with members of the Ridgefield Business Association in the near future to discuss advertising options, so if you want your business to show on the map, join or renew your membership in the RBA by clicking here. Artwork for the map is due before February 15.

Steakburger Comes to Ridgefield

Steakburger truck

The Steakburger mobile food cart is in Ridgefield on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 4-ish pm.

They park on the southwest corner of South 56 and Pioneer, across from the Heron Gate office building. They serve jumbo and double jumbo burgers, steak French fries, and Hawaiian chick, which includes fresh ground honey mustard, lettuce, tomato, ham, provolone cheese and pineapple.

If you’re in a hurry, you can pre-order by calling 360-989-5291.

Agave Winter Sa;e

Agave Winter sale

Meet my New Advertiser

Mother and daughter owners Karen Rice and Pamela Conrad have owned and raised alpacas for 4 years at the Serendipity Alpaca Ranch. Now they have expanded their business with Serendipity Fiber Loft, which opened this fall.

They carry all kinds of items in inventory from raw fiber for the spinners and those who felt, as well as various yarns for knitters, those who crochet and weavers. If you just want finished alpaca products they carry those as well, including hats, scarves, gloves, rugs, and blankets. There are a variety of colors and styles, both handmade and milled. And of course socks. If you have never tried alpaca socks, we encourage you to do so! It is like a luxury spa treatment for your feet all day long.

Pam Conrad and Karen Rice

As Pamela says, “It was very serendipitous that we ended up with alpacas and the pleasures and benefits of this wonderful creature and their fiber. We love sharing that with others! Stop by and see us soon!”

Serendipity Fiber Loft is open by appointment at 2630 NE 253rd Street in Ridgefield. For more information contact Karen at 360-903-3004 or Pamela at 360-798-7520.

Draper Orhodontics


Drapers jumping

Draper Orthodontics has just renewed their ad on the Ridgefield blog, and I asked Amy to write something about their business, and here’s what she wrote:

“Draper Orthodontics has been serving our community for three years this month!  Dr. Draper opened his office just up the road in Woodland and serves children and adults in need of orthodontic care throughout our community.  He and his wife have four children who attend the Ridgefield schools.  They love spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and keep busy serving with their church and children’s activities. Draper Orthodontics loves to support this great community and has been a part of youth sports, Ridgefield Boosters, parades, fun runs, community events, schools, and more.

If you or someone you know has a question about their smile, stop by Draper Orthodontics for a complimentary evaluation, no referral needed. Go Spuds!”

Draper Orthodontics is at 1409 Pacific Ave. in Woodland, 360-841-8525

Business Association Supports Community

Card Spinner

The Ridgefield Business Association recently purchased two card spinners so member businesses could display literature about their businesses. One is at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse and Saloon and the second at Lava Java.

If you would like a space to exhibit information about your company on these devices, call the Ridgefield Business Association, 887-3600, or go online to Dues are only $7 a month, and they’re prorated through the end of the year.

In May the RBA will publish a professionally-produced map of the area, listing member companies as well walking paths, churches, wineries and special events. Now’s the time to get included in that publication.

“The Ridgefield Business Association, dedicated to bringing the businesses and community of Ridgefield Washington together.”

Amphitheater NW has New Sponsor

Sunlight Supply, a Vancouver manufacturer and distributor of specialty gardening supplies, is raising its profile, and Amphitheater Northwest — formerly known as the Sleep Country Amphitheater — is getting a new name: Sunlight Supply Amphitheater. The two parties announced the new arrangement Thursday but did not disclose terms of the business deal. They said it’s an arrangement that suits them both well and that showcases efforts to support local nonprofits. Attendees of events at the 18,000-seat, $40 million amphitheater in Ridgefield will be able to learn about a variety of nonprofit charitable organizations that will be housed in a structure with Sunlight Supply’s logo, said Kathy Russo, director of sales for Amphitheater Northwest.

Plush Opens in Downtown Ridgefield

Colleen Grover

Plush is a new store in downtown Ridgefield selling items for dogs: blankets, beds, toys, clothing, etc. It’s stock full of interesting things – worth going to even if you don’t have a dog! Owner Colleen Grover is excited about having a store in Ridgefield. She was open during First Saturday and was amazed at the number of people who stopped by.

Colleen is trained as an interior decorator, and is offering that service too.

Plush is at 218 Pioneer street, 360-558-8471.

Join the Business Association!

RBA logoHere’s a reason to join the Ridgefield Business Association: your business can be featured on their website and Facebook page.

As their web master, Jason Carnell, explains:

 As part of our ongoing effort to support and celebrate tour members, The Ridgefield Business Association is starting a new campaign on our website and Facebook page to feature different member businesses each week.  Thousands of people will see your story in their Facebook feeds, all at no additional cost to you as part of your membership in the RBA.

How do I get my business featured?

It’s simple. Just tell us what you want everyone to know about you? To help you get started, here are some questions to stimulate the old creative juices!

What’s the name of your business?

How long have you been in business?

What services or goods do you sell?

Why do you love what you do?

What makes your business unique or special?

What kind of events do you have coming up?


Answer these questions and anything else you want us to know and send it to me at Be sure to include pictures that you want to share!

What happens next?

We’ll write a story about your business based on what you send in, and promote the heck out of it on our media platforms! We’ll also send you a copy of the story before we post it, and give you a chance to make any changes. Once we have that, we will be posting featured business stories 1-2 times a week, on a first come/first serve basis.

Remember to submit any special events to the Ridgefield Community Calendar!

In addition to having your business featured, the Ridgefield Business Association also sponsors the Ridgefield Community Calendar at

The Ridgefield Community Calendar is a free service to RBA members to let everyone know what’s going on in Ridgefield! This is a great opportunity to promote that special Event, open house or WHATEVER your business is doing! Head on over and fill out our easy submission form and we’ll get you on the calendar.

We are planning a mailing to all residents in Ridgefield in the next 30 days, to invite them to check out the calendar, so be sure to get your event listed NOW!

If you want more info on how we are using our Social Media and Web Platforms to transform business in Ridgefield, or have questions about the Ridgefield Community Calendar, shoot me an email!”

The Ridgefield Business Association meets the last Wednesday of the month at noon at Tri Mountain Golf Course, 1701 NE 299th Street. You can sign up to be a member at the meeting, or fill out the form at the RBA website, here.


Sportsman’s Open Monday for Breakfast

Sportsman logo

The Sportsman’s Restaurant and Lounge is opening their doors at 9am on Monday, May 25th for your breakfast enjoyment.  The back deck will be open as well.  This might be the perfect morning for eggs Benedict, French toast, whatever you would like us to cook for you.  Coffee, tea, and adult beverages available too.

Almond Produce Farm

Almond farm storeLance and Carolyn Almond are offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares at their Almond Produce Farm right here in Ridgefield. They will have all sorts of produce, including raw honey from Half Moon Farm in Hockinson. You are invited to purchase a farm share and pick up a freshly harvested basket of produce for 20 weeks from May through October.

If you opt not to buy a share, their farm store at 16512 NW 61st Avenue will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Call before coming to see what’s available that week.

Call 360-690-5487 or email for more information.

Fuel Bistro and Wine Opens

Chef Sebast6ian Carosi holding nettle greens

Chef Sebast6ian Carosi holding nettle greens

We have a new restaurant in town – Fuel Bistro and Wine opened recently at 109 South 65th Avenue in the space formerly occupied by Lava Java. Chef Sebastian Carosi offers a wide variety of locally sourced cheeses, wines, soups, sandwiches, and salads.


Sebastian’s business card says he’s an ‘award-winning chef, forager, restaurateur, cheese maker, craft cocktail mixologist, butcher, organic farmer, shaker cooking authority, beekeeper, and heirloom apple guru.’ Quite a mixture! Stop by and chat with this enthusiastic chef. Fuel is open 9am to 9pm seven days a week.

New Hours for Ridgefield Chiropractic

Ridgefield Chiropractic Clinic is pleased to announce that the chiropractic practice of Kendall Covert, D.C, will start daily office hours effective immediately. Dr. Ken Covert and Michelle Dragoo, LMP, practice in lovely Old Town Ridgefield at 414 Pioneer Street, Suite 102 (lower level).

Board certified in chiropractic medicine, Dr. Covert and massage practitioner Michelle Dragoo provide expertise in treating patients of all ages with services including: preventative chiropractic, pain relief, auto accident and workers comp cases and massage. Dr. Covert is a long-time Pacific NW resident and has been providing families convenient, compassionate chiropractic care since 1984. He is a 1984 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Oregon. For many years he lived in the Columbia River Gorge with offices in Hood River, Oregon and Stevenson, Washington, eventually moving to Vancouver, Washington. He has also worked at Forgey’s Sports Medicine & Rehab.
Dr. Covert’s office hours are: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9am to 5:30pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9am to 12 noon. Ms. Dragoo’s services are by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 360-887-2135.