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Nelscott businesses learning to live with Highway 101 construction

Modified: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014


The venerable Christmas Cottage, which, according to owner Barbe Jenkins-Gibson, is experiencing its best summer since the store opened in the Nelscott Strip 40 years ago. (Photo by Dennis Anstine)


(Editor’s note: This is part two in a two-part series about the Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City’s Nelscott Strip.)

LINCOLN CITY — Businesses operating in ground zero of the U.S. Highway 101 construction project in Lincoln City’s Nelscott District are generally staying afloat this summer, though a few have relocated or are considering it.

And then there’s the venerable Christmas Cottage, which, according to owner Barbe Jenkins-Gibson, is experiencing its best summer since the store opened in the Nelscott Strip 40 years ago.

“It’s been really busy,” Jenkins-Gibson said this week. “We are up over last year when we had our best summer in 39 years, so I’m thrilled. It seemed that business would be terrible, but summer is always good for us. We have steady clientele, and tourists like to get their cards and gifts when visiting the coast.”

She and others said it has taken some time to adjust to the inconvenience caused by the project, but she characterized the general contractor, K & E Excavation, as being “very responsive” to any issues that have caused problems.



For the complete article see the 07-18-2014 issue.

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