Jacksonville sees changes for downtown businesses

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Things are changing at least in Jacksonville. If you’ve driven downtown recently you might be seeing some old businesses leaving and some new life coming in. Two Downtown Jacksonville staples are changing ownership. And another business is closing completely next month. It’s a lot happening in a short period of time in little Historic Jacksonville. Lifelong resident and soon-to-be retiree Linda Graham said this isn’t new.

“Every 10 to 15 years Jacksonville goes through a cleansing. New faces, new businesses, some old changing hands, this is a normal process of the evolution of business,” said Linda Graham, Owner of Scheffel’s Toy Shop.

Even Graham has sold Scheffel’s Toy Shop, a store she’s owned for 30 years!

“I’m gonna go home to that old man I married 42 years ago while we’re still on the right side of the dirt,” said Graham.

But don’t worry, the new buyer is keeping the name and toys, they’ll just be adding items like clothes.

Across the street, you might have noticed another change. What was once Terra Firma is now Calathea Home and Gift.

“Calathea is a plant and it means [symbolizes] to turn a new leaf,” said Sarah Woodbury, Owner of Calathea Home and Gift.

Woodbury worked at Terra Firma for 11 years. The original owners offered to sell her the nearly 30-year-old business.

“I’ve always loved being here and it’s just my favorite place to be. I love the community, I love all the stuff that we sell. So I just feel like this is where I’m supposed to be,” said Woodbury.

Woodbury was born and raised in Jacksonville. She took over last month. She told NBC5 News the community that raised her is now supporting her in this new journey.

“We took over that day and people were a little bit shocked, but really everybody has been amazing,” said Woodbury.

But while this spark lives on across the street another shop is closing down. Farmhouse Treasures has been in Jacksonville for 23 years. Come January 16, store owner Patti Keck said they’re closing their doors for good.

“There’s sadness because there are so many people who’ve come in over the years and travel actually here whether it’s once or twice or three times a year,” said Keck.

Keck said she’ll miss the people the most. But it’s not all sad news. She is now making her famous fudge at Violets and Cream Ice Cream in Jacksonville.

“There will be change, as there always is,” said Keck.

All of these businesses are open now. Schefell’s Toys will close Thursday until the spring under new ownership. Farmhouse Treasures will close on January 16, 2022.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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