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Stove maker opens factory outlet in Eugene.

Byline: Sherri Buri McDonald and Ilene Aleshire The Register-Guard

Breckwell Stoves has opened its first factory outlet store, at 1875 W. Sixth Ave. The store, which is attached to the Breckwell stove design and manufacturing plant, offers new and factory refurbished wood, pellet and gas stoves.

"As long as we're making them there, why not offer them to the people there," CEO Mitchell Pisik said.

In addition to being the company's first factory-direct retail outlet, the Eugene store will be the only one, Pisik said, adding, "No more will be opened."

The company was founded in Eugene in 1980

by Dave Wells and Al Breckel when the Oregon lumber industry, in which they were employed, was at a low point, the company's website says. The pair began with wood burning stoves, adding pellet stoves they developed in 1988, and gas stoves in 1993.

Today, the company sells its products throughout the United States and Canada via a network of more than 1,000 dealers, Pisik said. The corporate headquarters are now in Texas, along with the company's only other factory.

"We're one of very few companies, we might be the only one, that makes our stoves in the United States," Pisik said.

The Eugene Factory Outlet Store is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It has dozens of models, starting at about $1,000, and more than 1,000 stoves in stock. The store can be reached at 541-505-5122. The company website is www.breckwell.com.

Urban Liquidators opens

After a career in bridal fashions and a brief semi-retirement, Deborah Bartel has opened a liquidation clothing boutique,

Urban Liquidators, near Dick's at Delta Oaks Shopping Center. She sells designer clothing and bridal gowns, juniors to plus sizes.

In her semi-retirement, Bartel continued to work with brides and grooms, and "I kept hearing the same story," she said. "With our economic times, one or both were out of work, they were still getting married, but couldn't afford a lot. So I contacted my reps, and they were able to supply me with some discontinued samples.

"I just really wanted to make a bride's dream come true and make her look beautiful, but not at an arm-and-a-leg price," Bartel said.

She said she has about 150 dresses, size 2 to 28, priced at $50 to $259.

One thing led to another, however, so, in addition to the bridal wear, Bartel said she also is ordering department store closeouts and liquidated designer clothing from those same reps, as well as carrying imported clothing from Bali.

Prices are steeply discounted from the original retail price, she said. One recent customer paid $10 for a pair of plus-size Jones of New York pants, which were originally priced at $128, Bartel said.

"I've got blazers for $14.99; men's silk ties for $4.99," she said.

Bartel said she was chatting with a customer who was recently laid off. The customer commented that the economic downturn is making entrepreneurs out of a lot of people. Bartel said there's a lot of truth to that.

"If I'm going to put my hours into working, I'd rather put it into something I love doing," she said.

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Title Annotation:Business; Breckwell Stoves makes its products here and sells throughout the United States and Canada
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 8, 2010
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