Last summer, shortly before launching Rocky Intertidal CoCreative, we made a list of prospective clients bearing in mind the latter half of our tagline – “the innovative, the visionary and the humanitarian.”

The Nestucca Ridge family of companies leaped to mind right away.

The Cottages at Cape Kiwanda offer an unparalleled view of Pacific City's Haystack Rock.

Four months later, we found ourselves representing Nestucca Ridge,  specifically helping to promote a one-day sales event for the companies Cottages at Cape Kiwanda.

Working with Nestucca Ridge founders and principals Mary Jones and Jeff Schons, as well as their staff, is a fun and interesting assignment. It’s the kind of thing that made us want to pursue this business in the first place.

Based in Pacific City, Nestucca Ridge is composed of the Pelican Pub & Brewery, Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Stimulus Espresso Café, Shorepine Properties, Pacific Seawatch and Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, among other businesses.

Mary and Jeff, who moved from the Portland area to Pacific City in 1990, had the foresight to build the Pelican Pub & Brewery, the first locally owned brew pub on the Oregon coast in 1996. (Rocky’s LeeAnn wrote a frontpage feature story about Brewmaster Darren Welch for the former “County Line,” a Tillamook County-wide publication in 1999.) Since then, the pub, under Darren’s watchful eye, has garnered dozens of international awards and spurred a craft beer boom on the Oregon coast.

Mary, Jeff, Darren and fourth partner in the pub and brewery, Ken Henson, are currently in talks with the Port of Tillamook Bay, City of Tillamook and Tillamook County in hopes of building a second Pelican Pub & Brewery on Port property bordering U.S. Highway 101,  just south of Tillamook.

Mary Jones and Jeff Schons.

Nestucca Ridge’s real estate offerings include the brokerage Shorepine Properties, as well as Pacific Seawatch, a full-time residential and vacation community overlooking Pacific City, the Big Nestucca River, the Pacific Ocean, Haystack Rock and Cape Kiwanda. (LeeAnn wrote about the development’s flagship home, which Coastal Living Magazine named its “2006 Idea Cottage” for Coast River Business Journal that year.)

And we certainly can’t leave out the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, which, through fractional ownership, offer quality craftsmanship, breath-taking views of Haystack Rock and Cape Kiwanda, concierge service and luxury in every room.

We admire Mary and Jeff for their vision and care in creating unique businesses in one of the Oregon coast’s most beautiful and unusual communities.

Over the years, they have contributed financially and through donations of goods, services and time to many Tillamook County (specifically south Tillamook County) charitable causes and continue to be one of the largest employers in the county.

Here’s to big ideas in small places!

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About rockyintertidalcocreative

Rocky Intertidal CoCreative is a boutique marketing and public relations company based on the north Oregon coast.

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