Local and National Businesses Added to the Battle Ground Directory

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As the population of Battle Ground grows rapidly, business developments expand the variety of businesses they offer as construction of a bakery and Chipotle Mexican Grill is underway.

Sweetly Cafe and Bakery in downtown Millcreek will open in October of this year, owner Irina Sirotkina said.

Sirotkina, a resident of Battle Ground, is always looking for the best in local pastries, baked goods and coffee.

Sirotkina often found herself running around Battle Ground, Vancouver and Portland to find her favorite croissants or macaroons, so she decided to start her own cafe and bakery called Sweetly.

The store will feature recipes prepared by Sirotkina and her main baker, as well as contract products from local businesses, such as banana bread from Di Tazaa and macaroons from Donna in Oregon.

“We are not here to compete with other local bakers,” she said. “We are here to promote the small bakeries that are your independent entrepreneurs or your cafes.”

Sirotkina has said there will be a grand opening, but the date has yet to be decided.

Customers can have a coffee or a pastry from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week as soon as the store opens. Sirotkina will offer catering services after closing for events, such as birthdays.

Sirotkina wanted to provide the Battle Ground community with a healthier substitute for fast food.

“It’s always local,” she says. “It’s still fresh and still cooked every day.”

One of her sons cannot have dairy products, which makes dining out more difficult. This iinspired Sirotkina to add many dairy and gluten-free options to the menu.

While Sirotkina waits for construction to be completed, she will be developing recipes for Sweetly, including avocado toast, oatmeal with fresh berries, and premium specialty cakes.

You can find more information about the Sweetly Cafe and Bakery on Facebook and Instagram at Sweetly_BG.

In addition, construction of a new Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Scotton Landing development has started, said Principal Properties developer Tirus (TJ) Fontenette.

Although an opening date has yet to be set, the 2,325-square-foot building is slated to open this year, project manager Brandi Ho wrote in an email. The new location will offer a drive-thru option.

“They are at full speed,” Fontenette said.

The 45-acre Scotton Landing project houses the Alder Pointe apartments, recreational facilities, a doctor’s office and retail space. The development is operated by Principal Properties.

Health care provider Chiro One Wellness Center opened a few months ago and now occupies part of a building in downtown Millcreek, Fontenette said.

The remaining space in the building is available with a drive-thru option. Fontenette will announce that more businesses will join downtown Millcreek by the end of the year, he said.

“We started the project in 2007,” Fontenette said. “I’m just delighted to see him blossom, mature and stabilize.”

Local restaurants and chain restaurants can be found in the center, including Walmart, MOD Pizza, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Battle Ground Smiles, and Charming Nails. The resort is located just off Highway 503 and adjacent to the Scotton Landing project. Millcreek Town Center is also managed by Principal Properties.

“Businesses employ people directly in the community, at all levels,” Fontenette said. “They provide economic activity within the community, instead of spending dollars outside.”

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