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Local woman's Ferris Wheel Deliveries goes near and far to bring food for a fee

PMG PHOTO: CAROL ROSEN - Laura Ferris started the delivery business with her daughter, but is now out on her own with Ferris Wheel Deliveries, which services Molalla, Colton, Mulino, Marquam, Yoder and parts of Canby.Molalla has a new food delivery service for meals from local restaurants to folks in Molalla, Colton, Mulino, Marquam, Yoder and even parts of Canby.

Ferris Wheel Deliveries is the brainchild of Laura Ferris, who started her service last July with her adult daughter. She deals with all the restaurants in Molalla as well as taking small grocery or pharmacy runs. She charges a flat fee of $6 to people within Molalla's city limits or $10 outside the city limits. She typically makes deliveries for lunch and dinner on Fridays through Tuesdays.

"I need a bit of time off," she said, "because weekends are really busy."

This all started out with Ferris's adult daughter.

"I have to credit my daughter. She introduced me to Postmates and told me she'd thought it through and we should go into business with Postmates. So we set up a business model. I really enjoyed delivering meals to people."

In July, Ferris started advertising the idea on her Facebook page. But her daughter, who was working with her, decided she really hadn't thought it through and decided to drop out of the deal. Ferris hadn't worked for 14 years. She has a 14-year old that she home schools. She stopped working outside the home when her son was born. Before that, she worked as a buyer for Hollywood Entertainment. She also previously worked as a branch manager for Finley Fine Jewelry, which like Hollywood Videos no longer exists.

Her son was very ill last year and the family determined this was a good method to pay those bills. So far, she says, it is helping pay off those big medical bills.

"This job is flexible and so far I love it," she told the Pioneer. "I can be at home and homeschool my son and still pick up some pocket money."

Currently she will deliver meals from any restaurant in Molalla. These include the Sundowner, El Charrito, Lumberjack Grill, the White Horse, Happy Family, Thai Yo Sushi, Legends Bar and Grill at Arrowhead Golf and Athletic Club and most recently Markum Inn. Once business expands some more, she may be able to spread the service out with other drivers.

She sometimes gets tips, "…which are not required but are accepted and appreciated."

Ferris also has several people who ask her to bring small orders from Grocery Stores, the Farmer's Market, pharmacies and recently even a Pumpkin Patch. She does not carry people or pets, she says, because there's probably a liability with people and she doesn't want pets in her car. Flexibility appears to be her middle name. She can give and post the order or just pick it up and deliver it, it's all up to her customers what they would like her to do.

The costs that are involved, mostly are accomplished using digital transfers through Facebook Pay, Venmo and PayPal. This way she doesn't have to worry about credit cards. She does occasionally take cash, "it's okay but not preferred," she said.

She has noticed that as flu season picks up, so are her orders. But, she is getting nervous because this is such a great idea, she may have to start hiring people to help. Right now, this isn't a living-wage job, but it's great for pocket money and flexibility," she added.

"At this point I work from noon to nine. No one seems interested in me delivering breakfast and most of my work is meals. But weekends are big and getting bigger especially delivering pizza for football games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday night."

To get a meal delivered, call 503-758-7523.

Carol Rosen
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