Bohemian owners to celebrate 10 years at historic SH business

Sean C. Morgan

Clint and Heather Pollock are celebrating their 10th anniversary as owners of the Bohemian Club with a public event May 19 at 1025 Long St.

“Officially, (the anniversary) was in March,” Clint said.

“The weather’s too crummy to do a party then,” Heather said. The party will be held outdoors in the lot just west of the Bohemian, Sweet Home’s oldest tavern.

“We just don’t have enough room in here,” Clint said.

The event will feature live music by Jobe Woosley and Co., Clint said. “We caught him last summer out at The Point, and he did such a great job.”

He appeals to a wide variety of people and will appeal to the Bohemian’s clientele, Heather said.

The celebration will include a variety of games, like giant Jenga, Clint said, and he has new cornhole boards ready to go.

The party starts at 6 p.m., and music begins at 8.

Clint said he left the family logging business when his father retired to purchase and run the Bohemian.

“I didn’t know any better,” he said chuckling. “I was a logger before this. It’s every logger’s dream to own a bar. The opportunity presented itself, and I took it.”

“We didn’t know anything about owning a business,” said Heather, who is a nurse. For the first couple of years, they worked constantly. Heather’s regular job went to three days a week. During that time, she was also a dedicated distance runner who could frequently be seen out on the roads when she wasn’t working.

“We worked a ton, and we made a ton of mistakes,” Clint said.

The Pollocks purchased the Bohemian in 2008, just as the Great Recession was building steam.

The business has been growing, especially the past year to year and a half, Heather said. It just added its sixth Lottery machine.

“Now we have the best bartenders in town,” Heather said. She’s returned to full-time nursing, and Clint is working the day shift.

“Our employees take care of so much,” Clint said of his staff, which includes Mandy Jarrell, Amber Lainus, Teresa Coonrod, Kelsi Hepler and Cheri Doll, who fills in part time.

“We have the best clientele,” Heather said. “It’s seriously like Cheers (the TV show), and everybody knows everybody. It’s fun. I’ve seen the whole bar singing a song.”

“Forty people singing ‘No Rain,’ (by Blind Melon)” Clint said.

“It’s the people,” Heather said. “It’s the community here, and you can feel it.”

Both are Sweet Home High School graduates, Clint a member of the Class of 1996 and Heather the Class of 1998.

“We’re both from here, our families are from here. I think people know that,” Heather said.

It’s a “mom-and-pop” type of business, she said. “It’s just really laid back here and easy going.”

People from out of state can walk in, and they’re accepted, Heather said. “We hear that all the time. It’s nice – and fun. Everybody’s welcome.”

In seven more years, the Bohemian will celebrate its 100th anniversary, Clint said. “When we bought this place, we were told it’s the oldest continuously operating business (starting as a cafe) in Sweet Home.

“It’s just fun,” Clint said. “it’s been a good ride.”