Here’s Your Weekend, Foster People!

Only one more Friday left in 2014 after today. That means it’s been 15 years since the Y2K  hype. And 25 years since ‘New Kids on the Block’ put out some of my favorite jams. Crazy. Enjoy the weekend, all, and what’s left of 2014.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- Santa visited Foster last weekend. A lot of Santas. Chuck Palahniuk would have been proud. Check it out.

- We’ve heard about a planned wine/beer bottle shop at the Portland Mercado, and we already know there will be a bunch of good food, but did you know we might have produce and groceries? Kaah Neighborhood Market is currently seeking financing to solidify its place in the Mercado, where its owner hopes to sell “local and tropical produce and grocery products.” Rad. Raaaddd….

- And also coming to Foster: Bagels. We mentioned on Wednesday that Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels will be soon occupying the last storefront in Red Castle Plaza, and Eater Pdx went further with a confirmation and writeup on Thursday. In addition to their bagels, expect space for seating inside, local art, coffee, and outdoor seating as well.

- With all the excitement of a new place to eat and hang on Foster, let’s not forget some of our current favorite morning-coffee-and-breakfast spots: Pieper Cafe and Speedboat Coffee. It looks like that scene might get a little more crowded, so show ‘em some love.

- If you haven’t found an excuse to visit Red Castle yet, maybe this Saturday’s D&D Expedition is it. Noon. Bring your Adventurer League sheet and characters.

- Special plug for S.M.A.R.T. Collective, who graciously endured an impromptu Santa-boom-box-dance-party Saturday night. Also, they do good work…not just selling skateboards and apparel, but being a source for community kids to find some belonging. They have a free show on Friday (tonight), dubbed “Excellent Friday Show!” Check ‘em out, starting at 5:30.

- Don’t forget to vote for your favorite “Phoenix Pharmacy Mural” design. Vote here.

- Live music for the weekend:
SMART Collective- Saola, Panorama, Dad Rock, and New Social Outcasts
Torta-landia- Twitch Silverback, Friday; David Kelley, Saturday
Gemini Lounge- Finn Doxie, Friday; Amber Harlan Granmo Jazz Trio, Saturday
Starday Tavern- David Stoops, Welfare State and Space Leech, Friday; The Quags, Saturday

Enjoy the weekend, all. Be cool, be safe.

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Boiled Bagels Coming to Foster

Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels, that is.

From their Facebook page“This is not a drill. 64th and Foster we’re coming for you.”

And there goes the last vacant space in Red Castle Plaza. To review, we now have a game store, soon-to-be late night cafe, home base for Portland Ketchup Company, and, now, a bagel shop on the same stretch that once saw a pipe store and poker room as its only tenants. Aye, dios mio….quite the variety for a budding strip of Foster.

Coming sometime in the new year, the relatively new bagel-maker will bring its New York style of “hand rolled, boiled bagel” to Foster. And with it we’ll get ample supply of bagels, cream cheese, lox, and Muddworks Coffee—if their current offerings and website are any indication.

You all asked for more food options. Here it is.

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Vote for Phoenix Pharmacy Mural Design

You still have a couple weeks to vote if you haven’t already.

Do it.

Be inspired, too—this is only the beginning of Foster’s beautification. Read more about the Foster Window Project: here.

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Speedboat Not For Sale After All

We’ve been had.

Dang erroneous business listings.

Speedboat Coffee is not for sale. I repeat, SPEEDBOAT IS NOT FOR SALE. Despite what a recent commercial listing stated, the owners are happy and plugging along, churning out espresso drinks and breakfast bagels to the masses. The happy masses, I might add.

Sorry for any premature excitement caused over the prospects of buying a coffee shop. And most importantly, sorry to Speedboat for flooding their store with disappointed customers and potential investors.

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Santa? Santa!!

Well, this happened.

Santa stormed Foster. He drank, he caroled, he shenaniganed.

There was sludgy Santa, pirate Santa, first-time Santa, veteran Santa, drunk Santa, dance-party Santa, and everything in between.


Santa sludged and stumbled and tug-a-war’ed and drank and sang and played reindeer games.


He turned Laurelwood Park into a real park for an hour. He single-handedly turned a profit for local bars. He turned Foster red.




Some people hated him, some were in awe. Many were confused, but most welcomed him…or at least got a kick out of him.

He may have caused some havoc, but mostly he had fun.

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Here’s Your Weekend, Foster People!

Less than two weeks ’til Christmas, and there are a lot of things Foster can put on its wish list. If we recall correctly, you all voted for “another restaurant” as the desired someday-addition to the strip. We’ll go on record and say there might also be a few things we wish we didn’t have on Foster (but that’s another post altogether). Have a good weekend, y’all.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- Foster may get another spot for wine and beer. Not that we need one, but it’s news all the same. One of the possible additions to the eventual Portland Mercado is a beer and wine bottle shop, dubbed “BarRio.” We won’t judge on the merits of the business itself, as we’re sure it’ll be a nice complement to the Latin-themed market, but the term “BarRio,” as clever as it may be, seems a tad culturally appropriating—the owners certainly don’t appear to be from the ‘barrio.’ But again, who are we to judge. In any event, the development of the Mercado is exciting, and new and varied businesses/food/drink offerings is almost always a good thing on Foster. If you want to support BarRio’s cause, check out their Kiva Zip page.

- ‘Carts on Foster’ continues to evolve. Enter Backstory Books, Foster’s newest cart and used bookstore. Show ‘em some love…oh, and point them to any vacant storefronts you know of as they consider growing into a larger space.

- One of FoPo’s own, Cat Davila, who we profiled here several months ago, has made a mark on Portland’s expanding sharing economy. To go along with the number of tool libraries, kitchen libraries and swap shops throughout Portland, PDX Toy Library can be added to the list of places to get free ‘stuff.’ Yes, for all you parents out there, you will now be able to borrow toys for your little one instead of investing half a fortune to keep them entertained. Cheers to Cat and the PDX Toy Library.

- The Foster Window Project unveiled their three design ideas for the Phoenix Pharmacy. Only one will actually be installed in the criminally neglected building, however. So get your vote on…and even get your paint on if you’re so inclined. Voting closes on January 1, with a paint party following on January 15.

- Live music and happenings for the weekend:
Bob White- Toyz N Da Hood (concert and holiday toy drive), Friday at 7 pm
Torta- Steve Cheseborough, Friday; Rogue Bluegrass, Saturday
Starday Tavern- The HoneyCuts, Friday; Jake Ray and the Relative Minors, Saturday
N.W.I.P.A.- Special Slideshow (Toad Tales), Saturday; Holiday Edition Wine Class, Sunday
Gemini Lounge- ABC DJ’s, Saturday

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool, be safe.

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