A Sign of Change to Come

We’re not quite sure what’s a bigger sign of our changing neighborhood—

$450k infill housing, in which old Foster-Powell is juxtaposed with the new…


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…Da’ Hui reaching to the masses with a Groupon ad.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not blasting change—only commenting on it. We can’t afford the $450k house, but kudos to you if you can. As for Da’ Hui—we always dig us some Da’ Hui—they deserve more love, and their food is probably better than you’d expect. But it’s the stiff drinks and “this is Foster, don’t come in here with your pretentious bullshit” vibe that really makes it what it is (the Groupon crowd is not how I picture them). But more business is more business and, like we said, they deserve the extra love. Might we suggest the Spam Musubi as an appetizer?

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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Well, hello, weekend. Here we are again, just when we needed you most. Even if you’re a bit damp and chilly, we’re still happy you’re here. Hopefully you all find a way to enjoy the neighborhood despite the wet and chill.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Apparently Foster-Powell is set to be the hottest Portland neighborhood in 2016. Or at least that’s what the folks at Redfin think. By their estimation, as reported by the Oregonian, the number of page views, favorites and other data on their site, Foster-Powell will join Creston-Kenilworth and Sunnyside as the most popular neighborhoods in 2016. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. But definitely worth mentioning.

– Also from the Oregonian….some N.W.I.P.A. love. Peep it: Great things are happening at N.W.I.P.A. next month.

– RIP Walt Anderson Barber & Style, or affectionately known as Walt’s. The long-time, old-school barber shop across the street from Laurelwood Park has closed, soon to make room for Ginger Salon. We wish Walt all the best in whatever he’s on to next.

– Here’s your entertainment for the weekend
O’Malley’s- The Latter Day Skanks, Lexxi Vexx and the Modern Gentlemen, The MFA, Friday at 9pm
Starday Tavern- The Butchers, Friday at 9pm; Innersphere, Saturday at 9pm
NWIPA- The Reverberations, Saturday at 9pm
Y Arts- Ethyl’s Pies: a comedy of deceit in two acts, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm
Double Treble- Lazer Piss, Friday at 9pm

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

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Get More Theater

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Willamette Week

Ok, we’ve finally recovered after the whole Bob White fiasco. We tempered our expectations and looked for other positives to distract us. Fortunately, we have places like Performance Works NW, the various bars that serve as live music venues, the Hallowed Halls and Green Noise Records putting on shows, and rumors that the Day Theater may open as a theater someday.

And now we discovered this (from the Portland Tribune):

Continuing at Fertile Ground, “Ethyl’s Pies: A Comedy of Deception in Two Acts” (Jan. 22-31, Y Arts Little Theater, 6036 S.E. Foster Road) by Spring 4th Productions is a darkly comedic story of patrons Gollihar and Sieren (the creators of the play) and their days at a down-at-the-heels diner once famous for pies and salty service. 

We had no idea that Y Arts was participating in the Fertile Ground Festival. Super rad, if you ask us. We’re a bit late to the game, but it looks like you still have time to catch a showing of “Ethyl’s Pies.” One way to show Fertile Ground and Y Arts that we can sustain an arts/entertainment scene and venue is to go support it. Consider checking it out…

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Seen in FoPo

Hui Lin Temple—4224 SE 62nd Avenue.


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Goodbye Walt’s, Hello Ginger Salon?

Call us sentimental, fine, but we do get a little weepy when longtime establishments shutter.

Now, to be sure, we’re not so sentimental that we don’t welcome change. For example, Bob & Alice’s. As wonderfully dive-y as it was in all its old-person glory, we were good with the change. Ditto for Softipper Darts. And we’ll feel the same way when half the auto shops on Foster follow suit.

But there are always a few that are hard to see go the way of “Old Portland.”

Smokey’s, for example.

The Bob White Theater (as brief as its rebirth was).

And Guapo Comics and Coffee. (I know, they probably don’t count—we just like reminiscing).

IMG_3433And we’ll probably feel nostalgic if the taxidermy shop were to ever close.

Well, another Foster-area institution is closing, soon to make way for another salon. Ok, to clarify, we’re using the word institution pretty loosely. You know…for dramatic effect. If it’s all the same, though, let’s briefly send a collective farewell to Walt’s, the classic barbershop that sneakily occupied the storefront in between Tango Berretin and Overseas Taste on Holgate, just across the street from Laurelwood Park. To give him his propers, Walt’s was actually “Walt Anderson’s Barber and Style.” And he gave a clean haircut for only $15.

Sadly, though, Walt’s is no longer. Just like that.

IMG_3421In its place? Wait for it….another salon. Like we mentioned before, Foster does things in multiples of three or four. So, joining the ranks of Salon Mojo and Wild at Heart Salon just a few blocks up the road is Ginger Salon. Well, we don’t actually know if it’ll be called Ginger’s. But the storefront’s new tenant owns Ginger Salon in Irvington, and another one in the Pearl. We can only presume that her third salon will be called Ginger, too.

Snark aside, Ginger Salon appears to be pretty legit in its own right. And they appear to have a growing empire. So once the demo and remodel are done, and the dust clears, check ’em out.

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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Now that we’ve worked our way through the better part of January, things are starting to pick up. Foster’s been a busy place over the last couple years, and that looks to continue moving forward. We’ve got live music, new businesses on the way, food pop-ups and more. Check it out, y’all…it’s your Foster.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– As we posted earlier in the week, the former Softipper space (6360 SE Foster, next-door to NWIPA) appears to have a tenant in place, and we’re starting to learn more about what will eventually fill that storefront. It seems pretty clear that we’ll be getting a market of some sort, and it could possibly be named Bread & Roses. After that, we’re unsure. One of our commenters spoke to a contractor working in the space, and they suggested a market / coffee shop of some fashion. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.

– Just because: quick shout-out to Pieper Cafe.

– We dig us some O’Malley’s pizza, but we should mention that Ash wood fired pizza will be parking its truck outside of NWIPA on Saturday. They plan to serve up pepperoni, meat, margherita, and veggie pizzas outside while Sixpoint Brewing gets the tap-takeover treatment inside. 6 -9 pm.

– And while we’re talking about NWIPA, they’ll be hosting live music tonight with Foxy Lemon. Peep it! Music starts at 9 pm.

– OPB ran an article this week, Bridgetown Snow: A Photographic History, and we were treated to an historic photo of Foster Road. We’re not sure where on Foster, but if we’re to assume it’s in city limits, it can’t be too far from us.

– If you missed it earlier in the week, we profiled Leah Orndoff from Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels. Check it out here.

– Time to get you some Backstory Books. Art, yarn and, of course, books. Plus…story time for kids AND Portland oral history talk. Basically, something for everyone. See more in our “weekend entertainment” below.

– Weekend entertainment:
NWIPA- live music from Foxy Lemon, Friday at 9 pm; Sixpoint tap takeover with Ash wood fired pizza slangin’ on Foster, 6 – 9 pm
Starday Tavern- Bechill Bros perform Friday at 9 pm; Dan Moe brings Party Portal TV Live on Saturday (an audio/visual journey)
SMART Collective- Friday Showcase with live music (from Prom King, When We Met, and Ambush) and art by Ceylon Edison. Music starts at 6:30. $5 or free w/student ID.
Backstory Books- Story time for kids (focus on 5 and under), Saturday at 10:30; Sharing Portland oral histories (for the adults, mostly, and their parents), Saturday at 5:30.

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