Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Dang, we thought we might be done with the near-100-degree days. Maybe we shouldn’t complain, though–we dip back into the 80’s over the weekend, and sit in the 70’s for most of next week. I suppose you should get out and enjoy the heat and sun while you still can.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– Remember when Double Treble was a thing? I know, it was short-lived, and most of you probably didn’t make it in during their brief tenure. Yes, you’re reading between the lines correctly–the space formerly known as Double Treble is for lease. Just gonna say, another restaurant would be a nice addition on Foster. Whatever does become of the space, we’ll cross our fingers it fares better than Double Treble and Gemini Lounge before them. And Brown’s, Reno’s, Lizard Lounge and Knuckleheads before them.

– On a more positive business note (unless, of course, you’re in the “happy that Double Treble is closing” camp): Hammer and Jacks is celebrating their grand opening tomorrow, from noon until 2 p.m. We wrote about the new toy store and community space earlier this week. Read about it here.

– For the burger lovers out there, Foster Burger has changed their menu a bit. A few new burgers have been added to the list…

– Do you buy a Chinook Book every year? Wanna help support your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association? If you buy the book from the FoPo NA, 50% of the sales price gets donated back to the Neighborhood Association. This is a big fundraiser for them, and part of what helps them put money toward such events as National Night Out and Movies in the Park. Get more info here.

– Just to put on your radar…Darling Press will be celebrating a year of showcasing local artists every first Friday in their Foster Row studio. There will be a celebration to mark the one-year anniversary September 2nd, but it will also mark a transition in which they move from a first-Friday showing to join other businesses on Foster for the Second Saturday Art Walk. We don’t know how deep into the Fall Second Saturdays will go, but adding another established venue for art should only make the monthly art walk better.

– We’re short on news this Friday. If there’s anything worth sharing, feel free to leave a comment.

– Here’s your weekend entertainment:
Starday Tavern- Kory Quinn (6 pm) and Mo Brown & The Shit Downtown // Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band (9 pm), Friday; Happy Hour Shenanigans w/Grits and Applesauce (6 pm) and Amber Harlan Trio (9 pm), Saturday
Hammer and Jacks- Grand Opening party, Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.
Performance Works NW- Cave Forms, Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Advance notice of attendance is required–more info here.
NWIPA- Parallel Food and Drink Sunday Dinner, 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. Tickets required–more info here.
Arleta School- Project Community Care, school beautification and cleanup, Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon; volunteers of all shapes, sizes and age are welcome
PCC Southeast- Jade International Night Market, Saturday from 5 – 10 p.m. (Not technically in the neighborhood,but well worth you checking out.)

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“The Art of Foster,” PBOT’s Touring Bike Ride Through the Neighborhood, is Tonight

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has organized a series of neighborhood bike rides across the city in coordination with its “Portland By Cycle” campaign. The goal is to use classes and organized rides to encourage new bicyclers to get out on their bikes…or the once-bikers to dust off their trusty cruiser, 10-speed, fixed-gear or mountain bike in the hopes of promoting increased ridership.

We’ll skip over the rest of the background and jump to tonight’s ride. It’s in the neighborhood, and specifically aims to highlight public art in the area. We’ll presume the ride will look at art on both sides of Foster, not just in Foster-Powell. We could be wrong, though–there’s no route map, after all, so there’s no way to know in advance.

Before we share details so you all can make it out, and since there is no map, we’d like to highlight some of the street art that should be part of the ride. Whether they’re included or not is up to you to find out this evening.

SE Mitchell Street, between 76th and 77th Avenue
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Paldo Market, Foster and SE 61st
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Tango Berretin, SE 63rd and Foster
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Bar Maven, SE 62nd and Foster

Phoenix Pharmacy, SE 67th and Foster

T-Rex, SE 70th and (just south of) Holgate

Authors, poets, rock stars, anime heroes and heroines, and other assorted characters at various locations…

And all the other random street art that helps give the neighborhood its character….good, bad or otherwise…

The list goes on, for sure. And if the PBOT ride doesn’t capture it all, we advise you get out and explore a little on your own.

As for tonight’s event, the PBOT-hosted ride starts at Essex Park at 6:00 p.m. Departure will be prompt, so arrive by 5:45. All ages are welcome, but are expected to helmet-up; kids should have an adult with them. Plan to bike for a couple hours.


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Hammer and Jacks Does Toy Store Right, Time to See for Yourself

IMG_5229Before we lose the non-parents, let us say this: you all probably have nieces and nephews, or friends with kids. Don’t leave us.

Now, know this: Hammer and Jacks is a rad store. Even your inner-kid can appreciate it, parent or not.

Part toy and game store, part play space, Hammer and Jacks does for kids what NWIPA does for adults. Or Devil’s Point. It’s heavenly, really, with a variety of toys and games for the young’ns and a space IMG_5226to explore and play. What’s more, the design and decor make for inspired shopping–think globes for lights, a fake storefront facade inside that leads to a secondary space for playing and climbing, neatly placed displays and shelves for toys and games, and a large chalk board announcing deals and coming events.

Hammer and Jacks hasn’t even been open for two weeks, but it’s clear they spent a lot of time preparing the space. It is much transformed from the deceivingly cavernous feel it had while sitting vacant after Portland Ketchup Company left. The retail portion of the shop is lined with shelves imageand display tables, and is quite inviting. Splitting the space in two, a fake storefront facade sits just behind the register and forms an entryway to a large play area. This space is dominated by a wooden castle that has stairs to climb, windows to peek out of, a slide, and pseudo-dungeon to hide in. There’s a large carpeted area, too, just in front of the castle, where boxes of toys can be emptied onto and played on. For $4.00, kids have access to all of this.

The play space also doubles as event space–think birthdays or store-hosted entertainment, such as movie nights or sing-along parties. Speaking of sing-alongs, Olive and Dingo, the clowns who sing weekly at Pieper Cafe, will soon be relocating their gig to the toy store. (Their first show will be August 25 at IMG_522510:30.) And if we ventured a guess, there’s quite a bit more in store for Hammer and Jacks.

If you want a taste, they’ll be celebrating their grand opening next Saturday, August 27, from 12 – 2 p.m. There will be free open-play in the community space, raffles, games and entertainment. Lots of fun, too. Check ’em out, y’all.

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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

We’re a little late with this, mostly due to the heat-induced delirium. We imagine that delirium will take us into Sunday, when a return to somewhat sane temperatures might allow us to salvage what’ll be left of the weekend. Some of you may enjoy this weather, though—more power to you; there should be some fun stuff for you to get into.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– We’re still waiting on Bread & Roses Market to open. No word on the market-to-be’s progress, but there are some other new businesses worth checking out in the meantime. We’ve already mentioned it plenty, but Hammer & Jacks is now open in the Red Castle/Henry Higgins/Rose & Dagger Tattoo plaza; Foster Sound, Bar Carlo’s in-house record store, is open too. Check ’em out, people.

– The Foster-Powell Community Garden can use your help tomorrow. We know it sounds blasphemous to encourage work outdoors in this heat, but you’ll be supporting a good cause. The work party starts at 8:00 a.m., so you’d be escaping the worst of the heat, plus there will be a potluck lunch and raffle prizes. Bring any tools you’d normally use in your own garden. More info here.

– Apparently Natural Grocers is planning a new location at 39th and Powell. We know it’s not our neighborhood, but it’s within the same range that most people travel to for shopping elsewhere (i.e. Fredy Meyer, WinCo, Trader Joes, New Seasons, Safeway). Who knows if it’ll fall within our budget, but more options are better than less.

– Back to Hammer & Jacks. The kids’ toy store and community play space will be celebrating its grand opening next Saturday, August 27. There will be games, raffles, open play space, and lots of merriment.

– O’Malley’s is currently in day two of its annual, there-day ode to cheap beer in tall cans. Yes, it’s Macro Brewfest 2016. Treat yourself to any one of 15 varieties of tallboys, vote on which is best and help select the house-choice for the year, and catch some good music. Read more here.

Southeast Sunday Parkways is this weekend. Unfortunately, the route doesn’t quite reach the Foster hinterlands, but it’s close enough for those looking for family-friendly fun. Plus Sunday should bring slightly cooler weather.

– Speaking of bike rides, Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is hosting a ride through the neighborhood Wednesday, August 24. The 8-mile loop through Foster-Powell will highlight public art and planned bikeway improvements, as per the event posting. Meet at Essex Park at 5:45 p.m., ride starts at 6.

Here’s your weekend entertainment:
O’Malley’s- Macro Brewfest: funk night with DJ Montel Spinozza, Friday (at 10 pm); rock night with live music by Urchin, Yacolt Burn and Caleb Drost, Saturday (at 10 pm)
Starday Tavern- Buzz Holland Band (6 pm) and The Craftsmen/Kelsey & The Next Right Thing/Trujillo (9 pm), Friday night; Clockwork Saturday with DJ “Steady Alex,” Saturday at 10 pm; Aglophile Happy Hour with Dennis Mitchell, Dave Stoops and Chris Morrison, Sunday at 6 pm
Foster-Powell Community Garden- Community Work Party and Potluck, Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Let us know what else is happening in the neighborhood.

Enjoy the weekend, folks.

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Macro Brewfest 2016 Cometh

It’s that time of year again, and Foster’s uniquely-Foster beer fest is back. Courtesy of O’Malley’s, of course.

The annual Macro Brewfest, whether by intent, sheer brilliance, mocking fun, or all three, pays homage to the beers everyone has forgotten in the age of Double IPAs and expensive sours.

imageDon’t get us wrong, we like a good IPA or sour, but we also appreciate the refreshing cheapness of a tallboy. And starting tonight, you can imbibe in all its greatness through the weekend. Pair the glorious tallboy with trivia (tonight), DJ’s spinning funk (Friday), or live rock music (Saturday), and you have the makings of a decidedly-Foster beer festival…just the way we like it.

Here are the details:

15 varieties of tallboys will be in rotation. Of those, one will be chosen (by way of popular vote) as the official O’Malley’s house tallboy for the year. You can buy an $8 beer pass that gets you four tallboys of your choosing; a beer ballot comes with your purchase, which then gives you power to vote. (Quick note: you are not restricted to one beer pass. After all, four tallboys is not nearly enough to get you through the three-day stretch of festival AND 100-degree temperatures.) Thursday’s trivia will have beer questions and a $75 prize for the winning team; regular start time at 7pm. Friday’s funk comes courtesy of DJ Montel Spinozza, and Saturday brings live music from Urchin, Yacolt Burn, and Caleb Drost; music starts at 10pm both nights.

Enjoy, folks.

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Is Dickey Doo’s for Sale?

Most of you who tend more toward ‘Fo’ instead of ‘Po’ might not know what a Dickey Doo is.

To be honest, we barely do either. But we’re familiar enough to recognize its insides.

Oh, we just realized that might not sound right without a little context. Dickey Doo’s is a bar on the south side of Powell, roughly at SE 66th. There’s a pretty rad bar across the street, as well as a tienda and taqueria. We don’t have much more in the way of reference points for you. (Powell still has a ways to go in that regard.) However, it’s definitely worth noting that they’ve had a Prince cover band play there on multiple occasions.

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So while we ‘re passing our time away looking online at bars for sale –I have no good explanation for why we were doing that–we couldn’t help but to notice a familiar resemblance to one of our local watering holes. Now, for fear of A) totally exciting people in the market for a bar to buy in the neighborhood, only to let them down, B) disappointing its patrons who (may, or probably don’t) read our blog, and who totally dig the current owners, and/or C) misleading people all together, let’s get this disclaimer out of the way: we don’t actually know if Dickey Doo’s is for sale. They may be as secure as secure can be and the owners have no intention of selling.


The above pictures look eerily familiar. (More can be found here.) And it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a bar in that location sold. If indeed Dickey Doos is for sale, a new owner and name would make for at least four in the last half dozen years.

If you are in the market for a bar, do your due diligence. We’re merely connecting dots that may or may not exist.

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