Across the street from Mt. Scott Fuel Company, and occupying the former SE Works office at SE 69th and Foster, FoPo will be getting a “shot in the arm” commercially, especially for those who travel across town to get their pets groomed.
The Russian Elegance Food and Russia House video store are getting two new neighbors, or so says the sign hanging on top of the former SE Works building. On the west side of the building will be Kidopolis, “a fun-filled city just for kids,” as their website says. It is unknown at this point what Kidopolis will become, but it appears that activities will be offered in “eight different imagination-inspiring play areas.” And as advertised, kids will be able to play and make a mess while their parents relax. Sounds like this could be a godsend for parents in the neighborhood. Spaces will also be provided for party reservations, so parents can spare their own living rooms during birthday parties.
Next door to Kidopolis will be Pupdo’s Pet Grooming. Pupdo’s will be a relocation, as stated by the owner, Dawnidia, who informed me she needed more space than her previous location on Glisan provided. Given the abundance of dogs in the neighborhood, Pupdo’s will be a welcome addition. And if her 4.5 out of 5 stars review on yelp is any indication, she has good business practices, too.
And finally, also opening soon will be the Pieper Cafe. Located next to Da Hui in the former Yo Mama’s space, Pieper Cafe will be opening April 1st, and will hopefully offer a more robust alternative to Dutch Brothers down the road. Fortunately Speedboat Coffee has been supplying the neighborhood with its coffee steadily since Guapo and Yo Mama’s closed, and it is our hope that both can coexist. Look for them at the beginning of the month.
There you have it, in one week Foster Road lands a pet groomer, kids-playing space, and a new coffee shop. Hopefully the demand for these services can keep up.