Meet Your Neighbors: Lily Day Cafe

We, here at FosterPowellPdx, are bringing back our “Getting to Know…” feature with the hope of introducing you to all the people that make FoPo so rad.  “Foster Folks,” as we call it, will be a regular feature, and we’d love suggestions on people, businesses, or groups to feature.  Today, we bring to you Monica and Jennifer Ransdell, owners of Lily Day Cafe.
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lily-day1. Knowing our neighbors makes for a brighter and safer community. Who are you, and what is your connection to the neighborhood (resident, business owner, neighborhood advocate, etc)?

We, Monica and Jennifer Ransdell, have lived in South East Portland our entire life. In our 20’s we opened Dots Cafe and owned and operated the Cafe for 20 years. During that time we also opened Junior’s Cafe on S.E. 12th Ave, recently sold to two Portland natives. We were ready for change so when the space on S.E. 52nd and Lafayette became available shortly after the sale of Dots we were excited to do business in this space that lent itself to a casual morning/afternoon cafe.

2. How long have you lived or worked in the neighborhood, and what do you think makes it unique?
Portland is full of wonderful neighborhoods that all have a flavor of their own. Foster Powell has always been a great route up through the city. It is active and urban.

3. What are your favorite neighborhood haunts (for food, shopping, walks, drinking, entertainment, etc)?
There are so many great spots in the Foster/Powell neighborhood that we pop in for a drink, coffee, bite to eat, shop for art supplies or records amongst other curios. Over the years the place we frequent on the most regular of basis is The Decorette Shop. They have a little something to personalize any celebration.

4. It’s a fact, our neighborhood is pretty rad. How do we keep it that way…and then some (i.e. enhance our parks, more n’hood events, more businesses, less tweakers, etc)?
Keep being friendly and open to the diversity of the neighborhood. Whenever possible use services in the neighborhood.

5. If you could pick a theme song for the neighborhood, or choose a celebrity that best exemplifies the character of it, what/who would it be?
Groovin’, by Booker T and the MG’s.

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2 Responses to Meet Your Neighbors: Lily Day Cafe

  1. Emily pf says:

    Thank you for sharing this interview. I went to the Lily Day Cafe over the weekend and was completely charmed. The complex that it’s in makes it easy to overlook. Who knew that the inside would be filled with amazing decorations, and knick knacks to write home about. The good was delicious too.

  2. Yes, Lily Day is great. And I agree, the complex it’s in does make it easy to overlook. Hopefully the word gets out, though.

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