Welcome to 2015, Foster People!

Here it is, y’all: 2015. We’re now closer to the year 2030 than we are to the seemingly-not-so-distant Y2k. Crazy. Here’s hoping for good health and fortune for all of you in the year to come.

And ditto for Foster.

We’ve seen some signs of good health on Foster; some fortune, too. Hopefully more to come, though.

2015 should be a big year for the Foster area. Here are a few tidbits to get us started:

The Foster Window Project

From The Foster Window Project website

– As we’ve been relaying to you for a couple months now, the kind and ambitious folks behind the Foster Window Project will soon be transforming the ground-floor exterior of the Phoenix Pharmacy building on 67th and Foster. With your help, of course. After designing a few would-be murals, and then opening the design options to vote, the community has chosen the “Twinkle” option. The next step in the process is to paint the panels that will later be installed on the building. The painting party will be on January 15 at Performance Works NW. Check out their website for more information. Oh, and kudos to the organizers…this will add some much needed visual appeal to Foster and, of course, the Phoenix Pharmacy.

– Happy 15 years in the ‘hood, Performance Works NW. Check out what they have on the calendar for the coming year.

wikman_building_photo– Looking for office space to rent? The new owners of the Wikman Building are leasing the space…presumably before they renovate it, register for historic status, and lease it as shared space (as was mentioned to be their plan upon purchasing the building).

– This month will mark the half-year point since the Foster Streetscape Plan was adopted by the city. Not only was it adopted—as the original plan was in 2003—but it has over $5 million in funding behind it, too. Aside from rumors of surveyor spottings, there’s been no word of movement yet. Hopefully 2015 brings some progress on this project.

– The Willamette Week listed Foster’s soon-to-be bagel spot, Higgins Boiled Bagels, as one of its most anticipated restaurant/bar openings of 2015. Again, Higgins will share the same commercial plaza with Red Castle Games, the future Cafe Red, and Portland Ketchup Company’s office space.

– The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association will no longer be meeting at Bar Carlo for their monthly gatherings. Instead, the second-Monday-of-the-month meetings will take place at Foster Burger. 6:30 – 8:00 pm, as usual.

– And…since we like our beer, AND….since we like our local businesses…this: Breakside Salted Caramel Stout Release at N.W.I.P.A, Thursday, from 6-9 pm. Breakside Brewery and Salt & Straw collaborate? Come on…that’s not even fair.

Happy New Year, y’all.

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