We here at FosterPowellPDX have not been shy about our local business crushes. Our first love was Guapo Comics and Coffee (and we feel sorry for you if you never knew them). In fact, I still pretend they’re around just to make the days go by easier. (Fortunately, NWIPA’s tasty pints and Pieper Cafe’s mochas make forgetting a little easier.)
But Guapo left us. So we filled the void elsewhere. We toyed with crushing on Knuckleheads, too, when they were around, but mostly because we were fascinated with the leathery, rumbling toughness of the Harley-riding masses that came and went. In the end, there was way more intrigue than actual patronage.
Enter Red Castle Games. They helped transform the one-block commercial strip along SE 64th from the poker room and pot club that it once was. And they stole our heart from the onset.
So it is, our most consistent and lasting crush, Red Castle Games, has taken the cake. And now that they’re turning five—yes, five—I guess our infatuation with the little game store-turned-growing-empire is also getting a year older.
To celebrate with Red Castle as they usher in another year on Foster, join them for a weekend of discounts (up to 50%) on select games, as well as a cake-cutting ceremony on Saturday, 3/7 at noon. Cake will be free to all customers, so get in there and take advantage of their anniversary sales.
And for a little more background, here’s the release from Red Castle:
Red Castle Games, an independent local game store, invites the community to attend its Fifth Anniversary Celebration the weekend of March 7th and 8th. Special events include a cake-cutting ceremony at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 7th with free cake for all customers and a sale of up to 50% off selected board games, miniatures, and role-playing games.
Red Castle Games began as the dream of two young entrepreneurs looking to create a uniquely welcoming and family-friendly game shop for veteran and casual gamers alike in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. An influential part of Portland’s board gaming community, Red Castle has hosted and organized many major events for games such as Magic: the Gathering and Netrunner, helping foster a sense of community and allowing players to better connect with each other. Red Castle’s events have brought new life to its corner of Foster-Powell, and the store continues to grow as they work towards opening Café Red, Portland’s very first board-gaming café, next door.
Red Castle Games is heavily invested in its community and customers, earning it a reputation as a pillar of Portland’s gaming community. Hosting events, providing a comfortable space for people play, and maintaining a wide selection of card games and board games are all important parts of Red Castle’s mission to become the friendliest game store in Portland. Red Castle Games is located at 6406 SE Foster Road, and is open from 12:00 noon until 12:00 midnight weekdays and 10:00am until 12:00 midnight on weekends.