We hope this Friday finds you all well and ready for the weekend. Hopefully you have time to enjoy Foster and its environs. This time next week we’ll be looking at May, so get your April kicks while you can.
Here are your weekend tidbits…
– Foster got some major love in the Willamette Week’s annual Bar Guide this week, as our little strip of bars, restaurants and music venues were profiled in the article Foster: The People. While the article’s author, Matthew Korfhage, shares what many of us already know—Foster’s super duper rad—he unveils the secret to the rest of Portland. Specifically, he says, “The most important neighborhood in Portland right now is probably that little strip of bars along Southeast Foster Road between about 60th and 72nd avenues.” We can’t disagree with that. Nor can we argue with some of his other assessments; namely, that Foster is more resembling of a Portland many still yearn for but can no longer find (or afford) in the hyper-developed neighborhoods of Division Street and Alberta. Foster, then, is an under-the-radar alternative that is pretty damn cool in its own right. Cheers to Mr. Korfhage.
– New business alert: I Heart Retro is moving from its Hollywood location to Foster Road. The vintage/retro furniture and home decor store will be moving a little closer to home—the owners live in the neighborhood—and will be taking over the former Kidopolis space. They’ll now be calling SMART Collective neighbors and will help fill in the gap between the stretch of activity hovering around Se 64th Avenue and SE 72nd, where the Portland Mercado has definitely invigorated that stretch of Foster. I Heart Retro plans to open on June 15 at the new location (6925 SE Foster).
– Fat Yoga was broken into recently, which left a good deal of damage to their space. The suspect responsible apparently started from the roof, where he was able to get through a skylight and work his way inside the studio. In any event, there’s a GoFundMe campaign to help them recoup some of the losses. Help out if you are so inclined.
– Earlier this week we reported that the Bob White Theatre is for sale. Again. This after a falling out between Nick Storie, the building’s owner, and Nick Haas, the hopeful buyer. It was just a week prior that the two had one of a series of offers on the table, only for it to be rejected and negotiations ended. We thought Haas walked away from the back-and-forth drama for good, but apparently the saga continues, as the younger Nick (and his team of investors) still has hopes of getting a deal done. According to his facebook page, he’s next in line if Mr. Storie doesn’t sell the building to someone who’s interested in using the space to store car parts. We emailed Nick Storie to confirm this, but have not heard back. With that in mind, we can’t jump to conclusions just yet. But it’s safe to say there’s more to the Bob White story to come.
– Don’t forget that the Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Associations are hosting their annual ‘neighborhood cleanup‘ on May 2. If you have household goods you need to trash, there will be several dumpsters for your dumping pleasure at Arleta Elementary. All money goes to the neighborhood associations so they can continue doing things like National Night Out, Movies in the Park, garden tours, etc.
– Starday Tavern has its customary showing of live music this weekend. Catch Radio Wolf (classic rock) and Harlis SweetWater (“greasy electric blues a la Canned Heat”) on Friday; Nomenclature performs Saturday.
Have a good weekend, all. Be cool, be safe.