Here we are, the wet, blustery weekend. Welcome. May you find dry and calm however you can. But, please, do venture out to Foster at some point. There’s plenty to get into, and you’ll definitely find refuge from the ick outside. Oh, and happy Friday the 13th.
Here are your weekend tidbits…
– Big day for Foster today…at least relatively speaking, that is. Two new businesses are set to celebrate grand openings today (though, one is an old business moving into a new space). Backstory Books opens its doors today, along with neighbor Latchkey Gallery PDX. Both will inhabit separate spaces in the commercial strip sandwiched by the Y-Arts Center and FoPo Tavern (6004 and 6010 SE Foster, respectively). As we’ve mentioned before, Backstory Books is upgrading from their digs at the Carts on Foster pod; Latchkey Gallery is new all together, and they’ll be the second art studio/gallery space to open along the corridor within the last six months. Catch Backstory’s opening by 7pm tonight; Latchkey Gallery will have an open house until 6pm.
– New businesses on Foster is good, yes. But I suppose the real big news on Foster is that the Streetscape Plan is actually a thing—as in, wheels are in motion; it’s gonna happen; there’s a timeline; some work has already started (with some now complete). Sure, we won’t see anything until late-2017 at the earliest, but PBOT project manager, Rich Newlands, presented a rundown of the project to the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association Monday, and with the presentation came a timeline that is the closest thing the neighborhood’s seen/heard as true confirmation the project is imminent.
– You got $2,150 to spend every month on retail space? We have a spot for you. It sounds like a lot, but, as one of our reader’s pointed out, in same cases that’s nearly half the price of equivalent space in such hot-spot neighborhoods as SE Division or N Williams. So….who’s stepping up and making the Heart of Foster that much radder? On a side note, one can only speculate that the increase in rent for commercial space had something to do with the future Cafe Red’s demise.
– We’ve been seeing some vibrant colors being painted on the walls inside the vacant space next-door to Torta-landia. Gosh, it’s almost as if there’s an expansion in the works. Just sayin…
– For the foodies out there, be on the lookout for the second installment of Stealth Pop Up/Menu Takeover at NWIPA. Think: braised greens, bacon jam toast, cranberry rarebit, cider-braised beef chuck with pork sausage. Ok, done. See you there on Wednesday the 18th, 6pm.
– Here’s your entertainment for the weekend and beyond:
Backstory Books and Latchkey Gallery (6004 and 6010 SE Foster)- Grand Opening and open house, Friday (see above)
Performance Works NW- it’s really hard: Nancy Ellis, Dora Gaskell and Stephanie Lavon Trotter, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Starday Tavern- Wild Rumpus Triumphant Return, Friday at 9pm; Aspirin Feast, Saturday at 10pm; Jankaraoke, Sunday at 9pm
FoPo Tavern- Ferociously Funny Fridays, comedy at 9pm
Bar Carlo- Donkey Team Prospective Executive Conversation Occasion View Form (yikes, that’s a mouthful), Saturday at 5pm
World Famous Cannabis Cafe- Sol Slippers (Island music), Friday night
Creston School- Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Bazaar fundraiser: $5 all you can eat pancake breakfast starting at 8am; Holiday Bazaar, 9-noon