Call us sentimental, fine, but we do get a little weepy when longtime establishments shutter.
Now, to be sure, we’re not so sentimental that we don’t welcome change. For example, Bob & Alice’s. As wonderfully dive-y as it was in all its old-person glory, we were good with the change. Ditto for Softipper Darts. And we’ll feel the same way when half the auto shops on Foster follow suit.
But there are always a few that are hard to see go the way of “Old Portland.”
Smokey’s, for example.
The Bob White Theater (as brief as its rebirth was).
And Guapo Comics and Coffee. (I know, they probably don’t count—we just like reminiscing).
And we’ll probably feel nostalgic if the taxidermy shop were to ever close.
Well, another Foster-area institution is closing, soon to make way for another salon. Ok, to clarify, we’re using the word institution pretty loosely. You know…for dramatic effect. If it’s all the same, though, let’s briefly send a collective farewell to Walt’s, the classic barbershop that sneakily occupied the storefront in between Tango Berretin and Overseas Taste on Holgate, just across the street from Laurelwood Park. To give him his propers, Walt’s was actually “Walt Anderson’s Barber and Style.” And he gave a clean haircut for only $15.
Sadly, though, Walt’s is no longer. Just like that.
In its place? Wait for it….another salon. Like we mentioned before, Foster does things in multiples of three or four. So, joining the ranks of Salon Mojo and Wild at Heart Salon just a few blocks up the road is Ginger Salon. Well, we don’t actually know if it’ll be called Ginger’s. But the storefront’s new tenant owns Ginger Salon in Irvington, and another one in the Pearl. We can only presume that her third salon will be called Ginger, too.
Snark aside, Ginger Salon appears to be pretty legit in its own right. And they appear to have a growing empire. So once the demo and remodel are done, and the dust clears, check ’em out.