Happy Weekend, Foster People!

The sun returns for a few days, we have an art showing, and your favorite watering hole beckons. It must be the weekend.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– It dawned on us recently: if Foster never changed—never got the grocery store everyone wants, never got rid of the tweakers and odd ball lurkers, kept its punk rock aesthetic—we’d be ok with it. Sure, we get excited about the next new business like you guys. We also like the idea of housing being built on Foster. And surely we’d be happy if we got that grocery store, the Bob White became a thing, or if we had at least one fine dining option. But we also like (love!) Foster the way it is. Always have. Question to you all: what is your favorite thing about Foster?

– Last week’s Second Saturday Foster Art Walk enjoyed some sun, more turnout, and the opening of Flat Blak Gallery (at 6006 SE Foster). That was only its second go-around. Wild at Heart Salon participated, too, as did Tambayan Filipino Restaurant with an offering of food specials. Just sayin. Put it on your calendar for next month, as the organizers expect more participating venues and a growing turnout.

– We heard a rumor that another tattoo shop will be setting up in the neighborhood, this time in the same strip as the aforementioned Tambayan, Wild at Heart Salon, and Flat Blak Gallery. Also joining Latchkey Gallery and Backstory Books, it sounds like the remaining storefront will be another creative business, with tattoo artists (possibly) set to replace what was once Tu Vida Hoy. If you forget for a moment that there are already three tattoo studios within six blocks (Suite C, Rose and Dagger, and Raven Ink), it actually creates a really intriguing mix of businesses on this stretch of Foster. Within two blocks, if rumors are true, there will be a bar, bookstore, two art galleries, hair salon, tattoo shop, Filipino Restaurant, taqueria, record store, vintage clothing shop, bike store, Mexican restaurant, another tattoo shop, and a pot dispensary.

– Quick shout-out to Starday Tavern, as they’ll be hosting live music for the masses the following three Mondays AND raising money for a good cause. In an effort to raise money for and save Outdoor School in Portland, Starday is hosting the following concert series: Monday, April 18, Steve Lockwood and Jeffrey Trapp; Jeremy Wilson, Paul Brained and Steve Wilkinson, April 25; David E. Lane and Alex Wiley, May 2. All shows start at 6. There will be no cover, but donations will be gladly accepted. Campaigners will also be on hand to collect petition signatures. More info about saving Outdoor School here.

Anybody interested in nearly 9,000 square feet of Foster real estate?

– Patio watch: Bar Maven’s outdoor patio and beer garden is making progress. The foundation is in place and the walls are taking shape. Also in the works is a newly decorated and spruced up patio at Foster Burger. They expect to open their space by the end of the month.

– Here’s your upcoming entertainment:
FoPo Tavern- Ferociously Funny Fridays (standup comedy), 9 pm
Starday Tavern- The Buzz Holland Trip (6 pm) and An Evening With Mr. Muso (9:30 pm), Friday; House Night with Demetre Baca, David Van Sant, Bobby Breezy and Jai, Saturday at 9:30; Project Save Outdoor School Music Series, Monday at 6pm
NWIPA- Cracked, a solo art opening: the work of Sylvia Mann, Saturday at 6:30
Bar Carlo- Hot Club of Hawthorne, every third Thursday

Enjoy the weekend, y’all…


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One Response to Happy Weekend, Foster People!

  1. Kaye says:

    “What’s your favorite thing about Foster?” – Well, honestly, I’m really looking forward to the changes that the Street Project will (hopefully) bring. I love my street (close to Arleta Elem), but I really want the tweakers to go elsewhere, and I’m looking forward to increasing neighborhood awareness and pride. Soooo….right now, my favorite thing about Foster is the potential for it to grow into a true neighborhood business district, to where we’re seeing children and dogwalkers and elders walking on our sidewalks, shopping at our eclectic mix of businesses, and enjoying the funky and fun atmosphere of a Portland classic neighborhood. I’d have nothing against tattoo parlors, bars, pot shops, and even strip clubs, but I’d like to see a better mix of businesses instead of a saturation of ‘adult’ type attractions. So…..yeah.

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