Whatup all over the downtown place

17 Sep

You’ve read some of it here before. You haven’t read all of it here before. Here’s a quick overview of what’s happening downtown in the next couple of months.

Summer’s over, and change is in the air. Several businesses are either moving, closing or looking for buyers.

And one business is preparing to offer visitor information and advice to downtown visitors. With the blessing of the Chamber, Sue Collins at Cascade Travel, 506 Cascade, will be creating an information center inside her store.

To defray expenses related to setting up and stocking brochure racks in the room at the front of her building, she will charge a monthly fee starting at $10 and scaling up, depending on the size of materials to be offered (magazine size vs. brochure, for instance). The service is available to Chamber members only. Call Collins at 541-386-6800 to arrange placement of your materials.

At least two downtown businesses are actively looking for buyers: That’s Swank and Doug’s. Plush Bed & Bath is closing, probably around the end of October. Discover Bicycles is moving, to the old Van Meter furniture building at 3rd and State streets, also toward November. Three prospective tenants are looking seriously at renting Discover’s current space at 2nd and Oak.

Benajamin Benjamin Gallery has moved to a smaller space on Third Street between Oak and Cascade. Owner Myah Bailey has been placing art in other retail locations (Naked, Ground Coffee, Nora’s Table), and selling well through those channels, so she realized that she didn’t need the space where she started next to Naked Winery.

And Naked does — need the space, that is. Naked is expanding, owner Dave Barringer says, so they can create a private meeting space, for parties, wedding dinners, tour groups. “We want them to feel special,” he says. He hopes to have the spruce-up done by Oct. 30, in time for the holidays.

Look for Vintage Legacy to open its doors soon at 112 Third St. Owner Linda Forsberg will hold an open house on Sept. 24.

So far, no news on a new tenant in the old Panzanella space at 5th and Cascade. Michael Eggebrecht had taken a serious look at opening a craft bakery there, but unresolved financial details put the brakes on that.

And North Cheatham tells us he’s in serious talks to rent the former Annz Panz space to a Portland chef who is interested in opening a French restaurant … in, ironically enough, the onetime Paris Fair building.

Oh, yes: The last First Friday of the summer is Oct. 2, followed the next day by the 6th Annual Hood River Hops Fest just south of Full Sail Brewery (details at: hoodriverhopsfest.wordpress.com/ )

And, of course, if YOU hear of something new, share it with me. 386-8860.

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