Tag Archives: downtown

July 2010 First Friday draws huge crowd

3 Jul

First Friday, June 4, 2010

10 Jun

You can never have too many Visitor Centers

10 Jun

As we wrap up one of the coolest and dampest springs on record, all you businesses that want the attention of visitors will want to know about a second option to get your brochures and info in front of them.

The main county visitor center, of course, is operated by the Chamber of Commerce, down by the Port of Hood River. It can be a little difficult to find, and access.

Sue Collins, owner of Cascade Travel, had some extra space in the front of her store. She thought it might make a good Visitor Center annex. So, with the blessings of the Chamber, she set it aside late last year and has been adding that Blue-Dot-with-white-i international “information center” symbol to lure visitors.

She sent a note recently, reminding the business community that the Center is now open 7 days a week.

Sue says she is seeing increasing drop-in traffic. Because she is a longtime local, she is able to break from her other work and help answer questions.

It’s pretty cheap to get your info into her store — just $10 a month for a 4-by-8-inch rack card size, or $15 for a 9-by-11-inch (flyer / magazine) rack size. For year-round display, you can simplify things with one-time payment of $120 or two payments of $60 (for the rack card display; adjust upward for larger displays).

Make checks payable to Cascade Travel. Sue also accepts credit cards. To learn more, contact Sue Collins at Cascade Travel, 506 Cascade in Hood River, or call 541 386-6800 x4

First Friday is coming, First Friday is coming (bring rain gear?)

3 Jun

During First Friday in May, the Buzzer popped in to the new location of Footwise, at 413 Oak Ave., and caught other visitors enjoying the new digs.

Patrick Quigley, who does sales for Express Color, first shared his appreciation. Store sales rep Greg Morris next shared his excitement. Winemaker Rich Cushman of Viento wines, and Kathy Watson of Nora’s Table, chatted in the background, totally ignoring all the awesome footwear decorating the walls.

First Friday for June is (duh) June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. (or later, for dining establishments). Reminder: There will be no street closures for First Friday in June. Street closures will be in place for July, August and September (which leads into the Labor Day Weekend).

See you downtown on Friday.

Something new for the ladies — and the guys who love them

2 Jun

Store owner Brooke Pauly shows some of the frilly things on display at her new store devoted to foundation garments. Underpinnings Lingerie Boutique is at 3rd and Oak in Hood River. She and her husband, Mike, got doors open in time for Memorial Day Weekend visitors. Hours: 10-6 M-Sat; 11-4 Sund. Call 541-436-0000, or send her email.

More vacancies, more space for your next biz

8 Oct

Chuck Beardsley of Hershner & Bell Realty works with a lot of property owners to manage their commercial space downtown. He’s got some vacancies. We’d all love to see them full and full of activity. So, if you’re looking, here’s what Chuck has available …

Suite 227, 214 Cascade, 225 sf second floor, $310 per month

416 Oak St., Oak Mall, 300 sf, $410 p/m

202 Cascade St., Mall 202, 370 sf main floor, $405 p/m

Suite 203, 209 Oak St. (Keir Bldg.), 370 sf on 2nd floor, $380 p/m

Suite 204, 209 Oak St., 715 sf, 3-room second floor, $520 p/m

416 Oak St., Oak Mall, 870 sf main floor, $900 p/m

Suite 202, 209 Oak St., 1,068 sf eight-room second floor office, $900 p/m

Suite 14, 205 Oak St.,, Hall Bldg, 200 sf second floor, $205 p/m

Reach Chuck’s office at 541-386-5555.

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.

OPB finds rosier view on repeat visit to 2 Hood businesses

12 Aug

Check out what our public radio network discovered on a return visit with Melissa Tokstad and Kathy Watson.

Coming soon … Vintage Legacy

3 Jul

Linda Forsberg is eagerly looking forward to opening the doors at Vintage Legacy, 112 Third St., Hood River. She and her husband are putting final touches on the store, which will be home to, as she puts it, “special occasion vintagewear, antiques & timeless gifts.” Look for an open house Serpt. 24. When doors open, hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and private sessions by appointment.

Store manager to buy Silverado Jewelry Gallery

24 May

As of June 1, the Silverado Jewelry Gallery in downtown Hood River will have a new owner. Longtime local manager Christine Grenci has worked out a deal to buy the local store, one of two in Oregon (the other is in Bend). She jokes that she was the only person offered a business loan by a bank during the past year — in the entire United States.

Oh, it wasn’t a joke? These days, you never know. In any case, cheers to Christine. What a year 2009 will be. She and Michael Barthmus, owner of nearby Doppio Coffee + Lounge, are engaged to marry later this year.

FYI, having a partner in business is not a requirement to hang out a shingle in downtown Hood River. But I’m beginning to wonder about these coffee bar guys. You may have noticed Nate and Katie making those regular shuttle runs between Dog River and Twiggs. Love is in the … roast?