Tag Archives: Footwise

Footwise move creates musical chairs at Heilbroner Building

5 Jun

Brad Perron, owner of the Heilbroner Building at Third and Cascade in Hood River, at long last has a chance to complete the facelift on Hood River’s first steel-frame structure.

After Footwise pulled out for an Oak Avenue presence, Perron could pursue plans to strip the brick skin and reveal the cast iron girders underneath. He plans to replace the brick with fine wood casings for the windows, and split that space east-west into two units. Director’s Mortgage will move into the unit facing exclusively onto Third. Current Commercial will move into the current Director’s Mortgage space.

And someone — hint, hint … this could be you — will find huge appeal to the wall of windows facing Cascade and wrapping the corner. Perron thinks it would make a perfect gallery space, complementing the Columbia Center for the Arts just to the east. At nearly 700 square feet, it will rent for around $1,000 a month.

Look for loads of activity there in the next month. Director’s hopes to be in its new space by July 1. Perron is hoping to have the corner space finished by July 15. Call him at 541-541-993-9939 if you want to talk.

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.

Latest on Footwise plans to relocate

19 Mar

No need to embellish this note from Footwise manager Joanie Donnelly:

“We will be having a huge moving sale in our current location April 16-26. This sale will be on clearance items and will help us lessen the amount of shoes we have to haul those three blocks! April 27-29 we will be closed for moving and cleaning, and we will reopen in our new digs on April 30. Then, assuming that First Friday is May 7 (I hope? Ed note: Yes, it is) we will have a big Grand Opening Celebration May 7-8 with discounts, prizes, goodies, etc. That’s the plan so far!”

Thanks, Joanie.

Ink is wet, deal is done, Footwise is moving 3 blocks

16 Mar

The gang at Footwise is excited this afternoon, because the lease has been signed for a new space in the 400 block of Oak Street. That’s right, the purveyor of quality footwear is relocating to the space recently occupied by Apple Green — between Hood River Jewelers and Dog River Coffee. They’ll move inventory the last week of April, and hope to be open sometime around May 1. Stay tuned for updates.