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Originally I titled this tip "Doesn't Happen Here (Yet)" but a few days ago I was driving past it and saw a sign advertising "Under New Management". I have not yet had a chance to visit and sample any new changes, and what is described below is how I experienced the restaurant originally.
Basically just a SE Portland sandwitch and coffee shop. On many evenings they have live music from 7 PM to 9 PM. Prices are OK ($4 to $7). It is also non-smoking. However, few people come here, and the smoke filled bars around SE 28th seem to attract the bulk of the people from the neighborhoods around SE Gladstone.
As time goes on, this place might start to attract more people, but for now the traffic here is very light. On this particular evening, I was the only person in the place, other than the two girls behind the counter and the band who played to an empty house.
Is this somewhere where the bands go to practice before going to more crowded venues?
Favorite Dish: None of the sandwitches are particularly better or worse than any others.
Updated Feb 2, 2008
Address: 4135 SE Gladstone
The reason I am including this little southeast Portland store here is that I have seen quite a number of people all around Portland painting things on canvas, or taking photos, or otherwise doing things that require art supplies.
I am no expert in the cost of art supplies, but the framing offered by them is quite a good value (good price for what you get) compared to everywhere else I have gone. At least some local artists say this place had good stuff at good prices.
Here you will find a fairly extensive amount of papers, modeling clay, paints, posable figures, and quite a number of other items desired by artists, and all of it in a local store in the central part of the east side of Portland.
Written Sep 30, 2008
Address: 4950 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 775-2651
Powell's Books is a well known book store in Portland. However, most people think of the Powell's in downtown Portland on Burnside. They actually have several stores, including SE Hawthorne. While it is much smaller than the main store on Burnside, it is still a considerably good sized book store.
What to buy: Find good deals on used books, or maybe look at the tags on the shelves to see what the staff likes. Or, take a look at the cookbooks (Powell's dedicated gardening and cook book store is in the same building, but two doors down).
Written Jan 10, 2008
Address: 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
On May 27, 1998, bicyclist Matt Schekel was killed at the intersection of SE Taylor and 37th Avenue, after a delivery truck ran a stop sign.
An improvised memorial was created from bike parts and other pieces at first, and as things went on more and more appeared at this intersection.
This more permanent memorial was created later.
This memorial includes a lighthouse-like structure with a light, and a solar panel on top of a bicycle wheel. A very decorated bench is cut into the hillside, and various other parts are located at the corner to memorialize Mr. Schekel and to provide a reminder that people need to stop at the stop signs at this intersection.
Updated Jul 16, 2009
There really isn't too much to say about this fountain. It goesn't go very high, and it isn't a spectacular rush of water. It is interesting in that it has a lot of natural plants growing in it. Unfortunately, during most hours of the day, the joyful sound of the water playing across the rocks is heavily drowned out by all the nearby traffic noise.
I was unable to find a title on the fountain.
The fountain has two pools, and water enters both pools by bubbling up through piles of rocks. The larger of the two pools is slightly higher, and some of the water runs from the larger pool into the smaller one.
All of the rocks look natural, and it appears that there were some serious attempts at creating a small piece of nature in this very urbanized environment.
Written Jun 29, 2009
What do you do when the tree out in front of you house needs to be cut down due to rot?
You could just cut it down and leave a stump I suppose.
Or, you could have someone who is artistic with a chain saw show up and cut it into a creative sculpture, such as a fish.
Naturally, on Salmon Street, the selected sculpture would be a salmon.
Notice that the hollow spot at the bottom of the trunk has been made into a spot where the home owner can put a flower pot and plant.
The sculpture in and of itself isn't worth the trip out here, but if you are in the Mt. Tabor area it might be interesting to swing over this way on the east side of the hill and take a look at it.
Written Oct 3, 2007
Bioswales are essentially ditches added to landscaping to deal with water runoff from streets and parking lots. Plants in the bioswale are usually particularly suited for breaking down oil and other wastes from motor vehicles, and help prevent these substances from getting dumped directly into the rivers.
The St. Philip Neri Bioswale includes a park bench and contemplative area. Sometimes, this area could be a nice park-like setting for meditation or reading. However, at other times SE Division Street is a horribly busy and noisy street, and can be unpleasant to be anywhere near.
The bioswale was built by the St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church as part of being a good steward of the natural blessings of God, according to the signs placed in the public area of the bioswale. It controls water runoff from their parking lot.
Written Jun 24, 2007