Broadway Books co-founder Roberta Dyer is retiring; new co-owner Kim Bissell to join co-owner Sally McPherson. And they're having a party.
Broadway Books has a new co-owner! Co-founder Roberta Dwyer is retiring after 44 years in the book business (22 of them at Broadway Books), and stepping into her place as co-owner Sally's McPherson's new business partner is Kim Bissell. Kim and her family have lived in Irvington for ten years and she has been very involved in the community, including the Irvington Home Tour. Although this is her first bookstore gig, she is no stranger to bookstores. She even met her husband in a bookstore! She's also a voracious and eclectic reader and a book person down to her bones.
Roberta isn't disappearing though - she'll be working a couple of days a week through the end of the year, and perhaps after that, "if they need me" she says. "I prefer to think that I am not retiring but rather transitioning to an Emeritus position." She noted the community has meant so much to her . "It has been a pleasure, a challenge, a wild ride, a great deal of fun, and most of all a privilege to be the owner of your neighborhood bookstore."
To celebrate the changes, Broadway Books is having… a BIG FAT PARTY and a sale:â€¨Sunday, November 9, we'll all be here from Noon to 5. Reader, you are invited.
We'll have cake and champagne and tell stories to each other. We'll take pictures. We'll reminisce about the past and speculate about the future. We'll introduce you to Kim. We'll get a little rowdy. And if you want to shop, on November 9 only, we'll give you a 23% discount on your entire purchase in honor of our 23rd year in business.
Ladies Night Out Offers Holiday Deals, Events and Fun
NE Broadway businesses hosting Ladies Night Out Thursday Dec. 4 from 5-9pm, when 25 participating businesses will dazzle with you spectacular holiday deals, events and free refreshments. It’s a great opportunity to grab your girlfriends and get holiday shopping done early, while taking advantage of special sales, pampering and fun. With restaurants and bars offering specials too, you can make a fun evening of it! Ladies Night Out is sponsored by the Northeast Broadway Business Association. â€¨â€¨Ladies Night Out also highlights how much NE Broadway has to offer: Everything! Great local shops, unique gifts, awesome customer service, many choices for eating and drinking, services to take care of your every need -- all conveniently located. This Holiday Season think NE Broadway!
NE Broadway Styrofoam Recycling and Paper Shredding Event
NE Broadway Styrofoam Recycling and Secure Document Shredding event
Saturday, April 19th, 9am - noon
In the rear parking lot of Zeller Chapel of the Roses at 2107 NE Broadway
In honor of Earth Day, the Northeast Broadway Business Association (NEBBA), Point West Credit Union, Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique and Total Reclaim are sponsoring this great opportunity to do some spring cleaning and easily get rid of hard-to-recycle Styrofoam that can't just be dropped at the curb!
Clean, white Styrofoam blocks and bags or boxes of documents for shredding will be accepted, with a $5.00 charge per box (or equivalent) for shredding and Styrofoam recycling. Bagged Styrofoam packing peanuts will also be accepted. Secure shredding will be handled by an on-site truck from Iron Mountain. Proceeds will benefit NEBBA's marketing fund to help promote the Northeast Broadway district's great variety of local businesses.
Volunteers are needed, so please consider helping out for a good cause. Time slots are available in 2-hour windows from 8:30am - 1:30pm. Call Chris Gauger at Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale at (503) 515-7779 to sign up or get more information.
Explore NE Broadway/Weidler and Area Transportation
Options at Sullivan's Gulch Forum
Saturday April 26, 1-4pm
Grace Memorial Church, Weidler and 17th Ave.
Northeast Portland neighbors and businesses interested in NE Broadway/Weidler transportation options and the Sullivan's Gulch Bike Trail are invited to Sullivan's Gulch's 3d annual neighborhood charette April 26.
The theme will be improved transit options for the area. Neighborhood updates will be provided by Eliot, Irvington, Grant Park, Sullivan’s Gulch and the NE Broadway/Weidler business district, which will be followed by activities that provide time and tools for the public to express their ideas, comments, and concerns related to neighborhood issues.
Several speakers will be offer short presentations:
- Metro representative John Mermin will present a detailed discussion of bikeway development.
- Carl Larson of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will present ideas for bike lane enhancement on Broadway/Weidler.
- Steve Dotterrer, former director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will discuss the history of land development in Portland.
- Scott Burns, professor at PSU, will discuss the geological make up of the gulch and how conditions impact the north slope of the gulch in Sullivan’s Gulch.
There will be snacks served and lots of good information and conversation exchanged.
Irvington Home Tour 2014 is Sunday May 18
Each year, the Irvington Home Tour is held on the third Sunday of May – rain or shine. The 2014 Tour will be held on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plan on spending at least two-and-a-half hours touring homes. Tickets are now on sale online at www.irvingtonhometour.com and are $25, plus a $2 service charge per order, which includes an insiders' look at an amazing variety of beautiful Irvington homes. Tickets are also available at Broadway Books (1714 NE Broadway St.); Caffe' Destino (1339 NE Fremont St.); and the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Ave.). The goal of the Tour is to raise funds for the Irvington Community Association to donate to charitable organizations which enhance the quality of life for the neighborhood.
Questions about ticketing or the tour? Please contact us at email@example.com or call 503-334-6123.
NE Broadway Ladies Night Out is Wednesday Dec. 4
Ladies Night Out Offers Holiday Deals, Events and Fun
NE Broadway businesses are once again hosting Ladies Night Out Wed. Dec. 46 from 5-9pm, when 25 participating businesses will entertain and dazzle with spectacular holiday deals, events and free refreshments. It’s a great opportunity to grab your girlfriends and get holiday shopping done early, while taking advantage of special sales, pampering and fun. With restaurants and bars offering specials also, you can make a fun evening of it! Ladies Night Out is sponsored by the Northeast Broadway Business Association.
Ladies Night Out also highlights how much NE Broadway has to offer: Everything! Great local shops, unique gifts, awesome customer service, many choices for eating and drinking, services to take care of your every need -- all conveniently located. This Holiday Season think NE Broadway!
Businesses in the News
New Owner and Direction at Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa
Genevra Cardoso became the sole owner of Zama Massage Therapeutic Spa in September 2013, after two years as a partner running the company. Zama is located at 2149 NE. Broadway; wwww.zamamassage.com. She has extensive business and marketing experience and almost 10 years of massage and spa experience. Genevra specializes in modalities such as Myofascial Release Therapy, Ashiatsu, Cupping, Sufi Healing and Reiki.
Her vision is to create a 5 Star Spa this is a sanctuary of healing. Over the next six months a new line of sustainable products and services will be added to the menu: specialized nail, foot and hand treatments, and an infrared sauna, acupuncture and salt cave therapy for respiratory health. Zama currently offers Organic Facials, Foot Soaks and Far Infrared Heat therapies. Zama was voted Citysearch 2013 Best Massage Portland.
Jenn Tasnim Savage has been hired as Assistant Spa Director and is committed to creating an environment where Zama’s guests will be served, Body, Mind and Spirit.
Together they would like to welcome first time visitors with a 20% discount off their service menu and a 10% discount on services to anyone who hasn’t been into the spa since January 1, 2012. Discounts do not apply to specials or products and cannot be combined with any other offers.
(503) 281-0278, www.zamamassage.com
NE Broadway Business Association Wins Spirit of Portland Award for Business Association of the Year
The Northeast Broadway Business Association (NEBBA) has received the 2012 Spirit of Portland Award for Business Association of the Year from Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
"The Spirit of Portland awards are Portland's Oscars. They are a tribute to the many amazing community and neighborhood leaders who contribute to our thriving civic life in Portland," said Commissioner Fritz. She selected NEBBA due to the group’s successes in supporting neighborhood businesses and district vitality, growing membership and involvement, and fostering collaboration with the neighborhoods. Awards are chosen from nominations submitted by Portlanders and by a selection committee. In addition, the Mayor and each City Commissioner recognize individual and organizational leaders.
NEBBA President Murray Koodish said that the group has seen enormous growth and positive change in the last four years. Here are just a few highlights:
• Membership increased 160%, hitting 100+ members for the first time and bringing new leaders and creative ideas.
• A new logo and tagline - Everything for Everyday – has successfully branded the unique mix of businesses in the district. The dynamic nebroadway.com website, serves as a marketing tool and a guide to everything NE Broadway.
• The Summer Super Sale and Ladies Night Out signature events increased foot traffic and greatly increased revenues for participating businesses.
• NEBBA has invested in the community, working with multiple neighborhood associations to strengthen ties and tackle issues that affect the area.
The 2012 Spirit of Portland award winners will be recognized by the Portland City Council Monday, October 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel at the Lloyd Center. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. A reception with refreshments will follow the awards presentation.
New Seasons Market to Anchor Grant Park Village Project
Capstone Partners recently announced that the anchor tenant at the proposed Grant Park Village at 33d and NE Broadway will be New Seasons Market, the locally owned grocery store chain. Capstone said the grocery is expected to open in fall 2014. It will occupy 34,500 square feet in the development.
Grant Park Village is a mixed-use development slated for the former Albina Fuel site at Northeast Broadway, Northeast 32nd and Interstate 84. The project will have about 47,000 square feet of retail in all, plus a parking garage and three stories of apartments. The developers are currently working on design review with the city and hope to have the process finished in time for an early 2013 groundbreaking.
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