HBBA Co-Pres.: Julia Hanfling, George Harris

Contact: administrator@hawthornepdx.com

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Board meetings: Second Wednesdays at 8 am       

Western Seminary Bueermann Hall, Room 201             

5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Business Owners, Managers, Property owners, friends, neighbors and officials met in the lovely Starlight Room hosted by Steve and Hiroko Brown of Spin Catering & Events for HBBA’s 35th Annual Meeting. Good food, great company, and an excellent program by Josie Ratnayake explaining how Travel Portland brings visitors to Portland.

Julia Hanfling and Gregg Harris, candidates for Co-Presidents, introduced presentations the URM issue and on the status of the Hawthorne Patrol.

Future events: Glow in the Dark Painting Party on April 24, 7:30 -9:30 pm at Hawthorne Hostel; World Earth Day: April 22 – focusing on reducing plastic.  HBBA is asking businesses to not use any plastic straws in their business on June 5 – World Environment Day. June 30 is the Boulevard Mega Sale and August 26 is the Street Fair.

Proposed event # 1: self-identified businesses accept carved pumpkins, take their favorites to Hawthorne Hostel on October 27 for a vote by international and local guests. Proposed #2: A 2019 Solstice event – “Faerie Doors” installed on buildings along the Boulevard. A slide show of Faerie Doors was included.

Annual Awards were presented to Excalibur Comics as the Venerable Business; The Fernie Brae as the Iconic Business and Hawthorne Wellness Center was awarded with the Bamboo plaque as the 2017 Sustainable Business.

Thank you to Adorn Body Art, 37th Street Salon, Kids at Heart, Farmers Insurance, Pepino’s  Toffee Club, Roosevelt’s Terrariums, Portland Pet Supply, Float On and Portland Cider Company for raffle items and JaCiva’s Chocolatier for the 35th Biirthday Cake.

Thank you to 2018 Benefactors: Fred Meyer Hawthorne, New Seasons Market and Wells Fargo Bank and 2018 SE Examiner Sponsors: Hawthorne Vision Center and Rivermark Community Credit Union.