Business Association Notes June 2021

Division-Clinton Business Association

By Erin Nilles

Have y’all been dreaming of the annual DCBA Street Fair? We sure have and we are thrilled to share that we got creative this year to bring you something truly exciting for summer. This year we’ve created Weekends on Division, a series of pop-up events each weekend throughout the district starting Saturday, August 7. Each weekend, you’ll find some of your favorite businesses, restaurants, local artists and musicians at a specific location. 

While things are looking up with COVID-19, we will still be cautious and ask folks to wear masks and respect social distancing. We are incredibly excited to share community space with our neighbors so mark your calendars and get ready for lots of fun and excitement in August with Division Clinton Business Association.

If you’re a business interested in participating in Weekends on Division, please reach out via email to Honey at dcba.pdx@gmail.com.

Foster Area Business Association

By Jeff Lynott

The Foster Area Business Association (FABA) was recently awarded a grant from Venture Portland as part of a District Enhancement project. FABA is using this funding to purchase planter boxes and install them throughout the district. Along with the Venture Portland grant, this project is being supported by local businesses, volunteers, a generous discount on soil from Mt. Scott Fuel and the assistance of local landscaper, PDX.Farm. We’re excited to help beautify the neighborhood and continue making Foster an enjoyable place to shop, work, eat, drink and play.

FABA is working on a couple events to support local businesses during the summer months. In June, we’ll be celebrating Juneteenth by promoting Black-owned businesses in the district. FABA will be purchasing gift certificates from participating Black-owned businesses and customers will have the chance to win a gift package by making purchases at these businesses June 18-20. When customers post photos of their purchases on social media and tag FABA, they’ll be entered into a drawing. The more purchases, the better the odds of winning. For information, follow FABA at fosterarea.com or @fosterarea on Instagram. 

In July, FABA will be hosting the “Foster Comeback Tour,” a month-long event, in which businesses along Foster will have specials – sales, events, giveaways and other promotions. Each week during the month of July, FABA will be giving away raffle prizes to customers who support local businesses. More details are to come.

Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association

By Nancy Chapin

Many of us are wondering whether the positives of our lives being inordinately changed during these past 15 months will ultimately outweigh the negatives. Some lessons from AARP’s What the Pandemic Has Taught Us: #1. Family Matters # 9. Loneliness Hurts Health and #11. Unleashed Revolution in Medicine.

We have learned how to combine earning a living with taking care of our friends, family and our residential and business neighbors plus our children’s schooling. Our business neighbors pivoted pretty rapidly: they started curbside service, takeout meals, online ordering and delivering while those who were depending on them were getting familiar with websites, ordering by phone and taking advantage of that curbside service. Plus, outdoor seating areas have been functional, magical, serviceable, simple, dramatic and so much more. I hope our businesses are able to stay outside if it works for them and definitely appreciate the creativity that has been unleashed.

Yes, this has been a very hard time in some way for everybody and for so many different reasons, too. What is that saying? Stand up, Brush yourself off and Start All Over Again. It feels like that right now and I am grateful that I have had the opportunity for the past 30+ years to be part of this community.

Thank you to each and every person who has kept and is keeping our SE neighborhoods and business districts as healthy as possible – the customers, the service providers, those who kept the doors open and the orders filled. What a ride it has been and is still.

Over half the new curb systems are finished. Good work and drivers reported appreciation of the way traveling through it was managed. They will be safer and easier to navigate. The unpaving/paving will start June 15 at SE 24th Ave. and work its way east. The transition to the new design will be completed starting at 22nd Ave. There will be letters, cards and “Open During Construction” A-frames near businesses as the PBOT Pave & Paint project evolves.

We don’t know what type of outdoor summer event(s) we will have; we only know we will get the word out when we know how it will manifest. We don’t know how yet – but there will be prizes. Check facebook.com/hawthornepdx or email administrator@hawthorneblvd.com for details as we have them.  

Business Association Notes June 2021

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