Business Association Notes November 2021

Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association

By Nancy Chapin

The shock of the fire at SE 13th Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd. tore through our community last month. Four businesses and the building owners saw their livelihoods go up in flames. Go Fund Me pages were established for each of the businesses and other fundraisers are happening, too. Visit for links to the fundraisers.

The historic photos now in the windows at Fred Meyer remind us of Hawthorne’s long history and of the many unique and interesting buildings and styles to be found on the Boulevard. HBBA is currently working on a guided walking that will include the past history and present use of many of them. 

It is November already. What a strange and challenging year it has been. Fall has brought many of us abundant gardens to be thankful for and we look forward to the lights, joyfulness, stories and healing that the season’s holidays and celebrations bring. The Boulevard and its businesses will celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 27 and look forward to our annual tree-lighting at a new location at SE 34th Ave. that weekend, too. Contact if you’d like to help make it happen.

82nd Avenue Business Association

By Nancy Chapin

Annually, for several years in the fall, 82nd Avenue has celebrated its many international eating and drinking establishments and 2021 is no exception. Around the World in 82 Dishes is happening now through Sunday, November 7 and this year, we’ve added grocery stores. This is your opportunity to check out the dining establishment, grocery store and/or food cart that you’ve been meaning to. From Sandy Blvd. to Johnson Creek, there are over 200 places to eat, drink and/or shop for your at-home meals. 

There are prizes for those who participate. To enter the contest, shop or eat at one of the eligible locations (listed at through November 7. Then post about it on social media with the hashtag #82Dishes. Please include the location’s name and pictures of your food or the location visited. Enter as many times as you like. We will select winners at random from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. If you post at a different location or would like to enter without using social media, email

Volunteers have been participating in 82nd Avenue cleanups every month since April. The last one for 2021 will be Saturday, November 13 for the area from I-84 to Sandy Blvd. Check with SOLVE if you’d like to help. We will start the rounds again in the spring and invite neighbors to sign up with in an area near you.

The process has started to make the Jurisdictional Transfer of 82nd Avenue from being an Oregon state highway to becoming a City of Portland street. As the center of the city now and the main street and shopping hub for many of its citizens, businesses and neighbors are looking forward to being “at the table” as changes are proposed and discussed. Contact us at or go to

Business Association Notes November 2021

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