News & Events
Just a reminder: Celebrate North Portland is taking place this Saturday, March 17th, at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
The NPBA would like to welcome as a new member the St Johns branch of Key Bank, located at 6815 N Lombard Street. Drop in for a visit!
If you enjoyed seeing the trees on Lombard Street lit up last winter, then mark the 8th of October on your calendars now. The St Johns Boosters are joining with McMenamins St Johns Pub to present the 1st Annual Oktoberfest from 1 to 8pm on Saturday with food, live music and beer! This is our big benefit fundraiser to pay for lighting the trees that line downtown St Johns. Come one, come all and please mention this to your friends and neighbors - everyone in St Johns should know!
Please feel free to contact me for more information about this event.
Roosevelt High School Homecoming Friday, Sept. 23rd Display your Black and Gold Colors and all are welcome to join in the festivities: A Homecoming Noontime parade through Downtown St. Johns Thank the North Portland Police Officers for making this possible-----Vintage/Classic Cars display on the baseball field at Roosevelt (see cars youth and others may not have seen—a stroll down memory lane/nostalgia—education and history and everything is FREE----large Bon Fire 5pm front lawn of RHS sponsored by Darrell Grenz Roosevelt alum and neighborhood Farmers insurance agent (assisted by our local fire station #22)—5:30 pm FREE BBQ for everyone---Community Pep Rally on the front lawn of Roosevelt and the Big Game at 7pm. All is Family friendly so be a part of the community celebration!
Also, a big thanks to Kadels Auto Body in St. Johns, which created the Roosevelt High School Football Helmet Golf Cart Float. Regional Manager Rich Powers, Shop Manager John Schulz, and Estimator Ken Townsend are the creaters in this awesome project for Roosevelt High School.
Community Meeting on Fighting Foreclosure
Please join your neighbors, consumer rights advocates and foreclosure experts for an informational and community building meeting in your neighborhood.
Thurs. Sept. 15th, 6 - 8 pm
St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N Central St
sponsors: We Are Oregon, Economic Fairness Oregon, Oregon Foreclosure Response Project
for more info - Gretchen at 503-970-8703 (Espanol - Lorene 503-922-3331)
The first Business Roundtable meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 6pm at the Water Lab. Please be sure the date is on your calendar and you take the opportunity to attend if you are able.
Our guests will be a return visit with Seth Miller and Bill Horton, the two gentlemen who visited with us before and were so well received and had so much practical information and ideas to share. They are both business consultants, and own or have owned small businesses.
When you return from your fun filled Labor Day Weekend, please be sure that you have calendared our next GATHERING which is Sept. 7th—WEDNESDAY 5pm at Nabisco/Kraft Foods on Columbia Blvd.
NPBA member Kadel's Auto Body, located at 6900 N. Fessenden Street, will be hosting their annual barbeque on Thursday, September 8 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. NPBA members and other north Portland business owners are invited!
Leavitt Station is pleased to announce two new tenants to their building in the heart of the St. Johns towncenter. After having completed a three-month lease as a 'pop-up' shop, Freehand Mehndi has signed a one year renewal lease. Shortly afterward a food cart, Stick-It, was added to the parking lot at N. Leavitt and N. Kellogg across the street from the Matthew Frank Condominiums.
Camille Mason has expanded her business, Freehand Mehndi (www.facebook.com/freehandmehndi), from an online shop operating out of her house to the only Henna Tattoo and Supplies storefront in the Portland metro area. As a resident of St. Johns she enjoys working in the community where she also lives.
Stick-It (www.facebook.com/foodonastick)is the name of Dennis Guthrie's food cart that has been located in St. Johns since the beginning of the year. He recently chose to relocate to Leavitt Station to take advantage of improved foot traffic, better lease terms, and a closer proximity to the active core of the business district. While he is still configuring his new space and updating his menu a bit he notes that sales are up over his previous location and he is steadily adding more 'regulars' to his long list of followers.
'We are always looking for small businesses to work with, and help mentor, as we fill the remaining spaces in the building,' said Roslyn Hill, one of the managing partners of Leavitt Station. Hill is notable for her earlier postive contributions on NE Alberta Street as small business owner and developer. Two earlier tenants, the resale home store Crow and Zimmer's Dog Grooming, have also recently renewed their leases with Hill. With two more storefronts to fill, one 700 sf and the other 2,000 sf, and plans for another food cart the opportunities for small business growth in St. Johns continues to grow.
The Leavitt Station building was redeveloped by the partnership of One Over, LLC and led by Roslyn Hill, in the Winter of 2009. The goal of the venture was to repurpose the long derelict 10,000 sf property into a new home for numerous small businesses and act as a catalyst for change in the St. Johns business district. Leasing inquiries may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 503-288-3779.
Students are beginning to arrive, Parents are accompanying their students back to school and the University Staff is in the process of returning as well.
So if you want to join in welcoming back the University part of our “St. Johns Village” now is the time to do so. Some of you have already begun doing so. University colors are purple and white and they are the Pilots. Some of you very effectively use your windows for attractive welcome back displays, purple and white balloons, purple and white crepe paper, your reader boards, web sites, etc.
In talking with Joe Kuffner from the University I believe he will have some signs that you can display in your window. So, thanks for doing whatever you can to make our university members feel welcomed and an important part of the neighborhood. Wherever people go in North Portland let it be obvious, that the Purple and White is everywhere!!
Have a terrific week and as usual, thank you so very, very much for your participation and support!!