Plus: A new beer named for Darcelle
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Today's Note
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Here we grow again
High-rises and buildings shine in the orange glow of a sunrise with trees a snowy mountain in the background.
Name a prettier city at sunrise — we’ll wait. | Photo by @mj3933_captures
🗓️ Coming soon
Every time we look around, it seems like something new is popping up in Portland. Whether you’re looking for your next go-to brunch destination or a new public park to stretch your legs, we’re rounding up a few things coming soon to the City of Roses this quarter.

The Horizon Enterprise Building, 433 NW Fourth Ave. | Opening June 2023 | Billed as “Portland’s first creative center for the BIPOC community”

Press Blocks, 1621 SW Taylor St. | Opening TBA | Mixed-use, two-building development with residential units, offices, commercial retail space, underground parking, and a public plaza

Yaowarat, Southeast Portland | Opening summer 2023 | A new restaurant from Akkapong Earl Ninsom of Langbaan, Hat Yai, Eem, and Phuket Cafe highlighting the flavors of Bangkok’s Chinatown

The Uncanny, 3560 N. Mississippi Ave. | Opening spring 2023 | A speakeasy-meets-dive-bar that will serve cocktails with ingredients like chanterelle syrup and pea-infused vermouth

A rendering of a store in a mall, featuring glass swing doors and wood elements.

Rep the Rose City with apparel and goods from Portland Gear.


Renderings by @makeshelter via @portlandgear

Portland Gear, Washington Square | Opening April 2023 | A pop-up location of the Portland merchandise brand will move into a permanent retail space

Hobby Lobby, 9180 SW Hall Blvd. | Opening date TBA | A national chain of arts and crafts supply stores

Now open
If there’s one thing we love even more than looking ahead to the future, it’s enjoying the present at one of Portland’s newest spots. Check out this list of Rose City’s recently opened establishments.

Trader Joe’s, 16200 SW Pacific Hwy., Tigard | Opened November 2022 | A neighborhood grocery store chain with 500+ locations across the US

Five people stand in a dimly lit space in front of classic pinball machines.

Fill up on noods in between rounds of pinball at Toyshop Ramen.


Photo by @treblig_

Toyshop Ramen, 3000 NE Killingsworth St. | Opened February 2023 | Arcade games, toys, and figurines lend a playful, throwback atmosphere at this new ramen shop and cocktail bar.

Shop Merci Milo, 2438 NE Broadway | Opened spring 2022 | Neighborhood and online toy shop selling handmade heirloom goods
How many new openings did we help you discover?

A. Barely any — I’m the first to know everything
B. There were a few I hadn’t heard of
C. Most of them
D. These were all news to me
Thursday, March 16
  • Secret Roller Disco | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 7-9 p.m. | Boise-Eliot Elementary School, 620 N. Fremont St., Portland | Free | Fair weather in the forecast + longer daylight hours = a fun spring evening skate session where you can rock your best shamrock-green outfit if you feel festive.
Friday, March 17
  • Ticket to Dine | Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 26 | Times vary | Locations vary | Price of purchase | Every entree you buy at a participating restaurant, food cart, or cafe comes with a scratch-off ticket and the chance to win prizes, like an all-inclusive staycation.
  • St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl | Friday, Mar. 17-Saturday, Mar. 18 | 4-10 p.m. | Twenty First Ave Kitchen & Bar, 721 NW 21st Ave., Portland | $14.99 | Grab some friends and clad yourself in green beads, shamrocks, bow ties, feather boas, kilts, or tutus and enjoy food and drink specials at multiple downtown bars.
Saturday, March 18
  • Herb Walk | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lower Macleay Trailhead, 2960 NW Upshur St., Portland | Free | Join a student from the National University of Natural Medicine for an educational adventure to discover plants with medicinal uses growing in our own backyard.
  • Rosebuds All Stars: Roses vs. Buds | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Rose City Rollers, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland | $10 | Bring the family to watch the reigning national youth champs — and possibly get inspired to try roller derby yourself.
  • Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market | Saturday, March 18-Sunday, March 19 | Times vary | Esther Street and West Eighth Street, Vancouver | Free | Find handmade goods, locally grown produce, plants, honey, kombucha, and more this opening weekend — and meet a record 63 new small businesses joining the market for the 2023 season.
Sunday, March 19
  • Worst Day of the Year Ride | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland | $49.95 | Don your costume and laugh at the elements as you pick your pedal adventure; there are both flat and hilly routes, at various distances.
  • Oyster Fest | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 2:15-4:15 p.m. | Amaterra Winery, 8150 SW Swede Hill Dr., Portland | $95 | Shucks, it’s time for seafood lovers to savor a b-oyster-ous afternoon of fresh mollusks paired with various wines.
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News Notes
  • 59º | Sunny with a few passing clouds | 7% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 7:21 a.m.
  • Set: 7:17 p.m.
  • Yesterday, Portland City Council approved two incentives aimed at encouraging the development of vacant office buildings into residential apartment complexes. One policy waives up to $3 million in system development charges for office-to-residential building conversions; the other relaxes the seismic retrofit standards for such projects. (OPB)
  • Bigfoot has eschewed his life of secrecy, trading mystery for fandom. People who attended Tuesday night’s Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center witnessed the debut of the team’s new cryptid mascot: Douglas Fur. Blaze hasn’t been replaced; rather, Rip City is now the second NBA team with two mascots. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • Vacasa expects to see an approx. 10% dip in sales this year as uncertainty clouds the future of the vacation rental industry. The Portland-based company which markets rental homes around the world reported a $332 million loss for 2022 and recently laid off 1,300 people. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
  • Migration Brewing’s pop-up beer garden at the Portland Saturday Market has reopened. The company offers draft pours of its core brews (like Patio Pale Ale, Hop Fire, and Proper Pilsner) — as well as packaged beers to take home — every Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., through December. (Willamette Week)
  • Gigantic Brewing has brewed a new beer in collaboration with Weird Portland United and legendary hometown drag queen, Darcelle. You can buy Darcelle Blonde IPA at New Seasons and other local bottle shops (like John’s Marketplace, Belmont Station, and The BeerMongers). Proceeds support the Weird Portland United nonprofit. (KOIN)
  • Help shape the look and feel of Albina Library by voting for one of three proposed interior design options. Each theme celebrates a different landmark — Mount Hood, Forest Park, and the Willamette River — and is paired with digital mockups. Cast your vote by Monday, March 27.
  • Oaks Amusement Park is looking for families to join a video/photo shoot on Wednesday, March 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can apply online — those picked to participate will enjoy a free afternoon of fun and take home ride bracelets to use at a later date.
  • Spring Whale Watch Week is swimming into view. From Tuesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 2, trained volunteers will be stationed at 17 sites up and down the Oregon Coast (10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily) to help visitors spot gray whales migrating north to Alaska.
  • Looking for a new laptop that checks all the boxes without breaking the bank? Enter: the Acer Chromebook 311. This lightweight laptop is decked out with all the essential Google apps — like Google Chrome and Google Calendar — it’s quiet, and it has up to 10 hours of battery life.
🌟 When a seller’s stars align
For Sale signs in front of two homes with white picket fences, trees, and shrubs. estimates 43% fewer price reductions (compared to an average) week, Sunday, March 26-Saturday, April 1, 2023. | Photo by Sarah Gilbert
Timing is everything, as they say — and if the phrase applies to anything, it’s selling a home. released its Best Time to Sell report this week, offering crucial insights into one aspect of an often complicated process. Though there are many other components to consider, carefully choosing when to sell can result in a speedier process and more money.

Nationally, the best time to sell a home in 2023 is the week of April 16, according to — but in the Portland metro area, the week-long window starts slightly earlier: March 26.

During that week, local listing prices are expected to increase more than 4% (versus the start of the year). Compared to an average week, properties will see a 32% increase in views, spend nine fewer days on the market, and compete with nearly 26% fewer active listings.

All this considered, advises homeowners to still make sure their properties look their best and are up to date on routine maintenance in the pursuit of a fast sale and high price.
The Wrap
Cambrie Juarez headshot Today’s Edition By:
Cambrie Juarez
From the Editor
Every year around this time, I start looking really hard for blossoming trees because I’m itching to leave winter in the dust. I was elated to make my first sighting this week in Slabtown: a pair of flowering plums, their delicate petals already coating the sidewalk of Northwest Quimby Street.

As for the waterfront’s famous cherry tree blossoms? Those are just starting to open, according to the lead horticulturist for Portland Parks and Recreation.
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