As the new Marketing & Communications Rep for the DCBA, part of my job to get to know all the businesses in the District. Taking inventory of all the new businesses is no short order! This week I spent some time on 30th & Division.
The block is home to the new D-Street Village; home to over 20 businesses. At the entrance to the building you will find two of the nicest businesses The City Reader – A Modern News Stand and the Portland Juice Company. I couldn’t imagine a better way to start the day then with a paper and a fresh juice.
Moving to the inside, D-Street Village houses some really impressive owner-operated small businesses. Holy Spokes! Full Service Bike Shop opened inside the building just three weeks ago. Owner Tim Ennis had some great ideas about member to member discounts and looks forward to meeting many of the other Division businesses.
The building is also home to the re-birth of iconic downtown Portland business Josephine’s Dry Goods. I recognized their name immediately and was thrilled to meet the new owner. Bini Leach said there was no way she could not have carried on the business; as it is the best place to find high quality apparel fabrics in Portland.
There are many other great new(ish) businesses on the block including Pizza Maria, Bollywood Theatre and Imperial Bottle Shop. But a visit to Division just wouldn’t be the same without a stop in to some of the long standing businesses on the block. It’s so great to see veteran businesses like the Detour Cafe and Flying Cat Coffee Company holding their own in a sea of change. Each business adds something special to the block and we’re so happy everyone is here.