New Business

Moto PDX Cafe on Stark

Next month, a performance-motorcycle themed cafe will open at 8826 SE Stark Street. Titled Moto PDX Cafe, they will serve Italian coffee drinks and rider-friendly meals that digest well on the road. Within this mid-century modern storefront, owner Brendan Jones brings together his enthusiasm for European MotoGP and his penchant for creating engaging community spaces. Seven years…

The Yard at Montavilla Opening Weekend

Yesterday, The Yard at Montavilla opened to customers for the first time. The new food cart pod has space for sixteen vendors, although only a handful are currently serving customers during the first few days. Located at 8220 NE Davis Street, the food vendor collective sits on a corner lot across 82nd Ave from Vestal Elementary School. The…

Veterinary Clinic on Stark

Today, a presentation at Portland City Council revealed a potential new tenant at 8037 SE Stark Street. The presenter explained that a group of veterinarians intended to create an urgent-care veterinary clinic in the corner shopfront. However, required site improvements could diminish or cancel their plans. This project served as one example in the presentation to…

NE 82nd Food Cart Pod Opens July 4th

Montavilla’s newest culinary destination opens next month. The Yard At Montavilla began development over a year ago, and now construction is nearing completion. Food carts will start arriving this week as electricians install the hookups necessary to power the mobile kitchens. Last week crews paved the asphalt surface covering most of the corner lot at 8220 NE Davis Street.…

Family Auto Sales at 82nd and Stark

Hood To Coast Auto Sales is relocating to the car lot at the corner of SE 82nd Ave and Stark Street. Owners Lindsey Barber and Matt Barber started the business two and half years ago in its current location near NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 138th Ave. Having outgrown that building, the couple and their two…

Wink Vintage on Stark Street

On April 10th, Wink Vintage opened a new shop on SE Stark Street. The owners merged two successful online vintage businesses into their first physical store. Located at 7909 SE Stark Street, this collaboration from Jennifer Strom and Courtney Kimball provides a curated vintage store where anybody can find something they like.  Having taken over the recently vacated Union…

Sebastiano’s in More Places

Sebastiano’s Sicilian Deli is venturing outside the four walls of its storefront at 411 SE 81st Ave. Starting this Friday night, the restaurant will open Aperitivo Sebastiano within a food cart located in the back parking lot behind the shop. This endeavor joins Sebastiano’s inaugural participation in the Montavilla Farmers Market last Sunday. Both new locations feature unique menu items and serve expanded tastes.…

OnPoint Branch Opens

Last week, the OnPoint 67th & Glisan Branch opened inside the Fred Meyer Grocery store located at 6615 NE Glisan Street. Credit union staff are meeting with walk-in customers six days a week in the newly renovated bank branch, and a new OnPoint branded 24-hour ATM is active next to the grocery store’s south entrance. OnPoint Community Credit…

New Self-Storage Facility on NE Halsey

UPDATE – This week, crews began work on a four-story storage facility located at 1530 NE 67th Ave. Heavy equipment is resurfacing the site, and a Pile Driver is inserting new steel posts into the property line along NE Halsey Street. The posts will stabilize the road’s edge as soil removal clears the way for the…

OnPoint Opening in Fred Meyer

Crews are busy at work transforming the former Glisan Street Chase Bank into an OnPoint Community Credit Union. Located inside the Fred Meyer Grocery store at 6615 NE Glisan Street, the bank space has remained vacant since last December. Freshly painted signage and new teller stations indicate that banking services will soon return to this location. The…

US Bank Property Sells to EyeHealth Northwest

Last month, the former US Bank location on NE Glisan street sold to a prominent eye care specialist. On March 5th, a Quick Claim Deed filed with Multnomah county shows United States National Bank of Oregon sold the building, and surrounding parking lot, to EyeHealth Northwest. Located at 6701 NE Glisan Street, the site has remained vacant since the bank permanently closed…

Harka Building Taking Form

Renovation work recently increased at Harka Architecture‘s new headquarters, located at 7631 NE Glisan Street. Crews are converting the 1940 Art Deco structure into a modern office with a classic style. Alterations to the building are significant. However, the building owner has taken care to keep the original architectural style intact. As an environmentally focused architecture design…

NE 80th House Becoming an Office

The house behind East Glisan Pizza Lounge is becoming an office. A recent permit for 510 NE 80th Ave calls for a change of occupancy from Residential to Business and some building alterations. The property last sold in November of 2019 to a group of four people. Permit application 21-018436 will update the seismic stability of the structure and adjust…

Smart Foodservice Renamed

A year after its acquisition by US Foods, Smart Foodservice stores are rebranding. The food cart and small commercial kitchen supply stores are now known as US Foods CHEF’STORE. The Montavilla location at 8250 SE Stark Street already features new signage reflecting the name change. US Foods acquired all 70 Smart Foodservice stores in March of 2020. At the time,…

Presentations at Next MNA Meeting

Next Monday, three groups will present information on projects that are shaping Montavilla’s future. Representatives from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), African Youth & Community Organization (AYCO), and Metro will discuss their plans at the February 8th Montavilla Neighborhood Associations (MNA) meeting. Attendees will learn how they can participate in the process and hear details regarding the neighborhood…

Enchilada Express Opens on Division

Enchilada Express opened its second location this week. The new restaurant, serving Mexican food, is open for takeout. Located on SE Division next to the recently completed Pacific Plaza, this additional location is in the heart of a rapidly growing section of Montavilla. Located at 8245 SE Division Street, this Enchilada Express location joins the original restaurant…

Isamini Bar on NE Glisan

A new bar is coming to NE Glisan Street later this year. Located at 7901 NE Glisan Street Unit 4, Isamini Bar is the creation of Sam Nguyen. This is one of the first businesses to appear in the recently renovated 1890 era building. The first information regarding the bar surfaced in a Liquor Licence application last week. When reached for…

AYCO Opens Center at TBN site

African Youth & Community Organization (AYCO) recently relocated to Montavilla on NE Glisan. Located at 432 NE 74th Ave, the group offers support services and youth mentoring for the African immigrant and refugee community. The expanded space obtained through this move allows their programs to grow, even while social distancing during COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Director Jamal Dar founded…

Union Rose Open in New Location

Union Rose completed the move one block east to a new location. Now at 8029 SE Stark Street, the longtime Montavilla retailer has doubled the shop’s footprint. The storefront exchange, completed two days ago, was briefly documented on the shop’s Instagram account with pictures and a video tour. The new location also has update hours of operation. The store…

Arc Thrift Store Opens Thursday

Montavilla’s newest business opens tomorrow, Thursday the 7th. The Arc Thrift Store, located at 8304 SE Stark Street, will host its grand opening this week. The secondhand apparel and home goods store sells items that it received as donations. Starting tomorrow, the store will open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5 PM. Already a wide range…

Food Cart Pod Underway

With approved permits expected by the year’s end, Montavilla’s newest food destination could open by Spring. The Yard At Montavilla began development over a year ago. Now, after a long wait for approval, the developers expect to break ground by mid-January. Located at 8220 NE Davis Street, the future food cart pod is across 82nd Ave from Vestal Elementary.…

Tinker Tavern Opens Tonight

After a successful weekend of soft-opening events, Tinker Tavern will officially launch tonight. Starting at 4 PM Monday, Montavilla’s newest bar begins daily operation. In compliance with regulations, only outdoor dining and take out will be offered. Tinker Tavern will open at 4 PM every night. Closing time is flexible, between 9 PM and 11…

Tinker Tavern Opening Next Week

UPDATED – Tinker Tavern opened Monday Tinker Tavern will open for takeout and outdoor dining next week after months of COVID-19 delays. The restaurant and tavern announced on Instagram their intent to have a limited opening in mid-December. A newly completed covered Parking Plaza sits on Stark Street outside the business’s front door. Tinker Tavern’s website describes the general flavor of menu…

Hinterland Coffee Roasters and Apparel

Hinterland will open its second location at 7112 NE Glisan Street, expanding from the existing store in Sonoma County, California. Although currently closed to the public, the new storefront will eventually offer prepared coffee drinks along with retail items. Until then, this location serves as the hub for online sales and production. The Montavilla store houses a…

Union Rose Moving Locations on Stark

Union Rose is moving down the street to a new storefront at 8029 SE Stark Street. Currently, they are located a block east on the same side of Stark Street. The larger space will allow for more onsite manufacturing of women’s clothing and expanded gift-items available in the shop. Owner Rita Hudson-Evalt was excited to find a…

Excellent Cuisine Restaurant

UPDATE – Excellent Cuisine is now open from 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM daily. A new website for the business offers images of the menu and testimonials. They can be contacted by phone at 503-946-8830 or you can order delivery from any of these three services: Postmates.com,  Grubhub.com,  and Seamless.com. Update from November 14th ,…

Arc Thrift Store on Stark

Arc Thrift Store is opening at 8304 SE Stark Street this December. Inside the former H&R Block location, display fixtures are ready to showcase used clothing and home goods. This location is the first thrift store for the non-profit organization. Although the Stark Street location is their only store, it is the second Montavilla location for The Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas organization. For…

Vintage Store in Vintage Building

Tigersden Vintage recently moved into the storefront at 7035 NE Glisan Street. The vintage store has over five years of experience selling online with Etsy, eBay, and now a Shopify store. This year they opened the Montavilla shop on Glisan and are currently displaying merchandise street-side. Tigersden Vintage describes itself as a curated clothing and home goods…

Citrine Bloom on Glisan

Citrine Bloom recently relocated to 7114 NE Glisan Street in Montavilla. The plant store moved from its original location at 4136 SE 42nd Ave in August. Making plants affordable, accessible, and manageable for all people is a core goal for the shop’s owner. Jessica Pierce created Citrine Bloom with the principle values of community support and the joy…

Rose City Beer Collective

A new online business is setting up shop in Montavilla, offering home delivery of local beers. Called Rose City Beer Collective, owner Joel Banta expects to start delivering boxes to the first customers early in 2021. “Rose City Beer Collective is a Beer of the Month subscription box that will exclusively feature beer from Portland Breweries,”…

Tabor Volvo Service on Glisan

Upgrades are underway at the Volvo service shop located at 6901 NE Glisan Street. Alamo Automotive has operated from this location for 20 years. With the former owner Mitch Wilson’s retirement, the new owner is busy putting his mark on the business. Rebranded as Tabor Volvo Service, Brandon Cox has taken the reins of the repair shop…

Art Deco Restoration

Construction is underway at the small Art Deco building located at 7631 NE Glisan Street. Restoration plans for this building started back at the beginning of 2020, but past permit issues caused work delays. Constructed in 1940 as a dentist’s office, it’s the loan example of Art Deco architecture in the area. “The original owner was…

Pacific Plaza Ready for Tenants

Pacific Plaza anchors the busy intersection of 82nd Ave and SE Division. The new retail building finished construction this week and is now seeking tenants. This building represents a significant advancement in the area’s redevelopment, as it transforms into a pedestrian-centric commercial corridor. The retail location, clad in dark brick, features a towering central entryway of…

Clogs-N-More Opening Sept. 12th

Clogs-N-More will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday on September 12th. The Montavilla location is the second East Portland store for the company. It joins an established Westmoreland location and replaces the recently closed Hawthorne storefront.  Starting on the 12th, they will open from 11 AM to 4 PM. The store will be open Thursday through Sunday each…

Store and Gas Station at NE 82nd and Glisan

A replacement convenience store and gas station’s site plan reveals an attractive property with many new public spaces. At a Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) meeting earlier in the year, the architect for this project presented his designs. The presentation included a Site Plan and Implementation Plan for the new Jacksons convenience store and gas station…

Artist Creative Space Off Glisan

True North Studios moved into 455 NE 71st Ave midway through 2019 and opened their doors in September. A year later and they have yet to host their grand opening. COVID-19 has delayed some of the celebratory plans, but they are open and accepting new members. Run by owner Kaiden Boehm with Steph Szabo, True North Studios is…

Harashay Opening on Stark Street

Harashay is the creation of owner Renee Greif. It is the latest evolution of her 30-year hairdressing career. Inspired by a spiritual awakening, Greif is offering a beauty experience deeper than hair and skin. Located at 7819 SE Stark Street, Harashay will provide a range of body and mind wellness services. Greif was working at a salon…

Clogs-N-More Outlet Coming to Stark

Shoe retailer Clogs-N-More is opening an outlet store in Montavilla. They are currently renovating the former Pottery Fun space at 7821 SE Stark Street, with an anticipated opening in September. Clogs-N-More operates a few locations in the Portland area. Last May, they had to close their Hawthorne location after 20 years on that street. Many of their regular customers live in Montavilla,…

Food Hall Opening Weekend

This weekend marked the opening of Montavilla’s newest food hall. A hand-painted sign hangs over the doors of Rocket Empire Machine, announcing the location to the passersby. Inside are five new destinations for hungry and thirsty customers. Located at 6935 NE Glisan Street, this highly anticipated opening attracted interest around Montavilla and beyond. Each unique location brings something special…

Portland Auto Services Coming Soon

Portland Auto Services will open on Glisan Street in the coming weeks. Located at 7510 NE Glisan Street, it is replacing Mr. Kim’s Auto Repair that closed earlier this year. The building is a bright yellow with a blue band along the top, after being recently repainted. The Rumpakis Family Trust owns the 1961 built auto…

White Rabbit Will Wait

The much-anticipated opening of White Rabbit Cafe and Bakery will have to wait until 2021. Morgan and Jax Hart have postponed the launch of their new brunch spot to preserve the restaurant’s original intent, which could not exist with current restrictions. Instead, they will lend the space to their other creations. Starting August 14th, 7940 SE…

Lazy Susan Open for Dinner

Construction is now complete on the much-anticipated restaurant taking over the former Country Cat location. This past weekend, Lazy Susan staff officially started dinner service, representing the diner’s official opening. Kayla Morrell, of Lazy Susan, described the opening weekend as successful. “We’ve seen a fair amount of turnout for our first weekend of full-service dining, and hope that continues…

New Local Restaurant Adapting

Sebastiano’s Deli has decided not to have indoor seating during any phase of Oregon’s reopening. Instead, owners Elise and Daniel Gold are interested in a new approach to serving their hungry customers. Sebastiano’s launch this month exceeded their expectations. They served over 200 customers in the first ten days. Since opening with pickup service, a…

Lazy Susan’s Curbside Open

Along SE 80th, a large grill cooks sizzling meat. Staff at Lazy Susan have not yet settled on an official opening date, however they have started curbside service for Montavilla locals. Lazy Susan is located at 7937 SE Stark on the corner of SE 80th Ave and Stark Street. They had intended to open months…

Demo for Mega Gas Station

Two new demolition permits have been submitted for the corner of 82nd Ave and NE Glisan. Both demolition sites are part of a new combined lot at 611 NE 82nd Ave. The permits reference an alternative address of 621 NE 82nd Ave and could become the final address of the replacement gas station being built.…

New Pediatric Clinic Opening on NE Glisan – OPEN

UPDATE – Northern Pediatrics is now accepting new patients. They have signage up on both street facing sides of the building and have posted a new phone number to call. Patients can now call 503-255-1432 to schedule an appointment. Original Post from May 12th Northern Pediatrics is set to open the first week of June at…

Tinker Tavern to Start Construction

Last week Tinker Tavern received building permits for for their new Montavilla Tavern. This project has been delayed due to COVID-19 related shutdowns and was in a holding pattern, waiting for the city’s approval. Now work will begin in just a few weeks. Tinker Tavern is going to have an “old school tavern look… classic.”…

New Business in Historic Building

KB Cabinets opened a new showroom in the historic building located at 206 NE 80th Ave. This new location represents an expansion of a 40-year-old family business. Carol Swanson-Petterson and her husband, Ross Petterson, operate KB Cabinets in the Bay Area of California. KB Cabinets’ new Portland location is run by their daughter-in-law, Maria Petterson. KB Cabinets sells cabinetry and…

Shipping Business Opening Near Hong Phat

UPDATE – New sign has been added to the building. In the space formerly occupied by Tiem Vang Ngoc Vi Jeweler, in the shopping complex next to Hong Phat Market, is a new shipping business. Tich TAC Shipping & Services will be located at 8155 SE Ash Street. This appears to be a second location…

Construction Underway at Pacific Plaza on 82nd Ave

Active construction is well underway at Pacific Plaza, on the corner of SE Division and 82nd Ave. Much of the steel frame has been constructed and the metal studwork is filling in the gaps. Near 80% of the roof work has also been constructed. The building at 2464 SE 82nd Ave was little more than…