Shopping local and supporting our new businesses
Paving the way for pandemic recovery
One thing became very clear this past year: business as usual has changed course. Staying in or staying close to home meant finding new ways to stay entertained. We saw the number of new entrepreneurs increase as our friends and neighbors grew their hobbies into income-generating activities. Established businesses learned new ways to work within the confines of the social climate. We all learned the value of community.
Diversity in dining and drinking
New restaurants joined the Beaverton area food and beverage scene. Beaverton continues to attract foodies from across the Portland Metro area to meet, eat and drink in our city. From the now-permanent First Street Dining Commons to the outdoor eating spaces lining Beaverton’s restaurant row; an expanded Food Cart Pod; places for wine, whiskey, beer, and all the above. Beaverton excels at welcoming cuisines as diverse as its growing population and popularity. Burmese, Lebanese, Mexican and Thai; steaks, pasta, vegetarian – there is something for everyone.
Arts & Literature
Beaverton is creating and curating culture in a world that recognizes the value of this gift. Art galleries and artisan shops have also been added to the culture of our downtown. In addition to the city library, there are bookshops with unique selections of new and used books. Art galleries and artisan shops are ready to be browsed and shopped, and you can find local artists featured on the walls of coffee houses and other businesses in the area too.
A Day Away
We invite you to explore our downtown. Start with a coffee at Ava Roasteria, a location that was born of the vision that a local, neglected property could become a place for people to gather. Stroll the Beaverton City Fountain Park, with the newly refurbished pop-up, LED-lit fountain, (and in the winter – a seasonal light display). Pick up a meal at any one of the local restaurants and dine alfresco in the covered outdoor space of the First Street Dining Commons. Meander through the local stores such as Mamancy Tea & Chocolate or The Book Corner, selecting gifts for home, family, and friends. Treat yourself to a manicure at Frenchie’s for her and perhaps a beard trim at the Barbers for him, prior to taking in a theatrical production at the soon-to-be-open Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. Finish your day with an adult libation at Syndicate Wine or Central Station Taps.
For more information on places to eat, play and stay, visit our website at beaverton.org