Over the last two days, over a dozen Downtown Bend businesses put their hearts, time, money, and community spirit into helping those displaced by Oregon fires. Although many Downtown Bend businesses are themselves struggling to stay afloat, stay healthy, and make ends meet for themselves and their valued team members, they were still happy to embrace the ‘Bend spirit’ of kindness, contribution, and stewardship.
Many restaurants prepared meals for those in our local shelters and Bend motels, other restaurants hosted families for a meal at their place of business, and business owners and staff from Downtown’s retail and spa industries gave time and money to make these efforts possible.
Juli Hamdan, of Joolz Mediterranean Restaurant in Downtown Bend, put out the call for help on the morning of Sept 14th. Businesses responded quickly with big hearts and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Hamdan coordinated all the efforts and worked with the Red Cross to fill their local needs.
Businesses in Downtown Bend that contributed to these efforts include, but our not limited to, Joolz, 900 Wall, Barrio Bend, Oxford Hotel, 5 Fusion, Wild Rose, JDub, Bellatazza, Bend Brewing Co, Velvet Lounge, Sidelines, Jackalope Grill, Cafe Sintra, aos Skincare, At Liberty, Romantique, Feather’s Edge, Zydeco, and Bend Film.
For Immediate Release, Aug 24th, 2020
Bend, Or - The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA), a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend, announced today that it has created a Cultural Awareness and Social Diversity Coordinator position to serve as an ex-officio on their Board of Directors. This role will coordinate and guide efforts to define, assess, foster and cultivate diversity and inclusion in Downtown Bend.
To drive this effort, the DBBA has named Riccardo Waites as the organization’s first Cultural Awareness and Social Diversity Coordinator.
Waites is a naval submarine veteran, single father, small business owner, and Founder of Central Oregon Black Leaders Assembly (COBLA).
Back in 2019, Bend City Councilors unanimously approved goals for the 2019 – 2021 biennium that included, for the first time, actions focused on “embedding a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the City of Bend.” At the time when this goal was established, the DBBA was in full support of these efforts and they also began working with city staff in their efforts to make Bend a Welcoming City.
Since this time, our world has shifted and changed in more ways than one and we are seeing now more than ever the need to bring experts on this diversity and inclusion into every level of leadership. In establishing this new position, the DBBA wants to communicate that Downtown Bend is for everyone, that Black Lives Matter, and that we welcome and honor people of all races, ethnicity, culture, country of origin, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender, language, socioeconomic status, emotional, developmental and physical ability.
In April, the DBBA partnered with OUT Central Oregon to encourage local businesses to display a "You are Welcome Here" sticker on their windows. Next month, you’ll see “Downtown is for Everyone” in white, yellow, brown, black and rainbow letters on Downtown Bend Directory Maps.
“It is important to our organization that people who live in our community, and those who visit us, know that it doesn’t matter what the color of their skin is, or who they love, Downtown is a place for everyone.” says Aisling, Executive Director of the DBBA.
Waites hopes to bring a sense of inclusion, safety, and more businesses of color to Downtown.
Downtown Bend was established in 1903, and for over a 100 years has served as the heart of the Bend community. Downtown serves as Bend’s living room, the entrepreneurial hub of the city, the City’s largest collective employer, and the #1 tourist destination in Central Oregon. Downtown offers unique boutiques, award-winning restaurants, state-of-the-art beauty and spa services, and high-quality entertainment venues.
Downtown welcomes everyone to enjoy all that their district has to offer.
Beautiful space available on Wall Street in Downtown Bend!
Front door shares an alcove with Joolz Mediterranean Restaurant.
The main room is 1874 sq ft, the mezzanine is 207 square feet, and half the common area [bathrooms and alley entrance ] is 340 square feet.
The rent on the main space is $2.25 per sq ft and the other areas are $1.25 per square foot.
The term is 5 years
The space is rectangular, has high ceilings and a wood floor.
CALL 541-410-9747 FOR MORE INFO
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Bend's incredible healthcare workers are working on the front lines every day, putting their own health at risk for our safety. May we always show gratitude and respect for their selflessness and bravery.
They are the real heroes ❤️
These acts of kindness really inspire our team."
From the Duda's Aussie Pies team: Our healthcare workers deserve a medal and while we don’t have any of those, we are happy to take them a yummy pie with chips on your behalf! If you would like to get involved, you can head on over to our website and add the item, “Feed a Healthcare Worker”, to your cart today.
A HUGE thank you goes out to our amazing donors this far and to the wonderful, Rachelle Hoole for accepting and distributing our lunches on the front lines.
by your kindness!!"
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