Rosa Shea, owner of Tangerine Hair Salon on Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bend, had a dream to be the best hair salon with the most incredible customer service. With 38 four and five star reviews on Yelp, it looks like her dream is coming true. Now, Rosa and her team are taking that vision to the next level with their recent remodel. They have not only upgraded their space, but you'll find new products and services as well. Call today to book an appointment, (541) 389-9090
In the current growth climate of Bend, Oregon you often hear cars and bikes pitched against each other. When one person talks about parking and roads, the other side cries out about bikes and public transit. The truth is that a healthy community has ALL of these things - safe bike/ped access throughout the City (especially in the Downtown district) abundant bike parking, a robust public transit system, forward-thinking development of roads and connectivity for cars, and adequate parking for residents and visitors.
I think most people can agree that biking & public transit have a plethora of benefits. It's healthy, it's better for the planet, it saves money, and it cuts down on congestion. The DBBA diligently works to encourage Downtown employees to bike and carpool, actively works with Commute Options to explore new ways to educate and encourage people to use alternative modes of transportation, and advocates in their future Downtown vision for the development of bike/ped connections into Downtown, protected bike lanes, and increased bike parking. The DBBA was an partner in bringing Zagster Bike Share and the Ride Bend bus to Downtown. We love alternative modes of transportation!
Although we are passionate about biking and public transit, we also recognize the need to develop easy, effective road connections as well as adequate parking in the Downtown district. Here are just a few cases where being able to drive and park in Downtown easily and safely is important:
The vision of the DBBA is to keep Downtown Bend an accessible and welcoming place for everyone, regardless of race, sex, religion, gender identity, age, social status, or mobility. Downtown serves a unique and special role in our community. It is the only shopping & arts district that is public. This allows it to fulfill a role in our community that no other place can. Nationally, Downtowns serve as locations where communities come alive, where bonds among neighbors are strengthened and where a sense of belonging is fostered. They are locations that spark economic development and drive entrepreneurial creativity.
Currently there are 5,799 parking spaces in Downtown Bend, there are about 4,000 Downtown Bend employees, 94,520 Bend residents (reported by World Population Review), almost 20,000 visitors to Bend daily (reported by The Source in July 2016), we have upwards of 3,200 hotel rooms in Bend (reported by the Bulletin in Sept 2016), and in November of 2018 KTVZ reported that the High Desert population was growing by 20 people per day.
At a recent meeting with ODOT, they reported that they expect the population to be 160,000 plus by 2040. This is a 50% population increase in 20 years. Currently, the Downtown Bend parking garage is frequently at capacity - especially during events or during busy shopping seasons (Art Walk, Christmas). With the current population growth prediction, we can expect it to be outdated very soon. We need to plan now for additional Downtown parking in the future.
Parking is an important part of Downtown Bend's future success, and needs to be developed hand-in-hand with increased bike access & public transportation. The City of Bend has done an amazing job addressing parking in Downtown Bend over this last year. The candidate chosen as the Downtown Bend Parking Manager has worked effectively and quickly to appraise the situation, find 'quick-win' solutions, enroll teamwork from community partners, and implement new strategies. Let's continue that good work by building a comprehensive plan for the future of transportation and parking in Downtown Bend.
BEND CULTURAL TOURISM FUND
Grant Applications Due April 12, 2019
The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission announces the fifth year of the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund with the opening of its on-line grant application for Cultural Tourism grants. The complete application is due April 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Guidelines and instructions for both are available at https://www.visitbend.com/about-us/bend-cultural-tourism-fund/ The Commission will make its awards in May 2019, and anticipates over $200,000 in grant awards.
In 2018, the fund awarded a total of $205,000 helping local organizations leverage marketing resources to attract more cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months – a time of year when the city’s tourism industry is down yet the vibrant cultural activities so central to Bend’s character are still going strong.
The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund (BCTF) is a grant program dedicated to enhancing the local economy through the promotion and cultivation of Bend’s cultural tourism programs, with an emphasis on activities that help attract cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months. For more information, please see the website at
Last night during the City of Bend's City Council Goal Setting Work Session (video link here), City Council heard from a plethora of local community groups and neighborhood associations. The Downtown Bend Business Association was invited to talk about the needs of Downtown Bend business and building owners.
The Downtown Bend Business Association (known as the DBBA or The Downtowners) spoke of the need to move people and products around Downtown Bend efficiently, safely and reliably. This need aligns with City Council's 2017-2019 Goals & Objectives for the greater Bend community.
Executive Director, Mindy Aisling, said that business and building owners within the Downtown Bend EID were concerned that they were closely approaching, or had already met, a cap on their customer count, and that they were concerned about how they could continue to grow their businesses without expanding and improving access to, and parking in, Downtown Bend. Aisling reported that increased parking & accessibility was the DBBA's Board of Directors primary concern.
The DBBA's written input to Council (see below) also mentions Safety & Hospitality and Future Planning and Budgeting as the top three areas of focus that the DBBA would like to witness in the near future.
The DBBA's official, measurable, request to Council was to see the City's Capital Improvement Plans (CIPs) reflect the needs of Downtown Bend businesses and visitors, including a plan to develop a future parking garage, and to have the Transportation System Plan acknowledge Downtown Bend's location as a centrally located transportation hub for all modes of travel.
After the meeting, Aisling made statements supporting many of the requests from local groups that Council had heard from, including the Bend Orchard District Neighborhood Association's request for bike and pedestrian connections from the East side into the BCD and Downtown areas. "We are doing everything we can to support and increase the use of alternative transportation into and out of Downtown Bend - both for our visitors and for the 4,000 plus employees that work in Downtown."
Aisling also praised the City of Bend in her comments, "I am honored to work with City of Bend staff, every staff member that I have had the opportunity to work with has shown creative, intelligent thinking and a commitment to positive growth in our community."
For more information, or to become a part of the Downtown Bend conversation, email the DBBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I walked around Downtown Bend this morning checking on the icy conditions within the Downtown Economic Improvement District (EID), I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for all of the love-in-action I saw for our community.
The City of Bend, Oregon had already sanded the streets of Downtown, multiple building and business owners were out making sure the sidewalks and alcoves of their stores were ready for customers. I arrived in my own office (predawn) to find my staff already out spreading ice-melt on all of the sidewalks in Downtown Bend.
I am continuously proud of the work that the Downtown Bend Business Association does. From snow and ice removal to advocacy at City Council - and everything in between, it feels good to be part of an organization that is committed to the success of the community.
This morning was a good example of just what makes our community so special. Regular, everyday citizens working together to insure our community is safe and ready for commerce.
Written by Mindy Aisling, Executive Director, Downtown Bend Business Association
1. Browse the 'hidden' basement art gallery in Downtown
Peterson Roth Gallery is a hidden Downtown Bend gem located on Oregon street in the basement below Silverado Jewelry Gallery. Peterson Roth is Bend's foremost contemporary Gallery, offering it's visitors a distinctive experience that can't be found anywhere else in Bend, Oregon.
Ken Roth, Gallery Director and Artist, has over 20 years of experience in the Bend art community. His unique perspective and unwavering passion nurtures an environment that is perpetually evolving.
Discover the gallery at 206 NW Oregon Ave and feast on the the unique collection of art you will find there. As a local or a visitor to Bend, this is an experience you don't want to miss and January is the perfect time to drop in and say "Hi".
2. Slow down with a new book & a cup of coffee
The importance of taking a time out and creating a nurtured lifestyle is the Bend way. We believe in work-life balance. We believe in ski days, coffee dates and afternoon adventures. Dudley's Bookshop Cafe on Minnesota Ave in the heart of Downtown Bend in the perfect place to carve out an hour or two to browse the shelves for a new book and cozy-in to sit with a great cup of coffee. With Dudley's friendly staff, relaxed environment, and comfortable couches, you'll leave feeling refreshed and balanced. Visit Dudley's at 135 NW Minnesota.
3. Visit with Jen, and get a charm that speaks to your soul
Just a Little Charm in Downtown Bend is owned and operated by the delightful Jen Aylward. In early 2011 Jen went on the search for reclaimed metal. She stumbled onto the salvage company that had copper flashing from a building demolished in Downtown Bend, OR. The building housed the Bend Bulletin newspaper since 1965. That day Just A Little Charm was born! Now, incorporating other salvaged materials with the copper, she uses her humor and creativity to make necklaces, earrings, zipper pulls and key chains. She can even make you something personalized right on the spot! Visit Jen at 224 NW Oregon Ave in Downtown Bend.
4. Learn a new dance
The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin and Latin Dance Bend bring you Latin Fever on Thursday, January 31st in Downtown Bend.
8:30 PM - Bachata Dance Lesson
9 PM - Salsa, Bachata, Merengue & Mambo
11 PM - Urbano, Reggaeton, Latin Top 40 & more!
21+ | No cover
The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin is located at 147 NW Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bend, and was voted the 2018 'Best Bar' and 'Best Speciality Cocktail' awards. January is the perfect time to meet that New Year's resolution to try something new. See you at Latin Dance on the 31st!
5. Drink beer for a cause
The Deschutes Brewery Community Pints Program will give $1 from every pint sold all day on every Tuesday of January 2019 to support Family Kitchen's Community Free Meal program.
Family Kitchen is located just outside of the Downtown Bend core and since 1986, the Family Kitchen has been serving those who are in need of a healthy meal.
Stop the Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House at 1044 NW Bond Street and sip on a some tasty brews while supporting your community.
Beginning today, parking improvements in downtown Bend will make parking easier, safer and more available for people looking for places to park.
Here are the five changes coming to downtown:
1. Enforcement times will be extended to 7pm to increase turnover for on-street parking and provide better access to businesses during evening hours in the busiest parts of downtown.
2. The ParkMobile app will be available as a quick, easy option for downtown patrons to pay for parking in the Mirror Pond Lots and Centennial Garage. ParkMobile will be the only way to pay for parking at the Greenwood/Wall Lot and Irving Street.
3. Parking permits will change from paper to virtual permits to make paying for and managing parking permits easier for downtown employees.
4. A four-hour time limit will go into effect for the Mirror Pond Lots to increase turnover and make more parking spaces available.
5. New parking rates will support better downtown parking management by encouraging people to park in the right places for the right amount of time, and respond to community expectations for parking availability, equity in opportunities for all downtown patrons, and the economic vitality of downtown.
“We know these improvements might taking some getting used to,” said Drew Dietrich parking demand manager for the City. “We’re going to start off by focusing our efforts on education first. Then we’ll move into enforcement. Our goal is to help people going downtown make the best use of the limited number of parking stalls and have a better experience while doing it.”
For more information on downtown parking, visit www.bendoregon.gov/parking.
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The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) partners with local artist, photographer, Miguel Edwards
Downtown Bend is growing and so is the Downtown Bend Business Association. As part of this growth, the vision and branding for Downtown are transforming. The DBBA is excited to announce Miguel Edwards as the new Downtown Bend photographer. Edwards is helping the non-profit showcase the history, vibrancy, shops, restaurants, and services in Downtown Bend to a larger community.
“We are incredibly lucky to live in a City with a thriving Downtown,” says Aisling, Executive Director of the DBBA, “Downtown Bend is the heart of our community – and it has been for over 100 years. Photos that document and celebrate our history, culture, and vitality are a great asset for not only Downtown Bend but for our entire Bend community.”
The decision to bring on Edwards comes from the request by Downtown Bend business and building owners. He has gained recognition recently from designing and building the cauldron for the Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics USA Games last summer in Seattle. The Cauldron “Hope Rising” will be featured at Oregon Winterfestin February. Miguel has worked with the Cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Seattle, and Bellevue… to name a few. This December the book, Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces by Miguel Edwards and Jim Rupp with University of Washington Press hits the shelves (and Amazon). This month Edwards’ photograph is the cover image for Western Home Journal’s first Winter Book.
“I am thrilled to be spending time investing in the culture of Bend.” says Edwards, “Ever since I was in high school I wanted to live in a place like Bend. To be asked to help grow and illustrate this wonderful place in its’ best light is really a great honor”
The DBBA is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend. For more information,or to make a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LuLu’s Boutique in Downtown Bend has the slogan, “The Cutest Clothes on The Planet!” – and they aren’t kidding. LuLu’s is the largest locally-owned women’s clothing store in Bend, and they offer the cutest clothes at very reasonable prices. From dresses to tights, T-shirts with funny messages, and amazing accessories & jewelry, you are guaranteed to find something you love when you visit LuLu’s.
LuLu’s Boutique is owned and operated by Patti Orsatti. Patti is simply delightful. Warm, welcoming, and professional- it is clear that Patti knows her business. Her store is unique, clean and charming, the products are carefully (and lovingly) selected and displayed, her “store-family” (employees) meticulously selected, and – most of all- her customer service is exemplary.
I had the gift of hanging out in LuLu’s last week and I was delighted by the welcoming environment and the attention I saw shown to customers. It seemed to me that each customer was an old friend. Patti and her staff would suggest things for them, sit and chat with them while they were trying on clothes, take names and numbers to call customers when something specific arrived. It was incredible. I also discovered that they offer alterations on any of the clothes they sell, working in collaboration with A Better Alteration just down the street. (I love hearing about community win-win’s!)
Patti moved to Bend in 2007 from San Diego, where she was selling Real Estate. One day she was shopping downtown, and on a whim she said to a store owner, “If you are ever thinking about selling, I’d love to buy this place.” The store owner gushed that she was wanting to sell – and just like that Patti became the owner of a retail clothing store (something that she had zero experience in). Her lack of experience didn’t daunt her, though, instead she hit the ground running and discovered that she had innate gifts for the job. Expanding 3 times in 5 years – LuLu’s now covers the space that was, at one time, three different stores. We couldn’t be happier that she did! We now can boast about the largest women’s clothing store in Downtown Bend.
Keep up to date with LuLu’s by following them on Facebook and Instagram – and make sure to visit them at 150 NW Minnesota in Downtown Bend.
What do you get when you put together two beautiful ladies, two friendly dogs, a heap of creativity & a desire to ‘pay it forward’ and give to change the world? You get FORGE HUMANITY! Forge Humanity is a unique boutique where every single product is attached to a cause. This means that when you purchase something from Forge Humanity, you can be assured that your money is going to help someone else on this planet. Pretty cool.
Owned and operated by Amy and Tiphane (and their two pups, Maximus & Foster) walking into Forge Humanity feels (to me) like a breath of fresh air, a cool clean forest, the crisp clean energy of standing a looking at a waterfall. The store is clean, the products well displayed, and Amy and Tipahane are friendly, loving and knowledgeable. You can shop their products online, but I wouldn’t want to miss the experience of their cute little downtown Bend location.
Amy and Tiphane relocated to Bend from Denver in 2009 in search of a place they could call home that would have enough land for the animals they loved dearly, especially their horses. They visited Bend, found the perfect place for their family, and uprooted and moved with no jobs – just faith that they would leap, and the net would appear. Having no shortage of intelligence and creativity – they were able to take such a huge change in stride. Originally, they opened One Eyed Sister, a vintage eco-friendly coffee cart. This endeavor was fun and educational for them, and it led them to their next dream of having a cute little downtown business, which because Forge Humanity. But, Forge Humanity in Downtown Bend is just the seed of a much larger dream to be able to expand what they do, both online and with additional storefronts (possibly with the next location in Portland?).
Forge Humanity was founded with the idea that “we might not be able to help everyone, but everyone can help someone!” Without a doubt, I can say that Amy And Tiphane helping ‘someones’ by carrying products exclusively from conscious companies, sharing a portion of their profits with those in need, actively helping people and animals in our Bend community, and – honestly- by just showing up everyday with their big hearts open ready to serve.
Keep up to date with Forge Humanity, and their new and changing product lines by connecting with them on Facebook and Instagram, and make sure to visit their store at 126 Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bend.