The Downtown Bend Business Association is currently seeking volunteers for the Downtown Bend Ambassador program. Downtown Ambassadors help to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who lives, works in, or visits Downtown Bend.
A great program starts with great people. We are looking for Bendites who are willing to learn, have the ability to think on their feet, and who can provide a high level of customer service with a smile and a great attitude!
If you take pride in your community, want to work to make it better, and want a place to contribute your skills where no two days are alike, then you’ve come to the right place! If you are bright, cheerful, friendly, compassionate, and have a desire to make a difference, you have what it takes to be a part of the Downtown Bend Ambassador team!
We are proud to report that there are several areas of alignment between the 2019-21 Downtown Bend Business Association's Goals and the 2019-21 Council Goals and Strategies. One of these aligned goals is to address livability crimes in the Downtown area. A key step in this effort is increased patrols in the Downtown Economic Improvement District (EID) with Bend Police School Resource Officers during the busy summer season. Earlier this week Bend Police Department officers, City of Bend staff, and the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) took a walk through the Downtown Bend EID. You can expect to see these increased patrols within the EID in the coming week.
A common question we hear from business and building owners in Downtown Bend is when to report a crime, especially if it’s already happened or no one was there to witness it. Bend PD tracks crime data and has a team of officers that focuses on trouble spots. Even after the fact, you can log crime issues via the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 541-693-6911 or online by clicking here. Of course, if a crime is still in progress or there’s an emergency, please call 911!
"The Downtown Bend Business Association's number one priority is to assure the people feel safe and welcomed in Downtown Bend." says Aisling, Executive Director of the DBBA, "This year we were proud to be instrumental in getting the Downtown Bend Police Substation established, and this summer, in addition to working with the City of Bend, Bend Police Department, and Security Pros, we are also piloting our new Downtown Ambassador program. We anticipate great results, and we are grateful to be able to provide our community and visitors with an outstanding experience in Downtown Bend."
Downtown Bend remains year after year the number one tourist destination in Bend, it is also currently the largest employer in Bend, as well as the City's civic center and cultural core. With thousands upon thousands of people utilizing Downtown on a daily basis, providing a safe and welcoming culture is key to the vitality of our city.
Downtown Ambassadors have been added to the list of services provided by the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA).
The Downtown Ambassadors are a dedicated team of dynamic and responsive volunteers that keep Downtown friendly.
The Ambassador team is comprised of local citizens who share a common affinity for Downtown and an intimate understanding of what's happening around the neighborhood.
Please note: Across the nation, Downtown Ambassadors are changing the definition of hospitality.
These photos (below) are not our Bend Ambassador team, they are from a Downtown that has modeled this program for us to follow.
The Downtown Bend Ambassador Program will pilot the Summer of 2019. Volunteers will be stationed Fridays thru Sundays, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm offering downtown patrons a positive, interactive, visitor-friendly experience.
Each volunteer would be scheduled for one, three-hour shift from 12:00-3:00 pm or 3:00- 6:00 pm. The program will run Friday, July 5 thru Sunday, Sept. 1, for a total of nine weekends.
Volunteers will be set up in a booth/tent where visitors can come by for materials and information.
Volunteers will engage Bend residents and visitors to downtown with information and suggestions on eating establishments, public restrooms, lodging, parking, entertainment, etc.
Downtown Ambassador duties include but are not limited to:
The Downtown Bend Ambassador program has been a vision of the DBBA's Executive Director, Mindy Aisling, since she began working in Downtown 4 years ago.
"In a world where people are becoming more and more disconnected, Downtown's across the nation represent community hubs where connection flourishes. My vision is for our Ambassador program to provide a level of hospitality and kindness that models to our community the welcoming and inclusive characteristics that Bend stands for."
After many discussions and brainstorming sessions, the Downtown Bend Business Association discovered key partners that could help bring the program's vision into fruition.
The Tower Theatre Foundation, the long-standing nonprofit that owns and operates the historic performing arts venue in the center of downtown Bend, proposed a partnership where the DBBA could test an Ambassador program this summer, harnessing the power of the theatre’s already established and thriving volunteer corps.
Joan Gallinger, the Tower’s volunteer coordinator, said: “The summer is a great time for several of our volunteers to help launch this much-needed effort downtown. Our ushers already answer lots of questions from patrons about places to go, see, park and eat downtown. Plus, they’re trained for emergencies and on giving top customer service. Putting those skills to work on behalf of the city we all love seemed like a very logical, and effective, solution.”
Starbucks in Downtown on Wall Street, who is deeply rooted and involved in the Downtown community, partnered with the program by providing the space for the information booth, and (of course) water for all our favorite dogs in Downtown Bend!
You will be able to find the Downtown Ambassador booth at the Courtyard between North Soles and Starbucks at 812 NW Wall Street. Make sure to save the date for our Ambassador Launch Party on July 5th from noon to 1pm.
It's Friday, Folks, and what a wonderful Friday it is. First Friday Art Walk is happening tonight in Downtown Bend and you don't want to miss it!
Local food, music, art, beer - and so much more! View the list below and plan to meet up with friends in Downtown Bend!
First FAIRY Friday Bubbles
Alpenglow Jewelry & COTA at Outside In
Outside In guests for the June Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk are:
Alpenglow Jewelry- Leanne and her nature inspired Jewelry will be at the store showcasing her vast array of earrings, necklaces and rings. If you can't join us for First Friday, don't worry, we carry a selection of her pieces at the store.
Central Oregon Trail Alliance- Are you a mountain biker? Do you know who plays an intricate role in the quality of the trails you ride on? New to Bend and want to learn more about the mountain biking trails and how you can help? Meet representatives of this non-profit to learn about their programs and how you can get involved!
The Hot Club of Bend at The Commons
Time to get jazzy with it!! The Hot Club will be bringing their sweet sounds to the Commons plaza for a fun night of string and horn jazziness. The group is made up of some of the most talented musicians in the area and are sure to entertain. Come grab a patio beer from Immersion Brewing and some food from a local food cart and hang out with us.
Intuitive Readings, Broken Top Candles & Wild Folk|Wren & Wild
Join Wren and Wild as they bring in Affton from Broken Top Candles to share with you her beautifully crafted clean beauty candles, new perfume oils and more. We will also have Julie Tartak from Whole Soul Wellness in house doing Intuitive readings and of course gorgeous cocktails from Alyson at Wild Folk. Wait! There's more but you will just have to show up to see what we have up our sleeve. xoxo, W&W
Juniper & Gin at Velvet
Tonight at Velvet, The original Oregon folkgrass comes as close to describing Juniper and Gin as any genre can. Juniper and Gin deliver finely crafted songs with excellent musicianship, three part harmonies and real soul. Their sound encompasses bluegrass, folk and old country, melding them into a good ol’ pot of musical stew. Their songs touch on themes of life’s ups and downs with honesty and superb storytelling. Juniper and Gin is one of Oregon's most exciting up-and-coming string bands. You are guaranteed to have a foot-stompin' good time and you may even find yourself singing along to these catchy original tunes.
Lava Rd First Friday!
Join Sage Beauty Boutique June 7th for Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk with Village Interiors. Wildflower Mobile Boutique will be parked outside and Michelle Bauer Barnett Photography will be offering Mini Head Shot Sessions. Our featured artist is Notions of Lovely! S
The Haven & OCO @FootZone
Are you ready for a summer SUP on the river? The Haven has these Amenities plus Showers to refresh before coming back to work. They will be at FootZone to get you on board with their various Memberships & Programming! FYI: The Haven is a Title Sponsor for OUTCentralOregon's Bend Pride 5K Run on June 22nd; come learn about details from OCO! Join the festivities FootZoneBend - shop for your summer active wear and enjoy beer/wine with us too!
Ella Rosenzweig at Eclectic Soul
Join Eclectic Soul for a glass of wine and some beautiful art by young local artist Ella Rosenzweig at our very first "First Friday"! We are so excited to display her fun art at our new store this weekend!
Ella Rosenzweig captures her passion of the natural world in her paintings including beaches, rivers, mountains, and wildlife. Ella was chosen to represent her school at the Portland Art Museum's The Heart of Portland in 2018. Her art had recently been recognized by staff at William E. Miller Elementary and was featured on a poster for the Miller Student Art Night. She lives in Bend, Oregon amongst the nature she loves most.
Ember's Wildflower Animal Sanctuary at Lotus Moon
Enjoy First Friday Art Walk, meet Solstice and I and talk about our mission! Home made energy balls, lemonade and dog treats for sale .
Marigny Goodyear at Legum Design
As seen on HGTV artist, Marigny Goodyear returns to Bend for a 3rd year in a row. "A Lovely Mess" is a series of paintings that represent the love, beauty and growth that can occur from going through and understanding trauma and dark times of our lives. By using torn paper hearts, dark and stormy colors, along with bright bursts and calming patterns, I show that every situation that has darkness and complications, also has beauty and light, and vice versa. They are two sides of the same coin.
Rhythm & Brews - Summer Concert Series at BBC!
First Friday June at Found Natural Goods will be extra full of jewelry.
We are, of course, serving complimentary 100% agave tequila margaritas ––radical mixer to be announced–– with the distinct style of Navone Jewelry for the evening.
Cheers to spring!
Pride Month Karaoke at Bishops!
Pride Month Karaoke is coming back to Bishop Barbershop
Come and join Central Oregon Pride in Downtown Bend for Karaoke on First Friday
This is an all ages event and a safe space for everyone
Donations will be accepted and will be going toward Central Oregon Pride
Hope to see everyone there
Jennifer has been sharing the magic of painting for more than 20 years. Her pieces are largely inspired by nature and the colors and textures she experiences in her outdoor adventures. She often uses alternative methods such as finger painting to achieve desired textures. She wishes to offer new perspective on the wilderness that surrounds us.
Art at the Oxford
Join us, The Oxford Hotel - Bend, Oregon, for #FirstFridayBend! This month we'll be presenting Anne Gibson's "Wandering the Deschutes" exhibit, comprised of paintings of scenes along the mighty Deschutes River.
Anne brings years of artistic experience to her paintings. She captures variations of seasonal beauty on the river: lush scenes of the green foliage and blooms along the Deschutes in spring and summer, barren trees with reddish bark as fall ends, and wintery skies with darkened waters as winter arrives.
After graduation from Tufts University, many years of professional experience at noted institutions (Director of Publication and Marketing at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts and Senior Designer at Gilbert Design in Providence, RI) brought both rewards and challenges.
A move to Bend further grew her considerable skills, and launched Anne's enhanced painting career; after the study of art history and a career in graphic design, she began studying printmaking and pastel.
In her current series, Anne paints from her “own photos and memories of places I have frequented along the Deschutes that most often bring me joy or peace. Expressing the feeling of place now dominates my impulse to represent landscape.”
Stop by our lobby during First Friday #inbend to meet Anne and view her paintings.
High Desert Art League at Layor Art+Supply
High Desert Art League is celebrating their first show at Layor Art + Supply in downtown Bend. The show runs from June 5 until July 1. There will be a First Friday reception on Friday, June 7. Please join us and check out our latest artwork!
Kristen Riggle at Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Please join us Friday, June 7th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Kristen Riggle.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts for the evening, Sandy and John Kohlmoos, along with co-sponsors Academy Mortgage, who will be serving wine and beer samples.
Tyler Spencer live at The Capitol
Lindsay Wiseman at The Bend Store
We will be proudly pouring a keg of "Lil' Squeezy Juicy Ale", donated by downtown Bend's original brew pub, the Deschutes Brewery!
And our June First Friday artist is Weaver Lindsay Wiseman. We love her work! She will be bringing one of her looms with a current project. Come and see and touch her wonderful textiles. She makes zippy bags,, clutches, purses, tea towels, carpets, and much more.
Stop in to say hi to our newest staff members, as we kick off the beginning of our busy summer season. We are ready!
Princess Athletic hosts Jen Koistinen & Taylor Brooke Barton
Stop by for wine, snacks, and to visit our featured artists!
Artist: Jen Koistinen - local watercolor artist
Author: To kick off Pride month we have Taylor Brooke Barton.
She is the author of critically acclaimed New Adult titles—FORTITUDE SMASHED and CURVED HORIZON. Her Young Adult debut—THE NINTH LIFE—is being published by Inkyard Press in Fall 2020.
We will also have Forever Free Cryotherapy here to demo their latest technology!
The Wooden Jewel Grand Opening!!
Come join us for our Grand Opening! Enjoy food and wine, jewelry, and fine art. The Wooden Jewel will be giving away two $500 gift certificates through a drawing. We have new and unique art pieces and jewelry all the time, so come in and be amazed!
Come in and hear Tara Snow perform her original songs and your favorite covers!
Stroll downtown for First Friday Art Hop and support your local shops while looking and buying some fabulous art. Drink specials all night The Wine Shop And Beer Tasting Bar Bend
Remember we are open until 10:00 pm so make us the last stop on your Art Hop evening!
Salsa De Wela at Ranch Records
Every first Friday, visit us inside Ranch Records in downtown Bend to try out our delicious Salsa de Wela!
Aaron Rathbone & Juan Marante at Revolvr
The City is installing safety cameras downtown this week, one piece of a multi-faceted plan to make downtown feel safer and more inviting, in response to feedback from the public and downtown businesses.
Some of the other incremental improvements in the downtown safety strategy include: removing garbage enclosures in the south Mirror Pond parking lot, increasing foot patrols, improving lighting in the parking garage and adding a new Police substation on Oregon Avenue next to the parking garage.
“The Downtown safety camera project is part of a larger plan to improve safety in downtown Bend. This is a collaborative effort between business owners and many departments within the City of Bend,” said Police Lieutenant Jason Maniscalco.
Staff will now be getting trained on how to use the cameras and how to store and retrieve the footage. Police can use the feed for investigations.
“Addressing safety downtown has been a team effort for the City, downtown building owners and the Downtown Bend Business Association,” said Bend Business Advocate Ben Hemson. “There isn’t a single solution to confronting these issues but if all of us who live, work, play and own property in the area continue to work together, we can improve safety and maintain the qualities that keep downtown Bend unique.”
Working in Downtown Bend is an incredible opportunity to contribute to the culture and vibe of the heart of Bend - Downtown! Did you know that Downtown Bend is the #1 Tourist Destination in Bend, the largest employer in Bend and that by working in Downtown, you automatically become a member of the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) - which gives you all sorts of perks like free tickets to the Downtown Bend Celebration Night, discounted beer at Oktoberfest, discounts a local Downtown shops & restaurants, the option to join Downtown teams competing in local events, and SO much more! Downtown is the place for you to bring your unique expression of self to a culture of service to our community.
Check out the listing below to discover all the places in Downtown hiring for Summer 2019!
LIVE LOCAL | SHOP LOCAL | SERVE LOCAL | WORK LOCAL | PLAY LOCAL | LOVE LOCAL
The Downtown Bend Business Association
916 NW Wall Street - A small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend (Learn more about this association at their website here)
Job: Maintenance & Operations Staff
841 NW Bond Street - A small company contracted through the City of Bend to manage Downtown Parking. (Learn more about this company on their website here)
Job: Parking Attendent
Contact: Apply in person
The Bend Store
815 NW Wall Street - The Bend Store offers Bend-themed goods: Drinktanks, SiliPints, mugs, cards, candles. We make Bend magnets, ornaments, bottle openers & key chains on site! Learn more about this company here: https://www.bendstore.com/
700 NW Bond St. - McMenamins is a family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about this company on their website here)
Contact: Applicants can apply online or in person.
744 NW Bond Street - Not your ordinary cup of tea! They serve bubble tea and coffee with a unique twist! Topping it with cotton candy, waffles, donuts and so much more! We also serve small bites!
Jobs: Boba-ristas, key holders, and an assistant manager
Contact: Apply on indeed.com, their website (teacupfulsbend.com) or by messaging for details. 541.598.6310
550 Franklin Ave - The Ultimate Thai Dining Experience (learn more about this company on their website here)
Jobs: bussers and food runners. Experienced preferred but we will train the right people.
Contact: Drop off your resume in person
Mother's Downtown Kitchen
10 NW Minnesota - Healthy, locally sourced, creative meals and smoothies in Bend, Oregon. (Learn more about this business at their website here)
Jobs: Hiring all positions
Contact: Apply in-person
915 NW Wall Street - Barrio is a Latin-inspired restaurant serving lunch, dinner and happy hour in downtown Bend, Oregon. At Barrio you'll find bold, flavorful tapas, refreshing cocktails, and daily specials. (Learn more about this business at their website here.)
Jobs: Line cooks, dishwashers, host/bussers and food truck cooks
Contact: Drop off your resume in person
Lone Crow Bungalow
937 NW Wall Street - Our style is eclectic as much as it is classic, making the shop compelling for nests of all kinds. (Learn more about this company on their website here)
Jobs: Sales Association
Contact: Apply in-person
Urban Beauty Bar, MD
Modern Day Spa Hiring 2 Positions. Please contact Nic at 5413824800 for an interview and please drop a resume off at Urban Beauty Bar, 5 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste 104, Bend, OR 97703
845 NW Wall Street - Locally owned outdoor lifestyle store, Outside In, is hiring!
Jobs: We are looking for applicants for our Sales Associate for our busy summer season. Weekend and evening availability is a must!
Contact: Drop off resumes at the store or email them to email@example.com
916 NW Wall Street - Joolz offers an eclectic mix of middle eastern fare with a local flair by chef Ramsey Hamdan
Jobs: Kitchen staff for a busy summer. Line experience, ALSO dishwasher/prep.
Contact: Visit their Facebook, and respond the their job post
750 NW Lava - Since 1991, Village Interiors has been bringing unique and stylish furniture and accessories to the homes of Central Oregon.
Jobs: Sales Associate
975 NW Wall Street - Handmade Chocolates, Homemade Ice Cream, Caramel Corn
Jobs - Goody’s is hiring, Downtown, Factory and Sunriver. Front Line Soda Fountain positions for the summer. We also have an Assistant Manager position open for the Downtown Store.
Contact: Drop of your resume in-person
919 NW Bond - Zydeco is a from-scratch kitchen focused on freshness & quality ingredients.
Jobs: looking for support staff and a.m. kitchen prep cook
Contact: Drop of your resume in-person
939 Bond Street. Spacious local party spot offering a huge liquor selection, an outdoor patio & a snacky bar menu.The Astro Lounge stands as a staple of the Central Oregon nightlife.
Jobs: hiring for a part-time line cook. Two to three maybe four days a week.
Contact: Drop of your resume in-person
Employee Parking in Downtown Bend
You might be wondering about where to park as a Downtown Bend employee - well, we've got you covered! We have 5 approved parking lots, and permits range from $10 to $50 per month, depending on where you want to park. Some employers include parking permits as part of their employment package, and others require that you purchase your own permit - so make sure to ask about this at your interview. More information on employee parking can be found here.
Tonight is the May Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk, and Downtown is the only place to be! We've got art in all it's mediums - painting, sculpture, live music - and, we've got craft cocktails and award winning meals.
Head into Downtown Bend tonight - click here to learn about where to park, and remember that all parking is free after 7pm. We also recommend riding your bike, carpooling or taking an uber to help keep congestion to minimum.
Make sure to check out the Gallery Guide & visit all the Downtown Galleries on your Art Walk tonight! (click here)
Historic Preservation Month Kick-off Party!
Join us in celebrating Historic Preservation Month at the Old Bend Post Office building at 777 Wall Street in downtown Bend. Learn about the building’s history from the Deschutes Historical Museum staff, visit the Tin Can ID station, type a note on a vintage typewriter, and learn about tintype photography from Analogue Tintypes. The first six people to sign up will get a FREE 4 x 5 tintype portrait.
Sign-ups for the free portraits will start at 4:45 pm the night of the event inside the lobby.
Presented by the Preservation Month Planning Committee, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, and Compass Commercial.
Aaron Duccini Glass and Design at Piece of Mind
Handmade Glass art created by a local artist. Aaron Duccini has been creating glass art since 1999.
Best known for her large, vibrant figure paintings, Sheila’s work explores the fluid relationship between figure and environment: how each continuously informs and affects the other. At the heart of this exploration lies the notion that we both form – and are formed by - all we have seen and experienced.
When she is not in the painting studio, Sheila can be found teaching yoga, searching for her lost keys and exploring the wonders of the Northwest.
The Karen Bandy Studio
Tequila tastings tonight for First Friday at Karen Bandy Studio! Come check out new cold wax paintings and new jewelry too! I have lots of pearl drops in stock, and will help you create your personal look, your personal amulet. For more info please read my blog here.
Artist Toby Putnum at Velvet
Putnam was a featured artist at The 1 Moto Show in Portland in February. To create five flashy, graphic motorcycle-themed images, he first drew with an ink pen on paper, overlaid the resulting image with gold foil and then added more definition with ink. The next step involved cutting out the image and attaching it to a 14 square-inch board with gels and resins. To achieve a weathered look, he beat the boards with chains and even scorched them. The resulting images include creatures—a lion and a dragon among them—wearing motorcycle helmets. Another depicts a set of handlebars intertwined with flowers and a snake.
“All of us have a journey. I’ve had a lot of tragedy. But I’m surrounded by beautiful people, and it’s been very healing to be in this place,” the 39-year-old artist said of Bend.
"Red for ED" Awareness Campaign
While in Downtown you might see the streets filled with local community members wearing Red for ED in support of Public Schools, Teacher, Students and Administration. The #RedforEd movement advocates for students across Oregon state. You can join them by wearing red to First Friday Art Walk and posting your pictures with the hashtags: #redfored #IamBendLaPineSchools #DowntownBend. For more information, click here: https://www.bend.k12.or.us/district/news-events/news/2019/04/join-us-march-students-may-8
Downtown Artwalk with Zephr Jewelry at The Bend Store
Come check out Bend native and jewelry designer, Cassidy Root, debuting her "Bend-y," geometric, eclectic & collapsible, 3D jewelry for May's first friday artwalk!
Thank you Deschutes Brewery for donating our beer! We will be serving a new Bohemian Pilsner, "Da-Shootz!"
First Friday Art Walk At Deschutes Pub: Emily Hoy
Join us at the Pub for the Bend First Friday Art Walk, and welcome Emily Hoy as our artist of the month. Emily will be at the Pub Friday evening talking about her journey in art, along with some tasty beer samples.
A little more about Emily:
My inspiration is rooted in the Ohio landscape of the forests and streams of my childhood. My father a naturalist and mother an artist, I grew up loving these 2 worlds and using both as inspiration in my work. I eventually moved out west after studying Graphic Design in college to work for Volcom. It cultivated my love for Actions Sports and collage art even more. I was hired as Volcom’s first ever female Graphic Designer in 2003.
First Friday at Red Chair Gallery
Please join us on this First Friday for an open reception at the Gallery. Enjoy the talented artwork of Sue Lyon-Manley, Eleanor Murphey, John Runnels, and all of our other amazing artists.
Sunstone & Spirits at the Oregon Sunstone Store
Sunstone & Spirits! Oregon Spirit Distillers will be serving up mini cocktails from 5:30 to 8:00 until supplies last.
New Business Celebration at Outside In
We are changing things up for First Friday in May by featuring two new local small businesses to Bend we think you should get to know:
The Haven - The Haven is a completely new kind of work and social space, designed by women for everyone. With 11,000 sq ft of varied work space overlooking the Deschutes River, small business owners, entrepreneurs and remote workers will find their dream space and community.
As part of First Friday at OutsideIn, The Haven will donate 10% of any memberships sold towards our Fellowship Fund. The Haven will also be raffling off a one-month Flex Membership ($199 value). Come meet the Founder and Executive Director, ask questions, and enjoy some wine.
Forever Free Cryotherapy - Forever Free Cryotherapy is a wellness facility with a vision to help people maintain an active outdoor lifestyle in Central Oregon. Services like cryotherapy, infrared saunas, and compression therapy, help combat the wear and tear from all the intense fun under the sun. Try out their newest service, Cryofacials, during this upcoming First Friday!
Farm Directory Launch at Footzone
Stop by Foot Zone during First Friday and be one of the first people to get your hands on a new 2019 Food and Farm Directory, hot off the press! Meet the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance crew, snag yourself a "Get Local!" t-shirt in the latest colors or a lovely tea towel just in time for Mother's Day, and most importantly, acquire your very own copy of Central Oregon's go-to guide to local farms, ranches, restaurants, food trucks, and the finest purveyors and supporters of the local food scene. You'll want to have it at hand all year long!
Annual SnoPlanks Fire Sale w/ Dive Bar Theology at BBC
Annual end of the season party / sale! SnoPlanks will bring down all of their boards and have a massive sale with deals that you don't want to miss! Beyond just the sale, it's always an epic party with an amazing group of people.
Live music with Dive Bar Theology will be from 5:30-7:30 outside, with the outdoor kegerator flowing. Mark down this date!
First Friday May: Found x Dutch+Bow at Found Natural Goods
First Friday May 2019 plans entail Cinco de Mayo inspired goodness!
We are, of course, serving complimentary 100% agave tequila margaritas ––radical mixer to be announced–– with the colorful company of Bend native and Seattle-based jeweler designer, Ariane Harris of Dutch+Bow.
Geometric brass shapes hand cut, druzy crystals, precious gemstones, silk tassels, dreamy malas, and African brass bead details are the beginning of this wonderful woman's designs. You'll want more than one, and with her constant reinvention, your collection will easily grow.
Ariane's designs cover the white butcher papers inside Found and have since day one with her playful Tropicana fringe earrings that come in all colors. We are so pleased to be hosting her for an official artist exhibition on May 3, 2019 for First Friday from 5-8pm. Come meet her and shop for spring!
Bend Comedy First Friday: Fuzzy Logic at Seven
"Fuzzy Logic" is a live, interactive, variety show, for geeks and nerds! Produced and hosted by local Bend nerds, ready to share their passions and interests with you, as long as you are ready to share yours.
Our guest panel of experts, professionals and comedians will teach and entertain you. Everyone attending will get a chance to interact with the show and the guests. From audience trivia, to the Q&A with our panel of specialists, everyone will get a chance to play along.
First Friday Fun at Tres Chic!
Tres Chic Lingerie is celebrating 7 years in Bend next month for First Friday!
Come on down to enjoy 50% off the Sales Rack, plus 20% off corsets. Refreshments will be provided by Caboost Kombucha during the event :)
We also have DJ SinSay curating music all evening from 4-9pm and live painting by Ayla Heffernan!
No cover, just good times and good vibes ♥
Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration at Hola
??? The biggest event on May 5 in downtown Oregon, Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration.??? Come enjoy authentic Mexican food, the best local beer, award-winning margaritas,? contests, surprises, gifts, and a total celebration.
Do not miss the live performances of:
- Dina and The Rumberos
- Son of Trees
See and Be Seen in Downtown Bend at Starbucks
Help us celebrate May Walk and Roll Challenge month this Friday May 3 at the Starbucks from 5-7pm. Free coffee and cookies, plus safety goodies from Commute Options and Drive Less Connect! Read more about Walk and Roll Challenge month. https://www.commuteoptions.org/may-is-walk-and-roll-challenge-month/
1st Friday with Greg Botsford at Velvet
1st Friday ArtWalk with music from Greg Botsford.
The CJ Neary Band Album Release Show at The Commons
May 3, First Friday, CJ Neary will be releasing his first album with THE CJ NEARY BAND. CJ wanted a big venue with room for dancing and that is what he got, Crows Feet Commons is hosting this FREE show for ALL AGES, sponsored by Mountain View HEATING, Pahlisch Homes, Tumalo Cider and Immersion Brewing.
CJ Neary has been said to play music with “ the charisma, charm and soul of one who has played for MANY lifetimes.” CJ launched his professional career with multiple national titles in fiddle and jazz music (categories age 18 and under), a Grand Ole’ Opry Performance, several TED talk/performances, a commercial, and sitting in with some of the biggest musical heavy weights in the nation.
CJ brings his passionate, fervent voice to the table with The CJ Neary Band, playing and singing many of his original songs and also exploring R&B, Funk, Jazz, Rock and Blues. With seasoned players Richard Taelour and Aaron Moore plus super talented Bend High's Logan Anderson backing CJ up, this is going to be a show to remember!
Honey Don’t Band Show at Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe
I am not recalling the last time we had the band at Dudley’s- we’re taking care of that unfortunate oversight this Friday 1st Fri art walk downtown and Honey Don’t at Dudley’s Bookshop- I’m getting excited just typing that!
Vanderwalls & Weez-It at The Capitol
Its that time of the month... Vanderwalls and Weez-It @The Capitol
Daniel Cioper at Bend Brewing Co
Join us for live music at BBC! Music will play from 6:00-8:30 inside our bar area. If the weather permits, musicians might play outside on our beer garden.
Glitteratti Party at Wren and Wild
Join us for our Glitteratti Party! We are collaborating with Wild Folk Apothecary and Par Avion Tea to bring you gorgeous glitter filled drinks and bites along with beautiful art from local artist Morgan Miller and more.
First Friday Bubbles at Bellatazza
Come join Willow and Thistle in Downtown Bend for some bubbles, glitter, and fairy fun!
First Friday Event at Stellar Realty
Please join Stellar Realty for a First Friday Event to remember! Enjoy the amazing artwork of our very own Stellar agent- Tricia Huggin while listening to the live band- The Bucklys (which happens to include Tricia's talented hubby!) What an event this will be! As always our parking lot will be open for guests. Stop by, sip, look and listen!
More on our featured artist and band:
The strong, black lines and bright colors are a continuing theme in the work of Tricia Huggin. Influenced by the beautiful Oregon scenery and artists such as Matisse, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, Huggin found inspiration from the contrast of dying junipers and pines and the vibrant Oregon summer sky. She is best known for her depiction of poppies and the haunting, sculptural trees. Huggin is a mother of three and formerly a children’s clothing designer living in Bend, OR. “Art fulfills my need to create,” she says, “or better said by Picasso…”
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life…”
The Bucklys, a rock/soul trio based in Bend, OR, craft a rich sound, blending genres and crossing musical boundaries. Powered by the songwriting and imagination of longtime surfer and guitarist, Bill “Huggy Bear” Huggin, The Bucklys feels like sticking your toes in the sand on the perfect beach day. The vibe is relaxed, the sound is rock ‘n roll, and the feel is just right.
Bill is joined by drummer John Cashman and bassist/trumpeter Marc Saccoman. The musicianship is solid, the feel is groovy, ethereal, and sometimes gritty.
“The group is a prime example of the power trio – in which every member is firing on all cylinders – no slouching here.” ~Bend Bulletin October 2017
First Friday with Wild Ride Brewery at JDUB
Come on out to J Dub for a chance to try a great beer for a great cause! Wild Ride Brewery will be in the house from 6 to 8p tasting out Brenna A Amber and NW Hidden Trails Hazy Pale Ale. The Brenna A Amber Ale was created to raise awareness and funds for ALS research and hopeful eradication! May is ALS Awareness Month so we welcome Wild Ride and encourage donations to great cause! As with every weekend, expect awesome food specials, amazing cocktails and all you can eat fish and chips! Cheers!
First Friday Artwalk at Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Please join us Friday, May 3rd at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Dominique Kongsli.
This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts for the evening, Tim Collette and Breanne Brand, along with co-sponsors Academy Mortgage, who will be serving wine and beer samples.
“Forest Feast” by DOMKO will be on display.
“Forest Feast” documents the experience of living in Bend, through pattern, color, and light. Gold, silver, and copper leaf dot Dominique’s paintings, and usher in a sense of the spiritual and divine presence found in nature in its purest form. Figures presented in her decorated aspen tree paintings are on a quest to find love. Vistas of Bend including Mount bachelor, Brokentop, and sisters mountain can be found amongst bright floral paintings. Enjoy the spirit of the trees as they are personified with markings and symbols, sharing their timeless beauty as totems reimagined and adorned.
Meet The Author: Crochet in a Day at Wool Town
Crochet book sale & signing, downtown Bend at the First Friday Art Walk with Wool Town Bend!
Meet local author Salena Baca and learn more about her latest book: Crochet in a Day: 42 Fast & Fun Projects! You can view projects from the book, talk about yarn, and learn more about this exciting crochet book!
1st Friday Pop up at Birkenstock - Bend Shoe Co.
Come enjoy a beautiful central Oregon Spring night at First Friday in Bend. Pink Pom will be all set up inside Birkenstock with the classic styles as well as many new!
Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Service Center (KIDS Center) and MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (MountainStar) will kick off the Blue Ribbon Campaign on April 1, 2019. The Blue Ribbon Campaign coincides with April’s “National Child Abuse Prevention Month.”
The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in 1989 as an awareness movement when one woman tied a blue ribbon on her car antenna to symbolize her grandson’s bruises after he died at the hands of his mother’s abusive partner. The Blue Ribbon Campaign has grown to include educating individuals and groups on how to better protect children, as well as their community, from child abuse. As part of our 2019 Blue Ribbon Campaign, we ask all community members to “Speak Up and Save a Child,” taking an active role in keeping kids safe across Central Oregon.
This year, KIDS Center and MountainStar are proud to award four community organizations as 2019 Prevention Partners of the Year! Each organization has dedicated valuable resources and time to learn how to better protect children and prevent child abuse in Central Oregon. Please join us in honoring the following organizations: Advantage Dental in Madras, Facebook in Prineville, Healthy Beginnings and PacificSource in Bend. Congratulations for your outstanding work in preventing child abuse!
Inside The Bulletin on Monday, April 1, readers will find a Blue Ribbon newsletter and a wearable blue ribbon. Almost 50,000 blue ribbons along with educational materials and posters will be distributed throughout the community in April. People are encouraged to wear a blue ribbon to show support for the awareness and prevention of child abuse.
Several special events are scheduled for the month of April and are outlined below. For more information about the Blue Ribbon Campaign, child abuse prevention, and other events in April, visit kidscenter.org or mtstar.org/april.
My favorite thing about Downtown Bend is the public art work. The neat thing about public spaces is that they take an entire diverse community to create them. Unlike a mall, public spaces are made by (and for) the community. When I am walking around in Downtown Bend, I marvel at all of the unique jobs, individuals, and stories that created the atmosphere.
For Downtown Bend, this is even more intriguing as the story began 100 years ago, when brave entrepreneurs (just like the ones today!) set up shops in Downtown Bend, streets were made, sidewalks developed, buildings went up, trees were planted - and Downtown Bend as we know it was born.
This historic footprint allows for the rich culture that we experience in Downtown Bend today. Artists, performers, buskers, and small business owners build on this footprint, weaving in the richness of each individual's experience into the tapestry that is our Downtown.
The photo above was taken by Miguel Edwards Photography in Gasoline Alley between Oregon and Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bend. There are works of art like these all around our Downtown area, and every time I see one, and I ask myself: What was the artist feeling that created this expression? How much joy did they feel as they set it up on display for others to witness? As people walk by, what emotions do these art pieces evoke? If Can o'Beans, Dirty Sock and Spoon were walking through Downtown Bend and viewed this art, what ironies would be exposed and what veils of society lifted?
Art is an important part of our community, and Downtown Bend plays the perfect host.
About the author:
Mindy Aisling is a local Bendite with a love for the outdoors, Irish whiskey, bar trivia, stand-up-comedy, live music, and all things goofy and ridiculous. A multi-generational entrepreneur, Mindy is passionate about small business, shopping local and commitment to community. Currently Mindy serves as the Executive Director for the Downtown Bend Business Association.
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When I walk into Looney Bean in Downtown Bend, I am greeted with smiles and the smell of coffee. This never fails to bring me as much joy as my cup of locally roasted coffee will as soon as I consume it.
Looney Bean is housed in an old converted cottage on the Deshutes River. This makes it feel like you are visiting an old friend when you go there. In the Winter, the fire is roaring in the fireplace and in the summer the dogs and the kids are playing in the back yard by the river. It's so homey, in fact, that the only thing missing is my dad with his bad jokes and my mother in her mom jeans.
My first choice is meeting up with friends here for lively caffeinated conversation, but I also use it as a I-work-from-home-please-help-me-escape second work location. Because it is an old house, there are lots of different rooms to hide away in with your laptop to complete some quality work.
We have a ton of great cafes in Bend, but (for me), Looney Bean is a stand-out.
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