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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