Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friday night parties & December vendor opportunity!

Please bookmark our new and super awesome Beaumont Business Association website at www.beaumontbba.com!

Although this blog has been a great forum, it was only temporary - so as of January 1, 2011 the new website will be your go-to place for everything about BBA events, vendor opportunities through the BBA, Fremont Fest & our neighborhood!




Hi, Everyone! BBA Vendor girl here...

Just checking in - we have a vendor opportunity coming up in December, and a wonderful 2nd Friday planned for this week!

Also, I wanted to let everyone know that Paperjam Press is celebrating its first anniversary, and in honor of that, they are having a party!  This Friday ~ November 12th from 5 - 9 pm! Not only will there be birthday cake, tasty snacks, champagne & drinks, BUT, they are doing discounts AND 20% off all orders placed that night - so if you have any postcards or business cards that need to be printed, this is a great time to get those done! I had my business cards printed by Paperjam, and they do a great job on color matching for art cards.

2nd Friday is happening up and down Fremont this Friday night and this month many shops are having events inside, so if you're looking for some inexpensive entertainment, come out and join us! 

ShopAdorn is having a trunk show, BottlesNW is hosting a special beer event, Amenity Shoes is having a sale, and Found will also be open late!

Now, here's the info about the December event on Friday, December 10th from 5 - 9 pm. Info below. If you or some crafty person you know is looking for a venue to sell their handmade goods, let me know! Our upcoming Winter Wonderland / Fremont Festival of Lights was featured in the Handmade in Portland "Portland Holiday Craft Show Roundup!" Wahoo!

"Our Fremont Festival of Lights event will be held on Friday, December 10th, 5-9 pm. Our local Portland Fire Dept will be escorting Santa on top of one of their fire engines! As Santa passes down the street the lights will be lit in the trees. When he arrives he will disembark to his “Winter Wonderland Festival Tent” so that kids of all ages can visit and have photos taken with Santa. Up and down the street, there will be signs of Christmas everywhere!

Carolers from the Presbyterian Church of Laurelhurst will be singing to herald the arrival of the holidays. The Dickens Carolers and bagpipe players are also slated to perform. Friday & Saturday will also be our Shop Hop! We are encouraging all the shops to stay open late and invite shoppers into their stores with hot chocolate, cookies and other delights; and don’t forget to stop by Soluna Grill to get your bag of Chestnuts roasted on the open fire! Vendors are invited to our vendor pod next to Santa’s tent where they can sell their items. The BBA is sponsoring a Holiday Window Decorating Contest as well…"

Vendor Details:
the Winter Wonderland Vendor Tent will be located at the corner of 41st and Fremont 
(the main intersection) in the courtyard of Foot Traffic
Vendor space in the tent is $15 per 4 x 8 (bring your own table & chairs)
We will have a 20 x 40 ft tent with heaters, but space is limited!
If you would like to bring your own 10 x 10 popup tent, you may do so 
and set up along side the large tent
10 x 10 spaces are $30

Depending on how much interest we have for Saturday, we may be able to extend the vendor opportunity to Saturday as well. For now, however, it is set up for Friday night, December 10 from 5 - 9 pm. Set up will begin at 4 pm. If you require additional set up time, please let me know.

Thanks so much! If you know of anyone else who might like to know about the event, then please pass this along to them. I hope this finds all of you out there happy, healthy & staying warm as our winter weather approaches!

emilyd13 {at} gmail {dot} com

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

'Lots happening around town! Call(s) for Vendors!

Hi, Everyone! Your local vendor girl checking in... I just wanted to give you a heads up on the events that are going on in and around our neighborhood in the near future! If you are a vendor, if you are crafty, or if you know someone who is, you might like the following info!

Fremont Bridge in Fall...
9.29.10: PDX ETSY Meeting
Tonight, Tuesday September 29th, there's a PDX Etsy event at Environments / 707 SE Belmont @ 7pm. $5 at the door provides refreshments!  I'll be joining the fearless PDX Etsy leaders, Janelle and Nicole, for an evening of resource sharing. If you'd like to participate, please let Nicole know - she can be reached at nmkluthe@gmail.com. If you cannot join us tomorrow night, please drop Nicole a line to be put on the list for future events - it's a great way to meet and network with other artists in the area, share information, and get your name out there!

10.08.10 & 10.09.10: Fremont/BBA Harvest Fest
Friday, October 8 from 5pm - 9pm and Saturday, October 9 from 10am- 5pm is the Fremont Harvest Festival! Lots of new and exciting developments for this event, most notably that the PR and advertising for this (and our future events) is now being handled by Mandy Zelinka and Nicole Whitesell, a dynamic duo. They are absolutely all over the advertising and PR, and very well connected. I can't wait to see what transpires, but rest assured that this event has tons of coverage, and has already been noted in Portland Picks Facebook site, there's a new website for the BBA up (www.beaumontbba.com) that will include a list of all vendors participating, and there will be additional advertising in local papers. We're still going strong on Facebook (Beaumont Business Association) and Twitter (@beaumontbizpdx) Captured by Porches Brewing Co, Wanderlust Mobile Vintage, Pacific NW artist Sally Reichlin, and local food carts are all participants. We'll have a pumpkin patch, kids costume portraits and costume contest, and games and activities for kids and families... The restaurants on our street will be welcoming visitors with specials, and our three newest additions, Barile Wine Bar, Noho Hawaiian and Bottles NW are now open! Vendor spaces are still only $15 - we strive to make this a vendor-friendly event, and want as many of you who can to participate! If you haven't already sent in your application, I'm attaching one here to this email. If you have any questions at all about the vendor opportunities, please don't hesitate to contact me at emilyd13@gmail.com.

You can download the BBA Events Vendor Application here.

And, for those who may not have gotten into Crafty Wonderland, or who are looking for more holiday events in which to participate, these are the events on my radar:

November 2nd Friday on NE Fremont as hosted by the Beaumont Business Association... Our monthly event from 5 pm - 9 pm, drawing friends and neighbors into the streets of our sweet neighborhood... We have lots of exciting new restaurants open - this is a perfect time to get a jump on the holiday shopping crowd!

Abernethy Craft Fair
"Art & Craft Sale Fundraiser Sun, Nov 14th, 11-4pm: looking for artists & crafters.  Individual vendors take care of their own transactions.  20% goes to the school.  This is a juried event. Check out last years' poster; www.artcraftfair.org,  with links to artists websites.  This year we are hoping to add 9 artist high res photos to the poster and postcard.  Advertising will include, but not be limited to website, internal school marketing, Facebook, DIY- Alert News, SE Examiner, The Bee, Craig's List,  postcards, posters & banner. We have space for approx 50+ vendors, so this will be a nice event! Email Abernethycraftfair@yahoo.com to request the vendor application, as well as the vendor agreement. Applications are due Friday, October 1st." Your vendor contact for this event is Elita Hill of Ginza Girl Skirts.
12.03.10 through 12.05.10 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar - a great tradition in my neck of the woods, this intimate & well attended event is held in the NE Portland neighborhood of Alameda. Email Andrea Sten for more information: asten@hevanet.com

12.04.10 Laurelhurst School Winter Artisan Bazaar 9 am - 5 pm - email Violet Craft for more information at laurelhurstschoolbazaar@gmail.com:  Marketing... bigger, better and more! We will again continue our print advertisement in the Oregonian's list of holiday bazaars as well as our email marketing campaign with Portland Picks. Last year we distributed 5000 postcards by hand to every house in Laurelhurst. This year there will be 10,000 postcards available to distribute and are available for you to distribute as well. We are bringing on a PR volunteer to get us on every social calendar we can find. Advertisements are starting to pop up in Upcoming Events listings around town and our marketing team is busily preparing to distribute those 10000 postcards and many posters around Portland. We again have a team of volunteers canvassing the Laurelhurst neighborhood door to door with postcards as well. There will be an advertisement in the upcoming Oregonian bazaar's listing and Portland Picks will be "picking" us on Friday before the event.

We expect a very busy turnout for the day! Last year we were PACKED all day long and we've expanded our space this year to allow for even more shoppers! We know that there will be a limited number of open spaces this year and hope to fill them with the best of the best! We are taking applications from the community at large, but if you know of someone that you think would be perfect for the event, please pass along Violet's information to them or their information to Violet :) The application is available here.

12.10.10 (possibly through 12.12.10) December Holiday event on NE Fremont street in conjunction with 2nd Friday in December, hosted by the Beaumont Business Association - details will be announced as they develop - let me know if you are interested and I will keep you posted.

And, last but not least, Bargain Hunting 101 is now accepting vendor applications for their February event:
Bargain Hunting 101
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 (a.k.a. Super Bowl Sunday)
The Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room
1332 W. Burnside St.

If you have any questions about the events or have information to share,
don't hesitate to contact me! 
I can be reached at emilyd13 {at} gmail {dot} com.  

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New website! www.beaumontbba.com

Hooray! We're live! The BBA website is up and running, and your new place to visit for all things happening in our little part of the world!

A huge thank you goes out to Nicole from Shop Adorn and her team of whiz-peeps (including but not limited to) Mandy Zelinka, Jennifer Holman, Alexis Achten of Jasmine Photography, and Amber of Lostlogo Design, who made our Beaumont Business Association website git up and go!

Thanks, ladies!! 

For future reference, please visit the Beaumont website and make sure to bookmark it! (This blog will eventually be phased out, so mark the website now!) You'll find more and more information as time goes on, but already there is a wealth of info on our surrounding businesses and our neighborhood! Can't wait to see more!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Supportland featured at BBA Meeting 9/9/10

8:30 am
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Beaumont Business Association Meeting
hosted by Soluna Grill
4440 NE Fremont 
Portland, Oregon

Supportland is the featured speaker! 
All are welcome!
Come and see what it's all about!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Open Letter to Vendors & Stores!

Hello, Etsy peeps & creative souls!

As many of you may know, we are continuing with the 2nd Fridays on Fremont - Fremont Fest in August was FANTASTIC! Because of the success of Fremont Fest, we have recently decided to expand the events in October and December to 2 and 3 day events, respectively. October's 2 day event will be a harvest festival theme, and the three day December event (10th - 12th) will include another shop hop; much like the event some of you were involved in on June 18th of this year. (Store owners, please let me know if you'd like to be included in December's shop hop and I will keep you posted!). If you know of someone who might appreciate an opportunity to participate, feel free to forward this email to them!

We are currently doing a call for vendors, so if you are interested I have included the information here for your perusal. The vendor fee remains $15 per table per day - a modest cost to cover some of the advertising for these ongoing events. We have had our event featured in PDXPipeline, Portland Mercury Northside Guide, Hollywood Star, BWNA Newsletter, on PDX Events, in the PDX Neatsheet, and have advertised in Portland Picks, just to name a few. We are constantly striving to generate more buzz and provide a great value to our vendors.

Recently I met with the PDX Etsy group, and many from that meeting have expressed interest as well. If we have enough vendors for October, we can consider closing down part of the street to traffic - something that was done this August to rave reviews for our Fremont Fest.

Please email me for the application, and fill out & return to Jackie Safko at Albina Bank if you'd like to participate!

As always, I am dedicated to providing assistance, networking and general support to our Etsy & handcraft vendors, and the community of shops who support them!  Please let me know if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions. I love to hear from you!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Woot! Mixer on Tuesday night @Bottles!

Beaumont Business Association

August Mixer

Tuesday - August 24, 2010

5:00 - 7:00 pm  

Beer Bar & Bottle Shop

5015 NE Fremont St

$5 members / $7 non-members
(with admission receive 1 beer/wine and appetizers) 

We hope to see you this Tuesday for our BBA August Mixer.  This months mixer will be hosted by Bottles NW! I know this is going to be a fun evening to mix and mingle so come on out and taste some great beers and sample some savory treats from Bottles. 

This event is open to BBA Members and non-members so feel free to forward this on to those who might be interested in networking their business. Our desire is to build a strong alliance of business people reaching out to support one another, thereby making us all stronger. Bring your business cards, discount coupons or your latest marketing tools and meet up with us Tuesday! Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Receive a tasting of 8 beers on tap and appetizers with admission. Bottles has over 250 beers and 8 on tap. 

As a way of getting to know each other and to promote your business the BBA will be holding a Networking Mixer each month at BBA Member businesses. If you are interested in hosting a Mixer at your place of business please email us at beaumontbusinesses {at} gmail {dot} com.

Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What WHAT?? Supportland is in the house!

What? You haven't heard about Supportland?

Uh, hello? Support? Portland? Supportland? Genius.

For those who don't know, Supportland is a local business networking support site - creating local business support through a card carrying (free) membership!

And they're coming projectors on and packets a blazin' to our next business meeting.

Thursday, September 9, 2010
8:30 - 10 am
Beaumont Business Association
@ Soluna Grill
4440 NE Fremont

Awesome. Be there. Or get left out and be sad. 

Email emilyd13 (at) gmail (dot) com for more information & to be included on the rsvp list for this presentation!

Twitter & Facebook!

Did you know that the Beaumont Business Association has Twitter & Facebook accounts? And that business members in the BBA can send information to be included as announcements on those accounts?

Additionally, if you have a special event coming up, we want to hear about it! Make sure to send us an email with the information (we'll put it on the blog) & include us in your Twitter feed - we'll retweet items and send them to local outlets for publicity!

Blog, Twitter & Facebook... Social media that gets noticed, and another way that the BBA is at work for our neighborhood, letting friends, neighbors & fellow business owners know about the fabulous events going on in our neighborhood!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fremont Fest Activities!!

$5 KidZone gets you a wrist band (good for the ENTIRE day) and a free tshirt (while supplies last)!  Wrist bands are good for the Bounce Houses, Face Painting & Petting Zoo.

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Festival is open (street is closed to vehicles)
  • Wine & beer tasting at Beaumont Market
  • Bounce Houses
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Tent Sale at Amenity Shoes
  • Dog Days Sale and Artists Courtyard at The Arrangement
  • Huge sale at Shop Adorn
  • Deals at Found on Fremont

Some specific highlights:

Pub Crawl 
12:00 – 4:00
5 tokens/Commemorative Mug/ Map
Sponsored by  Soluna, Pizzicato, Doc Georges, McPeets, Alameda Brew, Bottles, & Cha Cha Cha

Kids Zone
11:00 – 4:00
$5 for Wrist band to all kids events plus free T-shirt
Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Cake Walk
Sponsored by Blackbird Wineshop, JMA Properties, Bonnies & Paperjam Press

Petting Zoo
12:00 – 2:00
Sponsored by Able Body Massage

Sponsored by Doc Georges Jazz Kitchen

11:00 – Bellamar Salon Hair Style Fashion Show
11:30 – Capoeira Demonstration
11:45 – Mitzi Zilka Trio
12:30 – Salsa Dancers & Salsa Lesson
1:45 -  Zumba Dance Exhibition
2:30 -  Salsa Challenge Awards Presentation
2:45 – Laura Cunard Trio w/Dick Berk
3:15 – Bellamar Salon Hair Style Fashion Show
4:00 – Andre St James
4:45 – The Big Easy Band


Salsa Challenge
11:00 – 2:00
$2 taste all 14 salsas
Come taste your neighbors homemade salsa, then vote for your favorites
Sponsored by Soluna Grill

Cake Walk
12:30 & 1:30 & 2:30
Remember that good ole fashioned Cake Walk?
Sponsored by Bonnie’s & Paperjam Press & cakes donated by Soluna Grill
Sponsored by Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant
11:30 -12:30 Mark Simon Trio
12:30 – 1:00 Pie Eating Contest
1:00 – 1:30 Gypsy Caravan Dancers
1:30 – 2:30 Eric Nelson

  • BBQ @ Beaumont Market
  • Polish & hot dogs @ Beaumont Hardware
  • Pizza @ Pizzicato
  • Fish tacos @ Soluna Grill
  • Elephant ears @ Bumblekiss

Food Carts!
  • SweetWheels PDX Mobile Cupcakery
  • Namu Foodcart
  • Caribbean Jerk Chicken
  • Pedal Kettle Kettle Corn
  • Blockhead Shave Ice
  • Wild West BBQ

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fremont Fest Meeting Tuesday!

It's planning time! Tuesday night @ 5 pm (at Amalfi's), we will be holding another Fremont Fest Meeting. These meetings really help all of the committees come together and plan a great Festival for all of our neighbors and friends in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood, and surrounding area.

The poster is done, and plans are on track for several exciting events at the Festival, including the Kid's Bike & Pet parade, a Fremont Fest Run (5K for everyone, and a special 1 mile for kids), a homemade Salsa Challenge, a cake contest and cake walk, horse & carriage rides, bounce houses & crafts for the kids,  and live music throughout the day on different stages.

We have some wonderful vendors lined up, including some delicious food! If you would like to be a vendor, we are still taking applications - we want to give everyone plenty of time to join up! If you are interested in being a vendor at the Fremont Fest, or for more information, please contact emilyd13 {at} gmail {dot} com.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Featured Vendor at 2nd Friday!

Spotlight on Donna and John McLean, of Laughing Fridge Magnets, a couple of baby boomers who discovered how much fun it is to create!

Donna says "We started making silly magnets as gifts for family, and decided to see if others liked our crazy craft. We have very different styles of painting. John has a vivid imagination and isn't afraid of color. I think his style would be considered primitive or naive. I lean more towards "cuteness" and don't have any idea what my style is!

Our dog Hannah is the inspiration for our wonderful wiener magnets, and our old cat Indy is the model for our fat cats. We both design the shapes of the magnet, and John cuts them out using his scroll saw. Each magnet is made of birch plywood, painted with acrylics, sprayed with lacquer, and has a flat magnet attached. They are numbered, signed and dated on the back. We both paint, and offer each other constructive criticism, which is either listened to or not.

We have a great time creating our magnets together and hope they make you smile!"

Donna and John have been fixtures at our 2nd Fridays on Fremont, and always have great smiles for the passersby.

You can find them tomorrow on NE Fremont at the July 2nd Friday, and on their Etsy shop. Always posting cheerful magnets, you can follow them on Twitter @laughingfridge.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Fremont Fest: Saturday, August 7, 2010

Open call for vendors! 

If you would like to be a vendor at the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Fremont Fest, please contact me at emilyd13 {at} gmail {dot} com! 

Tons of foot traffic, great location, fantastic people to work with! We have a LOT of fun together at the 2nd Fridays, and Fremont Fest is like the hugest 2nd Friday ever. Except not a Friday at all, cause it's on Saturday, August 7th. 

But you get the point. There are tons of families and people in our neighborhood who look forward to this event each year, and each year, we do our best to provide the best experience possible for our neighbors and visitors!

If you make crafty stuff, soaps, jewelry, clothing, lotions, dog collars, shoes, fresh jam, bread, etc., then let us know! 

As Christine from GreenDog Pet Supply says, Fremont Fest "is a super fun day of celebration in Beaumont Village. If you haven't been to a Fremont Fest before, you should really try to come down. There will be lots of live music along the street, artists and craftspeople, sidewalk sales, face painting, horse and carriage rides, and of course the parade!!! The fest kicks off at 10 a.m. with a really cute neighborhood parade: about 100 kids turn out on their decorated bicycles, the music will be playing, usually some classic cars and the Fire Truck join us, and of course there's the Pet Parade!!  Costumes are optional, but if you wear one you'll be eligible for a best costume prize! (Feel free to decorate their leashes or yourselves instead of your dogs if you like or just come as you are) Other prizes will also be awarded for best trick, most enthusiastic marcher, etc! We'll be gathering between 9:30 and 10 am at the Beaumont Middle School, and the parade starts promptly at 10."

There will be a pub crawl, salsa challenge, cake walk, and all sorts of other fun to get into! 

We'd love to have you!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Call for Vendors & Sponsors

The deadline is fast approaching for the opportunity to be a business sponsor or artist vendor for 2nd Friday on Fremont for June!

Are you a Beaumont Business? Do you belong to the business association? If you do, get it touch with us to become a business sponsor of 2nd Friday on Fremont, coming up June 11th. Our third installment of our newest venture will be rockin and rollin, as each event seems to pick up popularity and attendance is growing!

If you are or you know of an artist who would like to be a part of this fantastic neighborhood fair, don't hesitate!

Call 503.282.2253 for more information - the deadline to sign up for June is May 26th! Just a week away!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sun is shining, get ready!

What a glorious afternoon! So many of you were out visiting this afternoon & it was wonderful to see you! The season for dining al fresco is upon us, and there are some exciting changes along the Fremont corridor that you will enjoy! We're all looking forward to the spring weather coming up. ChaChaCha is planning an outdoor beer garden, Vinideus continues to engage us with French and music programs, GreenDog Pet Supply is planning a move to a larger space, Soluna's delicious menu beckons to us, and Amenity Shoes is jam packed with beautiful accessories and sandals for the sunny weather that lies ahead.

When you're out and about, please take note of your favorite businesses, and support local shops and restaurants as the economy turns around. We can't do it without you, and your loyalty and continued support are invaluable to us. Found on Fremont reports new customers who are fast becoming regulars, there are people enjoying the tables outside at Alameda Cafe and the Alameda Brew Pub, and ShopAdorn's Grand Opening in April was a huge success! Have you stocked up on your all natural beauty supplies? The sun is coming, and Emily at Camellia has everything you need to keep your skin safe and soft!

We were thrilled at the turnout for April's premier 2nd Friday on Fremont, and all signs point to a bustling 2nd Friday on May 14! If you're in the neighborhood, we would love to see you! There are so many wonderful businesses along our corridor who will stay open late, it would be a shame to miss any of it! In addition to the specials, live music, and late hours, this 2nd Friday will feature several additional vendors, including JamPDX, a very talented pottery duo who use traditional clay and *cake decorating* techniques to create exquisite vases, bowls, and other pieces; Anderson Soap Company, handmade soaps and lotions; and several other vendors, including sublime items from Provence, France, and there a monthly crafts table sponsored by SCRAP! Kid and family friendly, delicious food, glorious shopping... What more could we offer?

Join us Friday, May 14 for 2nd Friday... The fun and festivities begin at 5 pm!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beaumont Business Mixer tonight!

Beaumont Business Association

April Mixer

April 27, 2010

5:00 - 7:00 pm

 4440 NE Fremont St

$5 members / $7 non-members

(On admission receive a glass of beer or wine and free appetizers)

If you are a business person, own a business or just want to promote your business then you don't want to miss the BBA monthly mixers. Bring your business cards, discount coupons, latest marketing ideas and meet up with us on the last Tuesday of the month. Each month the mixer will be held at a different BBA member business. If you would like to host the next mixer or want more information about hosting a mixer email Rebecca Lehman at rebeccalehman90@gmail.com Be sure to spread the word and bring a friend.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Beaumont Business Association Online!

Welcome! The Beaumont Business Association is on a roll! Our website should be up and running soon - we'll have contact info, Board Member info, listings of businesses in our area, upcoming events, resources, links, and photos of our glorious neighborhood!

We have a Facebook page - if you're on Facebook, don't hesitate to become a fan (or now, "like") the Beaumont Business Association page! Lots of great info will be posted there as well!

We're busy collecting vendors for 2nd Fridays on Fremont - a sneak peek? Sure!

Oregon Humane Society


Gypsy Poet Fashions

jamPDX Pottery

dennis anderson soaps


anna joyce design

these are just a few of the peeps who have expressed interest in coming to our little (but growing by leaps and bounds!) event every 2nd Friday on NE Fremont from 42nd to 50th!

Stay tuned for "photo sharing" information - coming soon!