- GET WET: Yes, you can swim from the Dock. After our story about Portland’s chillest summer party scene (“The Dock,” WW, July 30, 2014), the scene at the freeboard dock southeast of the Hawthorne Bridge got a little less chill. The popular moorage became, at times, crowded with sunbathers and doggy paddlers. This irritated boaters who launch there (“Trouble With the Dock,” WW, Aug. 6, 2014). A security guard is now posted at the request of the private Portland Boathouse. On Aug. 5, he deterred several would-be swimmers, including a WW staffer. “If you wanna get in the water, I will call the cops,” he said. We contacted Portland police Aug. 6 and confirmed that you are allowed to swim there. “This is a public dock, so all laws apply,” a police spokesman wrote. People are swimming again. But no beers for now, and stay off the boats.
- IN THE RED: Financial strain isn’t new to the Red and Black Cafe,
the vegan, worker-owned coffee shop on Southeast 12th Avenue. But the
cafe announced last week that if it doesn’t raise $5,000 by Aug. 15, it
may lose its building. The Red and Black purchased its current space 3½ years ago, and co-owner John Langley said financial viability has been a struggle.
“We have been chronically undercapitalized the entire time,” he says.
“We’ve never had enough money, and we’re not that good at fundraising.”
Langley says he hopes to raise more than the goal and implement later
hours, more events and a greater reliance on volunteers. “People take it
for granted and use the fuck out of our space, which is fine,” he says,
“but we also want to pay our bills.”
- TALENTS TO BOSTON: This year’s MusicfesNW will be the last for executive director Trevor Solomon. Solomon, who’s booked MFNW since 2006, is moving east to curate the twice-annual Boston Calling Music Festival.
“The opportunity presented itself to me,” he says. “It’s higher stakes a
little bit, just because it’s a bigger city.” He’ll be succeeded by
Monqui talent buyer Matthew McLean.
- BREAKFAST BISCUIT: Nancye Benson, pastry chef at the Woodsman Tavern, is opening a 28-seat cafe and market called Milk Glass Market at 2150 N Killingsworth St. with partner William Macklin. Benson and Macklin used to own Moxie Rx, a food cart on North Mississippi Avenue, and Benson says she plans to bring back the cart’s popular cheddar biscuit, and will serve fried egg sandwiches and house granola, among other offerings. The anticipated opening is late September. >> The owner of the long-awaited cat cafe Purringtons Cat Lounge has signed a three-year lease on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and will have beer, wine, coffee and vegan cashew cheese.