Another Soda Fountain Bites the Dust? Paulsen’s Pharmacy Has Closed

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The soda fountain at Paulsen’s Pharmacy in 2014. Photo credit: Wikimedia

Yesterday I learned from the Hollywood Boosters that Paulsen’s Pharmacy (4246 Sandy Blvd) has closed. Today I came across a post from Chris Balo in the Dead Memories Portland public Facebook group with more details:

“On Wednesday 1/27/2021, Paulsen’s Pharmacy closed it’s doors for the last time. My parents worked there, my dad Gary since 1970 and my mom Karen from 1984 until their retirement in 2016 when they sold the business. It’s hard to see this place close after 103 years in business. My family and I have so many fond memories of this place after it played a major part of our lives for so many years. One of Portland’s only 2 remaining soda fountains is now gone.”

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Rocky Butte Farmers Market Returning Summer 2021

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The Rocky Butte Farmers Market at Dharma Rain Zen Center in 2019

[Full disclosure: I am part of the core leadership group for the Rocky Butte Farmers Market.]

I’m very happy share the news that the Rocky Butte Farmers Market will return this summer! As mentioned above, I’m part of the core planning group/steering committee for this market, which serves the east Portland neighborhoods of Sumner, Roseway, and Madison South; I’m lending my talents and skills with writing and editing content. In fact, I put together the latest blog post announcing the market’s return.

Basic info preview: we’ll have five monthly markets from June to October, happening the second Saturday of each month. Continue reading “Rocky Butte Farmers Market Returning Summer 2021”

Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, January 2021

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I thought I’d relaunch this monthly post featuring the top 5 posts from the previous month. I only posted twice, so it’s interesting to see what people were drawn to. As always, thanks to all my readers for stopping by!

5. My New Fruit Love is the Adriatic Fig

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This past weekend I made it over to Fig Fest at One Green World Nursery. One of the things that was on my docket was to try the different figs they had to offer; there were seven varieties to sample. Continue reading “Top 5 Posts On Bridgetown Bites, January 2021”

Dumpling Week is Alive in 2021

Dumplings from Danwei Canting during 2020’s Dumpling Week

Although we are still in the midst of a pandemic, The Oregonian’s Dumpling Week is well and alive, and it starts today. This year, not surprisingly, it’s all about takeout. The real bonus for this kind of setup is that you can order dumplings from a bunch of places and eat them at home, all together. Makes for a fun way to conveniently compare and contrast Portland’s dumpling goodness. Continue reading “Dumpling Week is Alive in 2021”