Onward and Upward!

by Bettie DeWitt

Photo: Elliott Schofield

Photo: Elliott Schofield

Have you noticed how quiet it’s been in the neighborhood, construction-wise? The 24” auger (above) was a big reason. Instead of the constant pounding of pile driving, we chose the more expensive-but-quieter option of digging into the ground with this auger, shown here with Pacific Foundation Construction workers. And as of today the auguring has been completed….from now on its onward and upward!!

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Hoyt Realty Group – New Showroom Coming Soon!

by Bettie DeWitt

In preparation for showing what The Cosmopolitan on the Park condominiums will have to offer, our Sales office showroom has been under construction for several weeks. Almost everything about our new building will be showcased: flooring, cabinetry, finishes, appliances, hardware – everything but the fantastic views! Our showroom will open this Fall 2014, with move-ins scheduled for June 2016.

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Entry facing north

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Window wall facing west

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Easr wall toward bath installation



Filed under Condos, HOYT news and events, Living in the Pearl

New Name – New Look

by Bettie DeWitt

Clayton's 09-05-14



A lot has happened in the last few months in our corner of the Pearl District. Hoyt Street Properties’ Block 15 went from a forlorn, empty striped parking lot to a crane put up like a giant erector set. To keep you in the loop, we will spotlight photos taken by our friend in the Encore, Clayton, who enjoys a bird’s eye view of all the action. We’ll be out of the ground soon so keep an eye on our progress as we build The Cosmopolitan!



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New Mural Installation on Block 15!

by Bettie de Witt via Klutch himself

Over the course of the next 3 months Portland artist Klutch and his team will be creating a temporary 130 ft mural at Block 15. He initially planned to do a Kickstarter fundraiser to pay for his supplies but instead took advantage of the nice weather to begin work on Feb. 20. With 3 clear days and donated funds Klutch and his crew have already transformed a bare plywood wall into an very colorful vision of things to come.

Photo: Doug Shapiro

Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch says that his vision for this wall is to create a mural that will continuously evolve over its temporary lifespan. Aesthetically the mural’s content will be a mixture of abstract backgrounds and brightly-colored organically-influenced surreal characters. Feathers, plants, clouds, and bubbles are all frequent elements that appear in his work.

Photo: Klutch

Photo: Klutch

This is one dedicated team so expect to see them working anytime it’s not raining. These guys are truly in love with painting murals and the hundreds of hours of their time they are donating to this project is clear evidence of this. In addition, they are also self-funding all of their paint and supplies. Any day now Klutch will be launching a Kickstarter fundraiser to recoup his costs and I will share that link as soon as it becomes live. They are all friendly and articulate guys so feel free to approach them and inquire about the mural.

Klutch and team

Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch has been creating visual mischief for three decades and his work had appeared on walls, galleries, and magazines around the world. In 2005 the suite that he painted for San Francisco’s Hotel Des Arts was featured in Time magazine’s annual Best Of issue.

We appreciate all that Klutch and his crew are doing to add to the exciting visual aesthetic of the North Pearl. Can’t wait to see the final result!


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Empire Plastics – Christmas at the Streetcar Lofts

by Bettie DeWitt

Chris' Santas

How great are these? Chris Willis, Collector Extraordinaire and Chief Illuminator, has once again lightened up the Pearl and our hearts with part of his collection of holiday characters, these vintage Empire Plastic blowmolds. This year he’s showcasing Santa and his Friends and Colleagues at 1019 NW 11th between Seres on the corner and Flairwalk. If you remember, Chris did another installation at the FLOR space in Tanner Place a few years ago (before it was occupied by FLOR) which contained enough Santas to come down the chimneys of greater Portland all at the same time. To see better photos than mine please visit here. Chris’s posted sign is below so you can appreciate all the details.

Photo: Chris Willis

Photo: Chris Willis

Chris' Poster

Please stop by to see. The figures light up at noon and continue until you’re home fast asleep. Or watching NCIS or Downton Abbey. And they’ll be there until January. Enjoy!!


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Experience Design at Christopher David

by Bettie DeWitt

CD Signage

What’s been missing in our neighborhood, in my opinion, is a really great place for home decor for yourself or for a gift – sorry, but neither Jonathan Adler nor Bella Casa do it for me. With the recent opening of Christopher David, my prayers have been answered. Chock full of delightful items to freshen up your space or the home of the very lucky host/ess who sent you an invitation to tonight’s cocktail party, Chris Giovarelli offers up goods at all price points.

The window displays alone make you eager to get inside and the variety and quality of the items keep you thinking about them long after you’ve had to leave the store to get back to work.

Design Anchor

But gifts are not the only thing at CD! There are three distinct parts to the space – one end is anchored with owner Chris’ full service design studio and the other by Cosmin Bisorca’s floral area. The center is anchored by the coffee bar.

        Cosmin's Florals       CD Coffee       At NW 10th Entrance  Pendant Fixture over Floral Area

In floral, on offer are gorgeous fresh flowers to purchase by the stem or bouquet, terrariums of succulents and air plants and a variety of vases. Cosmin provides full floral service for special events and occassions and workshops on flower arranging and terrarium building. 

For the caffeine-needy, Kevin Nichols is Barista Extraordinaire. He offers, among other things, Water Avenue coffee and those mouth-watering Nuvrei pastries (to me the BEST croissant this side of the Seine). Their location at the head of Jamison Park is a natural for sitting and sipping (with any luck you’ll see me there with a glass of wine very soon).

Let’s see….latte or cap, croissant or pain du raisin?

 But as I said, it’s the contents of the shop that keep me coming back. A nice mixture of new and old – repurposed and antique and fresh-off-the-trending list, Chris’ choices in furniture, lighting and accessories are just right. Cosmin’s flowers add the right touch of life to the space and Kevin’s patrons of the coffee bar help to keep the energy up.

  Candles and More!Centerpiece Showcase

So no matter what you’re in the mood for, Christopher David can supply. If you need it, their address is 901 NW Tenth Avenue at NW Kearney Street (503)-206-8226. Stop by soon, if you haven’t already!


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Labor Day weekend – Free Movies and Art in the Pearl!!

by Bettie DeWitt

The Portland Film Festival will be hosting three free film screenings this weekend in The Fields Park. There will be live music (which starts at 5) and food will be available! All movies start at sunset. Start the popcorn!!!

Mon Ami One SheetOn Friday, the film is Mon Ami. Two friends try executing their ‘get rich quick’ plan by kidnapping their boss’ daughter but when the plan falls apart they must scramble to fix the situation and repair their friendship.*

Forev filmSaturday’s film is Forev. Sophie and Pete get engaged on their first date, which is a 6-hour drive through the desert. And then nothing goes wrong… nothing at all.*

On Sunday, it’s the world premiere of Growing Cities. This is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.* 

Art in the Pearl logoAnd don’t forget Art in the Pearl, our fine arts and crafts extravaganza, held each year on labor Day weekend in the North Park blocks on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country and the event fills the site with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages.

So get out and have fun! After Monday, no white…..remember!

*Story lines and photos courtesy of IMDB.


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