Moving on up!

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Wondering what to do this Saturday? Come to the Pearl! If you have not been to our Cosmopolitan showroom, or visited the Pearl recently, this weekend would be the perfect time to do so. Starting this Friday, and continuing thru Saturday, we are “jumping the crane” for our latest project, The Cosmopolitan. What is that you ask? In a nutshell, the crane we have at the present time is not tall enough to build a 28 story building, so we have to make a bigger one. It’s quite an amazing process.  If you or your kids,have ever wondered how this is done, take this opportunity to see it in action. Tanner Springs Park and Fields Park are on either side of the excitement and both have a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, a picnic lunch, or bring the kids down for a play-date. Once you have seen all you want, stop into the showroom located on the corner of 10th and Northrup. There you will be able to see what the building will look with a model built out, to give you an early preview.

About two weeks ago the Hoyt team was able to put on hard hats and tour the project. We brought along our photographer, Elliott Schofield, to begin capturing some of the views from the units. While at the showroom use our state-of-the-art touch screen to see first hand what view you could have with your morning cup of coffee. So pull out your calendar and visit the Pearl District this weekend!

Cosmopolitan at Christmas – Almost!

by Bettie DeWitt

Progress! Andersen Construction is up to the third floor level and the tower in the center of the photo shows where the third floor will be capped, which also indicates the location of the fourth floor which will be the final floor for 3/4 of the block. Only the tower will rise up from there.

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All photos: Clayton Lloyd
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SW Corner
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SE Corner
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NW Corner

The happiest of holidays to all who read our blog! Deck your halls, have safe travels, hope Santa treats you well and don’t drink too much eggnog. You’ll thank us in 2015!!

Powell’s Bike Rack – Gone, Gone, Gone

by Bettie DeWitt

Photo: Elliott Schofield
Photo: Elliott Schofield

With their completed remodel, Powell’s Books is sporting a seismic upgrade, new roof, lighting and a new entrance at the edge of the Pearl District on the corner of NW 10th and Burnside. However, in doing so, they lost this literary bike rack out front, an homage to books about bicycles, cycling and cyclists: Curious George Rides a Bike, It’s Not About the Bike, Three Men on Wheels, The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World, “Round Ireland” in Low Gear, I am the Cheese, Spokesongs, Metal Cowboy, Miles from Nowhere. Sure, the new entrance is cleaner looking and more in keeping with the look of the Brewery Blocks, but we sure miss that bike rack. Shop local – go buy a book!

Pearl Pampers People….and Pets!!

by Bettie DeWitt

The holidays can be wildly fun, deeply sentimental and pleasantly surprising. They can also be melancholy, stressful and anxiety-producing, and a real test to one’s inner peace. Thankfully, there are many options in our Pearl District neighborhood where magic fingers can alleviate that stress and pamper us or someone who is even more stressed out than we.


Wait until you see what Hair M/W in the Metropolitan (1015 NW Lovejoy Street, (503) 715-2884) has to offer! Rows and rows of hair and skin products, candles and other gift items are beautifully wrapped for you. Full service grooming, hot-towel shaves and spa treatments for guys and all-things-hair and spa treatments for us. Their timely gift specials are available for your perusal on their Facebook page ( – just click on the link Hair M/W Holiday Specials on Dec 01 post. Of course, they also offer gift certificates and if you’re on Santa’s Good list, they might also give you a beer or glass of wine while you shop!

LMU_LogoNewSheila Mc Coy, Owner/Skincare Expert Extraordinaire of L’Mu Salon (1136 NW Hoyt Street, #260, 503-224-8171) offers all things face and body….facials and peels suitable for your skin, waxing any and all of your bits, brow maintenance, make-up applications and lessons and lash extensions. She carries Dermalogica and PCA skin lines, Guinot products, lashes, True and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and, naturally, gift certificates for everything. The salon is located “behind the red door” on the corner of NW Hoyt and 12th across from Giorgio’s.


Teko (in Streetcar Lofts on NW Marshall between 11th and 12th, #7, 503-241-9009) offers some of the most luxurious treatments around, offering gift certificates for her services (including Microcurrent Technology facials and LED Phototherapy treatments) and the purchase of makeup and skin care lines, including Epionce and SkinCeuticals.

Don’t forget Hosmer Chiropractic (in the Metropolitan ) for massages, Kanani Pearl (where you can “feel embraced by the spirit of Aloha” in Bridgeport, 1111 NW Marshall Street, 503-242-5500) for a Volcanic Clay Purifying Wrap, an Island Espresso Mud Wrap, Hawaiian Hot Stone Therapy, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (a really deep tissue massage) or a Papaya Pineapple Polish for Two – all sound like great choices for our cold and wet winter months, Glow Salon in Tanner Place, 736 NW 11th, 503-224-8711) for all things hair, nails, facial, tanning (although I can’t personally recommend that!!), laser treatments and more.

I’m partial to French Cut Hair (NW 11th between Glisan and Flanders) for cut and color and Onyx (in Honeyman Hardware Lofts on NW Hoyt between Park and 9th) for nails but we also have Iolite (NW 11th between Marshall and Northrup) for hair and Oasis (NW Marshall between 11th and 12th) for nails.

And if the holidays become just too much, or you want a bracing New Year’s resolution, try Barre3 (in the Met on the corner of NW 10th and Marshall) where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates® for a real workout, or Circle Studio on NW 11th between Overton and Northrup) for Pilates and Gyrotonic exercise.

Now, about pampering those pets, you’ve got that down.


Caplan Art Designs Moves!

by Bettie DeWitt

From her recent location in the Streetcar Lofts, Amy Caplan has moved Caplan Art Designs to retail space over at Pearl Self Storage, just on the other side of the 405 on NW 16th and Pettygrove (1323 NW 16th #1001, entrance on Pettygrove).

Amy Caplan - Art work by Nigel Conway
Amy Caplan – Art work by Nigel Conway

Join her for a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 14th from 1:00 to 4:00. There will be holiday merriment and refreshments to celebrate the season!

Amy will continue to be open First Thursdays at the new space (but not in January and February). The gallery is open 11-4 on Saturdays and Sundays (or by appointment) to satisfy her long list of clients who want to see which new artists she is showcasing. Give her a call at 503.319.6437 to ask for any specifics. We’ll extend the Pearl District boundaries just this once for Amy, so she’s not out of our neighborhood!

Cosmopolitan Showroom NOW OPEN!


Hoyt Realty Group’s showroom showcasing the Cosmopolitan’s finishes, features and floor plans has opened! You just have to see it to believe it….beautiful Italian Pedini cabinets with all Miele appliances.


The finishes are exquisite and have been well-received; wood flooring, natural stone in the baths, carpeted bedrooms, the option of mixed color on upper cabinets to base cabinets, quartz countertops.



Every unit has a patio area and those in the tower are recessed to be protected from the wind and rain so in theory they can be in use all year round.


Better hurry in….34 have been sold already! Showroom is open daily M-F 10-5 and Saturday and Sunday 11-5 or by appointment. Call 503-227-2000 to talk to an agent and Marilyn Andersen, Michele Bell or Tiffany Shleifer will be happy to put you in your new home with the best views in town!






Put on your Party Dress (or Ripped Jeans…)!!

by Bettie DeWitt


Now THAT’s a dress!! Or maybe just a top, I’m not quite sure which! This is in the window at Silkwood (NW corner of NW 11th and Johnson), one of the many boutique women’s wear shops in our neighborhood, along with Mabel and Zora right across NW 11th on the east side of the street. Silkwood is offering a wide range of holiday wear from the very fancy to the awesomely casual, including accessories galore and great gifts.

IMG_7552Physical Element has moved a few blocks away and it, along with Garnish and Leanna NYC, are all on the east side of the block of NW 12th Avenue between Glisan and Flanders. These stores have beautiful choices of holiday wear for any occasion. Stop by and see and remember these are all independent stores, not a Macy’s or Nordstrom in sight!