Supporting local businesses is more important than ever before…

HISTORIC GILBERT DISTRICT BUSINESSES:
94.9 The Bridge
ACE Hardware
Ancient Health and Healing
Angi D Wildt Gallery
Art-in-the-Loft Gallery
At Home on Broadway
Bagels by the Sea
Beach Books
Beach Puppy
Bella Espresso
Bliss Mercantile & Brocante
Blue Bond Art Studio and Gallery (on Holladay)
Dough Dough Bakery
End of the Trail Pub
Fairweather House and Gallery
Fire House Grill
Five-Star Henna
Gilbert District Gallery
Hold Fast Gallery and Tattoo Company
Holiday Inn Express
Line X of Clatsop County
Nonni’s Bistro
Pacific Heirloom and Collectibles
Patty’s Wicker Cafe
Peddler’s Row
Pizza a’fetta Restaurant
Rust and Dust
Salon on Broadway
Seaside Antique Mall
Seaside Brewery Co.
Seaside Coffee House
Seaside Coffee Roasters
Seaside Kites
Seaside Massage and Spa
Seaside Spa and Massage
Seaside Yarn and Fiber
Seaside Yoga
Shamous Rocks
Shine Fair Trade
Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop
Star Furniture
Starry Night Inn and Art Hotel
Studio 7
SunRose Gallery
The Chief’s Quarters Boutique
The Heathy Hub
The Whet Spot
Tom’s Fish and Chips
Tonquin Trading
Tora Sushi
Una Ves Mas Mexican Restaurant
Yellow Curry Cozy Thai
Voyages Toys
Westport Winery
Wheel Fun

Ch-ch-changes for the Historic Gilbert District a’coming. It’s all good.

Kirwen Building

Downtown parking changes get nod in first reading

 

 

Seaside took a step Monday to eliminate the parking requirement for certain types of residential uses above ground floor commercial uses in the city’s downtown core.

Acting on a recommendation from the Planning Commission, the council considered the measure to make workforce housing more economical for developers and provide more affordable housing for tenants.

“There’s been a push to look at creating opportunities to allow the second story of the downtown core areas to allow for residential uses,” Community Development Director Kevin Cupples said.

Mayor Jay Barber said the ordinance was in response to the council goal to provide more workforce housing, particularly in the core area. “This is a step toward that as well.”

Ordinance 2020-03 creates a new zoning definition for “dwelling, residential-over-commercial,” a dwelling unit of one bedroom or less, located above a commercial establishment.

The current ordinance requires two parking spaces per dwelling unit for all types of apartments, multifamily dwellings and conventional detached dwellings.

This will bring parking requirements similar to surrounding communities, Cupples said. “That would be one parking space for a studio apartment, for a one-bedroom it would be 1.25, and for a two-bedroom, it would be 1.5 parking spaces per unit.”

The ordinance seeks to reduce regulatory hurdles associated with developing workforce rental housing and promote more efficient use of land within the city. The measure is based on discussion and public comment from the Planning Commission, which undertook the ordinance in October.

Council member Tita Montero showed concern whether residents would be exempt from three-hour limits in the downtown parking zone.

Steve Wright called the ordinance a “first step. A lot of this still has to go back to the Planning Commission afterwards,” he said. “They can work out things like parking tags, where to park, and how to keep the streets clear so the street sweepers can go through. I think it’s time to get this done, moving forward.”

The Planning Commission could address parking when applicants come in for development, Cupples said. “If someone went in to propose it, it would be up for review,” he said.

Montero was the sole vote against the change, seeking greater guidance in parking rules. “I’m uncomfortable not knowing what the expectations are of people living in those units.”

“We can’t put everything in an ordinance to address every situation,” Wright said. “I think this is the right step to make.”

Following the first reading, the ordinance will be scheduled for a public hearing and second reading at the March 9 meeting. The new parking rules could go to a third reading and final adoption on March 23.

 

About the End of the Trail Public House

Sean McKeown and ‘Not Your Standard Sour’ at the End of the Trail Public House

733 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138
located in the Historic Gilbert District
 (503) 717-5472

 

 

Columbia Bar: End of the Trail Public House Sour

By Ryan Hume Feb 19, 2020

For Our Coast/ Coast Weekend

 

 

It is hard to imagine that I have been writing this Columbia Bar column for over five years now. I have learned quite a bit along the way while ducking into the regions numerous drinking holes and offering myself up as a guinea pig to whomever happened to be slinging sauce that day.

 

In no particular order, some half-truisms: know that bartenders are some of the best people in the world to talk to. Yes, you should at minimum tip a dollar a drink. Not all simple syrups are simple. Mezcal has more regulations upholding its place of origin and quality than its hermana tequila. In addition, sorry Kentucky, but even Oregon can make a decent bourbon.

 

Writing this column has introduced me to many creative spirits. It should come as no surprise to say that the bar culture and local distilling scene is thriving.

 

It seems appropriate then that I landed at End of the Trail Public House in Seaside.

 

When quizzed, owner Sean McKeown traces the origin of the sport pub’s name to the plaque on the Lewis and Clark statue rising above the roundabout where Seaside’s Prom ends against the sand. However, if you find yourself staring at this statue, you have missed the pub by a number of blocks.

 

McKeown has deep roots on the other end of Broadway. His parents own the Firehouse Grill and Nonni’s Italian Bistro within spitting distance of End of the Trail.

 

McKeown cut his teeth in the family businesses before venturing out on the pub, which is his first solo effort. The pub is located in the old Moose Lodge, 733 Broadway St.

 

Having just celebrated its six month anniversary in January 2020, End of the Trail is up and running as a proper sports bar, with an array of flat-screen televisions reaching deep into the ESPN multiverse. There is also pool; darts and a gigantic Connect 4 board that just so happens to compliment the rest of the pub’s décor. The bar top was moved across the street from the closed McKeown’s Irish Pub.

 

When I first sat down at the bar, the bartender was fielding a landline call from someone looking for an update on the score of the Oregon Ducks women’s’ basketball game. If that does not legitimize a sports bar, I do not know what will.

 

In true Oregon Coast fashion, everything behind the bar and in the kitchen is scratch-made, from the simple syrup to the whipped cream that blooms off the head of each Irish coffee like a cloud.

 

However, for this column, we are looking past tradition. This particular drink is a new arrival to the bar menu. The Not Your Standard Sour is just that.

 

American bourbon and English-style gin are not exactly fast friends in an old-fashioned glass, even if this particular gin, Hendrick’s, very light with cucumber and herbaceous with rose, is made in Scotland, and carries no hangover from the dust of the Revolutionary War.

 

This odd couple is melded with freshly squeezed citrus — either lemon or lime will work, McKeown says — and a splash of grenadine stains the whole thing pink. Most whiskey sours run queasy on the color wheel, with a hint of green.

 

An impaled Bordeaux cherry and a graft of lemon peel spruce up the finished product.

 

Enjoy and do not forget to tip your bartender.

South Holladay Drive in Seaside happenings and a bit of history.

During City Council Meeting this past Monday, February 10, Public Works Director Dale McDowell shared some information with our Mayor and City Councilors about the history of the Holladay Drive section under construction. We thought it might be interesting for some perspective on the project as we release this week’s update.

 

A brief history: This section of road is some of the oldest in Seaside and portions of what is being unearthed dates back to construction of this section in 1914 (following the great fire of 1912, which destroyed businesses east of the Necanicum River).

Included in the find is wooden waterline (pictured), which in most cases held up surprisingly well. Beyond that, there is evidence of a previous road about 6-12 inches beneath the current surface and the reason that some of the old road contained ruts.

Holladay Construction, reprinted with permission

This week in review: Paving work kicked off the week near Avenue C. Conduit road crossings for light poles and building services was performed on Tuesday and Wednesday while concrete curb preparation – along with electrical services to buildings – was performed today (Thursday) and will continue into tomorrow (Friday). City crews also began installing new irrigation lines for planters along the route earlier this morning (Thursday).

This weekend (February 14 – 16): Work for the week is scheduled to end on Friday afternoon and no closures or work will be done over the weekend.

Next week (February 17-23): On Monday (President’s Day) there will be a closure from Avenue B to the Avenue B Bridge. Detour details are attached in map form. Beginning Tuesday and carrying into Wednesday (also noted on attached map), the contractor is scheduled to install a new vault at the Rivertide Suites along 1st Avenue near the existing pump station. This will result in a closure of one lane along 1st Avenue for both days. Avenue C to Avenue B has a closure on Thursday and Friday (Feb 20-21) while catch basin, hydrant and concrete prep work is done. –Jon Rahl, City of Seaside

 

Q: What is happening on South Holladay Drive in 2020, you ask?

A: The construction work on South Holladay Drive is part of the Southeast Seaside Urban Renewal Plan’s Holladay Streetscape Project, which calls for installation of new sanitary sewer, storm sewer, underground service provider utilities, ADA accessible sidewalks, reconstruction of the roadway, asphalt paving and street lighting.

The project is being paid for with water, sewer and road district funds, Public Works Director Dale McDowell said. The city will conduct a block-by-block closure to replace a sewer force main and upgrading to PVC pipe. Work will conclude at First Avenue.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk. March 7, 5-7:pm.

The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, on March 7 between the hours of 5-7: pm, is all about the arts. Visitors may visit with artists, view an artist demonstration, listen to an art lecture or enjoy live performances in music.

 

The downtown event, celebrating 16 years in 2020, is a walk about in the historic Gilbert District located between Holladay and Broadway. Free and open to the public.

1. Blue Bond Art Studio and Gallery, 417 S. Holladay

With work fully rooted in the Northwest, Blue Bond’s specialty is portraits and wildlife. In the genre of art, Bond is a conventionalist. He elevates imagery by melding his reverence for the Northwest with his search for understanding of the world around him.  With over fifty years of experience, the artist teaches one-to-one studio classes in oil to novices and experienced painters alike.

2. Shine Fair Trade, 609 Broadway St.

Featuring the tie-dye fiber art fashions of Kathmandu from Berkeley, California. Established with a mission to expose the Nepalese culture and supporting child free labor. Shine selects handmade items all over the world from 100 non-profits artisan cooperatives. Music by Sedonna Torres.

3. SunRose Gallery, 606 Broadway St.

Introducing colorful alcohol ink florals by new artist Rosalie Kruissink, in addition to new felted portraits by Robin Montero, upcycle mixed media by Patty Thurlby and new shoulderbags by Steve Provo. Live music will be provided by guitarist David Crabtree accompanied on flute and sax by Ray Coffey, and tasty treats will be provided.

4. Pacific Heirloom Art and Collectables , 608 Broadway St.

Featuring  sculptor  Rich Wilcox, raised on the southern coast of Washington, who has collected glass floats since he was five years old. After losing his first spouse to cancer and finding therapy by working with his hands, Wilcox creates driftwood sculptures loaded with character with genuine antique fishing floats.

5. Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway St.

Opening reception for “A Fresh Start” featuring artists Toni Avery, Bill Baily, Karen Doyle, Christine Downs, Bob Heath, Dorota Haber-Lehigh, Gayle H. Seely and Bill Shumway.  The exhibit’s expectation lies in its possibility to present fresh, new perspectives, inspiration, experiences, reflection and even the possibility for transcendence in some way. Artist lectures at 5:30 pm.  Spring habitat talk by naturalist Neal Maine at 6:00 pm. LIVE music by Shirley 88.

6. Art-in-the-Loft at Beach Books, 616 Broadway St.

Featuring a mixed media showcase from artists, April Hoff and Debbi Wharton Estes, two Washington County artists who like to mix it up using collage, digital imagery, acrylics, alcohol inks, fabrics, clay and more to express their creativity.   The range of pieces calls attention to the individual artist techniques, with much to capture an art enthusiast’s interest.

7. Seaside Yarn and Fiber, 10A N. Holladay Drive

Unveiling a new collection of handmade weavings. Intuitively crafted with wool roving, handspun yarn and other mixed media  work will be available for sale and all will be on display for inspiration.

8. The Whet Spot, 12 N. Holladay Drive

Showcasing the art of Billy Lutz, one of Seaside’s most famous artists, who has painted in themes for thirty years, developing a philosophy of collectivism premised on the requirements of individual motive and other paradox. Lutz, a self-employed artist and sign painter, has provided for his family of five all his adult life. In addition, his work is available at from Portland Art Museum’s Online Collections.

9. Bliss Mercantile & Brocante, 735 Broadway

Featuring Chateau Chic Style-treasures for the home and garden that are a little bit French Country and a little bit Romantic Rococo.

10. Angi D Wildt Gallery, 737 Broadway St., #2

Featuring artists who are inspired by the reflections on the Oregon Coast shores and other bodies of water. This group show will include Dave Bartholet, Richard Burke, DC Yorksie, Ty McNeeley, Quata Cody, Angi D Wildt and Christine Kende who work in various mediums. Michelle Lindlom’s mixed media monotypes depict another kind of reflection, that of looking into the soul.

 

11. Westport Winery, 810 Broadway St.

Named one of the top 20 most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine, Westport Winery offers tasting of more than 34 award-winning wines and ciders.

Find additional original art during the day at: Starry Night Art Hotel and Inn, 811 First Avenue, Seaside Coffee House, 3 N. Holladay Drive; Seaside Antique Mall, 726 Broadway St. and at Dough Dough Bakery, 8 N Holladay Drive. Dedicated parking is to be found on the corner of Ocean way and Holladay.

Historic Gilbert District Walking Map

Welcome to the Historic Gilbert District. Bliss Mercantile & Brocante.

Bliss Mercantile & Brocante

Shopping & Specialty Retail

734 Broadway Seaside, OR 97138

(971) 865-6255

 

 

 

Purveyor of Chateau Chic Style-treasures for the home and garden that are a little bit French Country and a little bit Romantic Rococo…

 

And, too, welcome to the Seaside Chamber of Commerce!

 

Sharing a grace note to the Historic Gilbert District:

“As a resident in walking distance I am over the moon that Bliss has come to Seaside, into that section of Broadway! We are SO fortunate! Revitalization of one of our most beautiful storefronts, from such dear and creative folks, with a venue we can shop and enjoy year round, is such a gift! Welcome them, support them, appreciate them! Thank you Bliss Mercantile and Brocante for choosing Seaside, Oregon!”  P. Schwenzer

Annual holiday greeting card collage from the neighborhood.

Linda Fenton Mendenhall, Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, created a collage of the Historic Gilbert District for December, 2019. A lovely business greeting card from the December 2019 Art Walk evening.

Top row: Seaside Yarn and Fiber, Fairweather House and Gallery and Beach Books, Center: SunRose Gallery. Bottom row: Corner of Holladay and Broadway, Shine Fair Trade and The Whet Spot.

 

 

Seaside First Saturday Art Walks for 2020
Save the dates and time. 5-7:pm in the Historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside.

Mar 7
Apr 4
May 2
Jun 6
Jul 4
Aug 1
Sep 5
Oct 3
Nov 7
Dec 5
The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk is all about celebrating the local art scene. The Art Walk, celebrating 16 years in 2020, is a walk about in the historic Gilbert District located between Holladay and Broadway. Dedicated parking is to be found on the corner of Ocean way and Holladay. Free and open to the public.

The Mission of the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk is to provide an excellent cultural arts experience and to support regional talents in visual art, literature, music, theatre and dance for the benefit of our residents and visitors.

 

Photo courtesy of
denise fairweather
Chair, Seaside First Saturday Art Walk
Director, Historic Gilbert District

A grand time was had by all.

Dave Bartholet of the Gilbert District Gallery embraced Joan Smith, Art Walk stylist, and Denise Fairweather, AW Executive Director, during his Nov. 2nd Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

The ladies thanked Dave and his wife Penny for more than 15 years of Art Walk memories.

And, too, Seaside artist Blue Bond embraced the ladies as he starts his own remarkable journey at the same location.

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall/ Art Walk photographer.

Save the date and time. Nov. 2nd, 5-7:pm. Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

Dave Bartholet visiting with art patrons during a Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

The next Seaside First Saturday Art Walk will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday  on Nov.  2nd. The free event takes place between Holladay Drive and Broadway Street in the Historic Gilbert District of downtown Seaside.

Gilbert District Gallery, 613 Broadway

Featuring watercolor artist Dave Bartholet, a Seaside artist, who is in the “show business” doing about thirty juried shows a year throughout the west.  He has illustrated magazine covers and was commissioned by the National Wildlife Refuge to commemorate its 100-years. The Gallery offers  Bartholet’s watercolors, limited edition prints, oil paintings, greeting cards and jewelry.  Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

 

Shine Fair Trade, 609 Broadway St.

Artisan show featuring artists, potters, quilters, craft brewers and crafters displaying their talents and wares in a shared community room, most often used for yoga classes. Also featuring handmade items all over the world that supports over a 100 non-profits and men and women’s artisan cooperatives.   Snacks, drink and LIVE music.

Peddler’s Row, 604 Broadway

Featuring vintage oils, designer goods and work created by artisans gathered from all over the country.  With gleaming hardwood floors, the intimate space offers a Northwest vibe with the feel of granny’s attic without the dust and cobwebs.  Peddler’s Row is a new-old business curated by Avery Loschen and Will Perkins, property owners of the Gilbert Block Building.

SunRose Gallery, 606 Broadway St.

Featuring an encore of our Fall Open House  with resident artists Robin Montero, Jan Barber, Patty Thurlby and Cathy Tippin. The artists will be present. Enjoy an evening of creative conversation, tasty treats and live music by guitarist David Crabtree and accompanied on sax and flute by Ray Coffey.

Pacific Heirloom Art and Collectables , 608 Broadway St.

Featuring a limited edition work by Rod Frederick, who attended Willamette University with a major in art. Frederick built a house in the middle of the Oregon wilderness, hiked, and camped in mountains and forests throughout the northwest U.S.  In addition to his peaceful views of natural habitats, he is known for his art in different sizes and shapes—each chosen to best suit his perfectly balanced images of the wilderness.

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway St.

 

Opening reception for “Made”, an exhibition for the one-of-a-kind and the unexpected works made by Northwest artisans with just the right dose of imperfection to suggest a human element in the creative process.  “This is the time of year, before the gift-giving season, the gallery digs a bit deeper into the subject of the handmade, with a reverence for artisans who are producing exclusive objects, artisans who are making craft cool and luxurious.,”  D. Fairweather, gallerist.

Featuring harp maker Duane Bolster, basket maker Carol Bolster, work worker Mike Brown, calligrapher Penelope Culbertson, glass maker Christine Downs, paper crane crafter Peggy Evans, quilt maker Cherry Harris, pottery maker Suzy Holland and mixed media maker JoAnn Pari-Mueller. Welcoming woven pine needle maker Martha Denham and wood turner Tom Willing. Introducing metal smith Nikki Hall and potter Marcia Hudson. Maker talks at 5:30pm. Naturalist Neal Maine habitat lecture at 6: pm.  LIVE music by Shirley 88.

 

Art-in-the-Loft at Beach Books, 616 Broadway St.

Hosting “This is the Season,” a group show of artists who have shown in the gallery over the past year. Artwork will include a variety of artistic styles in “small” affordable formats. We will be offering shoppers an opportunity to buy original art works for those special people on their lists. Original paintings, prints and cards will be available, and yes, books, lots and lots of books.

Seaside Yarn and Fiber, 10A N. Holladay Drive

Featuring the art of yarn as much-needed creative outlet to the coastal community. “Knitting an excellent way to relax,” says owner/manager, Allie Kloster, “it’s also a perfectly portable option for crafting on the go.”

The Whet Spot, 12 N. Holladay Drive

Featuring the art of pouring with twenty rotating taps for craft beers and ciders, a Growler filling station and offering wines by the glass.  Offering a relaxed, friendly and “adults only” atmosphere, where patrons can catch up with old friends while enjoying craft beers, ciders and wines.  Cutting edge art covers the walls including a collection of hand-made fused glass tiles. 

Blue Bond Art Studio and Gallery, 417 S. Holladay Drive

With work fully rooted in the West, Blue Bond is a sought after Seaside artist whose specialty is portraits and wildlife. With over fifty years of experience, the artist teaches one-to-one studio classes in oil to novices and experienced painters alike.  Blue also shows are at the Gilbert District Gallery.

Angi D Wildt Gallery, 737 Broadway St., #2

Featuring kiln-fired glass by Nancy Bosse, who learned skills taking classes in stained glass, hand beveling, vitrigraph, Verre Eglomise, combing, laminating, sandblasting, sand carving, photo resist, enameling, casting, fossil vitra and Raku.

 

Starry Night Art Hotel and Inn, 811 First Ave. 

Featuring art by Libby Grise who creates provocative shadow boxes, each with a hand written story on the back. Grise explores complex ideas like the challenges of motherhood and childhood, religion, life, love and more. The Starry Night Inn is an art hotel by the sea and offers artist residencies and retreats.

 

Find additional original art during the day at: Westport Winery, 810 Broadway St., Seaside Coffee House, 3 N. Holladay Drive; Seaside Antique Mall, 726 Broadway St. and at Dough Dough Bakery, 8 N Holladay Drive.