Whoever drew the border for the Richmond neighborhood probably also drew blood
due to their tongue being so firmly planted in their cheek. Plain and simple,
this neighborhood covers a lot of ground, both literally and in content. From
the check cashing, strip mall aesthetic of Powell Boulevard to the insanely
eclectic, hip Hawthorne District, you can find everything from smoky pool halls
and porno to haute cuisine and $300.00 bowls.
Bisecting these two extremes as its name implies, Division Street likewise
offers a cross section and appears to be gaining enviable urban renewal steam,
complete with its own fair share of art galleries. But whereas other Portland
neighborhoods might consistently and self-consciously aim the spotlight their
own way - cue Alberta - Richmond is kickin' it covert ops style.
Kung Fu Bakery A professional recording studio used by the likes of
Capitol Records and artists such as Everclear, The Decemberists, The Shins, and
Pink Martini is located in a building that sits on Division. There is no sign
out front, and nothing marks the door more than a Chinese proverb.
Similarly on Division, a building with absolutely no outside clue is home to one
of the most expensive, per capita stockpiles of coffee beans on the planet,
belonging to none other than the growing coffee empire that is Stumptown.
Not to be confused with Stumptown's original retail location down the street,
this site is where the company stores its precious, internationally culled
beans. They roast the coffee in a cast-iron, 1950's era roaster, checking the
beans constantly for the sights, smells - and even sounds - of perfection. But
you'd walk right by this operation and never know it. Again, no sign proclaims
its presence. Stumptown doesn't even list its existence on its website.
Eugenio’s Eugenio's is listed under "Restaurants & Bars," and it does certainly sell
panini, pizza, soup, salad, beer, and wine. But according to owner, Eugene Gray,
"Eugenio's is as much about the music as it is about the food."
With the plethora of Thai options available in Portland, one thing that
definitely can set a restaurant apart is its offering of outdoor seating space.
In the case of Pok Pok, they've taken it a step further. As theirs is located in
front and to the side of the establishment, which itself is a converted house,
there is something playful about the look and feel, like a block party about to
go into high gear.
The food is served from a small, satellite structure in what would be the
driveway and is comprised of options like the lemongrass, garlic, pepper, and
cilantro stuffed charcoal roasted game hen and the Carlton Farms pork loin
skewers with peanut sauce.
Bluebird Guesthouse Owner Chris Moehling shares his house with guests who want to pay a relatively
nominal fee, spend a night or more and have access to a computer and
cook-it-yourself kitchen. Bagels, English muffins, and coffee are laid out each
morning, but Chris maintains that this isn't really a B&B 'cause it's all self-serve. The
kitchen in general is self-serve, and all guests are welcome to store food in
the fridge and cook it up on the stove.
Richmond is one of the neighborhoods in the Hawthorne District. Check out our video of the Hawthorne District, featuring a song by local Portland band,
Despite the strong occurrence of commercial activity in Richmond, the
neighborhood is primarily residential. As with the urban Portland trend, this
neighborhood is very eclectic. Richmond homes
vary substantially in form and style and, significantly, landscaping. Stuff just
loves to grow here, as in all of Portland, but walking the streets one gets the
definite sense that any neighborhood association that exists has long ago given
up trying to beat back nature. Sidewalks are often shared, and "manicured" is
not exactly a word that springs to mind. But then again, "unkempt" doesn't
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