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Local business standouts
on 34th and Belmont. As is typical of excellent coffee shops, they are
extremely popular (lines) but absolutely worth the wait.
Enjoy a great breakfast at the neighborhood favorite cafe,
on Belmont. Utopia is a very cozy place--super friendly people and
obviously a neighborhood staple (very busy).
At 33,000 DVD titles and 27,000 VHS titles, if Movie Madness
isn’t the largest video store in the world, then
it’s certainly a contender. Officially recognized by the
Southern California Motion Picture Council for its outstanding
contribution to the entertainment industry, Movie Madness is to movies
what Powell’s is to books.
Akira to Zanuck, we’re talking an inventory that is so vast
it’s divided into categories like Classic Directors,
Independent Directors, Psychotronic, and Diane Lane . Overwhelming? Not
really. This movie palace provides its own spiffy hands-on software as
an usher that will locate a movie by either title or director and then
indicate in exactly which room it can be found. Movie Madness also
appears to be staffed by more clerks at certain times than you might
find in one of those mega-chains in several days.
And then there’s the museum. Yup, museum. In addition to the
rental side of the business, owner Mike Clark –
let’s just say a character in himself – has
accumulated prop and wardrobe memorabilia from some of the biggest
blockbusters ever to come out of the ‘wood. What this means
is that, in the very same store that you’re renting your
Hitchcock, the knife from “Psycho” awaits you. Or
maybe you’re more interested in the alien head from
“Aliens” or the time machine from “H.G.
Wells’ The Time Machine.” Costumes worn by Barbra
Streisand to Diane Keaton to Mike Myers are displayed as are all the
lead actors’ wardrobes from “West Side
Okay, English 101
refresher. A noun is any word that represents a person, place, or
thing. Name a thing, and you’ve got yourself a noun
– and basically you’ve got Noun. In the business of
taking variety to adorable levels, owner Stephanie Sheldon has created
a “person’s place for things” with no
real set of rules but yet with a grammar of its own. Stephanie likes to
emphasize that she’s not an antique dealer, but the place is
full of vintage. Another very strong emphasis is new and local. So,
from old typewriters to dishes, jewelry to aprons – Noun is a
language of its own. But if you come across something edible
in the showroom, interestingly it’s not Noun.
technically a cupcake is a noun – but not at Noun. Confusing?
See, at the showroom that is home to both Noun and Saint Cupcake,
typewriters and dessert might sound like strange bedfellows, but they
make great roommates. Housed behind a wooden counter near the
back of this building that has, since the 1800’s, been shared
over time between the likes of a post office and a trolley stop, a
“cupcake boutique” now shares this great old space
with the eclectic array that is Noun. And it all makes sense in that
Sunnyside kinda way.
You see, Saint Cupcake,
the bakery, located on NW 17th is a multi-layered, wedding cake of an
operation that met with demands large and lines long. Owner Jami
Curl’s cupcake runneth over, so she decided to open another
location, an outlet boutique selling nothing but her cupcakes, made and
delivered fresh daily, ordered by the single or in any number of combo
arrangements to take to a party or those pesky PTA meetings.
Arts - Theater! Theatre!
Shared space seems to be the norm on Belmont . As the name implies,
Theater! Theatre! is home to two distinct theatres or stages as well as
three different theatre companies. In addition, The Tao of Tea, a
wellness clinic, Sister Spirit, and a lawyer occupy this same building.
So it only seems appropriate when greeted by the artwork in the lobby -
several human hands reaching as if through the wall - since this
operation appears to be a fine example of classic Sunnysideian,
combined individual effort.
Theatre Noir, at 95 seats, is home year round to Profile Theatre, one
of only two theatre companies in the entire country that showcases one
playwright per season. In that ongoing spirit of the building, and the
neighborhood, the Arena Stage at Theater! Theatre! is likewise shared
during the year between two different theatre companies. The first,
Theatre Vertigo, is a not-for-profit ensemble of theatre artists, and
the second, Integrity Productions, emphasizes the feminine perspective.
View our video of the
Portland Belmont Street area to capture a sense of the Sunnyside
neighborhood, featuring a song by local Portland band,
Sunnyside School Park
Neighborhood Community Resources
County Library - Sunnyside
(churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)
- bus routes, train stops,
Funky, free, artsy, a bit grungy here and there and overall, very
open. This is an indie business haven. The Sunnyside
neighborhood is a mix of singles, families, hippies and
urbanites. Think green, eco-friendly, front yards that are
actually vegetable gardens, smart cars, car-free, funky home colors and
Sunnyside Zip Code 97214
Neighborhood Real Estate
There's lots of character
in this neighborhood, and many houses have been restored to their
original charm. Homes run the gamut of 20th century architecture, from
classic Bungalow, to Old Portland, to Cape Cod, Four Square and
more. You'll also find new construction condos and apartments
smattered about the area. Homes here will be expensive and
buyers will be fiercely competitive, so be on your toes if you really
want to live here!
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