Stop 10

Stop 10: MLK & Stark

The Stark stop may look drab, but looks can be deceiving. There are hidden gems all around this stop.

We just passed by Columbia Scooters which carries electric bikes and scooters, Office Depot and Sheridan Fruit Company, all on our right.

In 1916 John Sheridan started an open-air produce market on Union Avenue. In 1946 the Poleo Brothers, whose family still owns and operates The Sheridan Fruit Company today, purchased the company and it began to grow. Today they serve some of the finest restaurants. Sheridan still feels like a great farmers’ market with outstanding fresh herbs and produce.

The Central Eastside District is experiencing an influx of retailers in the recently rebranded Produce Row area, near SE 2nd Avenue and SE Oak Street, anchored by Produce Row Cafe. Newly opened shops in or around Produce Row include the Helium Comedy Club, the noted roaster and beanery Water Avenue Coffee and high-end ale purveyor Hair of the Dog’s brewpub.

A new food cart pod dubbed the Row, will soon debut in the “Produce Row” district and is already populated with familiar names, including several members of SE Hawthorne’s Cartopia.

Portland Wine Storage, 306 SE Ash, is a facility dedicated solely to storing wine. It provides 55 degree, 70% humidity control in a cave-like subterranean atmosphere. Features private cellar rooms and personal wine storage vaults for any size collection. C&G Wines, next door, will sell you a bottle. They import wines from around the world.

The Bus Project with headquarters near the river at 333 SE 2nd, is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that engages young people in progressive politics within Oregon. A typical Bus Trip, involves upwards of 100 volunteers to go around a community, knocking on doors for a given candidate or cause they care about.

Guardian Games, 3rd Ave & Pine, has 14,000+ games in stock. They carry vintage game systems and host special events like Beer, Pizza, and Games night with seating for 100+ for board game days, meetups, birthday parties.

Ice Cream Express serves up Portland/Vancouver with frozen novelties from traditional Good Humor ice cream trucks, hidden in the bat cave at 333 SE 3rd.

Taco Del Mar, on the left, is features large, hand-rolled Mondo Burritos and fish tacos, and has a large following. The very first Taco Del Mar opened in 1992 on Pier 57 in Seattle’s historic waterfront district. Next to it is Pho Green Papaya, a Vietnamese Restaurant at 402 Southeast Martin Luther King.

Portland Music Company, 531 SE MLK, was the first store offering musical instrument rentals to Oregon’s school children. As a way to encourage instrument rentals and musical education they would travel from town to town in black Hearses giving free evening concerts. It’s been the go to place for musicians for years.

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