2nd Annual St. Johns Volunteer Fair Announced!

St. Johns Volunteer Fair to Connect Residents with Local Volunteer Opportunities


The 2nd annual St. Johns Volunteer Fair is set for Thursday, February 4th from 6pm-8pm at Los Prados Event Hall, 10105 N. Lombard. This free, family-friendly event, hosted by St. Johns Main Street and the St. Johns Neighborhood Association, will give community members the opportunity to learn about a diverse array of local volunteer opportunities. Childcare will be provided, along with live music, kid’s activities, free snacks and a raffle.

Community groups and nonprofits can register for a table to share their volunteer needs and the great work they do through this short online form http://goo.gl/forms/fpzpXm87dB or by calling 503-841-5522

10 Steps to Open Your Business


Interested in starting up your own business?

Have you been thinking of starting your own business but don’t know where to start? Join us for a free and informative 1 hour workshop.


• Business start-up
• Licenses and permits
• Name registration
• Pricing
• Financing
• Building your business plan 
• Marketing


333 SW 5th Ave. Suite 100
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222-0280


St. Johns Library
7510 N Charleston Ave
Portland, OR 97203

Already a business owner? Call us to schedule a free consultation.

Business Mixer at Barrique Barrel


In 2015, there were over 20 new small businesses who opened their doors in St. Johns!

Join us on Monday, December 7th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a business mixer to celebrate our new businesses. All current and aspiring business owners are encouraged to attend! This is a great opportunity to meet one another and share fun stories over a glass of wine or beer.

Location: Barrique Barrel,  7401 N Burlington Ave 

Thank you to Barrique Barrel for hosting the event! 


Explore Portland's North Pole on Nov 27 & 28


Shop local on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! 

Download the Little Boxes app/check out the instructions and shop at our Little Boxes retail locations in St. Johns on November 27th and 28th:

Zumbido de Portland (7413 N Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203)
Block Bikes PDX (7238 N Burlington Ave., Portland, OR 97203)
Salty Teacup (8416 N Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203)
Consign Couture (7400 N Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203)
The Olive & Vine (8711 N Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203)
St. Johns Living Well (7441 N Leavitt Ave., Portland, OR 97203)
Coffee Kids (8836 N Lombard St, Portland OR 97203)
Barrique Barrel (7401 N Burlington Ave., Portland, OR 97203)
Arrows Gallery & Home (7227 N Philadelphia Ave., Unit 125, Portland, OR 97203)
RōM (7419 N Burlington Ave., Portland, OR 97203)
Etcetera (8621 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203)
Art of STEM (7429 N. Leavitt Ave.)

Want to learn more about Little Boxes and how to play the game? Click here for instructions and information on deals!

Plus, don't miss out on the Winter Farmers Market happening on Saturday, November 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the plaza. Lots of your favorite vendors from this past market season will be returning for this one day event! 

#explorenopole #stjohnsbusinesses

2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl


Grab your Ugly Sweater and join us for the 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in St. Johns! You can pick up your gear at our official Ugly Sweater shop - Salty Teacup (8416 N Lombard).

Our stops include:

5:00 - Meet at Leisure Public House
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - The Fixin' To
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Plew's Brews
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Slim's Pdx
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Brekken's
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Bluebird Tavern
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Marie's

The pub crawl will once again be led by two of the most awesome people around - Travis and Nicole Blanchette, owners of Leisure Public House! Plus, we've got a super fun photo contest teed up. #SJUglySweater

Check out the Facebook event page & spread the word! 

Participate in the St. Johns Bar Collaborative!


The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention program and St. Johns Main Street are working to organize a collaborative for all the liquor establishments in St. Johns. Over the last couple of years, both organizations have been hearing from neighbors/bar owners about the lack of attention from the police. The goal of the collaborative is to open up the lines of communication between liquor establishments, the police, Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), and crime prevention in order to reduce crime in the area and promote a thriving downtown atmosphere. 

Join us for the next meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at 2 p.m. at the Main Street office. Feel free to reach out to Angie Russo, Crime Prevention Coordinator, at 503-823-4094 with any questions. 

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Revive the Plaza! New Monthly Plaza Clean Up Day


Show your neighborhood pride by giving our plaza some love!! This is the first in what will be a monthly neighborhood plaza clean up day hosted by St. Johns Main Street. Every 3rd Sunday of the month at 1pm. We'll provide the supplies. No need to sign up, just drop by and lend a hand! Join the facebook event page and help spread the word by inviting friends!

This month's event will be followed by Cakeluck! at 3pm. Stick around after and have cake with friends and neighbors in the plaza! 

Join a TeamWorks Team: Get to Know St. Johns!


Join a TeamWorks team for a series of interrelated projects, designed to explore a local neighborhood or community issue through the lens of volunteerism. Learn, serve, and connect with others on this team-based commitment to your community!

Whether you've lived there for years, are new to Portland, or you're just interested in exploring a new part of your city, this team is a great opportunity to get a little more familiar with St. Johns. We'll work alongside college students to help clean up the downtown corridor with St. Johns Mainstreet, restore native plants with Friends of Baltimore Woods, learn about how Community of Hopeis working to address homelessness, and help Community Gardens provide low-cost gardening space for neighbors. We'll also tackle issues of development, and learn how St. Johns is working to maintain its affordability, character, and greenspaces. 

Details here

The Central Hotel Fundraiser

Support The Central Hotel's Indiegogo Campaign! 

To all of our friends,

As some of you may know, we are in a pivotal point in our project. When we approached the owner of our building to renew our sales contract and our lease, she declined and put the property on the market at a price of $1,100,000. We made an offer and settled at $980,000 with a closing date of September 10th. We immediately sought financing to complete the purchase, however, since we are a relatively new business, our revenue history does not meet the criteria for traditional bank financing. The owner of the building has other interested buyers who are likely to develop the property as apartments with retail space on the ground floor.

In order for us to continue with the Central Hotel project we need to raise funds and find partners to complete the purchase of the building now. We will be launching a campaign in the next week and asking for your help telling our story and spreading the word about our current need for support. As much as we want our project to succeed, as a member of the community we do business in, we do not want to see another residential and storefront development that is likely unaffordable for local owned businesses and residents. This is a critical opportunity to retain a piece of the community we love as growth and development march on around us. We want to keep the corner on the Plaza a fun, community friendly place to be, and, more importantly, keep this project and everyone’s hard work alive.

The previous business at our location was operated by a Tigard resident with 2 employees who were from the eastern and western ends of the Portland Metro area. We live within 5 blocks of our business and currently employ 8 staff, over 85% of whom are North Portland residents.

-Brent and Risa Davis

Our Project

The Central Hotel project is a small boutique hotel soon to be adjacent to the Plaza, a City park in the central St. Johns Business District. This 4 story, 36 room boutique hotel will help build a cohesive environment in the core of the downtown St. Johns area. The hotel will have a restaurant on the main floor, a 4th floor lounge and a roof top deck and event space. The closest hotel and lodging is 4 miles from this location. The hotel will provide much needed services to the local area including the University of Portland, the Port District, cyclists, hikers, bird watchers, and local residents. Cathedral Park is becoming one of the most sought out wedding locations in Portland. The hotel will be able to serve all of these needs.

This project was started by local St. Johns residents Brent and Risa Davis and Kevin White, a St. Helens resident with a very extensive history in hotel management and development.

Key goals

  • Attract tourist and business travel dollars to the local business district
  • Help create a synergistic core plaza area
  • Bring in a high quality farm-to-table restaurant
  • Provide excellent accommodations to visitors, friends, and travelers
  • Work closely with all of the local organizations, farmer's market, neighborhood associations, and municipalities
  • Provide a solid return to our investors
  • Create local jobs for local residents direct and indirect
  • Generate a positive catalyst effect on the businesses in our community

This project is also a restoration project. Under the dated facade on this building are remnants of the 1904 exterior of the original Central Hotel. The exterior will be renovated to honor its original glory. The builder for this project will be Pacific Crest Construction with an extensive background in both restoration and new construction of restaurants and hotels. Their portfolio includes all of the McMenamins restorations projects.

Click here to support the campaign


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