Portland Downtown News – Winter 2012


No holiday shopping excursion is complete without a trip to the toy store! This fall, Finnegan’s Toys & Gifts has moved to 820 SW Washington Street. The new store offers even more for kids and families. Walls of windows create a light, airy space for browsing and playing. One-level shopping provides greater accessibility for those stroller-bound. And the new layout is perfect for special events, including storytelling, magic shows and music. www.finneganstoys.com


It is time to book your getaway at a downtown hotel. Package highlights:

  • Accommodations
  • Champagne
  • Chocolates, Rose petals, candles
  • Meals
  • Massages
  • Free parking

Check with these hotels about their special packages:

  • Benson
  • deLuxe
  • Heathman
  • Jupiter
  • Lucia
  • Inn at the Convention Center
  • Inn at Northrup Station
  • Marriott City Center
  • Marriott Courtyard
  • The Mark Spencer
  • Park Lane
  • Red Lion Inn
  • University Place
  • Vintage Plaza
  • Westin

More hotels and more information about Portland’s romantic getaways are available at www.travelportland.com/deals/more-hotel-packages/romance


Each year, Oregon families describe Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as the crown jewel of their holiday season. This beloved story ballet (showing December 10th through 24th at the Keller Auditorium). For a more grown-up holiday escape, join celebrated songstress Susannah Mars and pianist Richard Bower for A Holiday Revue (showing December 10th through 22nd, also at the Keller). It will be a light-hearted evening of dancing and holiday tunes—both old and new! Tickets 503-222-5538 or www.obt.org.


Artists Repertory Theatre (1515 SW Morrison St) will continue their 2011/2012 Season with Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by John Longenbaugh (ends December 24th, 2011 on the Alder Stage), and (I Am Still) The Duchess of Malfi by Joseph Fisher, an adaptation of John Webster’s play. (January 10th through February 12th, 2012 on the Morrison Stage). “At Artists Rep we have always strived to produce plays that inspire conversations long after the curtain call,” said Allen Nause, Artists Repertory Theatre’s producing artistic director. www.artistsrep.org



More than fifty years ago, one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. Fred Meyer Broadway Across America presents West Side Story, playing at Keller Auditorium January 3rd through 8th, 2012. Directed by David Saint, recreating two-time Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. www.westsideontour.com


Two years ago the Seymour family decided to stop buying Christmas gifts for each other, and started a new tradition of giving to people who are in need of life’s essentials. They will be distributing the gift bags on Christmas Eve morning along with hot coffee and candy canes to the people living on the streets of Portland. To give support, please call Phoenix at 971-221-4827 or send an email to truespiritofchristmas@gmail.com.


Coco Donuts is celebrating the recent opening of a second location at 814 SW 6th Ave, across from Pioneer Courthouse Square. Hours are Monday through Friday, 5:30am to 6pm. Made from family recipes with high-quality ingredients, Coco Donuts features an assortment of classic donuts including apple fritters, buttermilk bars and more. Specialty coffee and espresso drinks are provided by Water Avenue Coffee Company. Coco Donuts’ founded by Portland natives, Prak and Thevy Khou and Ian Christopher. www.cocodonuts.com.

About The Author: Merlin Varaday