The new Park News Café, located at S.E. 103rd and Ankeny, in Portland, allows Hazelwood commuters to keep an eye on their commute using its large Transit Tracker screen display. While sipping a coffee or eating a sandwich, customers can watch real-time arrivals of MAX’s Blue Line and five nearby bus lines. The café’s grand opening is September 12, with free coffee, tea and pastry samples.
Park News Café works to keep its offerings local. It sells drip coffee and espresso drinks using Dovetail Coffee Roasters beans, pastries from North Portland’s Marsee Baking, and jellies from Rose City Pepperheads, which are used to make the hottest PBJ in town. It's menu also includes loose-leaf teas, bagels, pastries, salad, and sandwiches.
Park News Café partners Brent Mason, his wife Erin, and friend Terra Bawden realized that the area needed a café and had a soft opening last June. They share a commitment to serving the local community, which includes Russellville Park, Russellville Commons and other nearby apartment complexes and businesses.
“We want to listen, learn and meet the needs of our local community”, says Brent.
Brent is involved in the local community, serving as the marketing chair of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce, as a participating member of the East Portland Action Plan, and as member of the Gateway Area Business Association. In addition to Park News Café, he is the president of GoLocalNW, Inc., a small business marketing and IT consulting firm. Mason plans to organize a local area cleanup every other month and to promote local musicians and artists.