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August 24th, 2011 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Scoop

Gossip That’s A Sad Sign Of The Times.

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  • FUN ON SANDY: With a capital T, that rhymes with P, that stands for...putt-putt? Polly Bangs, founder of the at-risk youth job-skills program Urban Opportunities, and Tres Shannon, co-owner of Voodoo Doughnut, will soon open Portand P Palace in a former car dealership at Northeast 24th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. What’s a P Palace? According to Bangs, it’s “Portland’s Premier Putt-Putt Course serving Potables and Provisions...and a lot of other things that begin with ‘P.’” Some of those things are pool, pingpong, pinball and plenty to drink—the Palace has applied to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a full license, which includes spirits.
  • NO NOA NOA: After almost three years in business, the Southwest Washington Street clothing boutique Narcisse will shutter in two weeks. In Narcisse’s absence, Portland will also lose the only shop in the United States that carries Danish couture brand Noa Noa. “It’s such a bummer, because it’s such an amazing line,” co-owner Heidi Goldsmith told WW. Mourn another casualty of the poor economy by hoarding Noa Noa before Narcisse shuts its doors for good; the store will offer closeout sales at up to 50 percent off.
  • NEWS YOU CAN BOOZE: Sports pub Pinstripes Bar and Grill on Southeast 11th Avenue and Harrison Street will become the Firkin Tavern. >> An application has been made to turn the Anatomy Clothing Company store on Northwest 23rd Avenue and Johnson Street into what appears to be a wine bar called Taste on 23rd. >> Restaurant chain Yard House, which claims to have the “world’s largest selection of draft beer,” is planning to open a Portland location in Pioneer Place mall.
  • SOFTBALL, HARD LOSS: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. WW’s defending-champion bar league softball team lost in the second round of the playoffs to Old Gold, the team formerly known as The Portland Mercury. While engaged in a valiant comeback attempt, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the final inning, WW’s Ben Mollica hit a line drive right into the mitt of Ezra Ace Caraeff, the nimble Mercury music editor. Caraeff spiked the ball and walked off the field to celebrate with his team, which won 14-12. Players from both teams stayed to watch Disjecta and its all star, Stephen Malkmus, advance to the next round. Some guys just have it all.
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