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February 26th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Scoop
 

Scoop: Two Stars? How Is That Good?!

scoop_obt_4017THE NUTCRACKER - IMAGE: Blaine Truitt Covert
  • LET THEM EAT CAKE: Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham bakery that in February 2013 famously refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, recently wrote on the bakery’s Facebook page that it had refused service to other gay customers, who “understood and went to another bakery.” “Just because I have a public business does not mean I should have to set aside my morals, beliefs and convictions,” the comment read. The post was later updated with a claim that the bakery has made non-wedding cakes for gay clients: “We have had gay people order other occasion cakes and have served them happily.” Last month, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found “substantial evidence” that Sweet Cakes by Melissa unlawfully refused service to the lesbian couple. The bakery maintained that being forced to make wedding cakes for gays and lesbians impinged on its religious freedom, despite an Oregon statute forbidding discrimination against gays. The bakery closed its storefront in August, but it still sells baked goods from the home of owners Aaron and Melissa Klein. 
  • SHORT MOVE: Karam Lebanese restaurant will move from its 316 SW Stark St. location in March. “They gave me just 30 days’ notice,” Karam owner Majdolin Mossa says of the building’s new owner, BPR Properties of Palo Alto, Calif., which bought the Pioneer Building on Jan. 16. Multiple business owners on the block tell WW that BPR plans to turn the building into a hotel. BPR did not respond to requests for comment. Karam will reopen around the corner at 515 SW 4th Ave., the former home to both Jackson’s Lite-N-Tasty hamburger shop and Döner Kebab. Mossa says her restaurant will undergo significant work to change the décor of the former burger restaurant. “It’s not so far away,” she said, “so maybe my customers can find me.” Maxene Jackson, owner of Crimpers Hair Design next door, received an eviction notice without explanation and plans to rent a space in another downtown salon. “I’m kind of over the neighborhood anyway,” she says. “I’m just glad they’re not tearing the building down. I’ve been here 21 years. It was starting to turn into a blight on the neighborhood.” >> In other restaurant news, Moda Center will get Stumptown Coffee and Salt & Straw ice-cream counters in coming weeks, according to Trail Blazers president Chris McGowan.
  • NEW STEPS: Oregon Ballet Theatre just announced its 25th season, the first programmed solely by artistic director Kevin Irving, who came on board last summer. There’s The Nutcracker, of course, an opulent production of Cinderella, plenty of work from the company’s repertoire—including a piece by James Canfield, OBT’s controversial former artistic director—and several world premieres, most notably a piece by Irving’s partner, Nicolo Fonte, and one by Darrell Grand Moultrie, who has choreographed for Beyoncé and Savion Glover.
 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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