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.