GET WET: Yes, you can swim from the Dock. After our story about Portlandâs chillest summer party scene (âThe Dock,â WW, July 30, 2014), the scene at the freeboard dock southeast of the Hawthorne Bridge got a little less chill. The popular moorage became, at times, crowded with sunbathers and doggy paddlers. This irritated boaters who launch there (âTrouble With the Dock,â WW, Aug. 6, 2014). A security guard is now posted at the request of the private Portland Boathouse. On Aug. 5, he deterred several would-be swimmers, including a WW staffer. âIf you wanna get in the water, I will call the cops,â he said. We contacted Portland police Aug. 6 and confirmed that you are allowed to swim there. âThis is a public dock, so all laws apply,â a police spokesman wrote. People are swimming again. But no beers for now, and stay off the boats.
IN THE RED: Financial strain isnât new to the Red and Black Cafe, the vegan, worker-owned coffee shop on Southeast 12th Avenue. But the cafe announced last week that if it doesnât raise $5,000 by Aug. 15, it may lose its building. The Red and Black purchased its current space 3Â½ years ago, and co-owner John Langley said financial viability has been a struggle. âWe have been chronically undercapitalized the entire time,â he says. âWeâve never had enough money, and weâre not that good at fundraising.â Langley says he hopes to raise more than the goal and implement later hours, more events and a greater reliance on volunteers. âPeople take it for granted and use the fuck out of our space, which is fine,â he says, âbut we also want to pay our bills.â
TALENTS TO BOSTON: This yearâs MusicfesNW will be the last for executive director Trevor Solomon. Solomon, whoâs booked MFNW since 2006, is moving east to curate the twice-annual Boston Calling Music Festival. âThe opportunity presented itself to me,â he says. âItâs higher stakes a little bit, just because itâs a bigger city.â Heâll be succeeded by Monqui talent buyer Matthew McLean.
BREAKFAST BISCUIT: Nancye Benson, pastry chef at the Woodsman Tavern, is opening a 28-seat cafe and market called Milk Glass Market at 2150 N Killingsworth St. with partner William Macklin. Benson and Macklin used to own Moxie Rx, a food cart on North Mississippi Avenue, and Benson says she plans to bring back the cartâs popular cheddar biscuit, and will serve fried egg sandwiches and house granola, among other offerings. The anticipated opening is late September. >> The owner of the long-awaited cat cafe Purringtons Cat Lounge has signed a three-year lease on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and will have beer, wine, coffee and vegan cashew cheese.