I read your post about food carts coming to Seattle. There's not very many around here, However there's a severe smattering of good restaurants IN seattle itself and it could be a hard sell. Anyone looking to move to seattle might do well in Capitol Hill and some of the more college-esque neighborhoods. They might also do well if they extend into other cities or outlying areas around Seattle.
Capitol Hill is the ideal place for carts in Seattle - especially carts that could stay open during lunch and and late-night. But carts make their money during the lunch hour, so I imagine a pod in downtown Seattle would do quite well. Anyway, we’ll see. It’ll ultimately be decided by where property owners/the city makes space for them.
This summer, after months of dumb hand-wringing, Seattle decided to relax its food cart regulations, opening the door to dozens of trucks to begin hawking amazing/awful burritos and veggie burgers and whatnot. Folks in Seattle were excited about this. Food from carts! Carts that serve food! Now, it seems Portland food carts are excited about the prospect, too.
Earlier this month, the folks running the French foodie cart Creme de la Creme announced they were packing up and moving to Seattle. Over the past few days, Dino Bite, a sandwich cart in the N Killingsworth pod, announced they were doing the same thing - closing their Portland location permanently at the end of September and reopening in Seattle this coming Spring. The reason is pretty basic: the Seattle market for food carts is relatively untapped, and there’s simply more money in Seattle than there is in Portland.
Look: Portland is lousy with food carts, many of which serve uninspiring food and don’t last more than a season or two. And from the sound of things, it’s been a tough summer for carts all over Portland - especially in the N Killingsworth pod, where business has been about half of what it was last year. That pod has already undergone major changes - the delicious Brown Chicken Brown Cow truck moved out earlier this year - and few would be shocked if multiple other carts there and elsewhere shuttered by the time the sun comes back out next June.
Will some of those carts and others around the city bolt for greener pastures on a corner lot in Seattle? It seem as if a more than few will be willing to try, if only to keep their struggling businesses afloat. There are other factors, of course. Rent is slightly higher in Seattle. And there’s no clear picture of whether food cart pods will crop up in neighborhoods with enough foot traffic to make them sustainable. Still, the idea has to be tempting. There are too many carts in Portland - and far too few good ones with food that people actively seek out, especially in commuter neighborhoods where people don’t generally walk to find lunch or dinner. As the city enters the food cart off-season, it’ll be fascinating to see how different things look next summer.
I feel compelled to comment on the stock photos of businessmen
Occasionally, one of the very peripheral duties at my job is to ask business-y people for their stock, website-ready photographs, look at the photographs when I receive them, and then thank the person for sending the photograph before forwarding it along to another person at my company. Again, a very peripheral part of my duties.
Still, whenever I do this photo examining and forwarding, I feel compelled to give people short but useful critiques on what they’re wearing. Like, “Thanks for the photo, Bob, that’s just what we needed. By the way, the collar of your shirt is too big. Try a half-size smaller.” Or, “Thanks Frank, but we need something with a higher resolution. Also, could you wear a tie that doesn’t offend everyone? Cheers!”
Do you think people would find this useful? I think I might, if someone had a similar piece of advice for me. Plus, what better way to hear such advice, than from a stranger? Should I start doing this? And should I post the responses here, for the lulz?
These people really want you to wear a kilt, look like a moron
This just popped up on our Facebook page:
Hey StumpTown Mag, here is a new company you should check out. We are here to stay and happy as hell. Be apart of STK’s first festive engagement, StumpTown Kilts Company Grand Opening party. Come be part of the throw down! Music, food, BEER, Absenth, kilts, Aerial performances, clowns, juggling, more kilts, oh yah, and we got fire! Come and play with us!Saturday, September 24 at 2:00pm - September 25 at 12:00amStumptown Kilts World Headquarters930 SE TaylorPortland, Oregon 97211. StumpTown Kilts - What’s under your Kilt?
Ugh. Shut up. No one on earth should wear a goddamn kilt, not even the people who invented them.
Plus: The list of events at the StumpTown Kilts grand opening party is also a list of every stupid cliché Portland thing ever. Juggling! Clowns! But but you guys WHERE ARE THE FUCKING UNICYCLES?
It’s about fucking time the 15 dudes in Portland who actually shave will have a decent, local alternative to The Art of Shaving’s overpriced shave supplies. Sure, AOS is ok. I use their stuff from time to time. But anytime there’s a local shop you can make your one-stop for all things shaving-related, you go with that option. That’s just a no-brainer right there.
I already have a barber I’m relatively loyal to, but I’ve got a hunch these dudes know what they’re doing on the hair-snipping front as well. Plus, if you’re in the market for an old-school, hot-towel shave - which none of you hipsters probably are - The Modern Man will be the place to go. Plus, hey, free whiskey! Opening shindig is tonight! See you dudes there!
Ugh, the KATU News. Not only do they publish a sort of useless story about a “rise in bike thefts” or whatever (the number has gone up two years in a row, oh heavens!), but then they can’t help but fall all over themselves acting like asses to Bike Portland founder Jonathan Maus. What did dude ever do to you guys, huh?
The story points out that bike thefts have risen from 175 in August 2009 to 285 thefts this year. Great! Of course, the story does nothing else of use, like, for example, offer even one fucking suggestion of ways to not get your bike stolen (better locks! Better locations in which to lock your bike! Any fucking thing!) All it does is talk about the national bike registry, which of course does nothing to stop a thief from snipping your $10 rope lock and riding off with your bike in the first place.
They then interview Maus, the obvious guy to interview when doing a bike theft story. Maus ventures a guess that the registry costs “40 or 50 bucks” and is probably not worth the money. Then they sneak this little sentence in:
The National Bike Registry costs $10 for ten years on the registry.
Dicks! Maybe you could run that little tidbit by him and asked if it changed his opinion? But, whatever, right? Why bother?
Anyway, because we are a public service blog first and foremost, here’s a tip: Buy a really nice lock. A U-shaped lock that requires a car jack to remove. Then, if you want to really be safe, use a good rope lock as well. That way, a thief would have to carry around both a car jack and bolt cutters to get both of them off. There! Bike secured! If a thief steals your bike with both locks on, they’re going to steal your bike no matter what you do about it. But hey, if it’s registered, maybe one day you’ll get your bike back! Not really, though, sorry :’(
Ladies of Portland, if you are in the market for a fancy hat
I know, I know. Spring’s long gone. Won’t be back for another 1,000 months or whatever. But still! The good folks at Oregon Children’s Theatre are putting on a big-assed costume/vintage/fancy lady’s hat sale this weekend, just in time for Halloween. Now: We at Stumptown Magazine don’t condone buying nice vintage clothes just to wear one time, as a joke, on Halloween. So go, and buy things you’ll actually wear, even if you won’t get a chance to wear them until next April, or May, or August.
Oh noes, the iPhoneSlutz, Cascadia.fm’s longrunning podcast show deal about iPhone apps, has apparently ended. It ran for more than two years, which is like 100 years in internet radio time, so good for them.
But oh my god you guys, now where is everyone going to find reviews of iPhone apps? Ha ha, in like a billion different places on the galactic internets; like anywhere you look, basically.
Had a nice stay in New York last week, and KC before then. Good to be back though - just in time for sweater weather, hooray.