January 21, 2010

The Kenton Business Association welcomes the public to its first Third Thursday of the new year on January 21, 2010, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. to promote shopping, dining and strolling through the historic North Portland neighborhood. The district’s main thoroughfare, Denver Avenue, is currently undergoing a $3 million facelift to create a more accessible and lively downtown strip. All of the businesses remain open during construction.

The area has welcomed several new business arrivals and/or owners in the last year, including Posie’s Café on Denver Avenue; and the Home Brew Exchange, Queen Mab clothing store, and The Black Door Gallery, all on Kilpatrick. The new Kenton Commons Creative Spaces, one block west of the business district on Kenton Park at Brandon and Willis, is home to Olivine Art Gallery; Portland Chiropractic Care and Natural Health, Skylight Massage, Stella’s Barbershop, Jasmine Photography, Intrinsic Marketing, Essential Skin Therapy and Your Wisdom Worx, while the Kenton Antiques shop on Denver is now under new ownership.

Artist collective and gallery Disjecta has moved to Kenton as well, at Interstate and Denver, and will open Tidal, a new exhibition by visual artist Jenene Nagy, on January 22.

Kenton residents organized the Third Thursday event in summer 2009, to showcase the neighborhood’s art, food, and music; local businesses and neighbors are encouraged to volunteer with the event. More information is available at www.KentonThirdThursday.com and on the neighborhood’s Facebook page.