Congrats to Elk Collective on their 2012 Gold Key Award

Congratulations to the crew at Elk Collective on winning Hospitality Style Magazine's Gold Key Award for their stunning work in the Dream Hotel South Beach in Miami. Elk Collective has been churning out world class branding, graphic design, interior design, apparel design and more from suite 137 at the Ford Building for almost a year now. Keep up the good work you guys, proud to have you here!

WINDOWWALL Salon Continues to Grow

WINDOWWALL Salon has recently added a new stylist and continues to receive accolades for their peerless work. Their chic space features huge windows (hence the name) that overlook the city from downtown to Mt. Tabor. Guests can relax, enjoy the view and sip a glass of wine all while having their hair dressed by some of the city's best stylists.

Open daily 11am-8pm. For appointments call 503.309.6008

Indiehops in the Willamette Week

If you didn't pick up the February 15th copy of the Willamette Week please follow this LINK to their article on the Indiehops and the hops industry in the Willamette Valley.

Indiehops is the driving force behind a movement to develop new hop varieties for craft brewers and is helping preserve the Willamette Valley's reputation as the nations top producer of high-quality hops. Way to go guys! Next pint's on me...

Join Us At The Ford Building This Friday, March 2nd

On Friday, March 2nd from 5-7pm, Vinnie's Hair will be hosting local beermaker Harvester Brewing for a tasting of their select craft beers. Harvester Brewing is Oregon's first dedicated gluten-free brewery. The company brews, bottles, and distributes their beer from a production facility in SE Portland. 

The event also dovetails with the building's participation in the First Friday Artwalk. Multiple artists will open their studios to the public and Ford Food and Drink will host live music. From 5-7pm Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire will perform their unique brand of celtic-folk. Following, from 8-10pm will be the experimental sounds of Strange Language. 

All Ford tenants are encouraged to attend and all events are open to the public as well. Hope to see you there!

Construction Update

The city is planning two separate construction projects that will affect the Ford Building in the coming months.

In December, contractors will begin replacing a section of sewer pipe at the intersection of Powell St. and Milwaukie Ave. They will work their way north on Milwaukie Ave, eventually encompassing 11th and 12th Ave. between Division St. and Gideon St. The total project is expected to take 6 months, though the portion of construction that will impact the Ford Building will be less. We've been assured that access to our parking lots will be maintained but we expect coming and going will be made more difficult. For a map of the project please see the project web page HERE.

Beginning in spring, Division St. from 11th Ave. to 39th Ave. will be undergoing major changes including repaving, a re-designed streetscape including bioswales, signage and enhanced access to public transit. Once complete, we all stand to benefit from the improvements but we are likely to see disruptions to traffic around the building as work occurs. More information on the project can be found HERE.

We will be working with the city to make the project run as smoothly as possible for our tenants. We will provide construction updates and schedules as soon as they are made available to us. Rhetta Drennan, at the City of Portland is available to answer any questions you may have regarding construction. You can email her or call her at: 503.823.6006.

Yoga and Dance Instruction Now Available in Suite 120

Following the addition of dressing rooms and some sound baffling material, Suite 120 is once again open and is now the home to a yoga and dance studio run by Susan Molitor and her husband Albert Trople. Classes are open to the public and Ford Building tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to excercise in the same building where you work.

Albert has lived in Portland for 30 years and has been teaching yoga for for nearly two decades. He will be providing instruction in Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga six days a week. Weekday classes begin at 6:30am and conclude in time to begin work at 8:00am. Additional classes are offered throughout the day and include after-work yoga from 5:30-7:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Many pricing options are available. $100 allows you unlimited access to all classes for one month. You may also purchase punch-cards in increments of 12, 10 or 6 classes. Drop-ins are welcome for $14/class. 

Susan trained at the Arthur Murray Dance School and has been teaching dance in Portland since 1983. She will be teaching social dance classes covering Salsa, Tango, Waltz, Two-Step, Rumba, East-Coast Swing and West-Coast Swing to name just a few. Instruction is available at all levels of experience and beginners are encouraged. Weekday drop-in "Lunch Specials" from noon to 1:00pm offer the opportunity to exercise in the middle of your workday for just $6. Weeknight classes are offered Monday through Thursday, beginning from 6:15pm-8:15pm. $30 for a 3-week course or $60 for a 6-week course. Saturday workshops on October 1st and 22nd from 12:00-2:00pm are $20.

For scheduling and more information on Yoga classes please visit Albert's website.
For registration and more information on Dance classes please visit Susan's website.

FIrst Friday @ Ford, May 6th

The Ford Building will be open until 9pm on Friday, May 6th for the First Friday Artwalk.

galleryHomeland will be opening a new exhibition titled "Hope and Failure" by the international artists group Global Alien. They've been busy this week staging several public performances around town. They'll showcase these performances as they transform the gallery into a collaborative platform for all attendees to enjoy. In addition, artists Janet Rothermel, Meaghan Kunzman, Therese Murdza, Amy Mfuni, and Olinka Broadfoot are planning exhibitions in their own studios in the basement and on the 2nd floor.

Moonbrine Pickles will be open as well with owner Stewart Golomb excited to have you all sample his gourmet pickles outside his kitchen in suite B16.

Ford Food + Drink will feature live music from Rollie Tussing beginning at 5pm. The OLCC has granted a permit allowing drinks sold in the cafe to be taken with you as you tour the gallery and visit the open studios, just be sure you don't leave the building with a drink in hand.

All tenants are invited to attend and welcome to participate simply by opening your doors. If you'd like to be involved in coordinating future First Fridays be sure to attend the follow-up meeting Friday the 13th, at 4pm at Ford Food + Drink. We'll discuss how the event went and what improvements could be made. If you'd like to be involved but can't make the meeting send an email to: and we'll be in touch. Now that the weather is turning and Portlanders are looking to get out of their houses we're expecting to see a few new faces. We hope you'll join.