In March, Albina Community Bank will continue its innovative BizMob program, designed to promote the bank’s local, business customers while reinforcing connections within the communities they serve.
“We always strive to be interactive with our clients and this program is a great way to demonstrate that capability,” said Deanna Allred, vice president and market manager for Albina’s Beaumont and Rose City offices. “We are not a bank that just wants to provide a warehouse for the assets of our customers. We want to celebrate and participate in their business and hope we can create a buzz around the city.”
The first BizMob of 2016 will be Wednesday, March 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Concordia location of Chris and Celeste Brady’s Extracto Roastery & Coffeehouse, 2921 N.E. Killingsworth. Customers who stop by the shop during those hours to participate in the “mob” will be served coffee, courtesy of Albina Bank.
In April, the Bradys will celebrate ten years of business at the Concordia shop. They also have an outpost in the Sabin neighborhood at 1465 N.E. Prescott.
“It’s mind-boggling to think about ten years of business,” said Celeste Brady. “It’s been a whirlwind as our business grew up alongside our two kids. We love the neighborhood and our customers. Chris and I feel honored to be a part of our customer’s lives, to share in the unfolding of their stories and watch their kids grow up. Our goal was to open a neighborhood coffeehouse with exceptional coffee, and it’s such an honor to us that folks spend their time with us and enjoy what we do.”
The Bradys grew up in Juneau, Alaska. They were drawn to Portland for its music scene. Chris made records and toured with the bands Pond and Audio Learning Center. After the Brady’s children were born, they opened Extracto.
The Killingsworth coffeehouse offers a full espresso menu, drip coffee and a variety of non-coffee options. The Prescott shop offers a full espresso menu and slow-bar coffee with four to five coffee options daily. Both shops offer nibbles from local bakeries and sell bags of fresh-roasted coffee. Extracto roasts on-site at the Killingsworth location .
“Our roasting philosophy is all about art and science,” said Celeste Brady. “We combine old-school methods with new-school technology. We roast on a 1951 cast-iron Probat. Our Probat is coupled with custom roast-tracking equipment that helps us maintain the flavor profile we want for each and every roast.”
“Chris and I have been in Portland 28 years,” said Brady. “Our family has lived in the Sabin neighborhood for 15 years. We were drawn to the neighborhoods for both home and business. We value the determination to maintain the neighborhood character and history, to preserve the places and people who have been here for generations. It’s really special to be a part of a neighborhood. We love hearing stories from the folks who grew up around us.”
“We support local businesses and renewable resources as much as possible, even if it means we pay more,” said Brady. “We work with local bakeries and suppliers. Our crew is fabulous and we love our customers.”