By Ted Perkins
Photos by Jane Perkins
The Northeast Broadway commercial corridor, which runs roughly from 33rd Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, serves as a friendly and bustling border between the Eliot, Irvington and Grant Park neighborhoods to the north and the Lloyd District and Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhoods to the south.
Murray Koodish, former Broadway Business Association president and manager of Great Wine Buys at 1515 N.E. Broadway, estimates that there are at least 300 small to medium-sized businesses in the district, including service industries, eateries and retail shops – offering everything from yarn and books to kitchenware and pet supplies.
The association offers two annual events that promote shopping and dining in the district: Ladies Night Out during the holiday season and a Super Summer Sale in July. The Irvington Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday from June through October on 16th Avenue between Broadway and Weidler.
“Our district offers everything you need for a 20-minute neighborhood,” said Koodish. “Our Summer Super Sale is a great opportunity to save big, support local businesses, grab a great meal or drinks and have some fun, too.”
Homes in the surrounding well-established and tree-lined neighborhoods range from modest bungalows to grand Georgian colonials and older mansions with plenty of new and older apartment and multi-family options in the mix.
There’s a lot to love and something for everyone on Broadway. Here are a few favorites:
Eat + Drink
Milo’s City Cafe
Owned since 1999 by neighbors Loren and Marianne Skogland, Milo’s is loved for its breakfasts and lunches, but also has a substantial following for its easygoing American dinners and creative Northwest fare. Service is swift, professional and friendly, and many of the staff have been with the restaurant for years.
Address: 1325 NE Broadway. Phone: 503-288-6456. Web: www.miloscitycafe.com. Don’t miss: Salmon eggs Benedict – or any of the Benedicts on the menu – and you can’t go wrong with the FancyPants Mac ‘n Cheese.
Helen Bernhard Bakery
Since 1934, the folks at family-owned Helen Bernhard’s have been baking up delicious sugar-filled treats. The homey, long-running bakery with an old-school vibe sells pastries, cookies, cakes, doughnuts and breads.
Address: 1717 N.E. Broadway. Phone: 503-287-1251. Web: www.helenbernhardbakery.com. Don’t miss: A dazzling array of spectacularly decorated cakes for special occasions – or any occasion.
Frank’s Noodle House
Frank Fong’s lively Chinese eatery specializes in traditional hand-pulled noodles, typical of those found in Hong Kong or Guangzhou in southern China. The family-run noodle house offers quick and friendly service and simply phenomenal noodles.
Address: 822 NE Broadway. Phone: 503-288-1007. Web: www.franksnoodlehouse.com. Don’t miss: Seriously, the noodles.
Started in 1991 by sisters Paulette Wittwer and Tamara Patrick, Trade Roots boutique carries an extraordinary selection of jewelry, women’s clothing and accessories, made locally and globally, with a wide selection of styles and designs.
Address: 1831 NE Broadway. Phone: 503-281-5335. Web: www.traderootsinc.com. Don’t miss: Inexpensive and incredibly unique jewelry.
Katie Biscarret’s eclectic boutique offers fashionable closeout women’s wear and inventive, locally-made jewelry.
Address: 1914 NE Broadway. Phone: 503-281-1366. Web: www.sweetjayne.net. Don’t miss: Serious deals on designer clothes.
Cotton Cloud’s vast warehouse and showroom stocks wool futons and toppers, bedding, tables and frames for both couches and beds.
Address: 701 N.E. Broadway. Phone: 503-335-0758. Web: www.cottoncloudfutons.com. Don’t miss: “Bed” futons, specially designed to replace traditional box springs and mattresses on a platform frame.
Heartfelt Veterinary Hospital
Heartfelt provides an in-house diagnostic lab, full surgical services with human grade suites and practices, hospitalization for sick pets, and routine preventive care and check-ups.
Address: 1127 N.E. Broadway. Phone: 503-765-1210. Web: www.heartfeltvet.com. Don’t miss: convenient, affordable pet care plans with easy, monthly options.
Since 1970, John Timm’s independent and family-owned agency has provided auto, home, life and business insurance and peace of mind for northeast neighbors.
Address: 615 NE Broadway. Phone: 503-288-8818. Web: www.timmco.com. Don’t miss: Great rates and friendly service.
Sofa Table Chair
Sofa Table Chair’s home furniture showroom offers pieces ranging from vintage to contemporary plus accessories and design help. Experienced interior designers Susan Walter and Kendra Hume offer consultations and full design services for residential and commercial projects
Address: 1916 NE Broadway. Phone: 503-231-2782. Web: www.sofatablechair.com. Don’t miss: Custom, affordable, beautiful furniture.