In October, Hollywood neighbors, Chris and Jessica Wade plan to open The Wiggle Room, a 2000-square-foot indoor play space and cafe, at 1925 N.E. 42nd Ave., just west of the Portland Pastimes toy store in Jim Spivak’s Hollywood Mall.
“The Wiggle Room is designed to be a play space where children can experience a variety of movement in a safe environment,” said Jessica Wade, a licensed occupational therapist who has worked at Randall Children’s Hospital and the Multnomah County Early Childhood Program. “We worked with an indoor playground design company called Softplay to design a structure that offers the maximum amount of movement options. We also chose custom colors to ensure it is easy on the eyes. It is important to us that children and families feel relaxed and welcome – especially families with children with special needs. Our goal is for The Wiggle Room to be like an extension of our living room.”
Chris Wade has worked as an engineer in the Portland area for 15 years.
“This is a career change that I am very excited to make,” said Wade. “I received my MBA seven years ago and have been waiting for the perfect business venture that would combine my business skills with my passion for family. I am looking forward to working in the neighborhood where I am raising my family and doing business with my neighbors”
The Wades signed the lease for the space in May and began working with Hollywood neighbor Tyler McNamara of McNamara Construction to design and build the tenant-improvement work. In addition to updating the plumbing and electric, McNamara is installing two ADA bathrooms, a coffee bar, cafe seating and a party room.
“We absolutely love Hollywood,” said Jessica Wade. “I brag that I can walk to almost everything my family needs. On any given day, you’re likely to find us at Grant Park, or the Hollywood Library, or Laughing Planet, or 42nd Street Station, or the Hollywood Theater, or Fleur de Lis … I could go on and on. The best part about this neighborhood is the people in it. During the ice storm we had a giant tree fall on our house and our neighbors immediately offered us a place to stay, a hot meal and help with our kids. That is what ‘the village’ is all about and what the Hollywood Neighborhood is all about. As we have progressed with The Wiggle Room, we have continued to receive support from our community. We are so very grateful to all of our friends, neighbors, family and the other businesses in the area who have helped us on this adventure.”
For more information, call 503-877-9233 or visit www.thewiggleroom.com.