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A fair to remember

Multnomah Days 2014 street fair promises to offer something for everyone


Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF NATURALSHAVEICE.COM - Cheryl C. and John Alland, co-owners of Island Daydreams Shave Ice LLC.One of the most celebrated features of the annual Multnomah Days festival is its popular street fair that runs through the heart of Multnomah Village on Southwest Capitol Highway. This year’s lineup promises to bring Southwest Portlanders a vast array of vendors peddling their wares.

Oftentimes, the Multnomah Days street fair serves as a venue for various local independent, charter and alternative schools to showcase their offerings, and this year will be no different. So far Woodhaven School, of Tigard, and Southwest Charter School and Sunstone Montessori School, of South Portland, have signed up.

Though located in brick and mortar locations nearby, on Aug. 16 many Multnomah Village businesses will set up shop for the day in the street fair too, including Anastasia Salon, Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery, Down to Earth Cafe, Fusion Cut and Color Salon, Groundspring Healing Center, Hattie’s Sweet Shop, Insights to Health Clinic, Indigo Traders, Lunaria Financial, Maggie’s Boutique, Multnomah Curves, Multnomah Family Care Center, Peachtree Gifts, Peggy Sundays, Switch Shoes and Clothing, Summit Advisors NW, The Craft Factory and Topanien Global Gifts. Businesses located in the Multnomah Village area will have space in front of their storefronts reserved for their booths.

Businesses from nearby neighborhoods are participating in the street fair as well, such as Hillsdale Veterinary Hospital, Kumo Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Salvador Molly’s and Tutor Doctor, of Hillsdale; Maplewood Coffee & Tea, of Maplewood; and Barbur Boulevard Veterinary Hospital, of West Portland Park.

Hungry fairgoers will have their pick of cuisine at the Multnomah Days street fair, with Falafelandia; Little Boba Truck, a Beaverton-area boba tea food truck; Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn Co.; North Shore Bento; Urban German Grill; Tastebud, which, rumor has it, is soon to open in Multnomah Village; and not one, but two shave ice options: Island Daydream Shave Ice LLC and Ono Shave Ice LLC.

Those seeking fare of the religious variety can look for booths by Greater Portland Bible Church and West Hills Bible Church, of Hillsdale, and Riversgate Church, of Multnomah.

Then there are the sundry government agencies, nonprofits, causes and utilities. These will include: Alliance for Democracy; Amigos de Los Romeritos; city of Portland; Community Partners for Affordable Housing; Multnomah Historical Association; Portland Multnomah Village Bentham Lions Club; Neighborhood House; Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Portland General Electric; Portland Parks & Recreation; ReflectPeaceNow.org; Southwest Neighborhoods Inc.; Store to Door; SW Trails; Thembanathi; and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.

Seeking art? The street fair has that too, in spades. Registered vendors of art, be it decorative or wearable, include: acbc design; Artwurks by Mercedes; Attic Journals; Chopstic Art; Bag It Totes; Bamboo Originals; Bow & Sparrow Designs; Daisy Chix; Dolcetti Jewelry; Elizabeth Jewelry; Fused Glass House; Gather; House of Six Cats; Inkwater; Little Bay Root; Jewelry by Stephanie; Joseph Brinton Jewelry LLC; Lloyds Jewelry; Marisa Imports; Nadine’s Creations; OutNerdMe; PDX Coasters; Sophisticated Beads; Scrumptious Suds; Stumptown Scribes; and Tati & Me: Clothing for the Spirited Girl;

If you wish to adorn your body — if only temporarily — you will at least one option: Roving Horse Henna.