I love Main Street Forest Park. No joke. I'm over there almost every week. I wonder what FP's Main Street has that all the Tri-Cities lack? The perfect combination of practical, nostalgic, weird and lovely? There must be some formula for balancing corporate and independent, new and old, retail, services and dining. Here's my favorite reasons to return to Stumptown's main drag:
The Forest Park Branch Library:
Free books in a stylish mod setting.
They are nice. All their clients are like, a hundred.
aka "The Rec," I played frisbee with Dairy Queen there just yesterday.
Source of all the perms of my youth. Again with the aging clientele.
He sells nifty old school equipment. His shop full of wooden desks, rolling library carts, overhead projectors, cubby holes and mini furniture will trigger some unexpected memories.
The Army/Navy Surplus Store:
I always score camping gear and good birthday presents here. Plus, I got dogtags made for my dogs.
Anne & Bill's Restaurant:
Classic meat & 3. You can get a spam biscuit and run into a dozen old folks you know from church.
Purveyor of marching band instruments and my brother’s guitar lessons, was an advertiser in my parent’s high school yearbook. I visited early on a Saturday morning and had a banjo appraised while three Mexican men were testing out an accordian.
I love their neon sign.
I get fascinated by independent pharmacies (and hardware stores). You can find some random old stuff on the shelves.
The Post Office:
Just another nice, smalltown post office with a sweet mid-century atrium.
Chic-fil-A Dwarf House:
At some point, Truett Cathy mandated that all the employees start saying "My pleasure," instead of "you're welcome." See how many times you can get them to say it.