Last Saturday, a friend and I took a nice drive, stopping along the way at several spots. The first stop was the charming little town of Troutdale. I think some Pacific Northwesterners may think of the outlet mall that is located here, when they think of Troutdale, but, if you go past the outlet mall by about a block and turn left, you find the town's arch, welcoming you, and a delightful street of shops and businesses. (Sorry, my picture came out really dark...but the arch has some great looking trout fashioned from metal (bronze?) on either side, and it was pretty impressive.
Here's a little better close up of one of the trout..
Anyway, you get the idea...Trout...Troutdale...Mmmm hmm. A nice small-town-America touch, I thought.
We parked and looked in the shops on the main street, and I was very impressed with the way this little community has maintained the old feeling and quaintness of the storefronts. (Must be my background from my past job in Economic Development, but I always find it fascinating to see how different communities work at a plan to set themselves apart from other places, and give people a reason to come back) I was especially taken with the number of cute signs businesses had here....
I didn't get a picture of it, but even the Tattoo Place had a quaint, historic look to it's storefront. (And no, neither of us purchased any body art, but it was a pretty cool place...) Oh, and in case you would like to become a real Barista, as I have always kind of thought would be an-oh-so-cool-skill to wow my friends and family, (even thought I myself do not like coffee) Troutdale boasts a Barista School. (Who knew there was such a thing?!)
Hmmm, and I thought Starbucks just handed you an apron and had you shadow someone for a couple of shifts...Espresso Bootcamp? That sounds intense.
I also spotted this absolute dream of a building, (formerly a cafe, complete with black and white checkered floors and a huge wrap-around-sit-on-an-old-school-barstool counter) that was just screaming to be a cupcakery. (C'mon. Can't you just see the place with black and white canvas awnings above the windows to hide the air conditioning units, a couple of vintage church pews under the windows for folks to eat their treats outside on nice weather days, shutters on the sides of all of those upstairs windows, and a fabulous sign reading "Cupcake Heaven" across the top?) I was smitten with the angled corner doors...oh, be still my heart...such potential...and right there in sweet lil' Troutdale. This little town isn't just a pretty face either...they've got a sense of humor, too. Look at the clever signs they had on the few buildings they had for lease.... The only thing besides a cupcakery that I could see was missing was a couple of really good foodie spots, like maybe a micro-brew pub with killer burgers or amazing chili...and a great breakfast place with incredible biscuits and gravy, or to-die-for French Toast would be a good addition as well. Now, maybe things were there and I missed 'em..but if not, they'd complete the street. I'm just sayin'.
If you're ever in the area, or if you live here, I think Troutdale is pretty darned cute, (Heck, I am going to even be so bold as to say the main street rivals my sweet Camas' 4th avenue!) and is most definitely worth a look-see.