Early in the morning on December 19 someone broke into Bishops Barbershop on Alberta Street. The culprit threw a brick through the shop's glass, accompanied by a scrawled one-page rant: "Dear Sirs... We have watched your kind invade our neighborhood and occupy like we were a Third World country," the note read, apparently referring to the gentrification of Alberta. Scores of new shops and galleries have opened in the past few years—Bishops arrived in October—sparking tension in the historically black neighborhood. The note continued: "Here's your warning to pass on to your 'community' of responsible parasites that bleed our communities dry."
A P.S. warned Bishops, "It's never too late to leave." The note echoed the sentiment in an October 27 I, Anonymous column in this paper, targeting Bishops. "Who do you think you are moving into my 'hood?" that screed asked. "As if our street hasn't undergone enough already... I hope you're ready for this."
"It's obvious that someone or some people are pretty upset," says Alicia Carr, director of marketing for Bishops. "They're referencing us as some big corporation that's invading their neighborhood. But we're a locally owned company run by one guy." Carr says that despite the brick and the I, Anonymous, the Alberta community has been welcoming. "Not only are we providing more jobs, but we're bringing more business to the Alberta area." AMY JENNIGES
Thanks to a nay vote from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on December 15, you can keep drinking beer at Portland's smaller pub theaters. The commission had been considering a rule that would regulate the sale of beer and wine in movie theaters. The proposed rule was a pre-emptive attempt to prevent liquor sales in large multiplexes.
But some smaller theaters, like the Laurelhurst and various McMenamins' theaters, already offer beer—and they've got a successful record of keeping alcohol away from minors. Reps from those theaters testified against the rule, arguing that it would over-regulate existing, responsible venues. "I feel like we're being punished for something we haven't done yet," said the Laurelhurst's Prescott Allen. AJ