Festival registration is open! Design Week 2020 runs April 18–25.
Just around the corner from the tree-filled Creston Park, you’ll find a delightful cafe named Coffee Beer. What else do you need during springtime in Portland? Kick off the day with a brisk walk in the park, and warm up with a nice cup of fresh brewed coffee. Coffee Beer has you covered for that daily drive and a nice frosty beer to reward yourself with at the end of a long day…or, ya know, a mid-day breather.
We caught up with Phillip Stewart, one of the owners of Coffee Beer to see what inspired them to host an Open House for Design Week Portland, and to get their perspective on how a cafe and design events can intersect. “Coffee Beer came out of wanting to create a bar for everyone,” Phillip said, “one that featured our two favorite high-quality beverages, had the look of a modern coffee shop, and had the soul of a dive bar.”
What are some inspirational points of interest in your cafe?
We love to describe the style and inspiration of our space as “Home Depot chic.” We took mostly off-the-shelf materials and transformed them into something fun and functional without blowing out the budget.
Who should definitely not miss this Open House?
We look forward to meeting all of the people, creative or not! If you like good coffee or good beer and you love how they help you get the job done, then you won’t want to miss out on our Open House. You might just find your new remote working spot, too.
What will folks experience during their visit?
A good time, in a good place, with all of the best people! Did we mention drink specials? We’ll also be hosting our first ever Make More Do More drink and draw meetup. Bring your pens, pencils, and markers, and we'll provide the coloring book pages.
What should guests expect to take away and who might they meet?
Guests to our Open House will leave with a belly full of delicious drinks and snacks, some new inspirations and drawings, and maybe even meet some new friends. Like we said, Coffee Beer is a shop for everyone, so you might meet some of our neighborhood regulars or you just might meet a creative superstar. Come and find out for yourself!
While you’re out touring the SE Open Houses, make sure to pencil in a visit to Coffee Beer. Get energized and inspired to hang out for the Make More Do More meetup, or recharge with a pit stop between all of the open design shops.