Meet your Neighbor: Mark Fulop of Portland Adventist Community Services

Meet your Neighbor: Mark Fulop of Portland Adventist Community Services

Mark Fulop became the Executive Director for Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) in December 2017.  PACS has been serving low-income Portlanders and providing community services since 1934. What does your business do? PACS is built around providing three core services.  The Thrift Shop designed to support low-income families with clothing and everyday household goods.  The Food Pantry provides a 3-5 day food supply to over 6,000 households in need every month. The pantry is set up like a grocery store so people can select food from different categories to fit their needs and preferences. The Medical Clinic provides medical services to families in need. What might readers be surprised to know about your business?  The services provided by PACS are made possible by volunteers.  There are about 250 volunteers per month who provide about 44,000 volunteer hours per year… and we also have a mobile food pantry that takes our services to 8 community sites in the region every month. What should the community be excited about for 2018 and PACS? We will be opening a combined medical dental clinic later this year.  This expansion will bring much needed dental care to low income adults in our community. What do you love about Gateway? Having only been in Gateway as the Executive Director since December 2017, I love the diversity of this community as well as the many hidden gems in Gateway. What would a perfect day in Gateway look like? It would be a sunny day and I would have time to walk around the district, visit our business neighbors, meet more members of the community, and discover...

Meet Your Neighbor: Chad Miller of Food Fight! Grocery

Chad Miller is the co-owner of Food Fight! Grocery with Emiko Badillo providing all vegan convenience foods to the community while supporting local non-profit organizations.  Food Fight! Grocery is located near 112th and Halsey in the heart of Gateway. What does your business do?  We’re a vegan grocery / convenience store with two locations in Portland. How long have you been doing business in Gateway? We started our first store in 2003 at 41st and Division before moving to 12th and Stark in 2007.  We opened our second location in Gateway in February 2017. What do you enjoy most about your business?   The most rewarding part of our business is our events which support local non-profits and communities.  We host non-profit fundraising events and raise donations for non-profits in our community. What might readers be surprised to know about your business?   Junk Food!  We are not a health food store and we don’t focus on diet trends.  We’re an all vegan store with Twinkies, corn dogs, and all your favorite snacks. Do you have any events or promotions coming up? On the last Sunday of every month we donate 10% of our sales to a non-profit or community organization. Last month we donated funds to support Mental Health Providers Unite. Check out our Facebook page for all upcoming events. What are your favorite business activities in Gateway?  The oil change at Cooper’s Auto Service can’t be beat and it’s always a good time at McGillacuddy’s Sports Bar. Food Fight! Grocery is located at 11155 NE Halsey St and is open from 9am-8pm, 7 days a...

Featured Member – May 2017

Meet Your Neighbor: Glenn Austin, Minuteman Press   How long have you been doing business in Gateway? I’ve been working in the district for about 4 years. My wife, who I met in college, has lived in the Portland area for nearly her entire life. She’s the co-owner, so it’s been great to stay involved in Gateway with her! What do you enjoy most about your business? #1 is the people – there is a huge variety of clients that come through our doors. It’s a pleasure to work with customers ranging from local businesses, artists and parents. We recently printed a newsletter for a family that has roots dating back to the American Revolution! I love that I get to work on projects that result in very real products for people. I’m very hands-on, so this fits my working style well. It’s very satisfying to take a blank piece of paper and help a client realize their vision. What are some of your favorite businesses in Gateway? I really like the people over at Cooper’s Auto. They’ve been in Gateway for a long time and are always great to work with. I’ve really enjoyed being neighbors to the people over at Colour Authority, who provide a range of haircare services. And I love the great food in our neighborhood. For Mexican, I can’t get enough of the Arroz con Pollo from El Indio, and for Thai food, I love Siam Grill. What are some of your hobbies outside of your business? When I’m not at Minuteman Press, I’m often reading and writing. I’m a big classical music fan...