Tucked into the second floor of 12553 SW Main Street is one of Tigard’s most discreet yet high-profile businesses. Founded by optician Paul Vu, EDA Frames/Frameabl produces one-of-a-kind eyewear with sustainable materials. Using 3D face scanning technology, EDA/Frameable is able to design custom fit frames with highly personalized style. This process, coupled with the unique aesthetic of its frame designs, has made EDA/Frameable one of the USA’s leading eyewear distributors and wholesalers.
Vu’s inimitable designs have also caught the attention of some major superstars; celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Bruno Mars and Gene Simmons of Kiss to former Portland Mayor Sam Adams have all donned specs designed by EDA/Frameabl. In addition to making frames for the stars, EDA/Frameable also works with local and national charities, including Tigard’s Good Neighbor Center and Ronald McDonald House, in addition to volunteering with Pacific University’s School of Optometry.
EDA/Frameabl has been doing business in downtown Tigard since mid-2018 and Vu couldn’t be happier with his Main Street location. “I wanted to build a strong connection with the local community and became determined to find a location in Tigard for my showroom,” says Vu. “When my current space became available in downtown it was perfect. It was still being remodeled but I put down a deposit and waited almost a year to move in. It has been exactly how I envisioned, making connections with the local chamber, community and business owners. It's home for Frameabl and I'm going to put Tigard on the map!"
Agilyx Transforms Trash into Treasure
Looking for something to do with all the Styrofoam you've accumulated? Look no further than Agilyx, a Tigard firm whose cutting-edge technology turns hard-to-recycle mixed plastics into crude oil. This innovative process enables previously unrecyclable plastics to be transformed into a range of valuable products including gasoline, diesel fuel, and lubricants, and even made back into plastic.
Last November, Agilyx also reached a deal with Monroe Energy (a Delta Air Lines subsidiary) to help create a more renewable form of jet fuel. Agilyx’s plant can process up to 10 tons of mixed plastics a day, helping to form a closed loop system that keeps waste out of the landfill. Mixed plastics are collected from partner businesses, including local nurseries, food companies and retailers, and transformed into crude oil at Agilyx’s Tigard facility.
In addition to recycling commercial waste products, Agilyx also helps the community ethically dispose of plastics that can’t normally be recycled at home, such as Styrofoam. Community members can deposit their waste polystyrene in the recycling bin in the parking lot of Agilyx’s facility, located at 13240 SW Wall Street (just past Potso Dog Park). Acceptable donations include any plastic with the recycling number 6 on it.
Agilyx has been located in Tigard since 2009 and has become a pillar of the local economy. “There are many reasons we appreciate the Tigard location, paramount is the great support we get from the community,” said John Desmarteau, Agilyx’s Director of Business Development. “Out-of-state visitors are always impressed with the constant stream of people bringing their waste polystyrene to our drop box at all hours of the day. From the city's permitting process, the sheer beauty of the area, to the great community support (our drop box welcomes your waste polystyrene 24/7!), Tigard has proved to be a great ‘incubator’ city for startups. We are proud to call Tigard home.”
For more information about Agilyx, visit www.agilyx.com
Game On for Versus Board Games & Senet Tap House
Exciting changes are happening in Downtown Tigard! The opening of Senet Tap House and Versus Board Games, the first combined tap house and retail board game shop in the Portland region, are the newest additions to the unique shopping and restaurants options in downtown.
Senet Tap House is slated to open in April 2019 on the second floor of 12553 SW Main Street. The business will overlook adjacent Fanno Creek and offer a library of board games to play, alongside a food menu and beer and wine crafted in the Pacific Northwest.
The city has preliminarily awarded up to $25,000 in matching grant funding for interior improvements to the Senet Tap House. These improvements include build out of the kitchen, bar, and seating areas, as well as new flooring and electrical upgrades.
Versus Board Games, a retail board game shop, opened for business on December 15, 2018 in the ground floor space below Senet Tap House (12551 SW Main Street). Versus features a wide selection of board games that customers can test out at the upstairs tap house before purchasing.
“Having the opportunity to open a business in downtown Tigard was ideal for our vision” said Senet owner Derrick Wright. “What downtown Tigard is and is going to become is exactly what we are looking to be a part of.”
Mr. Wright’s family history played a part in the decision to locate in downtown Tigard.
“We’re located in the old Tigard Cycle & Ski Shop, where I purchased my first bike,” says Wright. “It wasn’t until I began this search and started talking with my family that I learned that my grandfather owned an appliance repair shop across the creek from my location and that my grandmother went to Tigard High School, when it used to be at the end of Main Street. My mother moved into apartments a short walk from our location when she came to this area and I grew up watching movies at Joy Cinema. With a history rooted in this area over multiple generations, a city that is eager and willing to work with new businesses, and a community happily embracing new entrepreneurs, this feels like the right place and the right time for Senet to become a part of Tigard.”
The historic and walkable downtown is easy to access from the WES Commuter Rail, buses, and Fanno Creek Trail. Make sure your 2019 includes experiencing the downtown transformation.