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 on June 8, 2019 on the second floor of 12553 SW Main Street. The business overlooks adjacent Fanno Creek and offers 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.
Welcome to Tigard, REECE Complete Security Solutions!
REECE Complete Security Solutions, a security system integration company, is relocating their headquarters to Tigard in early 2020. Operating in the Portland region for 30 years, REECE creates state-of-the-art software and physical security solutions that are tailored to clients’ needs, including access control, video surveillance, intrusion monitoring and fire safety controls. REECE works with a wide range of customers, including businesses, federal and local government agencies and over 250 K-12 schools.
In recent years, REECE’s employment has been growing by over 30 percent annually. They currently employ approximately 70 workers around the state, including 44 workers at their headquarters location.
To accommodate their growth, REECE purchased a 10,500 square foot building near the Tigard Triangle. The building will be renovated to add second story office space, with the lower level split between engineering/assembly and warehouse uses. Following their move to Tigard, the company estimates at least 10 percent workforce growth per year.
“REECE is thrilled to be joining the community of businesses that call Tigard home,” says Dean Reece, CEO. “When looking for our new location, Tigard immediately stood out as the best choice for us to continue to grow our team and company. The blend of new and established businesses has created a high-energy environment that supports strong economic growth in a community that feels much smaller than it is. Our team is looking forward to moving to Tigard!”
With its investment in Tigard, REECE will become the seventh Tigard firm to participate in the Tigard-Lake Oswego Enterprise Zone program. This program offers qualified businesses located within a defined boundary a three to five-year tax abatement on new investment (equipment, buildings and facilities) when the firm also invests in new employees by increasing their workforce by at least 10 percent. Other Tigard firms that have participated in the Enterprise Zone program include Gerber Gear and Consumer Cellular.More information on REECE Complete Security Solutions can be found at https://rcss.us/.
Arcade Club PDX Takes it Back to the Old School
The first thing visitors to Arcade Club PDX notice is the sheer volume of old school arcade games and pinball machines inside the business’s Main Street space. With 12 arcade games and 18 pinball machines, Arcade Club PDX has one of the largest and rarest collections of classic arcade and pinball machines in the Portland region. Everything from Super Mario Bros to Mortal Kombat to a Wizard of Oz themed pinball machine can all be played within. Owners David Bartlett and Sarah Geelan collected the games over the course of 10 years, and decided to open Arcade Club PDX to showcase their collection and bring the old school arcade experience to Tigard. The owners also wanted to create a community space for gaming lovers of all ages. Bartlett and Geelan spent three years looking for a suitable space before opening for business in downtown Tigard in mid-December of 2018.
"We chose to bring our business to Tigard because it needed something awesome,” says David and Sarah, “a place where parents can reminisce about the good old days and show their kids a new gaming experience with classic arcade and pinball machines."
Main Street has been a great fit so far – local beer and cider offerings have helped attract the 21 and up crowd, while the wide variety of available games brings in a younger demographic, making the space an all-ages destination in downtown. Arcade Club PDX has already garnered a loyal following from local gamers and plans to expand their reach through the addition of events like pinball tournaments and swapping in new machines to keep the game options fresh.
Arcade Club PDX is part of a growing number of indoor entertainment destinations in Tigard. You can learn more about Tigard’s wide variety of indoor entertainment businesses by exploring the City of Tigard’s interactive Inside Tigard map.
Arcade Club PDX is located at 12215 SW Main Street Suite D. For more information visit www.facebook.com/arcadeclubpdx/
Meet EDA Frames/Frameabl, Tigard’s Rock Star Eyewear Designer
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