The past six months have been a challenging time for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses hard with months of closures before gradual reopening was allowed in Oregon. Despite that, there are plenty of new restaurants and things to do in our part of Oregon. Check out some of what’s new in Tualatin Valley at spots that are eager to welcome locals and future visitors alike.
What’s New in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
The Black-woman owned Mamancy Tea Shop opened during the pandemic and is already creating buzz in the Portland area. Certified tea sommelier and chocolatier Anne Johnson has been featured in a few publications, including Portland Monthly Magazine. She started her businesses after growing up drinking tea as a family ritual in Kenya. Not only are her teas specially curated with ingredients from all over the world, the shop is adorable and the perfect place to relax and sip hot tea, lattes, Italian sodas and more.
A few new murals have popped up in Tualatin Valley this summer. Artist Emily Lux organized the painting of “Repair the Future” in downtown Beaverton and her 11-year-old son served as her apprentice on “Where Seeds are Planted” in Forest Grove. Explore these new murals and much more outdoor art in the area with our new map of public art >>>
The new Arcade 2084 in downtown Hillsboro will take you back in time. The arcade is full of classic ’80s games like Robotron 2084 and Jr. Pac-Man that cost just $.25 and always has ’80s music playing, giving it the perfect retro feel. Enjoy fresh food and specialty cocktails like the Red Dawn, which is rimmed with an ’80s favorite — Pop Rocks!
First Street Dining Commons is an outdoor space where you can eat takeout meals from any of downtown Beaverton’s restaurants. Grab curry from the new Burmese restaurant, Bistro Royale, a pizza from Ex Novo or fried chicken from Big’s Chicken and enjoy it in the open air. The commons is set to be open through October but businesses are campaigning to keep the city’s outdoor dining program available longer to allow them to serve more people.
Tualatin Valley’s newest hotel and Sherwood’s first is the Hampton Inn Sherwood, which opened in August 2020. Located just off Hwy 99, it’s perfectly situated in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. The hotel is just minutes from Old Town Sherwood, an abundance of wineries including Alloro Vineyard and Hawks View Winery and only two miles from the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. More new hotels >>>
Now in addition to its fancy tea parties, steampunk themed Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium in downtown Beaverton is scooping gelato. The shop has a dozen flavors of gelato and sorbetto made from scratch by an Italian family. Flavors range from bourbon vanilla apple crisp and maple butter pecan to classics like pistachio and strawberry. They are also available by the pint. Walk in for a scoop and enjoy your cold treat at the new outdoor seating area.
Also in downtown Beaverton is Forager Vintage, a vintage boutique with a great collection of clothes, accessories and home goods from the past and present. You can also find locally made masks, soaps, candles and more.
Your new favorite spot may have just opened up in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley! Explore our quaint main streets and local restaurants to get a real taste of what Portland’s backyard has to offer.