Portland Businesses Stay Weird Through Pandemic

  Many businesses can’t provide their usual services during the coronavirus lockdown, but rather than simply shut down and hope they can resume when the closure is lifted, they’re adapting their services or trying out entirely new ones.    

Going to the strip club: The Lucky Devil Lounge, a Portland strip club, first tried offering food delivery under the name “Boober Eats.” A cease and desist letter from Uber persuaded owner Shon Boulden to change the name to Lucky Devil Eats. Now, he’s partnered with an event caterer to set up a drive-through strip club: customers drive into a tent in the club’s parking lot, order food and sit in their cars watching four go-go dancers in short shorts and pasties dancing with the benefit of poles, fog machines, lights and music, in what owner Shon Boulden calls Food 2 Go-Go.    

Going to the movies, kinda: You can’t go to the movies, but to enjoy your videos and chill at home, you can visit the Columbia Theatre in St. Helens, the Joy Theatre in Tigard or the Cameo Theatre in Newberg to buy genuine movie popcorn, with butter, at curbside, as well as fountain drinks, souvenir magnets and movie posters.    

And… The usual stuff: Music Millennium, Portland’s oldest record store, is closed for browsing but offers curbside pickup for albums, games, toys and other products ordered by phone.    

Farmers’ markets are also offering drive-up sales in Hillsdale, Beaverton and Oregon City.    

Portland’s Books with Pictures offers comic books for kids and adults, for curbside pickup and delivery.    

A Children’s Place, Portland’s oldest independent children’s book store, offers curbside pickup and home delivery within two miles of the store. When children begin reading series books, they want to read every book in the series, so having access to a children’s book store is a good thing.    

Portland yarn shop Close Knit takes orders over the phone for curbside pickup, a real benefit for people who are suddenly pursuing (or reviving) hobbies in their new downtime.    

John M. Burt