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Roseway, oh Roseway

By David Columbus, August 21, 2020

I’ve got a secret for you. Roseway.

Ok ok, if you’re already in Roseway you know what a gem of a neighborhood you have – but for the uninitiated, take it from me. Roseway is super family friendly, has great restaurants and is full of some amazing old-school Portland charms.

First there’s the Roseway Theater, my favorite independent cinema in Portland and go-to midnight showing spot. The building was originally built in 1924 and has been in continuous operation since 1935. There’s only one screen, the seats are comfy, the tickets are reasonably priced, and popcorn won’t bankrupt you. On top of all that the building itself is a beautifully restored Art Deco dream.

Then there’s Fairley’s Pharmacy. A true relic. Fairley’s has been independently owned since 1913. It is still a working modern pharmacy, but you should also stop by just to see the trappings of its apothecary history. That is not all, however. Fairley’s is also one of Oregon’s last working soda fountain counters. Soda fountains used to be common in apothecaries where druggists would blend chilled, carbonated soda water with an assortment of syrups. History you can sip!

I love spending time in Roseway and I’m excited to see what crops up in the neighborhood next.

While we wait for theaters to open again, I recommend grabbing a drink from Fairley’s and taking a stroll up the Roseway Parkway on 72nd. It’s a beautiful stretch of green that runs straight through the heart of the neighborhood. The parkway has been the home of community tree-planting projects, and neighborhood hangouts for years. Coming up, the street around the parkway is going to get the Greenway treatment – sharrow markings, speed bumps, signage, and new crossing treatments – making it even more of a haven for cyclists and pedestrians.

David Columbus

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


As an Earth Advantage Principal Broker, David serves buyers and sellers alike with his 20+ years of experience as a broker and investor. His experience includes residential, commercial, investment property, and multi-family housing. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer for whom smart, personalized client service is key. Over 90 percent of his ongoing business is referred from satisfied clients. In his past life, David worked in yacht delivery, delivering privately-owned classic yachts from the East Coast to the Caribbean, transatlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea; his responsibilities ranged from captain to crew. David holds a degree in Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University and attended the University of Nottingham, England where he studied Medieval West History and Victorian Literature. After graduating David moved to Chicago where he worked as a Eurodollar Futures Broker while teaching sailing at Northwestern University during his lunch breaks. David moved to Portland in 1999 and has never looked back. In recent history (2015), David and his partner, of 17+ years, Grant, sailed their boat out the Columbia River, turned left, and headed south, exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico for over nine months. He is a strong supporter of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, p:ear, Urban Gleaners, Oregon Wild, Habitat for Humanity, Willamette River Keepers and is a member of Vancouver Lake Crew and the Rose City Yacht Club.
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