About 40 merchants will stay open later to tempt area visitors

Downtown Beaverton businesses are gearing up for the return of First Friday celebrations.

Beginning this week, the heart of the city will be bustling with activity at dusk as First Fridays kick into gear for a second season.

Businesses in Beaverton's downtown core will be open until 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month from May through October. Presented by the Beaverton Downtown Association, the monthly event includes live entertainment, refreshments, art demonstrations, dancing and a family-friendly atmosphere.

"First Fridays have been a resounding success, bringing many visitors into downtown Beaverton," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "I encourage the community to come out and see the unique features our downtown has to offer."

New this year, each First Friday will include a host business. This business will launch the evening's events and provide visitors with a flyer about participating businesses and a brief description of what they offer. Pacific Continental Bank, 12255 S.W. First St., will serve as Friday's host and offer local artwork and complimentary refreshments between 5 and 7 p.m.

Participating businesses include restaurants, salons, a dance studio, a healing center, coffee shops, a costume store and many specialty shops.

The event is partially sponsored by a grant through the city of Beaverton's Main Street Program.

The downtown association's mission is to enhance community identity and heritage, foster a center of activity and ensure economic stability for the heart of downtown Beaverton. The First Friday events create that center of activity, drawing guests and developing value for more than 40 businesses who are involved in the event.

For more information about First Friday, to view the map of participating businesses or to learn how to become a friend of the association, visit

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