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Year in Review: Dream Girls says goodbye to Forest Grove

Upscale used clothier comes to town, as do a smattering of eateries

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO:  - July 31 was the last day for bikini baristas to sell coffee in Forest Grove. The Dream Girl Espresso stand closed down after continual public pressure.After a year of controversy, with Forest Grove residents squaring off to attack or defend Dream Girls Espresso, the bikini-barista coffee kiosk at Elm Street and 19th Avenue filled its last cup July 31.

Owner Leah Sizemore accused a contingent of local residents of “bullying” her out of business.

Detractors said Sizemore went back on what they claimed was a promise she’d made to have baristas wear bikinis, not pasties, at the Forest Grove stand. Bob Elkind of Gaston and Eric Canon of Forest Grove both took photos, at different times of the year, to document the ‘violations’ and it was Canon’s photos — and pressure — last summer that persuaded property owner Steve Schmitz to terminate Sizemore’s lease.

More restaurant rotations:

n Izgara Middle Eastern Cuisine, 2036B Main St., closed in July after six years in business. Initial plans for a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to replace it are unclear.

n Waltz Brewing, 1900 A St., opened May 7, drawing large summer crowds through its open garage doors, especially on farmers market day.

n The colorful teahouse, HippocraTeas, 2018 Hawthorne St., closed in June after less than a year in business.

n The King’s Head Pub, 2004 Main St., Suite 110, opened April 26, featuring real British accents from its two owners, who both grew up in England.

n Christian Geffrard, former owner of Stechinno’s, abandoned plans for a tapas restaurant at 1921 21st Ave. after renovating the building, which still sits vacant.

n Starbucks opened in Pacific University’s student center, just a block or two away from three other popular coffee spots: Maggie’s Buns, Montecassino and Dutch Bros. Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO:  - Torys Place, selling used, upscale womens clothing, opened March 7 and quickly formed a dedicated clientele. Business is good enough at the small shop at 2015 19th Ave. that owner Victoria Webster plans to expand the space.

In other business news, Forest Grove snagged Chaucer Foods to occupy the former Davis Tool space at 2238 Yew St. The England-based food-processing company spent the fall interviewing and hiring some of the 73 workers it has promised to put to work in its first American production facility.

On a gloomier note, Glenn Walters Nursery on Northwest Roy Road outside of Cornelius laid off 118 people in January after its biggest customer switched to a different supplier.

In September, Berry Family Nursery on Northwest Chalmers Lane north of Cornelius closed and laid off another 100 people.

And Van Doren Red-E-Mix on 26th Avenue and Main Street just north of downtown Forest Grove closed in November after nearly 70 years in business, clearing the way for high-density housing, as the property’s current zoning requires.

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