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Woodstock fish market celebrates anniversary, prepares retail window

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Peeking out of the new Fish n Chips window at the Portland Fish Market are, left to right: Ben Berkowitz, Brandi Shirley, and Agnes Berkowitz. The Portland Fish Market, at S.E. 44th and Woodstock Boulevard, in the space formerly occupied by Radio Shack, celebrated its second anniversary on August 15th.

Agnes Berkowitz, co-owner, tells THE BEE their fish is fresh every day. “Mike Shirley – husband of Brandi, one of our employees, and the owner of Ilwaco Landing – is at the coast full-time, and sends fish back with his family members every day.”

As of late September, in addition to purchasing fish over the counter, customers should be able to buy fish and chips through a new retail window, on the southwest side of the building facing Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom.

“Cod and halibut will be our standards [for fish and chips],” reports Agnes Berkowitz, “and other kinds will be ‘by season’.”

During the shop’s first two years, salmon has been the number-one seller she says. Also popular are the “tropical”. Big eye tuna is one of the favorites, especially for people who have recently vacationed in Hawai’i and return with a yen for some of the fish they ate there.

Preparations are being made, and city permitting is underway, for the fish and chips window. There will be outside seating, too, as well as take-out. The window is there already, and is expected to open in late September, as soon as all permitting has concluded.