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A place to chill

Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge in Multnomah Village will offer space for relaxation, socialization


Southwest Portlanders with a sweet tooth are in for a treat: Nectar Frozen Yogurt Loungeis opening a new location in Multnomah Village.

After opening in Sellwood in 2010, “we decided we wanted to venture out to a second location,” said Nectar co-owner Joe Sysavath. “We knew Multnomah was the perfect location because it’s very family-oriented, it’s got a lot of kids, it’s a very quaint neighborhood and it kind of fits into what we’re trying to do.”

And what, exactly, is that?

“We don’t want to look like a typical frozen yogurt shop,” Sysavath said. “We try to create an atmosphere that’s very loungey where you can hang out, chill, read a book, play a game with your friends, that is kind of a social hub.”

Nectar will be housed in the former location of Birdie’s gift shop, a mainstay of the Multnomah Village business community that closed in July. Sysavath is hoping Nectar will be able to pick up the torch.

“We’re going to design the store to fit the neighborhood, hopefully to make it feel like it’s been here awhile, and to really get involved in the community in terms of fundraisers, sponsorships, donations, maybe partnering up with the businesses here to see what we could do as far as advertising and marketing and promoting this neighborhood itself,” he said. “Hopefully that will keep us around for a long time. That is the plan.”

So far, it is a plan that has been well received.

“We were here on Multnomah Days. We set up a booth so a lot of people already know that we’re coming,” Sysavath said. “It was crazy; the event was amazing. We got to know a lot of our potential customers.”

Dovetailing with the sway of its future clientele, the Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge Multnomah location has incorporated environmentally sustainable elements such as reused doors and compostable spoons, cups and garbage liners.

“Where we can,” Sysavath said, “we try to go as green as possible.”

Sysavath hopes to have opened the new location by early November. Like a parent who hides presents until a child’s birthday, he has been relatively tight-lipped about what customers can expect from Nectar Multnomah and how it might differ from the location in Sellwood.

“I’m not going to share anything,” he said, “but this will be a cool space.”