by: Rita A. Leonard, Diana Day decorated her new coffee shop, “The Funky Door”, with colorful doors selected from “The Rebuilding Center”.

Most busy days for most people begin with a cup of java, and a new coffee shop at 2815 S.E Holgate literally provides that service 'at the door'. Diana Day, owner of 'The Funky Door', is open seven days a week to serve espresso, coffee, tea, and pastries to neighbors and commuters.

The unusual name for the business arises from the fact that the shop features multi-colored recycled doors gleaned from 'The Rebuilding Center' in all sorts of alternate uses. 'We've covered doors in plexiglass to use as dining tables, and our cabinet and counter facades are all made from doors as well,' says Day. Some of the doors still sport their hinges.

The brightly-colored doors are complemented by framed watercolors (also for sale) by local artist Peet Janes, who specializes in insects and plants. The finely-detailed artwork will rotate regularly with Janes' new watercolors. The artist, whose illustrations have appeared in magazines, entomology journals, and even in publications of Milwaukie's Dark Horse Comics, is fascinated by the details found in Nature. He says he hopes his enlargements will help others appreciate Nature's artistry as well.

Day herself had previously worked as a barista and manager of a coffee roasting company in San Francisco before moving to Portland, but this is her first venture as coffee shop owner. 'We carry Stumptown Coffee products, and tea from Tao of Tea,' she says. 'Our intent is to carry local products of high quality. We bring in pastries from La Provence and Old World Bakery, and have vegan baked goods from Sweetpea Baking Company. We also bring in sandwiches and savory items, although none are made on site.'

The Funky Door offers wireless Internet access, as has become common in the coffee shop industry, as well as a range of newspapers and magazines for customer use. There's also a game corner; and Day plans to start carrying books that clients recommend. 'I'll be able to special order books for customers, too,' she says.

Although The Funky Door just opened in July, it has already attracted a number of Reed College students, and many local residents have become regulars. 'There's room for at least 30 customers inside, as well as outdoor seating,' says Day. 'We're also open to hosting neighborhood meetings.'

The Funky Door is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am until 7 pm, Saturday from

7 am till 4 pm, and Sunday from 8 am till 3 pm, next door to Portland Picture Frame, and in the space formerly occupied by Systematic Hair Design. Diana Day and staff can be reached with any questions at 503/232-6000.

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