Getting Feet on the Street | Culture Features | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Pin It

Getting Feet on the Street 

Aimed at an increase in downtown foot traffic, Redmond's First Fridays are officially underway

Redmond's very own First Fridays are officially underway, with many shops in the heart of downtown extending their hours and offering up fun treats and discounts for locals and visitors alike on the first Friday of each month, from June through December. Although the event is still new (Redmond is currently gearing up for its 6th First Friday ever, the first having occurred in June), it seems to be catching on.

At the most recent First Friday, locals perused the streets, taking advantage of free wine, cocktails and a plethora of homemade goodies. Several local tap houses and breweries hosted live shows, and Kobold Brewing released a brand-new porter in honor of the occasion. As First Friday continues to progress and expand, local business owners plan to offer more local specials and new releases.

A local scarecrow hands out cupcakes and cookies to First Friday-goers. - CAYLA CLARK
  • Cayla Clark
  • A local scarecrow hands out cupcakes and cookies to First Friday-goers.

However, while Friday foot traffic had definitely increased, it was clear at the October First Friday that the fledgling event was not yet living up to its full potential.

Willow Wild was the busiest shop on the block, offering up samples of locally distilled gin, cupcakes and coupons. Nicole Meager, shop owner, enthusiastically praised the impact of the event on the local community. "The event has been awesome; it's really helped the local economy," she said. "During the last First Friday we served around 400 samples of hard cider." She did mention, however, that more shops would be inclined to stay open late once the event begins to see a greater influx of potential customers. Currently, everything shuts down at right around 7pm—aside from the (not yet booming) after party, held at Redmond's Initiative Brewing.

In addition to sales and samples, the streets of downtown Redmond were lined with fashion-forward scarecrows, decorated by shop owners in participation of a local fundraiser. The scarecrows are part of a community-wide scavenger hunt, during which local residents of all ages are encouraged to find and vote for their favorite. Each vote costs $1, and all proceeds go directly to The Redmond Senior Center—a locally funded center focused on enhancing the lives of older community members by offering a wide range of services and educational programs.

The city of Redmond is brimming with live music, great food and a host of other activities, ranging from trivia nights to art exhibits. First Friday highlights many features of the up-and-coming city, and will only continue to grow as the word continues to spread.

Redmond First Friday
The first Friday of every month, 4-7pm.
Downtown Redmond

About The Author

Cayla Clark

Cayla graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting, soon after realizing that playwriting is not a viable career option. Fortunately, this led her to journalism, and she is thrilled to be part of such a unique and fun-loving team. Upcoming local events? Send them her way!
Pin It


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Observatory Nighttime Visit

Observatory Nighttime Visit - Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory

Wed., Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

Latest in Culture Features

  • New Improv Troupe Hits Open Space

    • Sep 22, 2021
    Out of Thin Air produced by pair of TV and stage actors and directors who recently made Bend home More »
  • A Place for Grief

    • Sep 15, 2021
    Peaceful Presence Project aims to help people plan for death and change our approach to grief More »
  • Awakening Your Inner Hero

    • Sep 8, 2021
    I Need You. It's true. Need is the right word. We really do need each other. More »
  • More »

More by Cayla Clark

  • Look Who's Talkin' Now

    Look Who's Talkin' Now

    Local pet psychic communicates with everything from cats and dogs to fish and frogs
    • Oct 14, 2020
  • What's Cookin' In Sunriver?

    What's Cookin' In Sunriver?

    Sunriver welcomes a new upscale, family-friendly pizza joint, slated to open around Thanksgiving
    • Oct 7, 2020
  • Oh, Boo. Is Halloween Canceled?

    Oh, Boo. Is Halloween Canceled?

    Local parents weigh in on a Halloween sans trick-or-treating, and spooky traditions move online
    • Oct 7, 2020
  • More »

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation