Friends of the Grand Hotel, Tigard

More New Stores Coming to Bridgeport Village!

Nov 30, 2009

440110226_9ccc1a7b34News from Bridgeport Village Shopping center!  They have announced the opening  more great stores and restaurants exclusive to Bridgeport Village.

Now Open!

Eye Styles

Eye Styles was opened Friday, November 6, by local resident and owner Phil DeYoung. Phil has 25 years experience in the field and wanted to offer customers a more personalized experience in a modern, upscale setting. Eye Style’s in-house Doctor, Christ Thorsland, will be available on weekends for eye exams and appointments. Phil and his team pride themselves on being active in the community and strive to give back. Eye Styles is located in A105, the former Hub Optix location across from Urban Outfitters!

AM Living

AM-Living fills a void. Inspired by the Age of Sail, by exploration, science and cartography. Offering individual choice, complimenting both classic and contemporary themes. Our aim is to challenge the mind as well as the eye. Focus is on Design, Quality, and Originality. Our goal is to surprise and impress, offering lifestyle products of lasting value.


Beautiful, affordable styles for women. Passionate about fashion for every woman, meet Romy! “More Fashion, More Value” is our motto and our designers take this to heart. Whether you’re a romantic or a modernist, you’ll fall in love with our beadwork, our brocades, our wools, and our tweeds. Located across from Peet’s Coffee & Tea. 503-598-9235

Bridgeport Smiles

Providing personalized dental care in a comfortable, state of the art professional setting for you and your family featuring advanced procedures, instruments and techniques. Our office offers Preventive and Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, Zoom Whitening, Oral Surgery, Dental Implant Restoration and most dental services. Senior and Mall Employee Discounts. Insurance is Welcomed & Accepted!

Opening Soon-

Mio Gelato

Mio Gelato will be opening its doors in center court next to the Gazebo! Offering complimentary internet access, gourmet coffee, espresso, tea, fresh daily soup, Panini sandwiches and delicious gelato. Mio hopes to arrive before Santa!


Glassybaby is a Seattle-based, glass-blowing studio that specializes in small, colored glass cups that, when lit with a candle, give off a warm glow and provide a calming and beautiful effect. Glassybaby will occupy the Kiosk between Coldwater Creek and Talbots, during the Holiday Season. In keeping with their commitment of giving back, 10% of all sales before 12/31 will be donated to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Tips for Better Business Travel

Nov 27, 2009

Tips for Business TravelersI recognize and appreciate that many of our guests at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport are staying here for business reasons.  After all- we are located just outside of Portland, Oregon and are minutes away from the business centers in Tulatin and Tigard.   Here are some tips I found from the article, 30 tips for better business travel that you might appreciate!  Leave a comment if you have more handy tips to share.

Business Travel Tips

  • Never put your laptop in your hold luggage, even if you’re not using it during your flight. The tender ministrations of the baggage handlers have dispatched more than one of my laptops to the great repair shop in the sky. — Jo Best, senior reporter,
  • Pack paper and pen – they have a longer battery life than your laptop and are more multi-functional. – Rob Bamforth, analyst, Quocirca
    Buy a light travel bag that holds a change of clothes, laptop, charger, phone, pen, paper and has a handle, shoulder and backpack straps. – Rob Bamforth, analyst, Quocirca
    Take your own bottle of water on the plane. Even in business class they never come round with the drinks enough and it’s too easy to get dehydrated. – Steve Ranger, business editor,
    Try to avoid working when you are travelling – the whole experience is bad enough without adding to the stress by having to complete your presentation before you land. Use the time to catch up on leisure reading and movies. – Elaine Axby, analyst, Quocirca
    Two consecutive nights in the same hotel is a chance to get some laundry done – so less clothes you need to pack in the first place. – Bob Tarzey, analyst, Quocirca
    If you aren’t yet a Skype subscriber then think about becoming one. In some countries, using VoIP in the hotel lobby or a wi-fi zone can save you a small fortune in mobile phone roaming charges. Don’t forget to pack your headset. – Simon Moores, columnist,
    In strange cities, if you can find out how best to get from the airport to your destination before you leave and the rough cost and time, everything will run a lot more smoothly. – Simon Briskman, lawyer, Field Fisher Waterhouse

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Eating Out for Our Thanksgiving Travelers

Nov 24, 2009

Traveling during the holidays can be exciting, eventful, memorable and a good time to reconnect with your loved ones- without worrying about the cooking.  I came across this article on and wanted to share with our guests.  We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and hope that you will let us know if there is ever anything else we can do to make your stay more comfortable.

Eating out on Thanksgiving – Restaurants open in Portland By Alley Hector,

Not all of us want to deal with the family drama that generally ensues when Grandma and little sis’, who recently became vegan, fight over the 12 lb bird on the table. Leave the stress behind and let yourself be served.

Thankfully, many Portland area restaurants are open for Thanksgiving. Generally, you’ll to have to shell out a few bucks and make reservations as soon as possible. Here are some recommendations. Post yours below.

Jake’s Thanksgiving Buffet at the Governor Hotel
All McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants will be open for your seafood needs but if you want a buffet that will surely send you into a tryptophan coma, head out to the Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave., 503-224-3400). Reservations begin at 11 am and end at 3:30 pm. $29.95 adults, $7.95 children 6-12, 5 and younger free. Call 503-241-2125 to make your reservation.

Rheinlander German Restaurant
Nothing says Thanksgiving like lederhosen. Special (meaning traditional) Dinner served 11 am-8 pm, reservations recommended.

The Heathman
This pricey Portland staple is a nice sit-down option that will please every member of the classy family. Prix fixe dining room service 11 am-9 pm. Holiday buffet 11:30 am-6 pm. The Heathman, 1001 SW Broadway., 503-790-7752. $46.50 per person ($18 for kids under 12). Call to reserve seats.

View Point Inn
For a more intimate dinner outside the city, the View Point Inn to the east with a panoramic Columbia River Gorge view is the place. And when you’ve stuffed yourself silly, you can just nab a room. At $65 a person it’s not the most frugal option, but the menu takes the traditional fare and adds significant flair, which should be worth the extra cash. View Point Inn is on the Historic Columbia River Highway, 503-695-5811.

Thanksgiving at McMenamins
Local favorites McMenamins will have a plethora of buffets at all their major locations. And at $24 per adult they’re really quite the bargain. Perhaps not as fancy as other restaurants, McMenamins always provides a warm atmosphere and plenty of room for the kids to run around in. 1 pm ’til 7 pm; reservations required | $23.95 adults; $18.95 senior; $11.95 kids 6-12; free for kids 5 and under | All ages welcome

For more recommendations visit the folks of Willamette Week, Open Table and Gayot.

Holiday Deals and Entertainment on Tap For Black Friday Shoppers at Bridgeport Village

Nov 23, 2009

pr_bridgeport-village-11Yes, Black Friday is coming November 27……the day the official holiday shopping season begins- and the day that retailers everywhere offer shoppers tremendous savings on gifts. Smart shoppers everywhere will find amazing deals and festive events throughout the day at Bridgeport Village.

Bridgeport Village is one of the premier shopping destinations in the Pacific Northwest and a shoppers heaven. The center offers an exclusive mix of local, regional and national shops unlike any other shopping experience in Oregon. To sweeten the deal, The Grand Hotel Bridgeport is offering special holiday packages for travelers and shoppers staying with us that weekend.   Stay at Portland’s newest luxury hotel! The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport is just steps from Bridgeport Village. Book the Grand Shopping Package and you”ll receive a $25 Bridgeport Village gift card and gift with your stay.  To find out about hotel specials- call 866-968-5757 or email

If you are coming by- be sure to check out some of these special events happening this Friday!

santawithbagThe Bridgeport Express begins Friday, November 27 – Wednesday, December 23 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm.  A new addition to the holiday season, The Bridgeport Express will provide fun filled train rides around the village. This 35 passenger, solar operated train will take you to your destination. Frequent stops include: Sur La Table, Coach, Urban Outfitters, Borders Book & Music and in between Coldwater Creek & Talbots. This “green” solar train is trackless and accommodates children and adults. Rides are free!

Light Up The Night – Friday, November 27, 6pm – 7:30pm The holiday season begins with a festive celebration. Santa will be making his grand entrance on the Bridgeport Express and will set foot into his Renaissance Home. Be there as we light the Bridgeport Village Christmas Tree in center court. Afterwards visit Santa to get your holiday photo. Plus enjoy musical entertainment by Radio Disney!

Santa Photos November 27 – December 24 Monday – Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm Sundays: 11:00am-6:00pm.  Visit Santa in his Renaissance Home in center court! Children visiting Santa will be receiving a peppermint stick along with a coloring book.

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Community Notes- Winter Wonderettes Opens at The Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Nov 09, 2009

The Winter Wonderettes Opening in November!

Theatre-goers and music lovers staying at The Grand Hotel Bridgeport may be interested to know about the The Broadway Rose Theatre Company.  The theatre, located just minutes from our hotel, is the only professional musical theater company in Washington County. The theatre combines nationally and locally recognized professionals with high quality production values to bring performances that rival national Broadway tours.  A local favorite, The Broadway Rose Theatre was selected as the 2009 “Business of the Year” by the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.

The next production, Winter Wonderettes, The New ’60s Christmas Musical Created by Roger Bean, opens November 19 and will run through December 20. Gal-pal singing group The Marvelous Wonderettes have been invited to perform at the 1968 holiday party for Harpers Hardware Store. Beauty queen Cindy Lou, wise-crackin’ gum
 chewin’ Suzy, shy gal Missy, and scrappy Betty Jean create a rockin’ lively mix of 50s and 60s holiday hits and standards. But when Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity, with the support of some great familiar and not-so-familiar holiday gems, to rectify their holiday party without the jolly big guy in red. The result is a marvelous show that will have you dancing in the aisles and celebrating in Winter Wonderettes style.

For ticket information, visit

Photo Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer

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