When you come to Your Market on Sundays, please take some time to check out other things to do in Downtown Milwaukie. You could spend a whole day visiting the businesses in downtown and the lovely parks that ring it.
Shopping in downtown:
Most downtown retailers are open on Sundays — from longtimer Things From Another World for comics and collectibles, to the lovely newcomer, Portland Posy, with plants, flowers, and unique gift ideas. The Missing Link bicycle shop, Roger & Ives home decor, Red Snapper midcentury furnishings, K-Marie’s crafty wonderland, and more, line Main Street. But don’t forget to venture off Main — especially to the scentsational Milwaukie Apothecary on 21st!
The Main Street Collectors Mall is worth a special visit to check out the vintage soda fountain in the former Perry’s Pharmacy. Enjoy an inexpensive ice cream treat and sit on the same stool that John F. Kennedy sat on when he visited Milwaukie while running for president in 1960! You can read the speech that Kennedy gave at Milwaukie High School that day here.
Eating in downtown:
Most downtown restaurants are open during the Market, and offer a range of options from Mexican to Hawaiian to Thai to diner fare. And don’t forget the coffee shops, many of which have sandwiches and pastries, as well as being able to provide your caffeine fix.
Or wander down 21st to the Max station to check out the Milwaukie Station food cart pod! Asian noodles, barbecue, burgers, sushi, gyros and more!
Have you been watching the new library take shape? We hear it will be open by January, and perhaps sooner. . .
Axletree Apartments and South Downtown:
Downtown Milwaukie’s new “high-rise” is due to open this fall. South Downtown has been a construction zone for many months, but that work is coming to a close — look for Washington Street to fully reopen soon, but Main south of Washington will remain closed for construction of the new South Downtown Plaza — the future home of Your Market!
Across McLoughlin from Your Market is Milwaukie Bay Park, which features a lovely walk down to the boat ramp, with benches and a few picnic tables. The latest improvements to the park were dedicated in May 2015, and the park has been popular with boaters – both motorized and non motorized — ever since. The City recently updated the plans for adding an amphitheater, play area and other improvements to the park — see those plans here
Keep walking south from Milwaukie Bay Park, around the euphemistically-named “water resource recovery plant,” with a nice path along the river, then four blocks through the Island Station neighborhood to Spring Park and the trailhead to Milwaukie’s newest park, Elk Rock Island!
There are also a few other small gems of greenspace around downtown:
• Scott Park, with duck pond and amphitheater, tucked away behind the Ledding Library construction, is still open during construction
• The Waldorf School also has a cool playground for the kids.
Also, for those rainy days (of which we all hope there are few during Market season), there are usually family-friendly movies showing at Wonderland, along with arcade games there and at Pietro’s Pizza.
So check out some of the other things Milwaukie has to offer when you come to Your Market!