Midway business group celebrates the Holidays

Take a look at how the Midway Business Association made merry in outer East Portland, while looking forward to a bright New Year …

Members and guests gather in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood for the annual Holiday meeting of the Midway Business Association.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It was a festive noontime occasion on December 11, when about 40 members and guests of the Midway Business Association (MBA) gathered at the Pizza Baron restaurant, festively decorated for Christmas, hosted by owner Bill Dayton, and his son, manager Jeff Dayton.

While not a formal meeting, the celebration kicked off with everyone present giving self-introductions – before being invited up to the pizza and soft drink buffet.

Folks don’t have to be asked twice to help themselves to the delicious pizza.

Mouths watered as attendees perused a table laden with the giant. three-style Baron’s Bonanza pizza; but many eyed what some declared the restaurant’s finest creation, a “Chicken with White Garlic Sauce” pie.

“This year, we’ve set up our ‘Midway Thriving Committee’, and elected a great new Board of Directors who actively participate in the association,” remarked MBA President Marcia Zimmerman, who is also owner of MLK Property Management.

MBA Past President Dr. David Day DC, spends a moment with current President Marcia Zimmerman.

“We did have a very successful event at Powell Butte this year, with great participation,” Zimmerman told East Portland News. “A combination of fortunate good weather, and participation of members, helped it succeed.”

Looking forward to 2019, Zimmerman said that the organization is working on a new area event, but is not yet ready to reveal what it is. “And, we’re looking to publish a new Midway Visitors Guide!” she added.

MBA President Emeritus Dr. David Day, DC, gives a presentation about the organization’s successes of 2018.

After a brief presentation, attendees celebrated with a Champagne (or sparkling cider) toast. And, the Holiday celebration wouldn’t have been complete without door prizes; many were given and received.

The MBA meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested is invited to learn about this business group, which describes itself as dedicated to helping neighbors and businesses improve the southern end of outer East Portland.

Their monthly meeting runs from 11:45 AM until 1 PM at the Pizza Baron restaurant on SE 122nd Avenue, just south of Division Street. For more information see their official website: CLICK HERE.

Showing the door prizes – two, of many – is Venture Portland Catalytic Investment Initiative Manager Jody Francis, and Lori Boisen of Lori Boisen Consulting Services.

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