Farewell Marsee Bakery

After swinging by Paper Garden to pick up holiday cards for friends, family, and clients, I stopped by Marsee Bakery at NE 10th and Broadway to sit down and write out my holiday greetings.

After placing my order for a coffee and a bagel, I noticed a small sign by the register noting the shop would be closing permanently on December 16. The employees weren’t sure of all the details, but it seems the issue has to do with the owner of the building from whom they were leasing.

The decision to close was just made last Monday, meaning the employees will be out of a job after tomorrow with next to no notice. I sat down at a table with my order where I was equally bummed and confused. As more people came and learned the news, they felt the same way.

Before moving out of the Irvington area of NE Portland in late September, the Marsee Bakery was a regular part of my weekend routine. I usually sat in the corner drinking a coffee with my bagel while reading or people-watching.

The staff who worked there were always friendly and had a good sense of humor. The shop was located in a great location to serve as a community meeting place, especially on the weekends. Bummer.

2 Comments so far

  1. Betsy (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Oh, no! Guess my meeting there on 1/6 needs to get moved to a different location.

    And I agree – everyone there was great, and I loved the space. Wonder what’s going to move in…

  2. Mike (unregistered) on December 17th, 2007 @ 8:16 am

    Saying that this sucks would be an understatement. The Marsee Baking on Broadway has been a Sunday morning coffee and bagel tradition for me and my friends for years…I think we started going there in 2001. We got to know all the employees, were greeted by name, and I even guessed the daily trivia question right sometimes and got the free coffee! My friends and I live in SW too, so it was definitely a destination for us, but well worth the trip. We went last weekend and missed out yesterday, now I read this. I feel like I’ve lost a friend, it was like a second home on the weekends, and knowing that they closed without my knowing and that I will never go back makes me truly sad. I worried this would happen when they closed the downtown Marsee last year, I only hope the one in Sellwood sticks around for a while. I feel bad for the employees too, being cut off with a week’s notice so close to the holiday. Best wishes to everyone there, I feel for you and will miss you. :)

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