Music at Greg’s, new business openings, and community engagement from Ben & Jerry’s highlight latest OMD news
Summer is in full swing in the Old Mill District as guests enjoy the restaurants, retail shops and outdoor activities the area has to offer. With a range of health and safety measures in place, visitors are excited to return to summer favorites like outdoor dining, walking the Deschutes River Trail, and outdoor fitness classes.
OLD MILL DISTRICT NEWS
Grab-And-Go Beer, Wine and Cider Now Available at the Ticket Mill
The newly opened Ticket Mill shop is pleased to offer grab-and-go alcoholic beverage options for customers to enjoy. The perfect addition to a picnic, local craft beer, cider and wine in cans and by the bottle will be available for purchase daily from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The Ticket Mill is located at 450 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 408, between Tumalo Art Co. and Lush.
Live Music Returns to Greg’s Grill on the Deschutes
Diners are invited to join Greg’s Grill on their outdoor patio for exceptional food, one of a kind drinks, breathtaking views and socially distanced live music starting at 5:30 p.m. To see the full schedule of live music events, follow Greg’s Grill on Facebook: Facebook.com/GregsGrillBend.
New Businesses Continue to Open Their Doors
Despite the global pandemic, new businesses are continuing to open shop in the Old Mill District. So far in July, Somewhere That’s Green and Lush have both opened to the public. Somewhere That’s Green is a Bend-based plant store specializing in indoor plants and local artisan-made products like pots and plant hangers, while Lush is a popular handmade cosmetics and beauty products store. Lush is open for contactless pickup only at this time. In August, Sephora is scheduled to open for business in the Old Mill District for guests to explore the latest beauty trends, cosmetics, skin care products and styling tools.
Several Les Schwab Amphitheater Concerts Rescheduled for 2021
The 2020 summer concert season has changed radically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but several artists have already announced rescheduled event dates for the 2021 season. Primus has rescheduled its Bend show for August 18, 20201; Dave Matthews Band has been rescheduled for September 8, 2021; and Luke Bryan has announced new dates for September 30 and October 1, 2021. Tickets will automatically be transferred to the new concert dates, or fans have a limited amount of time to request a refund if they can’t make the new date. For more information, visit https://bendconcerts.com/events-concerts/.
Deschutes River Cleanup Scheduled for July 25
Join the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council for their 24th annual Deschutes River Cleanup on Saturday, July 25. Cleanup will take place along five different riparian areas of the Deschutes, including Riverbend Park and McKay park near the Old Mill District. Volunteers will help pull invasive weeds and remove litter from the river banks. Social distancing will be enforced. Volunteer signups have closed, but to learn more, visit UpperDeschutesWatershedCouncil.org.
Ben & Jerry’s Gives Back to the Bend Community
Ben & Jerry’s has always strived to support its community, but during these challenging and unprecedented times, the Bend shop is committed to bringing as much joy and happiness to Bend as possible. Over the past several months, Bend’s Ben & Jerry’s shop has made Bend a better place by:
- Regularly donating ice cream pints to St. Charles medical staff, Central Oregon Pediatric Associates, local fire stations, care facilities, and other essential businesses like preschools, veterinarian clinics and the shop’s garbage service.
- Making a donation to Family Kitchen, a Bend organization providing free meals to those in need.
- The company has strongly supported the Black Lives Matter movement since 2016, and recently served ice cream at the Central Oregon Black Leaders Assembly March to Reclaim Pilot Butte. Employees continue to participate in local marches and sit ins.
- While on temporary layoff, store manager Kimi Smith volunteered her time to organize a Teacher’s Appreciation event where participants voted for their favorite teacher. The top three winners received free ice cream and Ben & Jerry’s merchandise.
Fitness Studios Offering Outdoor Classes this Summer
In order to promote health and safety and respect social distancing measures, several fitness studios in the Old Mill District are taking advantage of the Bend summer weather and offering outdoor classes.
- CycleBar, located along the Deschutes River, is offering weekly outdoor classes as a supplement to its indoor cycling classes.
- Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play, a fitness and yoga studio for adults and children, is currently offering a wide variety of outdoor classes and events, as well as livestream and recorded options.
- Orangetheory Fitness, a nationwide HIIT workout phenomenon, will offer outdoor class options beginning July 20.