This talented musician visits our Morrison store frequently. Usually after performing for a few hours around the corner for the waiting Max riders and people passing through. He has soothed my eardrums many a time while on my lunch break, and I always find my state of mental being relaxed and realigned when I return to work afterward.
As part of our mission to promote the local community, we are honored to introduce you to this fine musician. You can usually find him along SW Yamhill, between SW 9th and 10th, across from Art Media and next to The Real Mother Goose.
We are working on a in-depth story on Mr. Horner, complete with music videos that will be filmed in Downtown Portland and vicinity.
Here is a very short test video of him playing the violin. The video had originally been edited and converted to a format that was to be uploaded to Vimeo, however there was some kind of issue with their Database at the time of this writing and the video could not be uploaded to our Vimeo account, so we decided to upload it to Google Video. Not surprisingly, the quality of the video is not so good because Google Video has different parameters for their videos than Vimeo does. But it’s still kinda neat.
Part of the charm of a 24-hour store is the veritable cornucopia of personalities one meets. Peterson’s customers come from all walks of life, and all corners of the world. The Morrison store is located across from the Western Culinary Institute, and many students drop by on their way to and from class.
This is Teresa. She came to Portland from Butte, Montana to study the restaurant business. She found hotel hospitality interesting, so now she’s studying that as well. Eventually she wants to return to Montana to open her own place, perhaps a restaurant or a bed & breakfast. She will go far, I’m sure. (At least as far as Montana…) If her skills match her personality, the Big Sky will be the limit!
Teresa is a big fan of Diet Coke, but she has been known to pick up a bottle of wine on occasion. (Relax Mom, it’s strictly for, ahem, cooking purposes, ahem.) She’s been seen buying candy, but doesn’t need it. She’s plenty sweet enough!
And of course there is the age old, “Howdy neighbor, spare a cup of sugar?”, which I had to do one time when we ran out of sugar for our coffee bar and ended up purchasing a few dozen packets from a neighboring establishment until our order came in the next day.
Well tonight we had Rob from the Yamhill Pub stopping in for some bags of ice. The Yamhill buys quite a bit of bagged ice from us, and we are happy to oblige. I think it has something to do with the fact that most people like their drinks cold (duh). Whatever the reason, they are always very grateful that we have a good sized freezer stocked with the stuff, and Rob, as you can see from the picture above, is quite elated about it, and so were we.
Rob has lived in Portland for over 20 years. So I think that qualifies him as a local. Rob works as the door man and also as bartender. He tells me he sends business our way almost every night, and went on to say “Peterson’s is frickin’ awesome!” We think Rob is pretty awesome as well.
We have lots of faithful customers, and we love each and every one of them. They are undoubtedly the back bone of our existence. One of our regular customers, B.Gibson, has been with us since the very beginning. She boasts proudly “I have known Mr. Peterson for almost 25 years, I met him when he first opened this (Morrison) store, and he is such a nice person.” B. Gibson told me she worked for the Phone Company for over 30 years, and now works part time at FedEx. She loves to play Lotto, and is partial to Powerball and Megabucks.
She thought she was having a bad hair day, and didn’t want me to take her picture, although I thought she was very pretty. But I respected her wishes and just took a snapshot of her filling out the Lotto, which she was totally cool with.
Jin Young and Kwang Hee are exchange students from South Korea. Both Jin and Kwang have studied Aerospace Engineering at University in South Korea, and are currently in the states for one year. They are currently attending a University in our neighbor state of Idaho, and are studying, you guessed it, Engineering.
When asked what qualities they liked best about Portland, they responded by saying “The abundance of beautiful roses here, and the MAX.”