In comparison with its tourist-beloved neighbor to the south, Gearhart, Oregon — inhabitants 1,836 — is a quiet cease alongside the Oregon Coast. It doesn’t have the cinematic historical past of Astoria or the cheese-lover vacation spot in Tillamook; it’s a spot that values its tranquil nooks and hidden respites, with seashore grass creeping over the sandy dunes and driftwood scattered alongside the aptly named Little Seashore.
Seeking to get away from the Los Angeles grind, Eire Baldwin — daughter of Alec and actress Kim Basinger — relocated from Los Angeles to Gearhart throughout the peak of the pandemic. In an virtually ironic twist, the transfer from Hollywood discovered the mannequin in what may simply be the plot of a Nancy Meyers film. Baldwin turned a daily on the native watering gap, Candy Store, the place she befriended proprietor Traci Williams. When Williams expressed her plans to retire, she urged Baldwin to take over the historic property, which has been a outstanding city landmark since not less than 1926.
The constructing will quickly usher in its newest period: Baldwin and accomplice André Allen Anjos, the Grammy-winning musician also called RAC, are opening Good Occasions, a brand new cafe and bar with an hooked up boutique, subsequent 12 months. The Portland-based pair describe it as the primary challenge from their accompanying life-style model of the identical identify. Good Occasions will promote issues like wine, pantry objects, pet provides, and skincare merchandise from small companies that are largely women- and/or Black-owned. “Many of the manufacturers we’re working with are my associates,’” Baldwin says. “So it’s a communal factor with the boutique and cafe, as a result of we’re all form of a household that’s engaged on this collectively.”
To orchestrate the eponymous good instances, Anjos and Baldwin put collectively a band of execs in pure wine, espresso, and meals to form the cafe’s menu. The couple are newbies to the restaurant trade, however they are saying their previous artistic and enterprise endeavors have outfitted them for this new pursuit: If Good Occasions have been an precise band, Anjos, together with his structural and organizational character, retains a gentle beat because the drummer, whereas Baldwin has slipped right into a singer-songwriter function, floating artistic huge image concepts.
See See Espresso co-owner Teddy Albertson will oversee the espresso throughout the day, when the cafe will serve breakfast and lunch objects like pastries, salads, and light-weight seafood dishes. By night time, the cafe will tackle extra of a European wine bar vibe, as small plates and glasses of pure wine land on tables — bottles from the identical distributor as Portland’s personal Ardor Pure Wines. The couple discovered inspiration on a latest journey to Sardinia, and need to channel the Mediterranean delicacies’s reverence for its components.
“Once I consider the concepts we have now for this restaurant, it’s the simplicity of [Sardinia’s] dishes and the way their seafood actually speaks for itself,” Baldwin says. “It’s not being glamorized by tons of sauces and this and that.”
Chef and Oregon Coast native Doug Niblack is the kitchen’s conductor, creating dishes like a foraged vegetable risotto and childhood consolation meals like tomato soup with grilled cheese and a cast-iron baked cookie. “He’s so educated in vegetation and tinctures and harvesting, and he hunts his personal meat,” Baldwin says. Seasonality shall be a key tenet of Good Occasions; its predominantly gluten-free menu is predicted to alter typically, relying on what Niblack is ready to forage, hunt, or catch.
Unsurprisingly, Anjos will curate Good Occasions’ auditory expertise: He already has a devoted Spotify playlist, some 65 hours sturdy, which can give the cafe a comfortable, pop-y soundtrack. “I’m selecting songs that set a really particular tone,” Anjos says. “It’s about enhancing that consolation.”
Good Occasions is a part of a wave of refreshed companies in Gearhart — Baldwin says Pacific Means Cafe and Market, the city’s nook retailer, and a neighborhood mattress and breakfast all have new possession. “We’re making an attempt to make this as cottagecore cuteness as attainable,” Baldwin says. “The entire coastal grandma factor is going on.”
Good Occasions opens in 2023 at 567 Pacific Means in Gearhart.