UPDATE: Washougal jets forward with new businesses and buildings

April 8, 2012

by Martha Martin

Down town Washougal looking east. (right to left) Washougal Town Square, True Value Hardware, Pawn shop (location of new Amnesia Brew pub), and Old Riverview bank building (across street, blue tile). (photo Martha Martin)

The City of Washougal’s business community is growing by leaps and bounds.  Along with the ten businesses in Washougal Town Square, several more new businesses are locating in the down town area very soon.

Washougal Town Square is anything but empty

Despite the consistent rumors that the LEED certified Washougal Town Square retail and commercial building is struggling to find tenants, there are now 10 businesses leasing office and retail spaces.

Washougal Town Square Business listings

Papa’s Ice Cream, owned by Ivan Gering, has been a fixture  almost since the building was completed in 2008.

Owner David Garcia’s Hearth Wood Oven Bistro Restaurant has become a popular eating establishment for both locals and those traveling through the area.

The newest retail business is Dayley Dance Academy, which offers dance instruction to young and old alike, as well as fitness classes.

The second floor office spaces are leased to Lone Wolf Investments, Freiwald Financial Planning, Massage with Style, Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, PointNorth Consulting, Washougal sport & Spine, and Rent-A-Center.

New office suites in Washougal Town Square (photo Martha Martin)

Additional spaces and offices have been completed and are ready to be leased.  New office spaces that average 400-500 square feet over look the central courtyard area or have an enviable view of Mt. Hood.

A large space, which could be the home to an architectural firm, an artists studio, or

A high wood beam ceiling in Washougal Town Square (photo Martha Martin)

technology firm, boasts high ceilings with wood beams and fabulous views.

UPDATE: Competitive Engineering, Inc.

As of April 9, another business has leased space in the Washougal Town Square Building.

Competitive Engineering, Inc., and international engineering firm based in Tucson, Arizona, has signed a lease for an executive suite, starting with two employees.

According to information from their website, Competitive Engineering, Inc. (CEI) was founded in 1987 and “is dedicated to being a leader in the engineering and manufacturing industry.”

CEI provides technical expertise to reduce manufacturing costs and increase productivity, and provides engineering and manufacturing solutions.

CEI has additional locations in Mexico and the Philippines.

New businesses prepare to move into down town

A Brew Pub, a Web designer, and a Spa and Nail Salon; all these are locating in the area along Main street in downtown Washougal.

Amnesia, a brewing company out of Portland, is locating its business in the old Pawn Shop next to True Value Hardware.

Demolition and renovation is currently underway, with estimated time for completion the end of summer.

Amnesia Brewing is expanding from Portland to Washougal

The Amnesia brew masters will open this summer in downtown Washougal.  Their new facility will include a tasting room and pub in addition to the brew house.

Amnesia will be located at 1834 Main Street, in a renovated, early 1900’s era style brick building.

Rendering of the new Amnesia Brew Pub at 1834 Main Street (Contributed photo)

The expansion will allow Amnesia to greatly increase their production capacity and expand their customer base and distribution.

Amnesia currently produces approximately 1,700 barrels of beer a year in their North Portland location.  The Washougal location will produce up to 6,000 barrels in the first year of operation.

Amnesia has plans to incorporate canning and bottling of their signature beers in the near future. 

AAA Pawn Shop on Main Street will become Amnesia Brew Pub (photo Martha Martin)

Amnesia’s new home at1834 Main Street in Washougal was most recently occupied by the AAA Pawn Shop.  An extensive renovation will take place to accommodate the brewery use, including the fabrication of a new 15 barrel brewing system, which will be manufactured by Metalcraft Fabrication in Portland, Oregon.

According to Kevin King, the owner of Amnesia, the concept was right from the beginning.  “Washougal really fits our personality.  The town is under-stated, has a great history, and tremendous potential.

Inside the Pawn Shop Space as it's prepared to become a Brew Pub (photo Martha Martin)

It’s not a flashy place, and Amnesia is not a flashy brewery.”  He continued by saying, “The first time I stood in front of the building on Main St., I was taken back to Mississippi Street (North Portland) in 2003.  Washougal is ready for growth.  We just feel lucky that we get to be in on the ground floor again.”

Founded in 2003 in Portland, Oregon, Amnesia Brewing is known for making some of the Northwest’s finest unfiltered micro-brews.

New Spa business leases in Incubator Building

1887 Main Street Incubator building in Washougal (photo Martha Martin)

Glo Beauty Salon, owned by Deborah Kirkendall, plans to open by May 1 at the latest in the new Incubator building on 1887  Main Street in down town Washougal.  The business will offer skin and and nail care treatments.  Glo Beauty Salon will lease a ground floor retail space.

Stairs to 2nd floor at 1887 Main Street, Incubator Building (photo Martha Martin)



The building at 1887 Main Street, informally known as the Incubator building, is another project by Lone Wolf Development owned by Wes Hickey.  The two story building offers 12 flex-use spaces for both retail and office tenants, according to Adam Taylor, Lone Wolf development representative.  The building was built to qualify for LEED Gold Certification, and has an elevator as well as off-street parking.

According to Taylor, the building offers flexible lease rates and short term opportunities.

Old Riverview Bank Building will house new business

Old Riverview Bank building to house Effective Web Solutions (photo Martha Martin)

Across the street from Washougal Town Square at 1737 Main Street, Effective Web Solutions, an internet marketing company, is set to move into the former Riverview Community Bank no later than May 1.  They will have 9 employees to start with and are looking at a timeline to try and bring in an additional number of employees at a later date. They currently have 26 employees that spread from Spanaway, Washington, Portland, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

True Value Hardward has a facelift

True Value Hardware has recently undergone an exterior remodeling, with windows facing Main Street (photo Martha Martin)

In recent months, True Value Hardware has undergone a complete exterior renovation.  The entrance was moved from the west side of the building to the northwest corner, and windows were added to the north facing side of the building.  Customers can now view the interior from Main street.  The exterior also has a new design with upgrades, and a new sign.

The building is owned by Wes Hickey, who invested in the renovation shortly before starting on the new Incubator building at 1887 Main Street.

Lone Wolf Development and Wes Hickey 

Washougal Town Square courtyard and rain fountain (photo Martha Martin)

Washougal and its historic downtown is undergoing a renaissance, led by Wes Hickey, owner of Lone Wolf Development.

Lone Wolf Development, headquartered in Washougal, focuses on urban infill projects with mixed-use, low-impact designs that inspire community interaction, foster environmental stewardship, and promote the growth of local businesses.  With 48,000 square feet of LEED Certified space and another 9,000 square feet underway in downtown Washougal, Lone Wolf is responsible for the highest concentration of LEED Certified buildings in all of Clark County.

Additional new business to start near Safeway

American Family Insurance will take space in the Evergreen Marketplace near Safeway and All Pride Fitness.  According to Mayor Sean Guard, this is a new office to the community.

 For more information about Washougal Town Square or 1887 Main Street, contact Adam Taylor at adam.brett.taylor@gmail.com or 360-335-0384.