One of the Boyds' stores closing is in the Pearl. I used to go there but they seemed to go out of their way not to be a retail store. It was an odd location. Not only was seating sparse - but the service was never consistent. I never had the impression that retail sales was the purpose. An espresso coffee at more than $3 deserves to be made correctly and consistently and not on the whim of the server. Oh well - they are gone. Maybe they will approach the next retail venture differently.
The next venture is a coffee truck. Yes a coffee truck, not trucks. Read the Oregonian for those details.