Cloudy skies got you down? New cafe offers 'light therapy'

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KATU Reporter Lincoln Graves talks to Alex Carlson, owner of Lightbar in Southeast Portland. KATU photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sometimes the gloomy, gray skies we live under in the Pacific Northwest can get us down.

Well now there's a new local café that wants to help out by providing light therapy to combat the blues.

Lightbar, located at 1401 S.E. Morrison Street, opens next week. They're still putting together the finishing touches and adding more lights, which include custom LED wall washes with color and brightness responding to the time of day.

"My idea is to have literature available on seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as at least six or eight different types of light therapy devices," said owner Alex Carlson.

Carlson came up with the idea after he bought a light therapy device for his home. He said when his kids started getting up early to crowd around the device before school each day, he knew he was on to something.

"Many people actually have no idea how much it could help them," he said.

In addition to the light therapy aspect, Lightbar will also function as a normal café/bar with food, drinks and outdoor seating. The menu features vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, in addition to fresh smoothies and salads. The cafe/bar will also offer Vitamin D and B12 supplements to counteract the effects of SAD.