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Neighborhood Notes Update and Changes!

Hi Everyone, I’m sure you have noticed that changes are afoot at Neighborhood Notes and I wanted to share with you my excitement about what’s coming up. As many of you know, Lynnette left last year and is pursuing her next endeavor, I wish her all the best. But, I’m taking this opportunity to fine tune and move Neighborhood Notes forward in an exciting direction. NN will, of course, remain true to more...

Cancelled projects and poor management threaten Centennial Mills.

Can We Save Part of Portland’s History Before It's Demolished?

Can We Save Part of Portland’s History Before It's Demolished?

Portland is at risk of losing another important piece of its history, Centennial Mills. $13 million dollars, two failed proposals, and lack of basic care that caused serious deterioration of the structure have pushed the PDC to partially demolish the mill. Mayor Hales thinks all buildings on the site should be demolished. Built in 1910 as Crown Mills, Centennial Mills was an important part of Portland’s early more...

The days may be getting longer, but that doesn’t mean you still don’t yearn to be somewhere else. But for lots of us, our vacations are still six months away, and that’s if we’re lucky enough to have planned one. That said, we’re here to help. This weekend, you can visit plenty of countries without even leaving the city limits—via brunch, of course. Pick one and go with it. And, of more...

Now Open in Northeast Portland: Olympia Oyster Bar

Melissa Mayer and Maylin Chavez love oysters, and they want you to, too. Their new almost all-things oyster bar, inspired by their recent tasting trip to Paris, is now open for dinner, Saturday brunch, and coming soon, lunch, too. Naturally, wine and bubbles will flow, as will a carefully chosen selection of beers, but there are cocktails, too, dreamt up by mixologist and Oven and Shaker co-owner Ryan Magarian. more...

Now Open in Southeast Portland: Smith Teamaker SE Tasting Room and HQ

Steven Smith Teamaker, the first name in local tea—and perhaps even in the world—has just opened its doors to a brand new facility on the southeast side of the river. The new enormous industrial space gives you a chance to see how the leaves are read and sorted, and you can try any of the brand’s blends by taking a seat inside the facility’s brand new tasting room, complete with comfy chairs, more...

Where to Happy Hour, Mexican-Style, in Portland

When you’re hungry for Mexican food and dying for happy hour, you’ve got some wide-ranging options. You can brave the lines (don’t worry, they move fast) at ¿Por Qué No?. You can try the stewy tacos de guisados at Mi Mero Mole. You can dig into some very proper tamales at Tamale Boy, or take a refined tour of the country at Xico. Or you can collect all four (which is what we more...

Now Open in Northeast Portland: Epif

Nicolle Dirks and Jose "Pepe" Arancibia met in Boston in 1996. Not long after, they found themselves married and living in Chile, where they ran a vegetarian restaurant that they called Epif. When the couple relocated to Portland, they brought their restaurant with them, opening this 47-seat vegetarian and mostly vegan spot that serves any kind of cuisine that can be found along the spine of the Andes more...

Where to Get a Good Bloody Mary in Portland

January 1 kicked off—appropriately—with Bloody Mary Day. That day has come and gone, but Portland sure continues to make some keepers. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites that we’ve had over the years. Keep ‘em in mind the next time your in need of a morning bracer. Sure, lots of Bloodies in lots of bars all over town get twisted like pretzels into a variety of flavor profiles. more...

Now Open in Northwest Portland: Bull in China

If you’ve been coveting your friends’s new bar set, chances are it was handmade right here in town courtesy of Lucas Plant, Daniel Osborne and Katie Burnett’s Bull in China. For a year, you could only score one some ordering it all online or visiting a few spots around town that sold BIC goods on consignment. But now they have their own shop which you can enter right of NW 21st Avenue (don’t more...

Now Open in Northwest Portland: Aria Gin

Move over Distillery Row: With the recent opening of Aria Gin (which joins Bull Run and Clear Creek distilleries), NW Portland’s Slabtown neighborhood has its very own distillery district. All of Aria’s London-style gins are produced onsite, and if you’re looking for a sample, it has a tasting room, too, where you can purchase post-sip bottles, bitters and bar gear courtesy of Bull in China. Aria more...