In 1992, James Joyce and Vicky Davies took over a Lake Oswego catering company and eventually renamed it GP Kitchen. Twenty-two years later, they’ve expanded north, opening a 10-seat Pearl District cafe featuring Stumptown Coffee drinks, Steven Smith teas, and a greatest hits paleo, vegan and gluten-free menu culled from their original market menu, showcasing their bacon-tossed Brussels sprouts by the pound.
The Modern Man Montavilla
Chris Espinoza’s fourth Modern Man barber shop is, at five chairs, his smallest. And while the new Montavilla shop offers the same services that his others do, including cuts, hot towel shaves and beard trims—accompanied, as always, by a complimentary beer or whiskey shot—it also offers video games, bow ties and Sticks & Stones’ handcrafted jewelry.
Grand Central Bakery Woodstock
The folks behind one of Portland’s (and Seattle’s) favorite bakeries have just opened their seventh local cafe, a 2,100-square-foot space that, like the other spots, features sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries, pie, coffee and tea. This new spot also serves a pair of new Grand Central eats: brioche cinnamon rolls on the sweet side and chili-beet tortas on the savory side.
This week’s flush with budding empires, including a baking giant’s latest venture, the quiet blossoming of a barber shop’s small chain, and a new spot from our neighbors to the south.