Articles by Chad Walsh

Chad Walsh
Chad Walsh has been police reporter, a house painter, an impresario, an editor and a waiter. He reports on a variety of local topics for Neighborhood Notes, but when he's not, he writes about food and drink for local restaurants, websites and magazines. He likes long walks, good whiskey and imagining where electrons really go when they've lost all their spin.  
Downtown's paper store for the paper lover

Now Open in Portland: Ecru Modern Stationer Downtown

Now Open in Portland: Ecru Modern Stationer Downtown

LeAnn Dolan, who’s been doling out paper goodies for stationery nerds since 2006, has just opened a new shop. At 500 square feet, Ecru’s new downtown shop focuses on many of the same paper goods that have made Dolan’s Pearl District shop such a stationery stalwart. Expect plenty of blank journals, gifts, totes, jewelry and greeting cards, many of which are Oregon-focused, Portlander-designed, or more...

Meet local maker Nial McGaughey

Made in Portland: Hovercraft

Made in Portland: Hovercraft

If you’re an especially techie musician, you might recognize the name Nial McGaughey. For the last 15 years, he’s operated Solid Cables, known for designing and wiring the most durable and reliable electric cables in show business. But, you might not yet know him as the operator of Hovercraft—and if you’re a bassist or a guitarist, you should. Since 2011, McGaughey and his “motley more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Bad Habit Room

In addition to offering a host of breakfast cocktails (house Bloody Marys, brandy Old Fashioneds, screwdrivers and mimosas), the Bad Habit Room—Saraveza’s sleeper kid sister—supplies one nostalgic treat that few places do: frosted homemade Pop-Tarts (filled with mashes of seasonal berries or a classic blast of cinnamon and brown sugar). Once you’ve slaked your grown-up thirst and sated your more...

Take a peek inside Elizabeth Beekley's new bake shop

Now Open in Portland: Palace Cakes

Now Open in Portland: Palace Cakes

The idea for Elizabeth Beekley’s “homespun, old-fashioned” cakery stems from what she considers a dessert world void: She and a friend wanted, but couldn’t seem to find, a slice of simple yellow cake with a simple chocolate frosting. Shortly thereafter, the Two Tarts Bakery owner set out to right this wrong by building out a 10-seat, 750-square-foot shop where visitors can stop by for whole more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: The Richmond Bar

The happy hour discounts at The Richmond Bar don’t run deep—essentially, everything on the menu’s $1 off—but they’re enough of an incentive to take the fairly large and expertly executed menu for a test drive. If you’re looking for something small but filling, order one of the kitchen’s three homemade hand pies, served with a side of pickles and topped with crunchy sea salt more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Glyph Café and Arts Space

Few cafes employ a full-time chef, but Glyph, the cafe and arts space on the Pearl District’s most eastern edge, does. And while pairing pastries with your coffee and tea is fine and good, slightly fussy, yet still unpretentious breakfast fare is finer and better. Why settle for a bagel when you can have a cheesy, eggy breakfast sandwich made with your choice of either Olympic Provisions-cured chorizo or more...

Holy Spokes: SE Division's streets newest business is not a restaurant

Now Open in Portland: Holy Spokes

Now Open in Portland: Holy Spokes

After leaving bicycle repair gigs in Boston, Tim Ennis hit the ground running—err, pedaling—in Portland with the opening of Rolling Wrench, a one-man, mobile repair shop known for making house calls. Three years and a couple of employees later, Ennis has folded Rolling Wrench under the umbrella of his new brick and mortar. The bulk of his business, he says, remains mobile repairs, but with a new more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Swift Lounge

Oh, Swift: With your black ceiling, and your red walls, and your unapologetically loud hip-hop, and your strong pours, and your occasionally rowdy SINdustry crowds, you seem so tough and divey on the outside. But, it doesn’t take much to know that on the inside you’re just a softy—what with your large, northern facing windows, and your bright, fresh, daily sangrias, and your sweetheart deals on more...

12 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in August

Plenty popped up in Portland’s business world last month. We got a new deli, a new taco shop, and a new Lebanese eatery. We also got a bicycle repair shop, a dry goods shop and a new artisanal art collective. Plus, two of Portland’s most beloved eateries, Ned Ludd and The Country Cat, opened new spaces to accommodate larger parties and special events. Not bad, Portland. Not bad at all. Pearl District more...

Josephine’s Dry Goods re-opens!

Now Open in Portland: Josephine's Dry Goods

Now Open in Portland: Josephine's Dry Goods

When Bini Leach attended The Art Institute of Portland, she’d often head downtown to Josephine’s to pour over fabrics that she’d then stitch into apparel for either her school assignments or for her sister-in-law, Dana Handler. When Josephine’s shuttered in late 2013, the pair were bummed out: The dry goods store had carried the city’s best silks, Italian wools and Liberty of London more...