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.  
14 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

With just one month remaining in 2013, restaurateurs are showing no signs of slowing the clip at which they open new places to eat and drink. November was once again dominated by new restaurant openings, including spots that serve coffee, Scandinavian fare, and vegan Indian dishes, as well as bowls of ramen and wood-fired pizza. But, it wasn't all food, all the time. November also brought us all-natural handmade more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Queen Bee Creations

Shop Local: Queen Bee Creations

Rebecca Pearcy caught the "sewing bug" at the age of 13 and spent her subsequent high school and college years reclaiming vintage materials from thrift stores and sewing them together into a personal wardrobe of her own design. Throughout the years, she scoured the market for specific things she wanted, like custom-built bags, only to realize that the only way she was going to get what shereally wanted was more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Bonnet Boutique

Shop Local: Bonnet Boutique

After moving to Portland from Sonoma County—where she owned clothing and interior design shops—Patricia Zanger found herself in a mild quandary once the leaves fell and the rains began: She was cold and needed a hat, but after searching the city, couldn't find one she liked. So, she went about finding that hat and then opened a new shop so that others could find theirs too. At present, Zanger's more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Tilde

Shop Local: Tilde

In the words of owner Debbe Hamada, Tilde "feels like a home more than a shop." Decorated in bright, brilliant, can't-miss colors, Tilde is a modern lifestyle shop where you can find accessories, handbags, jewelry and scarves to augment your personal style, as well as hip mugs, glasses, placemats, and locally produced rotating art to spruce up your home. "Chances are, if you like one thing in more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Mabel and Zora

Shop Local: Mabel and Zora

Tiffany Bean says the Doris Day movies she watched as a child dazzled her. Each film's costume design was "always so colorful and cheery." Even household items from that era like toasters were exciting to behold, she says. As a nod to those films, and the stylish boutique her grandmother once ran in East Texas, Bean and her husband, Corey, aim to bring those bright colors to the City of Roses and spread more...

14 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in October

October was good to Portland this year. There’s a new vet in town, and new spots that specialize in Korean and Portuguese cuisines. A decorated baker unveiled a satellite shop in West End, and the boys from Bunk opened a fourth spot (with a fifth one slated to come in weeks). There's a new bike shop that caters to women and a studio where your little ones can craft till tuckered out. But, most of the world more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Ecru Modern Stationer

Shop Local: Ecru Modern Stationer

If a handwritten card arrives in your mailbox, does it so seduce you that you open it immediately? Or, do you open it later, when you can savor what's inside? Both answers are correct because, as Ecru owner LeAnn Dolan points out, there's not much left these days that can charm someone quite like a handwritten card. And while Ecru provides services like custom-designed wedding invitations and personalized more...

Get to Know Portland's Indie Retailscape

Shop Local: Machus

Shop Local: Machus

The threads that fifth-generation clothier Justin Machus chooses for his men's store are clean, modern, contemporary and fashion forward, often coming in neutral colors like white, grey and black. His goal, he says, is to provide Portland's men with clothes they might not have considered wearing before visiting his shop. "Fashion should be fun, but I also want to push trends of what guys can wear,” more...

19 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in September

Because it's Portland, we all knew there just had to be new restaurants that flung their doors open last month, and, sure enough we got them. There are now new spots to eat sushi, sweets and small plates of Italian. But, September brought us lots of very large spaces too. In addition to viewing art at a pair of new galleries, we can shop the indoor bazaar that is the Grand Marketplace, hold our own dance offs in more...

15 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in August

So long summer. You were good to Portland this year. You brought us more than 40 new businesses, including ones that sell antiques, vintage clothes and records—real vinyl records. You even brought us a hotel "complex" made of tiny 100- to 200-square-foot houses. And this month, you rounded out the season with eateries that specialize in sushi, Spanish tapas and Cuban cuisine, as well as a bottle shop more...