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.  
Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Sapphire Hotel

There’s plenty of sexy rooms in this city, but with its dim lights, lit candles and blood-red colors, the Sapphire Hotel’s the kind of room you believe when it tells you that it loves you. It’s the kind of place that’ll hold you and listen as you unpack your bad day at work, and the kind of place that’ll tell you everything’s gonna be okay as it fixes you a stiff drink. Speaking of more...

Ping Pong, pizza and a pet shop and portrait studio

27 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

27 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

Portlanders were busy beavers in November throwing open the doors to nearly two dozen businesses. Need a hug? You can get that by visiting Portland’s new cuddling center. Need a pet shop with a boutique portrait studio? You can get that too. The city’s also now home to a new shoe store, wood-fired pizzeria, ping pong palace, DIY lifestyle shop, and women’s boutique run by a pair of intrepid clothing more...

Gary Tyler’s leather camera straps feel—and look—good

Made in Portland: Great State

Made in Portland: Great State

Gary Tyler says he’s been shooting photographs for as long as he can remember. Until about five years ago, the Asheville, N.C., native put in some time on the slopes, too, shooting and producing snowboarding movies before taking on video production for various advertising agencies. As an avid shooter—and an active one—Tyler was always in the market for the perfect camera strap. It had to be more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Juniors Cafe

Juniors is a charmer. Like a 1980s dream, it’s decked out in reds, golds and greens, and the “punk rock Martha Stewarts” who run the joint—Amy Squier and Shari Jay—call you by pet names like doll, hon, love, sweetheart and babe. And not just you—they use those names for everybody. At the heart of it all, though, is a greasy spoon’s worth of breakfasty comforts like migas more...

Saying "local" like they mean it

Now Open in Portland: MadeHere PDX

Now Open in Portland: MadeHere PDX

John Connor’s long known that Portland is crawling with talented makers, but if you wanted to check out their goods, you either had to surf the web or visit dozens of random shops around town. So, he enlisted the help of Bob Davis (Lizard Lounge) and folks from the Sterrins Group to put all of these makers’ disparate products together under one roof. The result looks a lot like a cross between a museum more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Coppia

Did you know that Coppia, the Italian restaurant and Pearl District wine cellar, does happy hour? You do now, and if you haven’t been (ever or in a while), it’s a great way to take chef Adam Ruplinger’s discounted dinner menu for a test drive. Start with either the funghi, which get marinated in olive oil, lemon zest, garlic shallots, parsley, rosemary and thyme and paired with Pearl Bakery bread, more...

Open arms, clear heart, can't lose

Now Open in Portland: Cuddle Up To Me

Now Open in Portland: Cuddle Up To Me

When she found herself at the end of a 13-year relationship, Samantha Hess considered the free hugs phenomenon at Saturday Market and thought to herself, “I’d totally pay to have some guy give me a genuine, platonic hug. Why can’t something like this be available?” Having put in spells as a bank teller, house cleaner and Netflix call center operator, Hess decided why not, indeed, and started more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Industrial Cafe & Saloon

Every restaurant worth its salt is known—or should be known—for at least one signature dish. At this glass, metal and concrete cafe, it’s a mighty fine (and heavily gravied) dish of chipped beef on toast. You should order some, but don’t let it become your go-to because you’d be missing out on the other items the kitchen’s cooking up, like gingerbread pancakes, soups, salads, more...

Made-by-hand all-natural organic beauty products

Now Open in Portland: Blendily

Now Open in Portland: Blendily

Motherhood is the original, old-school mother of invention. That’s what Ivy Chuang came to realize after giving birth to her daughter. Prior, she didn’t pay much attention to the moisturizers and lotions she and her husband used on a daily basis. But once her daughter was born, she realized that she didn’t recognize 80 percent of the ingredients listed on the products they had been using. So she more...

Portland’s new Ping Pong Palace

Now Open in Portland: Pips & Bounce

Now Open in Portland: Pips & Bounce

Brothers Eugene and Michael Jung say there wasn’t much to do while growing up in their native Kentucky, which is why they found themselves putting in a lot of time in their basement playing table tennis. After moving to Portland and initiating approximately 30 pop-up Ping-Pong parties, the Jungs decided that Portland was ready for a tried-and-true, all-ages Ping-Pong palace. Their 4,500-square-foot space is more...