Articles by Chris Young

Chris Young
Chris is the Managing Editor of Neighborhood Notes, a native Oregonian, and a resident of SE Portland. Also the Editor-In-Chief of Vortex Music Magazine, he's always finding ways to surround himself with beautiful, local noise and creativity. A reporter, storyteller, editor and designer in a digital world, his work has appeared on his blog PDX Noise, Spinner, About Face Magazine, The Iconist, and the Outdoor Project, among others.
PDX beauty products: Meet Leah Schlechter

Made in Portland: FootGloss

Made in Portland: FootGloss

Ladies, does this sound familiar? “I’ve always loved great shoes but was frustrated with how many times I’d buy a pair and they would destroy my feet. Before wearing a new pair of shoes, I’d stick Band-Aids all over my feet in the spots where I thought the shoes might rub, but besides looking terrible, inevitably the Band-Aids would slip off and I’d spend the day hobbling around in more...

PDX beauty products: Meet Shannon Conley

Made in PDX: Serious Serum

Made in PDX: Serious Serum

Shannon Conley had a problem. As a licensed esthetician, she “always struggled with finding a great product to help my clients prevent and treat ingrown hairs.” Readily available products left her unsatisfied with their inconsistent results and price points, but then she bought a serum “for $75 that was meant for my face, and I began using it on my bikini area to see how it worked. It was a light more...

PDX Beauty Products: Meet Maker Ainsley Fox

Made in PDX: Palate Polish

Made in PDX: Palate Polish

Finger lickin’ good is a sentiment that probably applies more to Ainsley Fox than most of us. “I think it's important to not only know and understand what you put in your body, but as well as what you put on your body,” she says. And seeing that your digits so frequently come in contact with your food and mouth, it’s important that her small-batch nail polishes are free of toxic chemicals more...

Gravity-defying dance and fitness classes in a new, centrally located warehouse

Portland Fitness: A-WOL Dance Collective

Portland Fitness: A-WOL Dance Collective

You’ve maybe seen the aerial dance troupe wowing crowds around town in vacant warehouses or local theaters, suspended from trees in city parks or even smack in the middle of downtown plazas like Pioneer Square or Director Park. But, that’s just the showy side of this nonprofit that embodies “the spirit of aerial without limits” and seeks to teach others how to “defy expectation, ignite more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet designer Marcus Harvey

Made in PDX: Portland Gear

Made in PDX: Portland Gear

If the name wasn’t unambiguously explanatory enough, Marcus Harvey’s cleanly designed, casual label of T-shirts, hoodies, ball caps and tote bags aims to embody the spirit of his hometown and be the Portland brand—unofficially the official gear of the city. “The lifestyle of Portland is to not fit a lifestyle,” Harvey explains. “All [types of] people really coexist well and have more...

Instruction in the athletic art form of pole dancing available to all genders and ages

Portland Fitness: Ecdysiast

Portland Fitness: Ecdysiast

Bear with us real quick: The ancient Greek word ekdysÄ«s means to remove the outermost layer of skin, aka shedding your surface layer. Therefore, the common definition of an ecdysiast is a striptease performer but, as the Portland pole dance studio of the same name defines it, it’s “a performer who provides entertainment through skillful and erotic dance routines.” Striptease or no, fact is, the more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet bagmonger Mandy Zelinka

Made in PDX: Mandy Zelinka Leather Goods

Made in PDX: Mandy Zelinka Leather Goods

Being fabulous is exhausting—especially if you don't have the correct handbag. At least that’s what Mandy Zelinka—a woman who’s been creating and styling for decades (whether serving as the voice behind the blog Milwaukie Rules! for three years or “working behind the chair as a hairstylist in the Pearl District for 17”)—says. And thankfully, she’s here to simplify more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet designers Barbara Seipp and Kate Troedsson

Made In Portland: Karl vonBuck

Made In Portland: Karl vonBuck

Barbara Seipp was seeking a respite from the fashion industry when Kate Troedsson was coming up in it. The former, an industry veteran (who once owned the shop Isaac Hers and designed its namesake label), has comprehensive experience (including retail, sourcing, design and apparel production), while the latter has a degree in apparel design from The Art Institute of Portland and has modeled internationally while more...

PDX Filmmakers: Meet Brian Padian

Made In Portland: Northern Flicker Films

Made In Portland: Northern Flicker Films

“I love the beginning and the end of each project,” says Portland filmmaker Brian Padian. “The beginning is all aspiration and possibility, before a word has even been set down, and hence perfect. The end is making peace with the million variables and contributions from others that helped the project become what it is, which naturally deviates in large part from conception.” From writing to more...

PDX Filmmakers: Meet Susan Hess Logeais

Made In Portland: Hot Flash Films PDX

Made In Portland: Hot Flash Films PDX

Susan Hess Logeais’ lengthy and impressive resume includes stints as a model, actor, dancer, mother, activist and filmmaker. From the covers of Vogue and Elle to acting alongside Nicolas Cage, her latest project combines some of her most enduring passions with her behind the camera as documentarian. Soar is the story of two Portland sisters and dancers (who are also co-producers of the film) as they grow up and more...