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.
Meet the creators of cast-iron skillets designed to outlast your kitchen

Made In Portland: FINEX Cast-Iron Cookware Company

Made In Portland: FINEX Cast-Iron Cookware Company

Mike Whitehead was raised in his father’s metal fabrication and welding shop, tells Shauna Bilicic, the brand manager for FINEX Cast Iron Cookware Company. “You could say he grew up with iron in his blood,” she continues. “As an adult, he didn’t fall far from the tree and played multiple roles on technical and product development teams at Freightliner, Hewlett-Packard and Boeing, almost more...

These Portlanders are customizing the taste of their whiskey in just 24 hours

Made In Portland: Time & Oak’s Whiskey Elements

Made In Portland: Time & Oak’s Whiskey Elements

Tony Peniche often fantasized about walking out of the liquor store with a bottle of top-shelf whiskey for a great price—yet that never happens. So, it was during one of these trips when his aha moment came. He asked himself, “What is the difference between top-shelf whiskeys and well whiskeys?”: He knew all whiskey starts clear but the flavor, smoothness, filtration and color comes from the oak more...

Meet family man and snackable food maker Sam Andemariam

Made In Portland: Mariam Foods

Made In Portland: Mariam Foods

Food and family are at the core of Sam Andemariam’s existence. Born in Eritrea and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Andemariam’s childhood was shaped by food. In fact, his house was connected to the restaurant his parents ran and Andemariam literally had to walk through the restaurant to get home every single day. His father had an obsessive passion for quality ingredients and creating an enjoyable dining more...

Meet poster maker and screen printer Gary Houston

Made in Portland: Gary Houston's Voodoo Catbox

Made in Portland: Gary Houston's Voodoo Catbox

Gary Houston has drawers upon drawersfull of screen printed posters he’s made for the Grateful Dead, Wilco, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters and countless other rock and roll greats, but he’ll never namedrop. Never mind that, he doesn’t need to: One gander around his museum-esque studio (or a poke through his website) and you can immediately see the types of jazz, blues and more...

The little record label that could, does

Now Open in Portland: Tender Loving Empire Hawthorne

Now Open in Portland: Tender Loving Empire Hawthorne

As 2014 comes to a close, Tender Loving Empire is consciously embracing change and growth. First, founders Jared and Brianne Mees moved their crowded upstairs office into new digs in NW Portland. Then, they unveiled a new, more mature logo designed by Cabin (which has worked with brands like Starbucks, Etsy and GOOD Magazine). All of this was in preparation to open their second retail boutique—while continuing more...

Made In Portland: Pushmepullyou Press

A traditionalist at his core, Michael Kelley carries the bounty of the Pacific Northwest in his leather valise, especially when he makes house calls, err, shop stops. That is, Kelley moseys around town in his affectionately tendedVolkswagenBeetle(which he's owned for more than 30 years) visiting local boutiques and retailers with his line of Pushmepullyou Press cards—each of which is lovinglyhandcrafted in more...

Brought to you by "The World's Leading Doughnut-Based Recording Company," naturally

Made In Portland: Voodoo Doughnut Recordings’ The Singles Collection

Made In Portland: Voodoo Doughnut Recordings’ The Singles Collection

2014 saw the launch of "The World's Leading Doughnut-Based Recording Company" brought to you by none other than Portland’s most famous doughnut barons: Voodoo Doughnut co-founders Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon. Maniacs for music as well as fried dough, the pair’s Voodoo Doughnut Recordings label has been steadily churning out a single seven-inch record each month. more...

Meet local woodworker Benjamin Klebba

Made in Portland: Phloem Studio

Made in Portland: Phloem Studio

Benjamin Klebba was born to be a woodworker—but he didn’t exactly see it that way until age allowed him to appreciate the work his father had been doing his whole life. “He built the house I grew up in, had his own furniture biz when I was a kid, taught construction trades at a trade school for high school kids for over 20 years, and built wooden sailboats,” Klebba lists. Needless to say, more...

Meet NoPo's custom in-ear monitor makers

Made in Portland: 1964 Ears

Made in Portland: 1964 Ears

As the story goes, “1964 was an extremely important year in music. It was the year The Beatles first came to the US. It was the year The Who formed. It was the last year the Fender Stratocaster was made before being sold to CBS,” lists Jason Marlowe. “And we just found out that the first prototype of the in-ear monitor was created in 1964.” Marlowe knows all this because he does marketing and more...

Meet local maker Bri Davey of Creative Lab Press

Made in Portland: Creative Lab Press

Made in Portland: Creative Lab Press

Bri Davey’s Creative Lab Press is a one-woman, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-your-hands-inky, hands-on letterpress operation based out of her home studio in NE Portland. From creatively cutesy to playfully irreverent, her hand-drawn illustrations are complemented by impeccable calligraphy that often offers spot-on messages not found on your standard greeting card. With die-cut cards in the shape of Northwest states more...