Articles by Chris Young

Chris Young
A native Oregonian and (most frequently) a resident of SE Portland (currently Sellwood), I grew up on the east side and have always found ways to surround myself with the bounty of the Northwest. From beautiful, local noise and creativity to outdoor adventures and culinary indulgences, this city has been my launching pad to the state, West Coast and world. Duties as the Managing Editor of Neighborhood Notes and Editor-In-Chief of Vortex Music Magazine keep me busy discovering reasons why I love this place and then telling those stories, while I always make a little time to travel and try the sights, sounds and microbrews that come from outside our region.
Spend a few more than two minutes planning how to adorn your head on Derby Day

Made in Portland: Derby Day Hats by Bonnet

Made in Portland: Derby Day Hats by Bonnet

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” absolutely require that you spend a good few minutes more than it takes to run the race to plan your outfit. Pastels and plaids and polka dots are all acceptable, as are bow ties and bowed belts, but the most important accoutrement for all you ladies out there is your hat—your gloriously oversized, colorful, flowered and flamboyant Derby hat. And with May 2 more...

Meet local maker Matthew Bietz of Quartertwenty

Made in Portland: Quartertwenty

Made in Portland: Quartertwenty

Simplicity,in name and concept, is at the core of Matthew Bietz’s design and fabrication studio. Literally, Quartertwenty refers to a type of screw—“a small, versatile piece of hardware that’s a quarter inch in diameter and has 20 threads per inch; not too big, not too small, fixes just about anything"—as well as “a symbol of simplicity and versatility, which is what we stand more...

PDX home goods: Meet local beverage vessels makers

Made in Portland: Mazama Wares

Made in Portland: Mazama Wares

“Before Crater Lake became a lake, it was Mount Mazama. We believe that is the ultimate vessel and it inspired the name,” explains Casey Keasler, a partner in the company Mazama Wares, which is a collective of seven individuals that craft handmade, ceramic drinking receptacles perfect for consuming your favorite liquids. Whether it’s coffee, juice or tea, sake, beer, wine or something boozy, the more...

PDX beauty products: Meet Megan Crosby

Made in Portland: CH Goble Salt Co.

Made in Portland: CH Goble Salt Co.

The jars of body scrubs and care products were building up in Megan Crosby’s shower “because I couldn't seem to find the right mix,” she says. In an effort to strike “the right balance of scent to texture and moisturizer,” she was left unsatisfied, especially because “I was tired of paying $30 a jar for something that I felt should be more affordable.” So, she decided to more...

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...