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.
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...

Meet Portland author and resident Springsteen expert Ryan White

Made in Portland: Author Ryan White Explores ‘Springsteen: Album by Album’

Made in Portland: Author Ryan White Explores ‘Springsteen: Album by Album’

“I was 10 when Born in the U.S.A. was released,” author Ryan White says, “and that was the first time I became aware of Springsteen. You couldn't avoid him then. He was everywhere.” Nonetheless, White was “more interested in a guy like David Lee Roth”—someone completely “outside of my world” because, living in Ypsilanti, Mich., Bruce Springsteen simply more...

Meet musician, mom and vinyl fanatic Tamar Berk

Made in Portland: Hi Phile Record Cabinets

Made in Portland: Hi Phile Record Cabinets

What do you do when you’re so obsessed with crate digging that you’re developing carpal tunnel syndrome all while rapidly disposing of your monthly funds? You recreate the record store experience in your own home! Seeking a better way to store, display and peruse her collection of 650 vinyl records, musician, mom and new inventor Tamar Berk had an epiphany “while I was doing my usual shopping for more...

Meet smart, sustainable product designers Bryan Kappa and Rob Story

Made in Portland: Bucket

Made in Portland: Bucket

Bucket is best known for its sleekly rustic, simply functional Mason jar French press—aka The Portland Press—because, well, it’s the only product the development and manufacturing start-up makes. But, it won’t be long before Bucket sets its sights on bringing more “responsible, transparent consumer products to the marketplace,” according to co-founder Bryan Kappa. Alongside partner more...

Meet local maker Logan Kerby and his invention

Made in Portland: Kaleidograms

Made in Portland: Kaleidograms

Stated like a true stay-at-home innovator, “As far as I can tell, this is my invention,” Logan Kerby says. A combination of mechanical and kinetic art as well as an optical illusion, Kaleidograms are kaleidoscopic postcards made up of three thin sheets of colorful geometric shapes and patterns. Slide the layers between your fingers and you’ll feel a click as well as reveal a new message, one that more...

Handmade growlers designed to keep your craft beverages cold

Made in Portland: Portland Growler Co.

Made in Portland: Portland Growler Co.

If you’re looking for a sleek way to transport and keep your Northwest-made beer fresh and cool, look no further than the hand-poured, slip-cast ceramic beverage vessels produced by Portland Growler Co. The team behind PGC—a collective of designers and ceramicists at Mudshark Studios—came together in 2010 with the idea of making handmade growlers for the bevy of handcrafted brews made in Portland. more...