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.
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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...

Meet local maker Dawn Yanagihara of Kiriko

Made in Portland: Kiriko

Made in Portland: Kiriko

“We search for beautiful fabrics with a unique history, then carefully craft handmade pieces that become part of your story, to be worn, loved and shared,” says Dawn Yanagihara, the co-founder and creative director of Kiriko. Launched in December 2012, the NW Portland-based curators of textiles and makers of accessories are inspired by Japanese fabrics—the specific impetus began when Yanagihara (who more...

Meet local maker Bo Hagood of MADE Studio

Made In Portland: MADE Studio

Made In Portland: MADE Studio

“We place quality far before quantity,” self-affirmed craftsperson Bo Hagood says. With a goal to build things that matter, the founder of MADE Studio—the Portland-based design-build firm that specializes in custom, handcrafted furniture, cabinetry and interiors—and his team of four craftsmen hold fast to a few core values, starting with longevity. “We want our pieces to be handed down more...

Made in Portland: Reed LaPlant, Furniture Maker

Furniture craftsman Reed LaPlant has bounced around the States throughout his life—from childhood in Wisconsin, to studying architecture at Texas A&M and art history at the University of Minnesota, to professional careers in New York City, Kansas City, back to the Twin Cities, and then Atlanta before finally moving out west—but one steady constant has been designing and building with his hands. more...