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 and the Managing Editor of Oregon Music News, 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: 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...

Meet local maker Geoffrey Franklin

Made in Portland: Walnut Studiolo

Made in Portland: Walnut Studiolo

Portland is a city full of thinkers and drinkers, bikers and makers. Yet, one eighth-generation Oregonian truly embodies all of these attributes, designing and handcrafting leather and wood bicycle accessories in his garage workshop, diminutively dubbed Walnut Studiolo. The inventor and leatherworker is Geoffrey Franklin—an architect turned craftsman educated at the University of Oregon—while his wife, more...

Meet local maker Yoshini Gunawardena

Made in Portland: YoshiniG Creative

Made in Portland: YoshiniG Creative

By day, Portland-born-and-bred Yoshini Gunawardena is a graphic designer at an interactive agency creating front-end designs for websites and mobile apps, but in her free time, she’s the designer and illustrator behind YoshiniG Creative—a playful line of greeting cards available online as well as in town at Ecru Modern Stationer. While she humbly describes her endeavor as simply her “small business more...

Meet local makers Roslynn Tellvik and Sook Goh

Made in Portland: RAFT Syrups

Made in Portland: RAFT Syrups

A food scientist and a lifecoach, each with a private passion for devising interesting drinks at get-togethers and “more than one amateur cocktail competition” under her individual belt, met in Portland in 2008, tells RAFT Syrups co-founder Roslynn Tellvik. At the time, her RAFT partner, Sook Goh, was developing tea blends for Tazo, but after the two spent hours following a failed syrup recipe with a more...

Meet the local makers behind the biking gear from PDW

Made in Portland: Portland Design Works

Made in Portland: Portland Design Works

Portland Design Works, or PDW for short, aspires to “design and make beautiful, simple gear for everyday cycling,” and it’s a mission that’s inspired each day by our city’s urban riding environment and the riders within it. Designing a line of simply functional gear that includes an array of lights, pumps, parts, fenders, grips, tools and accessories, PDW’s products also highlight more...

Recharge Your Mind and Body at Portland's Indie Movement Studios

Fitness in the form of personal training or cardio and cycling classes is all well and good, but the intensity can be more than just physically exhausting. Sometimes you need to condition both your body and mind at the same time. From yoga to pilates to specialized classes that focus on the fluidity of your movements, the following five studios combine a variety mind-expanding and body-bending activities—and more...

Learn new skills and specific exercises that you can utilize for the rest of your life.

Get Fit: Portland Personal Trainers and Small Group Fitness

Get Fit: Portland Personal Trainers and Small Group Fitness

Do you require more personalized attention to reach your fitness goals in 2014? If the work-at-your-own-pace environment of the traditional gym isn’t motivating enough and cycling classes sound too intense, a personal trainer specializing in individual or small group fitness might be right for you. Your fitness coach will create a schedule that works for you and a workout routine that targets the areas you more...

Get Physically Fit While Keeping Portland Fiscally Fit at Local, Indie Gyms

It’s the new year and that means it’s time to get your butt in gear. Sometimes the only motivation you need is knowing where to go. In an effort to help you fulfill those resolutions you declared as the ball dropped, Neighborhood Notes has compiled a list of local, independent gyms, plus we’ve even listed which locations offer free trial passes. Find one in your neighborhood and make good on your more...

Arts in Portland: Music, Film, Theater, Dance, Literature and More in 2013-14

As summer fades into fall, it’s only natural that Portlanders head indoors for a little intellectual stimulation as well as some sensory entertainment. A lot of arts and entertainment programs kick off their yearly schedule in September and October as the calendar starts to fill up with festivals, performances, lectures, screenings and more. From theater and music to lectures and film, Neighborhood Notes has more...

Your Guide to Jumping Through the City's Bureaucratic Hoops

Throw a Neighborhood Block Party!

Throw a Neighborhood Block Party!

Summer’s here and a block party is a great excuse to get to know those neighbors who you only see traveling to and from work or taking out the trash. There are a few bureaucratic hoops to jump through with the city, but if you follow our advice, throwing your own block party should be a cinch. Think of a block party as a potluck or barbecue-style event intended to attract only local residents who live on your more...