Get to know the makers behind Portland's newest collective studio space.

Now Open in Portland: Foster Row

Now Open in Portland: Foster Row

The impetus behind Foster Row, explains co-owner Mark Pendergrass, was to create a collective studio space where several artisans could work side by side rather than working at home, alone. It was something he’d mentioned to his friend (and Forster Row co-owner)Jennifer Erickson, which is why it made sense for them to team up and remodel and transform a long-neglected building into new offices, workshops and a more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Levant

Scott Snyder’s (for lack of a better umbrella term) Middle Eastern eatery has lots going for it, but it’s the small things you notice first—like the ergonomic curve of the flatware and the Middle Eastern hip-hop piped through the sound system. But you’re here for the food, and Snyder’s kitchen crew puts out some winners. Start with the mixed green salad because, with its candied almonds, more...

PDX Sandwiches: DarSalam's Falafel Sandwich

There’s a difference, explains DarSalam’s Ghaith Sahib, between Lebanese and Syrian falafel sandwiches and his Iraqi falafel sandwiches. Yes, sandwiches from Lebanon and Syria often get trumped up with a variety of flavorful pickled vegetables that are stuffed inside each flatbread wrap, but a proper Iraqi sandwich uses only one pickled ingredient: pickled mangoes, which are blended into a bright, tangy 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...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Blossoming Lotus

There comes a time when even the toothiest carnivore realizes that he or she can eat only so much pork belly. Fortunately, not every joint in town is a meat house, and when it comes to vegan fare, few kitchens put out deliciously wholesome plates as consistently as Blossoming Lotus does. Want something raw? The “live nachos” may be BL’s most popular dish, but the crispy, crunchy Moroccan collard more...

The North Light: A patio for 50, and some fantastic summer cocktails.

PDX Patios: Unwind at North Light

PDX Patios: Unwind at North Light

Mississippi Avenue has plenty of outdoor seating, but few offer street-side patio courtyards that can accommodate as many as 50 of you, which makes North Light one of the only spots on this commercial stem where you can simultaneously carry on a lively conversation as you watch the nightly parade of Portlanders walking up and down the summer strip. Forecast: Owners Christopher Gutierrez and Hope Beraka say you more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: C'est Si Bon!

C’est Si Bon!, John and Gabrielle Esbeck’s French-style crêperie, doesn’t really have a happy hour menu. Rather, it has a regular menu and during happy hour, everything on it’s game for dollar discounts, from the pâtes, salads and seasonal crêpes to red, white and sparkling wines produced by growers who run sustainable, biodynamic and organic operations. If you’re more...

PDX Sandwiches: Stan'wiches' Porkstrami

Stan Pratnicki may have switched gears by reworking his now-defunct Polish bar into a full-on sandwich shop, but he’s stacked his new menu with a few ringers from his old one, and chief among those is his signature Portkstrami. With its griddled Fleur De Lis rye bread, gruyère cheese and housemade sauerkraut, it looks a lot like a Reuben. But Pratnicki’s swapped out the pastrami in lieu of pork more...

Oblation Papers & Press Celebrates 25 Years as American Makers

Calling Portland’s Pearl District home, Oblation Papers & Press has devoted a quarter century to offering aninternational, curated supply of finelycrafted paper. Theartisan processes in actionat Oblation represent a full circle: repurposing unused garment fibers to create lush cotton papers, printing original designs into this soft surface by antique letterpress, flying thelatest product releases to New 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...