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...

Portland's Kid-Friendliest Brunches

Kids. If you know just one thing about ‘em, it’s this: They gotta eat, just like everybody else. But kids are fussy, and they’re generally not down to wait in line for two hours for the weekend’s most important meal. That’s why we’ve come up with this crackerjack roster of local brunch spots that’ll happily make room for your little ones while you take a break from the more...

Portland's new one-stop children’s shop

Now Open in PDX: Coffee Kids Division

Now Open in PDX: Coffee Kids Division

Coffee Kids, the 1,500-square-foot, one-stop children’s shop in St. Johns has a new kid sister—a 900-square-foot space on SE Division Street right across the road from Salt & Straw. The shop’s arrival fills a void too, which was left when EcoBaby Gear relocated to another part of town following the 2014 holidays. What can you expect at the new shop? Basically anything you can find at the St. more...

Linnton Feed & Seed’s Backyard Husbandry Tips for Safer, Healthier Animals

A lot of us already know the ins and outs of springtime home gardening—and if you don’t, bone up usingthislist of tipscourtesy of Portland Nursery’s SaraOri—but what about husbanding animals? Some of you certainly know how to care for your chickens, goats and bees, but for those who don’t, we bent the ear of Linnton Feed & Seed’s Darcy Kunkel, who gave us—and you—a more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Aalto Lounge

There are dives, gin joints, and even a handful of fancier spots where you can score $2 domestic drafts or $2 bowls of popcorn or olives. But, there is only one that offers a full-on $2 happy hour menu: the Aalto Lounge. If you’ve never been, you can be forgiven any suspicion you might have about how a $2 cocktail will actually drink. Know this: The cocktails—a Slow Burn (lemon, pineapple and 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...

Where to Brunch in Portland: The Slide Inn

If you didn’t already know that Eugen Bingham, when he was a kid, lived with his parents at the Long Barn, a now-defunct 1970 Sonoma, Calif., ski resort, you will when you open the doors of The Slide Inn. The room is decked out—all the way out—in 1970s style: There’s a wall of clocks, shag rugs, church pews with their original ‘70s upholstery (burnt sienna upholstery), and a gallery of more...

Now Open in Portland: Portland Mercado

It’s been five years in the making, but the Hacienda CDC just put the finishing touches on what is now, officially, Portland’s first Latino marketplace. The brightly painted, 7,000-square-foot structure is home to 19 businesses, including retailers who sell all kinds of goods and services—from coffee, produce, flowers and assorted Latin American imports, to a handful of food carts making regional more...

Portland's Kid-Friendliest Happy Hours

In a town filled with young adults, finding a happy hour joint that not only welcomes kids, but caters to them, isn’t an easy task. Lucky for you, young parents, there are spots all over this city that will. Some of them were literally built for you and yours (New American), while others simply have the space (and the activities) to accommodate kiddos (we’re looking at you Serratto and Tamale Boy), while more...

Say It with a (Local) Card: Oblation Papers & Press' Hat + Wig + Glove

For 25 years, Ron and Jennifer Rich have practiced the art of making paper, having first cut their teeth on the ins and outs of the craft while attending workshops in Paris. And since 2000, they’ve turned their attention to mastering the technique of letterpressing anything in need of a message, from greeting cards and invitations to business cards. If you’ve ever explored the store’s many corners, more...