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Made in Portland: The Commissary

Made in Portland: The Commissary

Since April, Daniel Shoemaker and Sean Hoard, respectively the owner and former bar manager of the Teardrop Lounge, have been answering the prayers of a few lucky local bartenders. From The Commissary, their beneath-the-Burnside Bridge kitchen workshop situated in a long row of other commissaries (New Seasons, Olympic Provisions and Tazo Teas), Shoemaker, Hoard and their team quietly squeeze juices and conjure up a more...

Sosaku-inspired courses

Now Open in Portland: Nodoguro

Now Open in Portland: Nodoguro

Ryan Roadhouse’s restaurant is only open (for now) two nights a week, and on those nights, no more than 13 of you will eat. But, those of you who purchase his dinner tickets online will be treated to 10 courses of sosaku-inspired dishes. (Sosaku is Japanese for creative cuisine.) He’s also partnering with Mark Wooten and Melissa Joubert at Phantom Rabbit Farm, who work with him to decide which crops to more...

The Pearl District's newest specialty pet shop

Now Open in Portland: Urban Dog City Kitty

Now Open in Portland: Urban Dog City Kitty

After 15 years spent working in the corporate marketing department at the Bay Area’s Charles Schwab office, Newberg native Jill Mahnane was ready for a change. Plus, she missed Oregon. So, she and her husband and their house cat Moustache packed up their things and moved back north, settling in the city. Mahnane says she has many passions—chiefly sewing, photography and pets—which is why she decided more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Xico

The happy hour menu at Elizabeth Davis’ finer dining Mexican restaurant isn’t particularly lengthy, but each and every item on it sings your mouth a very pretty song. To start, there’s the Queso Fundid-ito, a diminutive version of the classic snack featuring a tiny cast-iron skillet filled with melted Muenster cheese, slow-cooked chorizo and a serrano-tomatillo salsa accompanied by piping hot corn more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Silver Moon Crêperie

While New Hampshire natives and longtime crêperie veterans Chris and Theresa Therrien don’t necessarily do brunch, you can make the argument that most, if not all, of their 45 crêpes could neatly be categorized as brunch-ish. To make their crêpes, the Therriens start with a batter base, and then split it in two, adding to each batch either savory or sugary elements. With its cinnamon sprinkles 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...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Roman Candle Baking Co.

Roman Candle has the feel of a cafe—sort of. Meaning, it’s the kind of place you can swing by with a friend or two, but you can just as comfortably and easily swap those friends out for a newspaper or novel. If you like Eggs in Purgatory, Roman Candle has ‘em: The open kitchen allows you to literally watch how the sausage, which spices up and seasons the dish’s tomato stew, gets made. The more...

Jeremy Crown and Yvonne Chen’s Little Otsu has new local digs

Now Open in Portland: Little Otsu

Now Open in Portland: Little Otsu

Jeremy Crown and Yvonne Chen have been selling paper goods and publishing books since 2002, first in San Francisco and, until recently, from home in Portland (where they moved in 2007). But, they now have new retail digs on SE Division Street where fans of their work can swing by for illustrated art books, children’s books, planners and calendars. Their new shop, Crown says, also gives them the room they need more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Smokehouse 21

This barbecue joint’s happy hour is designed to give you a taste of nearly everything on the menu. Think of it as a prelude that you can stretch into long, leisurely dinner. As its name implies, Smokehouse 21 is known for its smoked meats, and for just $4 a pop, you can get a pair of brisket, chicken or pulled pork sliders. But, its also becoming known for the way it pickles: The pickled vegetable side comes more...

18 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in October

In October, bars and restaurants once again cropped up all over town, but this time, retail and services were fast on their heels. So yes, Portland, you’re still getting more cocktails, more mead, more bread and more sushi, but you’re also getting a new modern barber shop, a new women’s boutique and a new tattoo parlor. But, the most peculiar thing of all is that SE Division Street, dubbed more...