Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Swift Lounge

Oh, Swift: With your black ceiling, and your red walls, and your unapologetically loud hip-hop, and your strong pours, and your occasionally rowdy SINdustry crowds, you seem so tough and divey on the outside. But, it doesn’t take much to know that on the inside you’re just a softy—what with your large, northern facing windows, and your bright, fresh, daily sangrias, and your sweetheart deals on more...

12 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in August

Plenty popped up in Portland’s business world last month. We got a new deli, a new taco shop, and a new Lebanese eatery. We also got a bicycle repair shop, a dry goods shop and a new artisanal art collective. Plus, two of Portland’s most beloved eateries, Ned Ludd and The Country Cat, opened new spaces to accommodate larger parties and special events. Not bad, Portland. Not bad at all. Pearl District more...

Josephine’s Dry Goods re-opens!

Now Open in Portland: Josephine's Dry Goods

Now Open in Portland: Josephine's Dry Goods

When Bini Leach attended The Art Institute of Portland, she’d often head downtown to Josephine’s to pour over fabrics that she’d then stitch into apparel for either her school assignments or for her sister-in-law, Dana Handler. When Josephine’s shuttered in late 2013, the pair were bummed out: The dry goods store had carried the city’s best silks, Italian wools and Liberty of London more...

Oso Market + Bar's brunch will both surprise and please you.

Where to Brunch in Portland: Oso Market + Bar

Where to Brunch in Portland: Oso Market + Bar

The brunch menu at Colin and Holly Howard’s restaurant and market is small but deliciously inventive, so bring friends because you’re gonna want to try it all. First, get a round of very garlicky Bloody Marys (spiced not with black pepper but with smoked pimentón). Then, get the veggie-friendly fried eggs (served atop a nicely spiced bed of kale sautéed with onions and red peppers). And 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...

Impressive and affordable drinks and eats at Mi Mero Mole West

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Mi Mero Mole West

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Mi Mero Mole West

If happy hour at Nick Zukin’s Mexican eat and drinkery isn’t on your radar, it is now. First, locally brewed pints are impossibly affordable ($2.50 a pop), and all the margaritas (save for the Cadillac) are just $4 for half pints and $6 for a full. (Hint: Ask for the plantain margarita. Trust.) But you’re probably (or should be) coming for the food, all of which is $5 or less and centers mostly more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Tamale Boy

With its 150 seats, interchangeable tables, outdoor video wall, planters full of fresh herbs, fire pit, hanging paper lamps, and outdoor walk-up window, what doesn’t Jaime Soltero Jr.’s Tamale Boy patio have? An oceanfront beach, maybe? Other than that, it’s got everything—including peerless food and drink—that any Portlander could ever want. Forecast: Tamale Boy’s a lunch and more...

PDX Sandwiches: Las Primas Peruvian Kitchen's Butifarra

There’s one really good reason that the readers (and writers) of several local publications continue to shower praise on Sadie Morrison and Catalina Acuña’s Las Primas, and that reason can be effectively summed up as: the little things. First, every table in the joint is punctuated with a potted succulent. Second, there’s foosball—free foosball. Third, the homemade hot sauces are 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...

Dayna McErlean's new downtown diner is cool, calm and collected.

Where to Brunch in Portland: Dime Store

Where to Brunch in Portland: Dime Store

Just months after taking over Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop, Dayna McErlean (DOC, Yakuza Lounge) and her kitchen crew have dialed themselves in to doing what an honest diner does best: Putting out simple, unfussy (and probably cleaner and healthier) American fare. Think cookies and coffee cakes made from scratch, handmade milkshakes, pancakes griddled with seasonal fruits, burgers, and a chicken salad sandwich more...