Our Favorite Weekday Breakfast Joints in Portland

For two-plus years, we’ve been documenting this city’s many, many brunch spots. But you know what? Brunch isn’t simply a weekend thing. For this list, it’s more accurate to call these brunches simply breakfasts because most of these places are fueling Portlanders with the day’s most important meal every single day—or most days during the week and weekend. We’ve got greasy more...

Beads, shells, horns and bone

Now Open in Portland: Ritual Adornments

Now Open in Portland: Ritual Adornments

CeCeCummins andand Joel Mikkalson’ beading business may be a quarter of a century old but it’s brand new to Portland. (It previously operated for five years in Santa Fe and another 17 in Santa Monica.) But, the couple does more than simply hawk beads—a lot more. Inside their new digs, you’ll find folk art from China, Turkey, India, Mexico and numerous South American and African countries. And more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Pix Patisserie

The space shared by Pix Pâtisserie and Bar Vivant is a seductive one. Everything flirts, from the red flocked wallpaper to the mod chandeliers spilling from the ceiling to the red holiday lights that accent a wall of empty wine bottles. It’s a space that’s been carefully mapped out for a maximum sensory experience. The food and drinks aren’t anything to sneeze at, either. In fact, Pix’s more...

PDX Filmmakers: Meet Jason de Parrie-Turner

Made in Portland: Heliorana Filmworks

Made in Portland: Heliorana Filmworks

The husband-and-wife team of Jason and Jeanne de Parrie-Turner started Heliorana Filmworks a few years ago as a way to employ their individual talents and passions full-time: Jeane as a writer and businesswoman and Jason as the filmmaker and editor, both collaborating on concept development, marketing and the many other aspects of film production—such as the ever important “coffee procurer,” as more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Smallwares

Eating brunch—actually, eating any meal—at Smallwares is a kid-in-a-candy-shop experience, except the payoff is much bigger. Yes, you can read the menu and infer that what you’re about to eat will taste terrific, but (unless you know how chef and owner Johanna Ware rolls in the kitchen) you’ll soon savor just how Ware has really outdone herself for this late-morning affair. For instance, the more...

Get free stuff in exchange for your thoughts on said stuff

Now Open in Portland: SamplingLab

Now Open in Portland: SamplingLab

Arkansas native Jeff Davis is a longtime marketing and PR guy who’s worked for food industry clients from offices on both coasts, and for the last year, he’s been test marketing his own test-marketing business. SamplingLab is shop of sorts where locals take home free stuff in exchange for answering a questionnaire on each product. Here’s how it works: Go to SamplingLab, take home something free, more...

Portland's Best Happy Hours (Our 7 Faves, Anyways!)

In 2014, we averaged at least one happy hour a week (strictlyprofessionally—not to mention all the ones we polished off for pleasure and nourishment). This means that our readers and friends often ask us to list our favorite happy hour spots. And while we’re most certainly not critics, we've come to understand that a certain combinationof food, drink, service and atmospherecan lead to an experience more...

A Stroke of Luck: Golfing Lessons, More Pizza and Free Stuff

22 Locally Owned Business Opened in Portland in December

22 Locally Owned Business Opened in Portland in December

Portland may have lost some beloved businesses in 2014, yet the local indie business scene was plenty sunny because, by our count, last year brought us almost 200 new businesses. And, despite the holiday season, November and December were particularly busy months for our newest entrepreneurs. Last month alone, we saw the rise of a spa, pilates studio, tea bar, wood-fired pizzeria, two delis, two bottle shops, two more...

Macarons for days and days

Now Open in Portland: Farina Bakery

Now Open in Portland: Farina Bakery

Laura Farina’s been baking pretty much her whole life, “compulsively” at first, she laughs, and professionally ever since she turned 15. When the Cincinnati native moved to Portland, she put in 18 months at Marius Pop’s Nuvrei bakery before starting her own wholesale macaron company. And now, her baked goods have their first real permanent digs: a 15-seat bakery where diners can linger over a more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Barlow

The happy hour eats menu at Barlow isn’t a long one. Its snacks—bay shrimp cocktails, chicken Caesar skewers, a creamy caramelized onion dip, and generously portioned cheese and charcuterie boards—are meant to be just that: snacks to be shared over drinks before or after whatever show you’re catching at the Schnitz, which stands right across the street. But, it’s also a sly date spot more...