13 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in September

Summer’s dog days couldn’t keep ambitious Portlanders down. Just like that, we’ve inherited a sporty, family-friendly pub, a joint to get our growlers refilled, a new optical office to get our peepers tested, and an art gallery that lives inside a record store. A local stationer just opened her second shop, a pair of brewers opened a Chinese brasserie, and Katie Poppe and Micah Camden opened their more...

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland: Via Chicago

Deep-dish pizza is the gnocchi of pie. Sure, one slice may not look like much, but you shouldn’t trust your eyes. Rather, you should trust the pie because the pie doesn’t lie. Each day, Via Chicago serves up deep-dish pies by the slice, but some of those pies are made especially for all of you out there who’ve sworn off gluten. Without giving away the bank, those gluten-free crusts, co-owner Tonya more...

Meet smart, sustainable product designers Bryan Kappa and Rob Story

Made in Portland: Bucket

Made in Portland: Bucket

Bucket is best known for its sleekly rustic, simply functional Mason jar French press—aka The Portland Press—because, well, it’s the only product the development and manufacturing start-up makes. But, it won’t be long before Bucket sets its sights on bringing more “responsible, transparent consumer products to the marketplace,” according to co-founder Bryan Kappa. Alongside partner more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Stella Taco

For its weekend brunches, Stella Taco offers only three breakfast dishes (the lunch menu, however, is available too). But those three dishes, dressed up in greens, pinks, yellows and browns, sparkle brightly. The complexly flavored brisket tostada (beef braised with mirepoix, cumin and coriander, topped with scrambled eggs, mornay sauce, and sautéed onions, pickled onions and grilled green onions) is large more...

Duck, Duck, Peking Duck and brews

Now Open in Portland: BTU Brasserie

Now Open in Portland: BTU Brasserie

Chris Bogart and Nate Yovu’s new lunch and dinner brewpub does not—not by a long shot—feature traditional brewpub fare. Rather, the duo is putting out Chinese delicacies that borrow heavily from items that used to make up the menu at Burlington’s, Vt., A Single Pebble establishments, once owned and operated by Bogart’s father. The menu emphasizes hand-rolled noodle dishes, bao, mock eel more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Dig A Pony

Depending on your age (and your station, for that matter), Dig A Pony may or may not be your thing. It’s a bar that inspires equal parts love and eye rolls. The younger crowd loves it because, come sunset, the place is electric and vibrant and filled with old friends and soon-to-be new ones. The older crowd rolls its eyes because the younger bunch is often wearing the clothes the oldies themselves donated to more...

Meet local maker Logan Kerby and his invention

Made in Portland: Kaleidograms

Made in Portland: Kaleidograms

Stated like a true stay-at-home innovator, “As far as I can tell, this is my invention,” Logan Kerby says. A combination of mechanical and kinetic art as well as an optical illusion, Kaleidograms are kaleidoscopic postcards made up of three thin sheets of colorful geometric shapes and patterns. Slide the layers between your fingers and you’ll feel a click as well as reveal a new message, one that more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: The Hazel Room

Best keep your belts on Portland, because Christopher Loverro and Katie Potter’s Hazel Room is gonna charm your pants right off—you will, however, want to loosen those belts because the kitchen’s eats are gonna fill you right up. The staff’s made up of friendly (and, if you’re a regular, familiar) faces, and the space is as cute as a bug’s ear. Order either the mushroom and collard more...

Handmade growlers designed to keep your craft beverages cold

Made in Portland: Portland Growler Co.

Made in Portland: Portland Growler Co.

If you’re looking for a sleek way to transport and keep your Northwest-made beer fresh and cool, look no further than the hand-poured, slip-cast ceramic beverage vessels produced by Portland Growler Co. The team behind PGC—a collective of designers and ceramicists at Mudshark Studios—came together in 2010 with the idea of making handmade growlers for the bevy of handcrafted brews made in Portland. more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Streetcar Bistro

During weekday happy hours, Streetcar’s kitchen puts out lots of pub grub, including steamed mussels, mac and cheese, pulled brisket sandwiches (with onion bacon jam), sweet and meaty bacon-wrapped dates, and chicken wings served three ways (hot, peanut or honeyed, limed and gingered). But as its name implies, the Streetcar’s a taproom too: You’ll never find fewer than 30 pours at any given time, more...