Where to Brunch in Portland: BTU Brasserie

The brunch menu at Chris Bogart and Nate Yovu’s microbrewing Chinese restaurant may be slim, but the flavors in each dish are balanced—nuanced even. In other words, nothing’s too spicy, nor too mild: Everything’s been perfectly Goldilocks'd allowing you to taste every one of each dish’s many ingredients. (Of course, you can always take the heat up to 11 by asking for some of the more...

The little record label that could, does

Now Open in Portland: Tender Loving Empire Hawthorne

Now Open in Portland: Tender Loving Empire Hawthorne

As 2014 comes to a close, Tender Loving Empire is consciously embracing change and growth. First, founders Jared and Brianne Mees moved their crowded upstairs office into new digs in NW Portland. Then, they unveiled a new, more mature logo designed by Cabin (which has worked with brands like Starbucks, Etsy and GOOD Magazine). All of this was in preparation to open their second retail boutique—while continuing more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Sapphire Hotel

There’s plenty of sexy rooms in this city, but with its dim lights, lit candles and blood-red colors, the Sapphire Hotel’s the kind of room you believe when it tells you that it loves you. It’s the kind of place that’ll hold you and listen as you unpack your bad day at work, and the kind of place that’ll tell you everything’s gonna be okay as it fixes you a stiff drink. Speaking of more...

Ping Pong, pizza and a pet shop and portrait studio

27 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

27 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in November

Portlanders were busy beavers in November throwing open the doors to nearly two dozen businesses. Need a hug? You can get that by visiting Portland’s new cuddling center. Need a pet shop with a boutique portrait studio? You can get that too. The city’s also now home to a new shoe store, wood-fired pizzeria, ping pong palace, DIY lifestyle shop, and women’s boutique run by a pair of intrepid clothing more...

Gary Tyler’s leather camera straps feel—and look—good

Made in Portland: Great State

Made in Portland: Great State

Gary Tyler says he’s been shooting photographs for as long as he can remember. Until about five years ago, the Asheville, N.C., native put in some time on the slopes, too, shooting and producing snowboarding movies before taking on video production for various advertising agencies. As an avid shooter—and an active one—Tyler was always in the market for the perfect camera strap. It had to be more...

Made In Portland: Pushmepullyou Press

A traditionalist at his core, Michael Kelley carries the bounty of the Pacific Northwest in his leather valise, especially when he makes house calls, err, shop stops. That is, Kelley moseys around town in his affectionately tendedVolkswagenBeetle(which he's owned for more than 30 years) visiting local boutiques and retailers with his line of Pushmepullyou Press cards—each of which is lovinglyhandcrafted in more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Juniors Cafe

Juniors is a charmer. Like a 1980s dream, it’s decked out in reds, golds and greens, and the “punk rock Martha Stewarts” who run the joint—Amy Squier and Shari Jay—call you by pet names like doll, hon, love, sweetheart and babe. And not just you—they use those names for everybody. At the heart of it all, though, is a greasy spoon’s worth of breakfasty comforts like migas more...

Saying "local" like they mean it

Now Open in Portland: MadeHere PDX

Now Open in Portland: MadeHere PDX

John Connor’s long known that Portland is crawling with talented makers, but if you wanted to check out their goods, you either had to surf the web or visit dozens of random shops around town. So, he enlisted the help of Bob Davis (Lizard Lounge) and folks from the Sterrins Group to put all of these makers’ disparate products together under one roof. The result looks a lot like a cross between a museum more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Coppia

Did you know that Coppia, the Italian restaurant and Pearl District wine cellar, does happy hour? You do now, and if you haven’t been (ever or in a while), it’s a great way to take chef Adam Ruplinger’s discounted dinner menu for a test drive. Start with either the funghi, which get marinated in olive oil, lemon zest, garlic shallots, parsley, rosemary and thyme and paired with Pearl Bakery bread, more...

Open arms, clear heart, can't lose

Now Open in Portland: Cuddle Up To Me

Now Open in Portland: Cuddle Up To Me

When she found herself at the end of a 13-year relationship, Samantha Hess considered the free hugs phenomenon at Saturday Market and thought to herself, “I’d totally pay to have some guy give me a genuine, platonic hug. Why can’t something like this be available?” Having put in spells as a bank teller, house cleaner and Netflix call center operator, Hess decided why not, indeed, and started more...