Meet musician, mom and vinyl fanatic Tamar Berk

Made in Portland: Hi Phile Record Cabinets

Made in Portland: Hi Phile Record Cabinets

What do you do when you’re so obsessed with crate digging that you’re developing carpal tunnel syndrome all while rapidly disposing of your monthly funds? You recreate the record store experience in your own home! Seeking a better way to store, display and peruse her collection of 650 vinyl records, musician, mom and new inventor Tamar Berk had an epiphany “while I was doing my usual shopping for more...

Fair-trade, organic and ready to put lots of pep in your step

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Coffee Roasters

Now Open in Portland: St. Johns Coffee Roasters

Mount Burns (yes, that is his real name, and yes, it’s a cool one) decided to leave behind the world of professional photography in 2008 to focus on the art of roasting coffee beans. His new 30-seat tasting room boasts 20 varieties of all-organic, fair trade, single origin or blended beans (one of the largest selections in the city), all of which you can sample via pour-overs. Burns also grinds and froths up a more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Uno Mas West

When you want some hair of the dog that bit you morning cocktail, sometimes you want a screwdriver and sometimes you want a mimosa. At Oswaldo Bibiano’s Goose Hollow taqueria, you can get both in the same glass. His Orange Is The New Black breakfast cocktail is a fizzy mix of orange juice, bubbles, orange-infused vodka, and cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream, which you should stir into your booze until it all more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: The Sudra

How spoiled can we get, really? Most small towns would droolingly yearn for a shot at having five quality eating spots tucked inside their tiny borders. Shoot, there’s plenty of neighborhoods in Portland that’d do the same for the spoils that Kerns has in just one jam-packed, aqua blue mini-mall. Along with tacos, burgers, meatballs and pie, determined eaters also have the option of sampling from Sanjay more...

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...