Now Open in Portland: Sticks & Stones Accessories

After a short spell sharing a space (Nob Hill’s The Specialty Store) with the now-shuttered NW Portland location of Reynolds Optical, the young men behind Stick & Stones have their first official digs. The 900-square-foot space isn’t just home to Benjamin Posin, Marc Ishida and Dominic Neary’s special brand of reclaimed and repurposed wooden jewelry—think rings, button covers, necklaces more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland's Pearl District

Portland’s Pearl District has a little bit of just about everything when it comes to happy hour. There are early ones, late ones, imported cuisines, imported whiskeys, Pacific Northwest wines, some truly terrific wood-fired pies, and some of this city’s best craft cocktails. All you need to figure out is what you’re in the mood for and when you want to go. Disclaimer:With so many spots focusing on more...

Instruction in the athletic art form of pole dancing available to all genders and ages

Portland Fitness: Ecdysiast

Portland Fitness: Ecdysiast

Bear with us real quick: The ancient Greek word ekdysīs means to remove the outermost layer of skin, aka shedding your surface layer. Therefore, the common definition of an ecdysiast is a striptease performer but, as the Portland pole dance studio of the same name defines it, it’s “a performer who provides entertainment through skillful and erotic dance routines.” Striptease or no, fact is, the more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet bagmonger Mandy Zelinka

Made in PDX: Mandy Zelinka Leather Goods

Made in PDX: Mandy Zelinka Leather Goods

Being fabulous is exhausting—especially if you don't have the correct handbag. At least that’s what Mandy Zelinka—a woman who’s been creating and styling for decades (whether serving as the voice behind the blog Milwaukie Rules! for three years or “working behind the chair as a hairstylist in the Pearl District for 17”)—says. And thankfully, she’s here to simplify more...

Now Open in Portland: Purringtons Cat Lounge

It’s finally here: Portland’s first cat lounge is open for business. What’s a cat lounge? Well, Kristen and Sergio Castillo’s version of it means snacks like deviled eggs, meat and cheese boards, a vegetable board, chips and homemade salsa, and drinks like coffee, tea, local beer and wine—and on weekends, meowmosas. The 1,300-square-foot space seats 30 altogether, but only 20 in the cat more...

Get your Egg McMuffin, Pop Tart and Twinkie fix—Portland style

Slow Food Fast: Portland’s Chefs Take on Fast Food

Slow Food Fast: Portland’s Chefs Take on Fast Food

BuckmanWe all know that fast food is a no-no, or at the very least, something we should try our best to avoid. However, if your blood runs red (white and blue), you might just have a soft, squishy part in your heart where the fast foods of your teenage years still live (maybe literally). Still, most of us generally steer clear of ‘em, if only to prevent ourselves from consuming unholy amounts of sugar, trans more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: New American

Aaron and Faith Dionne’s new family-friendly, comfort food spot takes aim at two things: Prepare classic foods—like short ribs, rotisserie chickens and beet salads—using ingredients from nearby farms and ranches. And their short happy hour menu offers a taste of what exactly that means. Consider the quintessential comfort foods: the grilled cheese and a very creamy, tangy mac and cheese. All of the more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet designers Barbara Seipp and Kate Troedsson

Made In Portland: Karl vonBuck

Made In Portland: Karl vonBuck

Barbara Seipp was seeking a respite from the fashion industry when Kate Troedsson was coming up in it. The former, an industry veteran (who once owned the shop Isaac Hers and designed its namesake label), has comprehensive experience (including retail, sourcing, design and apparel production), while the latter has a degree in apparel design from The Art Institute of Portland and has modeled internationally while more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Milk Glass Mrkt

The dining room at Milk Glass Mrkt is small (it seats about 30), and it’s made smaller still by the surrounding shelves lined with everything from nuts, coffee, salts, oils and Mexican Cokes, to coolers filled with beer, wine and eggs. But who cares? The room is also well-lit by northern light, and it’s comfortable and cozy. And, thanks to a pretty wholesome food menu, it’s often bustling. This more...

One note at a time—and then several all at once

Now Open in Portland: The Shirley Academy

Now Open in Portland: The Shirley Academy

For almost 30 years, David Brothers has been mastering the guitar. At the age of 20, he moved from Fort Worth, Tex., to Portland to earn a degree in international relations and to study blues and jazz guitar at Mt. Hood Community College, as well as with local pickers Jerry Hahn and Terry Robb. Since then, he’s played shows and festivals across the country, and wrote, produced and recorded multiple albums. Now, more...