Where to Happy Hour in Portland: North Light

Sometimes somebody’s else concept produces a smash hit that you hadn’t even thought up yet. That’s what happened to the folks at North Light last summer when they signed on to participate in the Portland Mercury’s annual Burger Week campaign. Their stuffed cheese curd burger was so popular with locals—it sold 2,400 in just seven days—that the owners decided to make space for it on more...

Spend a few more than two minutes planning how to adorn your head on Derby Day

Made in Portland: Derby Day Hats by Bonnet

Made in Portland: Derby Day Hats by Bonnet

“The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” absolutely require that you spend a good few minutes more than it takes to run the race to plan your outfit. Pastels and plaids and polka dots are all acceptable, as are bow ties and bowed belts, but the most important accoutrement for all you ladies out there is your hat—your gloriously oversized, colorful, flowered and flamboyant Derby hat. And with May 2 more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Tapalaya

In January 2015, chef and New Orleans native Anh Luu rolled out a brunch program that takes advantage of Tapalaya’s Cajun and Creole roots as well as Luu’s own Vietnamese heritage, the result of which is a weekend breakfast offering that is unlike any other in town. Think of the joint as where sriracha and Crystal hot sauces intersect (although you’ll probably need neither to get your food just more...

Three ketchups and a cocktail sauce

Now Open in PDX: Red Duck Foods

Now Open in PDX: Red Duck Foods

The idea for Red Duck Foods started in the classroom when three University of Oregon MBA students—Jessica Hilbert, Shannon Oliver and Karen Bonner—decided that for their class project they would try to save ketchup from itself. They liked the organic ketchup they developed so much that they took the idea live in 2013, setting up an online marketplace in Eugene before deciding, two years later, to move more...

Say it With a Locally Made Card at Etcetera

Congress has a thing for designating certain Mondays as national holidays, but the ones the people they represent seem to celebrate the most are personal ones, like birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, graduations, congratulation-worthy milestones and, best of all, those random days where our friends or sweethearts subtly shower us with unsolicited affection in the form of a one-of-a-kind greeting card. At more...

Meet local maker Matthew Bietz of Quartertwenty

Made in Portland: Quartertwenty

Made in Portland: Quartertwenty

Simplicity,in name and concept, is at the core of Matthew Bietz’s design and fabrication studio. Literally, Quartertwenty refers to a type of screw—“a small, versatile piece of hardware that’s a quarter inch in diameter and has 20 threads per inch; not too big, not too small, fixes just about anything"—as well as “a symbol of simplicity and versatility, which is what we stand more...

Portland's Kid-Friendliest Brunches

Kids. If you know just one thing about ‘em, it’s this: They gotta eat, just like everybody else. But kids are fussy, and they’re generally not down to wait in line for two hours for the weekend’s most important meal. That’s why we’ve come up with this crackerjack roster of local brunch spots that’ll happily make room for your little ones while you take a break from the more...

Portland's new one-stop children’s shop

Now Open in PDX: Coffee Kids Division

Now Open in PDX: Coffee Kids Division

Coffee Kids, the 1,500-square-foot, one-stop children’s shop in St. Johns has a new kid sister—a 900-square-foot space on SE Division Street right across the road from Salt & Straw. The shop’s arrival fills a void too, which was left when EcoBaby Gear relocated to another part of town following the 2014 holidays. What can you expect at the new shop? Basically anything you can find at the St. more...

Linnton Feed & Seed’s Backyard Husbandry Tips for Safer, Healthier Animals

A lot of us already know the ins and outs of springtime home gardening—and if you don’t, bone up usingthislist of tipscourtesy of Portland Nursery’s SaraOri—but what about husbanding animals? Some of you certainly know how to care for your chickens, goats and bees, but for those who don’t, we bent the ear of Linnton Feed & Seed’s Darcy Kunkel, who gave us—and you—a more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Aalto Lounge

There are dives, gin joints, and even a handful of fancier spots where you can score $2 domestic drafts or $2 bowls of popcorn or olives. But, there is only one that offers a full-on $2 happy hour menu: the Aalto Lounge. If you’ve never been, you can be forgiven any suspicion you might have about how a $2 cocktail will actually drink. Know this: The cocktails—a Slow Burn (lemon, pineapple and more...

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