Swift Lounge puts a pizza feather in its avian cap

Now Open: Blackbird Pizza

Now Open: Blackbird Pizza

Thanks to the owners of Swift Lounge and a former Vincente’s Gourmet Pizza delivery driver, Buckman residents didn’t have to wait long to cure their pie jones after Vincente’s shuttered earlier this year. As the trio of restaurant vets began to take over the 60-seat spot, they came up with a plan: Build on what made Vincente’s so beloved by locals. In short, the sauce is the same and the dough more...

Gravity-defying dance and fitness classes in a new, centrally located warehouse

Portland Fitness: A-WOL Dance Collective

Portland Fitness: A-WOL Dance Collective

You’ve maybe seen the aerial dance troupe wowing crowds around town in vacant warehouses or local theaters, suspended from trees in city parks or even smack in the middle of downtown plazas like Pioneer Square or Director Park. But, that’s just the showy side of this nonprofit that embodies “the spirit of aerial without limits” and seeks to teach others how to “defy expectation, ignite more...

A Quick Look at Portland's Top Sunday Brunches

What comes to mind when you think of archetypal Portland brunch dishes? Wood-fired French toast? Huevos rancheros? Prison chicken? That’s what we think of (and, of course, the requisite Bloody Mary). Keep reading and you’ll find thoughts on all of the above, including details on an eggs Benedict topped with what just may be Portland’s most perfect hollandaise. Disclaimer:With so many spots focusing more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet designer Marcus Harvey

Made in PDX: Portland Gear

Made in PDX: Portland Gear

If the name wasn’t unambiguously explanatory enough, Marcus Harvey’s cleanly designed, casual label of T-shirts, hoodies, ball caps and tote bags aims to embody the spirit of his hometown and be the Portland brand—unofficially the official gear of the city. “The lifestyle of Portland is to not fit a lifestyle,” Harvey explains. “All [types of] people really coexist well and have more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Levant

A truly great thing about Levant’s much-anticipated Sunday brunches is that (for now) it’s more or less a lineless affair. But the best thing about it—if you’re ordering from the chef’s choice Israeli-style seasonal tasting menu ($20 per person at your table)—is that your starters arrive almost as quickly as your harissa Bloody Marys (with pickled vegetables and a salted more...

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 ekdysÄ«s 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...