Portland’s latest entrepreneurs sharpen their knives.

16 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in February 2015

16 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in February 2015

February was a good month for local indie businesses. We have a new place to get stuck with needles as well as the latest from the owners of a mini-barbering empire. A pop-up restaurateur went the brick-and-mortar route as did a pair of food carters, while another pair of restaurateurs saved a Portland pizza institution by changing its name and adding stiffer drinks. We even gained a couple of emigres who took a more...

Hanging at the spa is a sort of human right we all deserve

Where to Pamper Yourself in Portland: Löyly

Where to Pamper Yourself in Portland: Löyly

Jessica Kelso is what you might call a spa enthusiast, which is why she left behind her management positions in the restaurant industry to open her own spa in SE Portland in 2006. It was such a hit with locals that she decided to open a second (and much larger) one late last year. If you’ve never been to either, don’t expect to kick up your feet and have people pamper you during your stay. more...

Late-night cookies for late-night munchers

Made in PDX: Coop's Cookies

Made in PDX: Coop's Cookies

There often comes a point in everyone’s life when they know they’re ready for a change. For some it happens later in life, but for others, like Portlander Jessica Cooper, it happened early. For almost three years, Cooper worked as a defense attorney for a small Portland firm. But practicing law wasn’t fulfilling her the way she’d hoped, so she quit and took up dog walking. Then last summer, more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Nonna

Nonna, the stylish, welcoming, Italian grandmother-inspired restaurant operated by Dayna McErlean (Dime Store, DOC, Yakuza Lounge), has something akin to three happy hours. There’s a bambino hour (with a menu of meatballs and angel-hair pasta for your kids), a straight-up happy hour menu (burgers and cheese and charcuterie plates), and a brand new cicchetti (small plates) menu. The cicchetti menu is more...

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...