Meet local woodworker Benjamin Klebba

Made in Portland: Phloem Studio

Made in Portland: Phloem Studio

Benjamin Klebba was born to be a woodworker—but he didn’t exactly see it that way until age allowed him to appreciate the work his father had been doing his whole life. “He built the house I grew up in, had his own furniture biz when I was a kid, taught construction trades at a trade school for high school kids for over 20 years, and built wooden sailboats,” Klebba lists. Needless to say, more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Roman Candle Baking Co.

Roman Candle has the feel of a cafe—sort of. Meaning, it’s the kind of place you can swing by with a friend or two, but you can just as comfortably and easily swap those friends out for a newspaper or novel. If you like Eggs in Purgatory, Roman Candle has ‘em: The open kitchen allows you to literally watch how the sausage, which spices up and seasons the dish’s tomato stew, gets made. The more...

Jeremy Crown and Yvonne Chen’s Little Otsu has new local digs

Now Open in Portland: Little Otsu

Now Open in Portland: Little Otsu

Jeremy Crown and Yvonne Chen have been selling paper goods and publishing books since 2002, first in San Francisco and, until recently, from home in Portland (where they moved in 2007). But, they now have new retail digs on SE Division Street where fans of their work can swing by for illustrated art books, children’s books, planners and calendars. Their new shop, Crown says, also gives them the room they need more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Smokehouse 21

This barbecue joint’s happy hour is designed to give you a taste of nearly everything on the menu. Think of it as a prelude that you can stretch into long, leisurely dinner. As its name implies, Smokehouse 21 is known for its smoked meats, and for just $4 a pop, you can get a pair of brisket, chicken or pulled pork sliders. But, its also becoming known for the way it pickles: The pickled vegetable side comes more...

18 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in October

In October, bars and restaurants once again cropped up all over town, but this time, retail and services were fast on their heels. So yes, Portland, you’re still getting more cocktails, more mead, more bread and more sushi, but you’re also getting a new modern barber shop, a new women’s boutique and a new tattoo parlor. But, the most peculiar thing of all is that SE Division Street, dubbed more...

Get inked at Seth Ciferri and Ellen Murphy’s Tattoo Shop

Now Open in Portland: Lombard Street Tattoo

Now Open in Portland: Lombard Street Tattoo

Seth Ciferri and Ellen Murphy are tattoo industry luminaries, and their new five-station shop in St. Johns employs other bright stars too. And while there are more than 100 parlors in the city, Ciferri and Murphy wanted to open a world-class one in St. Johns because: a) Ciferri says it needed one; and b) he and Murphy live in the neighborhood. The main objective he says is to run a place that’s such a smash more...

Meet NoPo's custom in-ear monitor makers

Made in Portland: 1964 Ears

Made in Portland: 1964 Ears

As the story goes, “1964 was an extremely important year in music. It was the year The Beatles first came to the US. It was the year The Who formed. It was the last year the Fender Stratocaster was made before being sold to CBS,” lists Jason Marlowe. “And we just found out that the first prototype of the in-ear monitor was created in 1964.” Marlowe knows all this because he does marketing and more...

West End Select Shop carries the lines of emerging designers


Now Open in Portland: West End Select Shop

Now Open in Portland: West End Select Shop

Andi Bakos’ “jewel box” of a women’s shop is a pocket-sized 415 square feet, but don’t let the size of it fool you because the Oregon native and former Nordstrom and Nike trend scout is offering apparel and accessories from emerging designers from all over the globe, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Budapest, Berlin, Los Angeles and Portland. Her main goal, she says, is to find more...

Hogan’s Goat’s gluten-free pie will fill you up, but won't weigh you down

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland: Hogan's Goat Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza in Portland: Hogan's Goat Pizza

The recently resurrected Hogan’s Goat is not a gluten-free environment, and it’s only open 18 hours a week, but the kitchen still puts out one mighty fine gluten-free pie. The crust, made with a Bob’s Red Mill blend of rice, tapioca, potato and millet flours, is firm in the center and crunchy around the edges. Order at the counter, pull up a chair at one the dining room’s three vintage Formica more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Life of Pie Pizza

The happy hour menu at Jason Kallingal’s pizzeria is simple—spartan simple, in fact. Here’s how it reads: $3 glasses of wine (red and white), $3 draft pints (brewed at one of four local breweries), and one $5 pizza (margherita). Doesn’t sound like much, but here’s the thing: That pizza’s a winner, and after months of tweaking it since the doors opened, Kallingal’s dialed in more...