Where to Pamper Yourself in Portland: Blush Beauty Bar

The word spa has many meanings, so when someone tells you about the great spa treatment he or she just had, you’re going to have to ask some questions to determine if the spa does nails, hair, massage or offers sauna sessions, and whether or not the spa’s vibe is celebratory or deliberately zen. Deborah Haynes’ spa is decidedly celebratory—the walls are painted hot pink, and the place often more...

PDX Beauty Products: Meet Maker Ainsley Fox

Made in PDX: Palate Polish

Made in PDX: Palate Polish

Finger lickin’ good is a sentiment that probably applies more to Ainsley Fox than most of us. “I think it's important to not only know and understand what you put in your body, but as well as what you put on your body,” she says. And seeing that your digits so frequently come in contact with your food and mouth, it’s important that her small-batch nail polishes are free of toxic chemicals more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Gigi’s Cafe

In its first few weeks of business, Gigi’s Cafe went from being a two-person, mom-and-pop shop to a team of six. Then, those six multiplied to a dozen, mainly because Multnomah Village residents continue to consistently fill the cafe’s 50 seats. The mom and pop behind the show are Charlene Wesler and her fiancé Michael Susak—many of you probably know them as the team behind The Gaufre Gourmet more...

Portland Knife House’s opening just made A LOT of local chefs very happy

Now Open in Portland: Portland Knife House

Now Open in Portland: Portland Knife House

Eytan Zias is a food guy. He trained to be a chef at the Culinary Institute of America and worked with too many famous chefs at too many famed New York City restaurants to count. After taking an executive chef’s job in Phoenix at a five-star restaurant with a Native American menu, he decided to open a knife shop and sharpener’s station. It was here, in 2011, that he met Joy, the woman he’d marry more...

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...

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