• Public Market Lunch, Part I

    by  • April 16, 2012 • 1 Comment


    Situated on Monument Square, it might be fair to say that the Public Market House symbolizes the heart of the local foods movement in Portland. Opened in 2006, following the collapse of Betty Noyce’s visionary-but-doomed Public Market project, the current public market opened in a converted Army-Navy store as a partnership between four of the […]

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    Saturday Night Photo Special: Portland Flea-for-All

    by  • April 14, 2012 • 1 Comment


    This morning we spent some time visiting the opening day of the new Portland Flea For All craft and vintage market.  Judging by what we saw today, they’ve managed to strike a balance right between Elmer’s Barn and Picnic Arts Festival. Here are a few photos; if you like what you see here, they’re open […]

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    Friday Features & Finds (Giant Rabbit Edition)

    by  • April 6, 2012 • 0 Comments


    Another week seems to have blinked by in the wink of an eye, and here we are at First Friday again. Tonight’s First Friday Art Walk seems to be a particularly busy one, with all sorts of funky stuff going on. For me, the most exciting thing is that Victoria Mansion’s Wonderama exhibit will be […]

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    Friday Features & Finds: Hail to the Chief Edition

    by  • March 30, 2012 • 0 Comments


    If you haven’t already heard, both President Obama and Snoop Dogg are going to be right in the heart of the city on Friday night – the President at a high end fundraiser at the Museum of Art and Snoop at the State Theater. My advice is to stay far, far away from the intersection […]

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    The Sweet Spot: The Honey Exchange

    by  • March 29, 2012 • 4 Comments


    “Would you like to see a bee being born?” With those intriguing words, owner Phil Gaven graciously welcomed me into The Honey Exchange, where I learned more about bees and honey in a short visit than I knew it was possible to know. Located in a beautiful converted center-hall cape on Stevens Avenue, The Honey […]

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    Artist & Craftsman Paradise

    by  • March 27, 2012 • 2 Comments


    I think there is a misconception about the iconic Portland business Artist & Craftsman supply, and it’s this: that you need to be a “serious artist” or art student to enjoy the bounty that they have to offer. It’s simply not true.  For nearly 30 years, A&C has been selling not only top-notch fine art […]

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    Green is Beautiful at EcoHome Studio

    by  • March 26, 2012 • 5 Comments


    Tucked away in a big, boxy building on Forest Ave, sheltered by USM and the Oakhurst milk plant, is one of the most exciting new businesses in Portland. In many ways, EcoHome Studio is almost the prototypical Buy Local business – a small shop, with a local owner, selling great, sustainable products, and treating the […]

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    Friday Features & Finds – Unexpected Summer Edition

    by  • March 23, 2012 • 0 Comments


    This has been exciting. If anyone doesn’t know, it’s been over 80 degrees here in Portland over the past few days. It’s supposed to get cooler over the weekend, but still what we’d all call “unseasonably warm”. Last night I went with my family to have a picnic on the Eastern Prom, and it was […]

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    Step Behind The White Door into Lovely Things

    by  • March 22, 2012 • 0 Comments


    A blue, brick wall. A white door. An understated sign. Although they are on Fore Street, in a prime location, it would be easy just to walk right past. Don’t do it. Open the white door and go inside: stepping into Lovely Things was the best surprise I’ve had in some time. You should open […]

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    Bohemian Rhapsody In Tea

    by  • March 20, 2012 • 3 Comments


    The waiter brings you a book, and a bell. That’s the first sign that Dobra Tea is different than any other tea shop I’ve ever been in. I have to confess that tea is my weakness. Not just any tea, mind you, but carefully brewed tea … it is the ritual of tea, if you […]

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