Small Business

Music

Our 10 Favorite Portland Record Stores

From Music Millennium in Laurelhurst to My Vinyl Underground in Ladd's Addition, here are some of the best record stores in Portland, Oregon.

03/24/2022 By Jenni Moore

Long Story Short

Meet Portland’s Most Beloved Bookseller

Earl Dizon, of NE Alberta’s Green Bean Books, talks Phantom Tollbooth, Agatha Christie, Anne of Green Gables, and library hopping.

03/24/2022 By Fiona McCann

Style

Craft Work: Portland Clothing Line Maya Meyer

Designer Maya Dahlgreen dropped her day job for a new fashion line with salvaged fabrics, inclusive sizing (maternity, too!), and ethical production.

03/23/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Footwear

These Portland-Made Shoes Marry Style with Sustainability

Founded in 2019, Hilos makes shoes using 3-D printing with a focus creating a fully recyclable product and eliminating overproduction.

03/14/2022 By Jenni Moore

Makers

How a Luthier from Uzbekistan Makes Some of Portland's Most Beloved Guitars

Portland luthier Peter Tsiorba on how his Uzbekistan roots, a 16th-century lute, and a guitar in downtown Portland have influenced his work.

01/31/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Eat & Drink

Need a Break from Soda? Try These 4 Oregon-Made Kombuchas.

Discover the stories and flavors behind Brew Dr., Soma, and more brands sold in Portland.

09/20/2021 By Amy Joshu

Books

Portland’s Only Brick-and-Mortar Black-Owned Bookstore Reopens on Division

Third Eye Books and Gifts will throw its doors back open on June 20 at an all-new location.

06/18/2021 By Conner Reed

Oregon Woman

These 4 Oregon Entrepreneurs Are Using Success to Lift Others

Jaime Schmidt, Junea Roche, Pat Welch, and Lynn Le are leading like bosses.

03/27/2021 By Eden Dawn

Style

From Digital Design, to Handmade Hairpins, to Modeling, Margaret Alba Can Do It All

We talked to the multi-hyphenate designer about her wide-ranging projects.

03/18/2021 Edited by Lola Oyibo

Small Business

Orox Leather's Storefront Smashed and $26,000 of Product Stolen

The locally owned, family business has been broken into twice in a month in middle-of-the-night attacks.

03/11/2021 By Eden Dawn

Q & A

How to Be a Better Boss: Advice from an Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Society Nine founder Lynn Le talks about the cycle of support she and her team try to create for each other.

03/09/2021 By Eden Dawn

News

Small Businesses Deal with Collapsed Tents, Doors Frozen Shut, and Downed Branches

The weather brought a slew of new challenges.

02/15/2021 By Eden Dawn

Local Artists

Tender Loving Empire's Snail Mail Subscription Service Will Help You Keep in Touch

The monthly packages include handmade cards, envelopes, and stamps.

01/08/2021 By Alli Weseman

Small Business

For Some Portland Businesses, the Pandemic Was the Chance They Needed to Get in the Game

Available commercial space and a market for little luxuries at home were silver linings of 2020.

12/29/2020 By Julia Silverman

Feature

How a Washougal Man, Known as 'The Blind Woodsman,' Became a TikTok Star

John Furniss uses his spatial memory and a special measuring tool to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind bowls and canisters for his adoring social media fans.

12/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

A Look Back

The Most Read Stories About Retail and Small Businesses in 2020

Virus clauses, Black-owned business shopping guides, and unemployment updates. Get caught up on the top 10 stories you cared about this wild year.

12/23/2020 By Eden Dawn

Local Business

These Portlanders Have Closed Their Own Shops. But That Isn't All They're Missing.

We asked Toffee Club’s Niki Diamond to tell us about a dearly departed outlet she’s mourning, and then kept the shout-outs going.

12/02/2020 By Julia Silverman

Food News

Multnomah County Grants Now Available to Restaurants & Food Carts

Applications for the small grants are open until December 15.

11/30/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

holiday shopping

Your Definitive Guide to Shopping Local This Holiday Season

Online and COVID-safe, in-person maker markets are still happening this year. We have all the info to make your pandemic shopping easy and help give struggli...

11/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

Small Business

What Can Small Businesses Expect Under a Biden Administration?

Better PPP funding, more reasonable loan structures, and even student debt cancellation. The question is: Can he do it?

11/12/2020 By Eden Dawn