Trophy Case: September's Hottest Local Stuff

This month's hottest locally made goods, from a coffee table inspired by the Pacific Northwest to horseradish vodka

September 2, 2014 Published in the September 2014 issue of Portland Monthly

WORKSHOP: Washington woodworker Greg Klassen fashions coffee tables inspired by the flowing waters of the Pacific Northwest. Every piece is custom-milled from discarded trees and inlaid with a hand-cut piece of blue-green glass. “The shape of the glass follows the natural shape of the wood,” he says.

DRINK THIS: Distilled and bottled in Bend, Badcock’s ultra-crisp vodka is filtered five times through crushed rock to rid it of impurities ... and then infused with much tastier impurities—horseradish and cucumber.

BIG IDEAEvery morning, Scott McDonald brings back the 1950s milkman, donning the uniform and delivering local eggs, milk, and bread to 300 Portland doorsteps. McDonald, who worked on a milk home-delivery program in Australia before moving back home in January, says his old-school get-up harks back to an era when life moved more slowly. “People have to work on the weekends. Our service makes life a little easier.”

TOTE THIS: Tanner Goods’ Women’s Capsule collection includes the understated yet handsome Perennial Day Bag, an everyday canvas and leather handbag that promises to become your new favorite purse.

Bookshelf: A Japanese proverb that urges conformity: A tall tree catches much wind. Designer Matt Wagner flipped it into a mantra for artists. The Tall Trees of Portland showcases the best work of the city’s rebellious art scene, from Craig Thompson to pop art duo Apak. Overcup Press, $49

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