Trophy Case: The Best Local Stuff of August 2015

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from Thai-style charcoal to summery caftans

July 20, 2015 Published in the August 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

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Image: Mike Novak


Pep up your backyard barbecue with Pok Pok’s long-burning Thaan Thai-Style charcoal. Made from orchard-grown rambutan wood, the charcoal cooks evenly without imparting heavy smoke flavors to your food. $9 for five pounds

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Image: B.G. Reynolds


Concocted by the minds behind Portland’s indoor tropical oasis Hale Pele, B.G. Reynolds syrups come in hard-to-find tiki flavors like falernum, orgeat, and demerara sugar so you can make your mai tai and zombie punch at home. Fake volcano not included. $15.99 

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Image: Cully Wright


Somewhere in between the dashiki, muumuu, and poncho hangs the caftan, a hot-weather garment often worn in Moroccan weddings. Local gown designer Elizabeth Dye breaks out of her white-dress repertoire with these summery caftans in bold geometric prints. Starting at $125

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Image: Greg Hennes


For over a year, Portland Bazaar cofounder Greg Hennes has been restoring the Jennings Hotel, transforming the neglected, century-old building in Joseph, Oregon, into a hotel-cum-artist residence. Hennes used his savings and $107,070 he raised on Kickstarter to buy materials. The first room opens this summer, with more coming as soon as he can finish them. 


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In Hunger, Hope & Healing, Portland-based therapist Sarahjoy Marsh combats negative body images with yoga. “In Portland, we’re supposed to indulge in food,” she says. “On the other hand, we’re really into fitness, and we have a huge yoga community.” $17.95, Shambhala Publications

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