Trophy Case: The Best Local Stuff of March 2016

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from ergonomically pleasing knives to an app that’ll help you make spontaneous plans

By Marty Patail March 1, 2016 Published in the March 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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Image: Tiktaalik


Light and ergonomically pleasing, Portland-based Tiktaalik’s stainless steel Field Knife Set consists of a paring knife, a serrated knife, and a chef’s knife. The single-piece construction holds up to the rigors of the outdoors, so you can cook like a pro wherever you may be. $249,


Local designer Holly Mueller’s handmade rope wall hangings lend elegance and pop to any space where traditional artwork might not do—like that awkward empty wall in your living room. $720,

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Image: Holly Mueller


Scribble your ill-advised poetry verses in a crowd-funded Scrubby Notebook, a waterproof whiteboard that looks like paper but can be wiped clean at any time. Plus, with cover art created by talented homeless youth from p:ear, a portion of the purchase price will benefit the local nonprofit. From $22,

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Image: Michael Novak


Combining olive oil with milk from Nigerian dwarf goats on a family farm just outside of Portland, North45 produces creamy, organic soaps sans artificial scents. The bamboo charcoal, rosemary, and mint–infused Detox Soap invigorates your sense of smell and your body. $8,

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Image: North45


Facebook’s event pages and e-vites are great, but what if you want to rally a spontaneous bar crawl? Enter Down For Whatever, an app for iOS, Android, and your web browser that does away with spammy group texts, static event pages, and clunky e-mails. In about 15 seconds, you can create an activity and notify your friends, who can opt in whether they have the app or not. Says developer and Oregon native Sean McCleary, “I wanted to pare making plans down to as few decision points as possible.” Free,

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