From Canned Sparkling Wine to New Pendleton Blankets, August’s Best Locally Made Goods

Oregon makers are in a class of their own.

By Eden Dawn July 12, 2016 Published in the August 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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In 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, creating the National Park Service, and Pendleton first wove its now-iconic Glacier Park Blanket. A century later, Pendleton has released an entire line of park-themed items, from Yellowstone bath towels to Rainier doggie beds to Crater Lake beanies, with a portion of sales donated to restoration projects. $20–259

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Immigration. Marriage Equality. Gun Violence. Common Ground names its slip-on shoes after social issues instead of colorways. A veteran of Nike and Keen, John Tawney says his new project is meant to spark conversations around making change. $70

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Move over, kiddos. This is grown-up time. Timber Press’s new Color the Pacific Northwest  book for adults offers detailed Zoe Keller illustrations of endangered white-tailed deer, a grumpy Sasquatch amid wildflowers, and Oregon mushrooms with long Latin names. Colored pencils not included. $13

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Oncologist Katie Deming often saw her breast cancer patients struggle to find apparel that didn’t chafe at skin left sensitive by radiation therapy. So she made some. The bras and camis in her MakeMerry collection come in super-soft materials, with seams hidden away to avoid irritation, and styles that cut away from tender underarm areas—without sacrificing the pretty. Starting at $58

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Turn backyard picnics and lazy river days into classy soirées by throwing a quartet of Underwood’s new sparkling wine into a tub of ice. Half a wine bottle in one hefty can brings notes of apple, lemon, and white peach—all just fine in the summer sun. $28 for a four-pack at New Seasons

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