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Pear-Flavored Vodka, ‘90s Video-Game Reboots, and Sustainable Planters

September's best local goods.

By Eden Dawn August 15, 2016 Published in the September 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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The ’90s are alive and well in this classic reboot of the first-person-shooter game System Shock. Night Dive Studios founder Stephen Kick capitalized on grunge-era nostalgia to raise more than $1,000,000 on Kickstarter in less than a month, shattering the original goal. The game won’t be ready until December, so occupy yourself with The Oregon Trail until then. 

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Made entirely from recycled water bottles and natural materials, these soft, malleable pots and vertical planters from Hillsboro company Root Pouch offer an alternative to the traditional hard plastic. The eco company snagged a big award in Spain last fall, taking home the Iberfloral Innovation Technology Award for most advanced green item in the already-green horticulture category. $1.50–14 at Concentrates NW

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Named after an old wives’ tale about a sea goddess who dominates men, this two-year-old pear-flavored vodka drink is a smooth 80 proof sipper. “It’s female owned and operated,” says founder Chaunci King of the line existing in a traditionally male-dominated industry. “For us, by us.” $35

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Local model Monica Watson knows how important good skin care is, but her quest to find a line that was organic and ethically made left her wanting. The solution? Create her own. This summer she launched Berlin Skin, offering a full treatment trio of coconut aloe cleanser, a geranium rose toner, and a hydrating, rich sandalwood cream. $38–144

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Accessory designer Anna Korte found inspiration in an unlikely place, citing the work psychologist Carl Jung did on synchronicity, wave forms, and the paranormal as a jumping-off place for her latest Phenomena collection. She says these brass beauties are “inspired by the concept of parallel realities and the idea that we are participating in multiple dimensions at one time.” $48–84

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