Small Business

For Some Portland Businesses, the Pandemic Was the Chance They Needed to Get in the Game

Available commercial space and a market for little luxuries at home were silver linings of 2020.

12/29/2020 By Julia Silverman

Feature

How a Washougal Man, Known as "The Blind Woodsman," Became a TikTok Star

John Furniss uses his spatial memory and a special measuring tool to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind bowls and canisters for his adoring social media fans.

12/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

A Look Back

The Most Read Stories About Retail and Small Businesses in 2020

Virus clauses, Black-owned business shopping guides, and unemployment updates. Get caught up on the top 10 stories you cared about this wild year.

12/23/2020 By Eden Dawn

Shop Local

‘Be Here for Portland’ Campaign Asks Shoppers to Stay Local

Artists, athletes, musicians, business boosters, and celebs encourage Portlanders to take their love to town—or rather, spend their dollars in town.

12/18/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Kids

Stylish, Two-in-One Shoes for Your Toddlers

How one local mom is trying to turn the children's shoe-industry on its head.

12/17/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Home Goods

These Patterned Local Linens Make Organic Home Goods Fun

“We’re all stuck inside. We’re all doing homeschool,” Kula Mercer says. “But you lay out a beautiful tablecloth and some fresh flowers and suddenly [home] fe...

12/15/2020 By Elise Herron

Lookbook

This Dreamy New Lingerie Lookbook Looks Like Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

Local lingerie company Jane's Vanity teamed up with photographer and collage artist, Mindy Byrd, for stunning new editorial photos.

12/12/2020 By Eden Dawn

Shopping

5 Local Wellness Products from BIPOC and Women-Owned Businesses

From bath bombs to bergamot, here are a few shops to support.

12/10/2020 By Jenni Moore

Local Business

These Portlanders Have Closed Their Own Shops. But That Isn't All They're Missing.

We asked Toffee Club’s Niki Diamond to tell us about a dearly departed outlet she’s mourning, and then kept the shout-outs going.

12/02/2020 By Julia Silverman

Food News

Multnomah County Grants Now Available to Restaurants & Food Carts

Applications for the small grants are open until December 15.

11/30/2020 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Gift Guide

20 Locally Made Gifts Under $50

Our local stores need your help more than ever this year—and luckily they've got oodles of goodies to suit a more modest budget.

11/27/2020 By Fiona McCann and Eden Dawn

holiday shopping

Your Definitive Guide to Shopping Local This Holiday Season

Online and COVID-safe, in-person maker markets are still happening this year. We have all the info to make your pandemic shopping easy and help give struggli...

11/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

Shopping

Sno-Parks, State Parks & Beyond: Snag a Wilderness Parking Pass

“Honey, I got you a present at the DMV.”

11/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler and Wriik Maui

Shopping

Portland Monthly's Local Holiday Gift Guide

This year it’s more important than ever to get those holiday gifts locally for everyone on your list. We can help.

11/24/2020 Edited by Eden Dawn Photography by Michael Novak

Footnotes

LISTEN: Happy 90th Birthday, Darcelle!

Portland Monthly style editor Eden Dawn celebrates drag queen and fashion icon Darcelle's 90th birthday by revisiting a The Long Play interview from 2...

11/20/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Small Business

What Can Small Businesses Expect Under a Biden Administration?

Better PPP funding, more reasonable loan structures, and even student debt cancellation. The question is: Can he do it?

11/12/2020 By Eden Dawn

Small Business

Rally the Troops, Enchanted Forest Needs Us

Between the pandemic and the wildfires, Oregon's most loved amusement park is in peril and is asking for our help.

10/29/2020 By Eden Dawn

Live Event

Pennie Lane and Rolling Stone Editor Ben Fong-Torres Talk 20 Years of Almost Famous

The two join up for a one-night-only conversation to raise funds for Portland Center Stage.

10/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

Beauty

Get High while Getting a Pedicure in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Nail artist Nomi Miraj comes to your door (masked and with gloves) for chill spa times.

10/15/2020 By Eden Dawn

Fashion

Vanishing Higher-Ed Hasn’t Put a Damper on These Portland Fashion Schools

The colleges have closed, but the options for getting a fashion industry education in town abound.

10/04/2020 By Eden Dawn