Restaurants

Restaurants in Portland and Beyond Look to Cooperative Ownership Models During the Pandemic

Experts say it’s a business model that’s resilient during crises and improves working conditions in an industry notorious for long hours and low pay.

03/30/2021 By Jade Yamazaki Stewart

Oregon Woman

These 4 Oregon Entrepreneurs Are Using Success to Lift Others

Jaime Schmidt, Junea Roche, Pat Welch, and Lynn Le are leading like bosses.

03/27/2021 By Eden Dawn

Summer

Summer Camps in Oregon Will Be (Mostly) Open This Year

But they won't look the same as in pre-pandemic times.

03/16/2021 By Julia Silverman

News

Small Businesses Deal with Collapsed Tents, Doors Frozen Shut, and Downed Branches

The weather brought a slew of new challenges.

02/15/2021 By Eden Dawn

Footnotes

LISTEN: The Portland Book of Dates, with Eden Dawn

The author and PoMo style editor talks about her new book, how COVID impacted its release, and how small businesses are still struggling.

01/15/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Local Artists

Tender Loving Empire's Snail Mail Subscription Service Will Help You Keep in Touch

The monthly packages include handmade cards, envelopes, and stamps.

01/08/2021 By Alli Weseman

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

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

Restaurants

Essay: The Last Supper—Again—of 2020

Finding work as a restaurant server has always been reliable. Not this year.

11/19/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

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

Black Lives Matter

Black-Owned Businesses: Service Directory

Portland Monthly's guide to Black-owned companies to hire for just about any job you need done.

08/04/2020 By Eden Dawn, Lauren Carlos, and Jordyn Mayer

How We’re Coping

Masks. Distancing. How Does a Facepainter Meet a Pandemic?

With outdoor events canceled and birthday parties feeling too risky, Mystique’s Fancy Faces owner Celese Williams is sharing her craft online.

07/31/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Business

Doctors, Doughnuts, Sawmills, and New Car Dealers: Who Got Big PPP Loans in Oregon

More than 1,000 businesses in the state got $1 million or more.

07/07/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Unemployment

A Staffer Alleges Mismanagement in the Unemployment Office Affecting Thousands of Claims

"I sat at my desk, played with my phone, and got paid for it. Your tax dollars paid me to sit at my desk and play on Instagram.”

06/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

Coronavirus

Businesses in Portland Finally Open Back Up, But Who Knows for How Long?

A few days after Multnomah County entered phase one, it's not yet business as usual.

06/23/2020 By Julia Silverman

Business Talk

Are You a Portland Company Committing to Working for Racial Justice?

Lori Caldwell has some advice for you.

06/12/2020 By Eden Dawn

Shopping

Retail Is Open. Now What?

Portland is still under a stay at home order, but retail stores are ready for customers. How are boutique owners coping?

05/22/2020 By Eden Dawn

How We’re Coping

After a Health Scare, This Portland Tailor Is Sewing Again

‘When you sew, you can always find some work, even in the worst pandemics,’ says Earl Marson.

05/22/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Coronavirus

Hundreds of Local Stylists Say It's Too Dangerous for Salons to Reopen

“It’s dehumanizing to be told that our clients need to be six feet apart while we are right on top of them. Are we less human? Worth less?”

05/13/2020 By Eden Dawn