Mall Rats

What Does Lloyd Center’s Indie Rebirth Say about Portland’s Future?

Local artists and small business owners are turning things around at a mall that was left for dead.

11/23/2022 By Sam Pape Illustrations by Lars Leetaru

Shoe Gazing

Beyond Nike and Adidas: Shoes Are Big Business in Portland

A totally cosmic look at the brightest stars—and the up-and-comers—in our local sneaker industry’s footwear firmament.

11/22/2022 By Julia Silverman

Food Industry

Help Wanted: The Kitchen Is Hiring

Restaurant jobs are nearly back to pre-COVID numbers and unemployment is lower than ever, but cooks are nowhere to be found.

11/04/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Business

What Happened after Shark Tank for These Oregon Entrepreneurs?

An Oregonian hit paydirt on the first episode of this season. But what about seasons gone by?

10/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Retail Therapy

8 New-and-Improved Portland Shopping Spots We're Digging Right Now

Superette on NW 23rd, Makerspace in Sellwood, outdoor pop-up events and more.

10/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

Media

A New Newsletter/Podcast Launches in Portland, Joining a Crowded Field

The team so far behind the launch includes host Claudia Meza, audio producer Giulia Fiaoni, and newsletter writer/editor Rachel Monahan.

10/07/2022 By Julia Silverman

Fitness

Barre3 Puts Flagship Pearl District Studio on Pause

After a challenging two years, the future of the studio—which opened in 2008—is uncertain. We talked to founder Sadie Lincoln to find out what’s next.  

10/05/2022 By Julia Silverman

Soccer

The Sally Yates Report on ‘Systemic’ Abuses in Women’s Soccer Is Out. And It’s Bad.

The answers to who knew what, when, appear to be everyone, and early—including Portland Thorns and Timbers leaders Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson.

10/04/2022 By Margaret Seiler

RIP

Dan Wieden on Two of His Essential Ad Spots

Wieden, one half of Portland's iconic ad agency Wieden & Kennedy, died Friday, September 30, at the age of 77.

10/03/2022 By Julia Silverman

Health

Samantha Hess, Portland's OG Cuddling Professional, Is Calling It Quits

Over nine years, Hess received national publicity and dreamt of a chain of cuddling studios. But bad faith landlords and the pandemic both took their toll.

09/22/2022 By Julia Silverman

Fun and Games

Roll the Dice on these 4 New Portland-Made Board Games

Space races, superstition, feeling through vocabulary and an updated version of Monopoly's predecessor.

09/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Food News

Local Food Magazine Looks to the Community to Print Its Latest Issue

Rising costs have threatened the production of Portland-based Kitchen Table. Will a crowdfunding model—and an even bigger magazine—work?

09/21/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Development

6 Big Development Projects to Watch In Portland and Beyond This Fall

Kah-Nee-Ta gears back up, PAM CUT's getting a new home, the Vancouver Waterfront is getting a new hotel, and more.

09/01/2022 By Julia Silverman

Transit

Running the Numbers on TriMet’s Slow Recovery

Ridership on Portland’s public transit is still way down from where it once was. Will a new fleet of buses help it bounce back?

08/22/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Tourism

Is Oregon Ready for the Coming Psilocybin-Fueled Mushroom Tourism Boom?

After voters approved a psilocybin measure in 2020, swanky spa-like retreats and New Agey clinics may herald a ’shroom boom of out-of-state travelers.

08/17/2022 By Michelle Harris

Money

Portland Voters Have Almost Always Been Willing to Raise Their Own Taxes

But is the era of approving almost every ballot measure with a new bond or tax increase for public services, from schools to the fire department, ending?

08/16/2022 By Jacob Fenton Illustrations by Alessandro Gottardo

Business

Can an Indie Takeover Bring Back the Lloyd Center’s Glory Days?

Local, art-focused shops, including Musique Plastique and Floating World Comics, are bringing new life to the iconic Portland mall.

08/11/2022 By Sam Pape

Agriculture

It's Not Your Imagination—This Is a Tough Year for Oregon Summer Fruit

A warm January, April's unexpected frost and an exceptionally rainy spring is making for watery strawberries and low yield orchard fruit.

07/15/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Agribusiness

Big Dairy, Long a Power Player in Oregon, Faces a Climate Change Crossroads

And upstart new player Neutral Milk claims it’s blazing a better path forward: more environmentally friendly, carbon-neutral milk that does a planet good.

06/10/2022 By Ramona DeNies

Weddings

With Pandemic Do-Over Celebrations, Oregon's Summer Wedding Season Is Busier Than Ever

Sequel weddings, vow renewals, or happily-ever-after parties: those who got married with just a few guests or over Zoom are seeking a second event.

06/08/2022 By Julia Silverman