Pearls

Paying it forward

The relationship-oriented philosophy behind one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier payment processing companies When Bill Mitchell founded Merchant Concepts (1314 NW Irving St, Ste 610, 877-281-1460, merchantconcepts.com) in 1997, he wanted to build something more than a payment processing company. He wanted to build lasting relationships. “Our philosophy is that there has to be a

Sip + Eat

Eat Globally in the Pearl

Expand your culinary horizons with a memorable meal at these outstanding Asian restaurants. It’s no secret that Portland excels when it comes to cuisine of the Pacific Rim. Right in the heart of the Pearl, Sinju Sushi Bar & Grill (1022 NW Johnson St, 503-223-6535, sinjurestaurant.com) stands out for both its bright, flavorful food and its

Fashion

One Step Ahead

The fantastic one-of-a-kind designs of footwear visionary, John Fluevog In 1990, Lady Miss Kier Wore  John Fluevog’s iconic platform high heels, the Munster, on the cover of Deee-Lite’s debut album World Clique. The following year, in the documentary Truth or Dare, Madonna slinked around in a pair of Munsters. With a silver pilgrim buckle and

Neighbors

The Spirit of Giving

The HUB International employee benefits expert finds plenty of perks living in the Pearl. Tracy Vicario relocated to Portland from suburban Alamo, California, nine years ago because her husband, Greg Timmel, landed a new job here. Timmel had a hunch that his wife would like living in the Pearl. Not long after they’d arrived, they

Be Well

Women in Wellness

The Pearl District has emerged into Portland’s hub of fitness and bodywork, and the vast majority of the neighborhood’s studios have been established by female entrepreneurs. From pilates salons to holistic-oriented chiropractors, here are nine of our favorite women-owned wellness businesses. FIREBRAND SPORTS Back in the day, Linda Stimac and her daughter Sara toiled in

Finds

Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

The Annual Pearl Gift Guide HEALTHY Enchance the well-being of your friends and family—and perhaps yourself—with goods that relate to better eating, cleaning, skincare, and all-around positive feeling. Salud! 1–4  Who says healthy eating and drinking can’t also be decadent and delicious? The beneficial antioxidant resveratrol abounds in the complex red varietals of Cerulean Winery

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