Author Archives: Alison Stein

Pressed to Last

Pressed to Last

One of the Pearl’s longest-running enterprises continues to thrive. From his window at Gann Brothers Printing, Michael Gann sees people stroll by his family’s three-story brick building, perhaps on their way to REI, directly across Johnson Street. Often, he muses: They look at us and wonder: what’s going on in there? What’s in that building?

Back to Feeling Great

Hosmer Chiropractic has been dispensing fantastic care in the Pearl for five years. Here’s their story, plus three tips for summer back care. When Hosmer Chiropractic opened their new offices in the Pearl five summers ago, they decided a celebration was in order. They opened up their big windows and fired up the grill. More

In the Zone

For former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington, life after football has inspired a new mission to find the state’s next great leaders—and to keep them thriving in Oregon. When you walk into the Pearl Tavern, you’re not just going to have a good meal—you’re going to get an education in Oregon sports, and you’ll be contributing

Game Theory

Portland’s unique HQ for strategy and development can help you realize your full business potential. When does an annual brunch tradition lead to something much bigger? When it’s in the hands of Ciara Pressler, consultant, brand strategist, and founder of Pregame (503-206-7325), a membership-based professional development organization headquartered at NW 13th Avenue and Lovejoy. Pressler

Beyond Beautiful

Pearl MedSpa’s passionate commitment to self-care and community well-being. If you Happen to see Carol Robbins out and about in the Pearl District, don’t be offended if she waits for you to say hello first. As the CEO of Pearl MedSpa (1339 NW Couch St, 503-946-3888), a luxury medical spa that provides treatments ranging from

La Dolce Vita

Italian immersion without leaving Portland Whether you trace your roots to Italy—or you’re just a fan of the country’s culture—check out Scuola Italiana di Portland (971-270-0470) for its rich array of classes, workshops, and annual events—including Carnavale—that help people of all ages deepen their connection with this beloved nation. The nonprofit school rents or borrows

Smooth Operator

Relaxing for your waxing People often face the prospect of removing excess body hair with apprehension, but Urban Waxx (1036 NW 18th Ave, 503-219-9299) aims to end the dread. “From the moment anyone contacts us, we try to make waxing as fearless as possible,” says Shannon Conley, who founded Urban Waxx in the Pearl in

Hands On

Personal service, professionalism, and community spirit: the recipe for Adore Day Spa’s success. Every so often, a good, old-fashioned after-work venting results in something truly beautiful. This was the experience of Nam and Kim Huynh, owners of the popular Pearl nail salon, Adore Day Spa (1023 NW 11th Ave, 503-222-1255). It was a Friday afternoon in

Keeper of the Bar

The irreverent, community-minded force behind the lovably raffish River Pig Saloon The next time you’re on West Burnside, imagine it’s your job to move timber from the surrounding hills down to the Willamette River—and how that steep, east-west thoroughfare would have made your job easier. Ramzy Hattar began to conjure this image a few years

Staycation Paradise

A fast-growing vacation-rental company finds a happy, permanent home in the Pearl. Eric Breon has an unusually close relationship with real estate. He’s the founder of Vacasa (926 NW 13th Ave, 503-345-9399, vacasa.com), a Pearl-based tech firm focused on vacation rentals. The company connects homeowners who wish to rent what’s typically a second home to

Modern Family

Urban living in a small loft for two adults, two kids, and a dog: It’s a perfect fit for the Dolan family. Many people laud the Pearl District’s walkability, but six years ago, Brynne Dolan and her husband, Bill, put the neighborhood’s foot-friendly reputation truly to the test. The couple was running an errand at

Field of Dreams

Inside one of the nation’s foremost pro-sports front-office incubators Enter the office of Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW), and you might think you’ve stumbled onto the set of the next hit bromance movie. In fact, this NW Glisan Street space is the headquarters of an online sports-management school that educates thousands of students annually. On a

Urban Ideal

Considering the Pearl as an exemplary mixed-use neighborhood When Bruce Stephenson walks from his condo in the Pearl to spend some time in the North Park Blocks, he always takes a notebook with him. He’s not writing a few stanzas of poetry or jotting down inspiration for a screenplay—he’s not even composing his next book,

Wise Effort

An inspiring nonprofit aims to help people with disabilities find employment in the Pearl District. In a typically industrial-cool office in the Pearl, with a conference table made from a split log and art on the walls sourced from nearby galleries, you’d expect to hear a lot of talk about innovation, and big, world-changing goals. And

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