Author Archives: Alison Stein

Urban Ideal

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

Brewed Awakening

One coffee roaster’s journey from coffee ennui to bean devotion Anyone who meets Augusto Carvalho Dias Carneiro today might be surprised to learn that there was a time in his life when he took coffee for granted. After all, Carneiro is the founder and owner of one of Portland’s premier coffee roasters and espresso bars, Nossa

Art on the Mind

Considering mental illness through the eyes of artists At first glance, J. Pepin Art Gallery (319 NW Ninth Ave, 503-274-9614, jpepinartgallery.com) looks like a fairly typical contemporary Pearl District art gallery, with its high ceilings, clean lines, and unobtrusive indirect lighting. The walls display vibrant acrylic and oil paintings as well as works in encaustic

Helping Hands

A pair of Pearl District wellness entrepreneurs find success through mutual mentoring. The life of a business owner can be something of a pain in the neck—managing employees, pleasing customers, meeting payroll. But when dentist Katie Ball was presented with the opportunity to take over Bling Dental in summer 2013, she already had an idea

Plot Twists

The surprising story behind the Pearl District’s metamorphosis into Portland’s hottest neighborhood Longtime real estate developer Al Solheim is often referred to as the “father of the Pearl District.” But when he first considered investing in the area in the 1980s, he didn’t envision today’s hub of fine art galleries, trendy loft apartments, scene-y restaurants,

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