Author Archives: Ellee Thalheimer

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Play Pen

Play Pen

The Wacom Experience Center: Portland’s new high-tech hub of collaboration and innovation In April, the 34-year-old Tokyo tech business Wacom (1455 NW Irving St, 855-699-2266, wacom.com), which creates cutting-edge pen displays and tablet styluses, moved their US headquarters from Vancouver, Washington, to the Pearl District. But Wacom (in Japanese, wa means “harmony” and com means

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Skin Deep

A patient walking into the Portland Dermatology Clinic (1414 NW Northrup St, Ste 600, 503-223-3104, portlanddermclinic.com) can expect a bit more. “The doctors and staff here all have similar philosophies of putting patients first and treating patients like we’d want to be treated,” says Dr. Sam Hopkins, dermatologist at Portland Dermatology Clinic and assistant professor

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Rewind

State-of-the-art procedures are changing the face of aesthetic medicine. “Our goal is to turn the clock back 10 years for our clients,” says Dr. Anil Rajani, the board-certified owner of aesthetic medicine practice Rajani MD (1125 NW 9th Ave, Ste 108, 503-303-8313, rajanimd.com). “People don’t know it, but it’s possible.” 50-year-old Dr. Rajani, who himself

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Shake it Off

Your body’s natural capacity to tremble when frightened can also heal what ails you. In 2013, Eugene-based physical therapist Megan Moseley ripped through the hills of Spain on a solo motorcycle adventure. In a moment of clarity, she vowed to move her thriving practice to Portland within two years. That’s how Bodywise Physical Therapy (1030

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A Flair to Remember

With its own new clothing line and bespoke tailored-dress services, a Pearl boutique raises Portland’s fashion profile. Both stylish visitors from all over the world and modish Portlanders appreciate FlairWalk (402 NW 12th Ave, 503-222-7750, flairwalk.com), a Pearl clothier decked out top to bottom with eye-catching threads designed by noted fashion creatives. From one-of-a-kind hand-dyed

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Fashion Fit

Sportswear for the polished player When it comes down to it, Portland is more “practice” than “preen.” Portlanders adore their yoga. They also love to toss running shoes into their bag so they can catch a jog at lunch. After work they delight in riding bikes to grab a craft cocktail or frothy local microbrew.

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E for Effort

The Pilates effect For some, the boutique Pilates studio Effortless Movement (1300 NW Northrup St, Suite 300) resides in the absolute perfect spot: a couple of stories above BridgePort Brew Pub. Even if a post-Pilates IPA isn’t your thing, though, this cozy loft space in a 19th-century building that once housed a rope factory will

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The Mind at Rest

Hush: an everyday urban meditation retreat “I wanted to create a place for people who want sanctuary and a little peace in the middle of their day,” says Chanel Carlascio, the new owner of Hush (1306 NW Hoyt St, Suite 300, 503-912-4559, hushmeditation.com), a meditation studio that recently moved into the heart of the Pearl District.

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Art of the Organized Closet

Opening a closet that looks like a Yeti ransacked it inspires a swelling desperation and disquiet. Spring is the perfect time for an overhaul—to give away the super-cute slacks that fit slightly wrong and are never worn, to reorganize that unruly gaggle of shoes, and to upheave the piles of clothes, belts, and scarves that

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Green Beauty

Treating yourself and the environment with care A subtle waft of sumptuous scents welcomes customers to the airy storefront of Echo Natural Beauty (909 NW Everett St, 503-805-4074). Shoulders relax. Breathing slows. Meticulously organized and beautifully designed bottles, vials, and containers appear like works of art and invite browsers to slow down and consider this shop

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Row How

Sara Stimac, co-owner of Firebrand Sports (500 NW 14th Ave, 503-715-5573), was so determined to open the first rowing studio in Portland that she created a crowdfunding campaign to fulfill the dream. She even rowed 10,000 meters per day on a water-resistance-based stationary rower in the Firebrand lobby to help grow her campaign from $7,000

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Spin Cycle

Portland’s hottest new yoga studio has an inspirational backstory. During her last semester in law school, triathlete Kimberly Fowler was diagnosed with brain cancer and given six months to live. Three decades later, she credits yoga as central to her full recovery and return to being an elite athlete. In Venice, California, in 2001, Fowler

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Firm Commitment

Pilates in the Pearl A far cry from the ponytail-swinging moves of Jazzercise or the sometimes ungainly undulations of Zumba, the Pilates approach utilizes slow, controlled movement. Known for sculpting lean, strong muscles, Pilates classes aim to improve flexibility, strength, and endurance by focusing on alignment, breathing, coordination, and balance. Two well-established outfits in the

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Bare Your Beauty

The dedicated waxologists at LunchBOX Waxing Salon (923 NW Glisan St, 503-208-2673, lunchboxwax.com) see things a little differently—they aim to reduce the pain and increase the pretty. Through experience, speed of hand, and the happily distracting art of juicy conversation, this full-service speed-wax salon excels at its art, specializing in bikini, Brazilian, and Manzillian (yes,

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