Author Archives: Ellee Thalheimer

Hot Summer Nights

Part gallery hop, part happy hour stroll, First Thursday in the Pearl has been showcasing the district’s creative flair and festive spirit since 1986. Although these merry monthly neighborhood-wide parties take place throughout the entire year, the summer installments feel especially free-spirited and energetic. And after this brutal winter, it’s a joy to amble among

Orange Crush

All you need is a credit card and basic cycling know-how to access the city’s bike-share program. You probably noticed the whir of color and activity: In July 2016, a fleet of 1,000 bright-orange bikes with roomy baskets, robust frames, and cushy seats descended on Portland. Meet Biketown (biketownpdx.com), the city’s much-anticipated bike-share system, which

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

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

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

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

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

Lucy Activewear

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.

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

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.

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

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

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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