Author Archives: Fernando Nocedal

Pho Real

Pho Real

The Pearl’s cheerful destination for authentic Vietnamese fare owes its success to hard work, courage, and just a touch of good luck. Establishing a trinity of beloved restaurants has been no easy feat for the Vans. In the early 1980s, the family crammed into a small boat and fled their native Vietnam in search of

Tea Refresher

Style, simplicity, and the joy of boba tea Having served its first drink in early December in a bright, minimalist space inside the sleek Cosmopolitan tower, the already wildly popular Tea Bar (1055 NW Northrup St, 503-227-0464, drinkteabar.com) continues to solidify Tanner Springs Park as one of the Pearl’s focal points. The south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows

Lavender Fields Forever

A renowned San Juan Islands herb farm opens its first Oregon boutique in the Pearl District. Strolling past the smart shops and inviting restaurants along NW 12th Avenue, you may suddenly find yourself drawn to the soothing, unmistakable aroma of lavender emanating from the bouquets and vials of Pelindaba Lavender (424 NW 12th Ave, 503-222-0072, pelindabalavender.com),

Outside In

REI aims to get customers out the door—and into nature—as quickly as possible. Far more than an outdoor apparel and gear store, REI Portland (1405 NW Johnson St, 503-221-1938, rei.com) serves as a beacon to recreation enthusiasts and an invaluable Pearl District resource. Behind its two-story glass facade, the airy emporium boasts an indoor rock-climbing pinnacle

To Your Health

Celebrating art, community, and vintage cocktails at Santé Bar The Pearl’s art scene has thrived over the years due in no small part to the culture of partnerships and collaborations between local artists and business owners. Harnessing the neighborhood’s creative strength to great effect is the North Park Blocks’ Santé Bar (411 NW Park Ave,

Regarding Henry’s

How a Victorian-era brewery complex evolved into one of Portland’s hottest retail quarters It’s a little hard to envision today, but the area just north of West Burnside between 10th and 13th Streets—now home to the dynamic mixed-use Brewery Blocks district—once was dominated by a hulking industrial campus, the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery. Of course, one notable vestige

Eco Chamber

How innovation and reclamation shaped a famous block of the Pearl When Ecotrust opened its new headquarters in 2001 in a striking, late-19th-century building-supply warehouse, designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style (similar to Portland’s iconic Union Station), few could have predicted how successfully it would pave the way for the oncoming transformation of the streets surrounding it.

Garden of Eating

A sophisticated, healthy approach to fast-casual salad fare How many times have you been looking for a quick bite to eat, stood in front of the packaged salads or salad bar at the grocery store, and wound up going with something less nutritious at the prepared-food counter? Garden Bar (25 NW 11th Ave, 503-858-8018; also

Creative Class

Inside PNCA’s New Architectural Gem If you’ve strolled around the North Park Blocks recently, you may have noticed work on some major construction projects. Several of these relate to Oregon’s preeminent school of art and design, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, 503-226-4391, pnca.edu), which has embarked on an exciting and ambitious

Drink Well, Do Good: The Mission Behind Central City Coffee

A longtime Rose City nonprofit institution,  Central City Concern (CCC, 503-294-1681)—which is headquartered at 232 NW 6th Ave but has a strong presence throughout the Pearl and Old Town—is one of those highly valuable organizations that you may have heard or read a little about over the years. But if you’re like many Portlanders, you

How Zoom+ Is Redefining Health Care in The Pearl

If you live or work in the Pearl, or any part of Portland for that matter, you’re probably familiar with the many Zoom+ (202 NW 13th Ave. 844-ZOOM-777) urgent care clinics that have sprung up throughout the city since 2006. But you may not know the full scope of this exciting company’s vision and how it’s fostering our

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