Author Archives: Lauren Kershner

Old-World Elegance

Old-World Elegance

There’s a long tradition of hotels creating magical spaces for guests—here are two shining examples. The Benson A historic jewel glimmering on the edge of downtown Portland, the Benson (309 SW Broadway Ave, 503-228-2000, coasthotels.com) combines classic and contemporary with memorable panache. Known as the New Oregon Hotel when it opened in 1913, this 12-story

Couch Trip

The mission behind Perch Furniture: finding you the perfect seat When Willi and Jonathan Galloway came up with an ambitious plan for a customizable, sofa-focused furniture shop in the Pearl District, they didn’t sit on the idea for long. “We’d always wanted to own our business and had a goal of starting before we turned

Artful Eye

Azure Attoe is helping add art to our lives. “We Put Up Art,” reads Azure Attoe’s business card. Printed in white letters against a colorful background, the slogan vividly explains the mission of her Pearl company, Project Portland (503-544-0577, projectportland.com). “I help hang people’s art and arrange it in a way that feels right,” says

Pedal Power

It began in an unlikely place: a garage in the Bay Area where Western Bikeworks (1015 NW 17th Ave, 503-342-9985) founders Lou Doctor and Jay Torborg were selling bike tires on eBay. They began selling so many that tire manufacturers approached them and suggested they start their own company. In 2003, they heeded that advice,

Join Hands

A young Portlander’s inspiring plan to promote—and celebrate—diversity. In early June, Carolyn “CC” Ciolkosz, then executive director of the Pearl District Business Association (PDBA), received a request for help from a fifth grader with a big goal: to unite people of all ages, races, and genders through a project called 10,000 Hands. Eleven-year-old Chase launched

Gem Setting

A new Pearl boutique fuses its owner’s passion for fashion and art. Among the stylish shops along 12th Avenue, Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery (416 NW 12th Ave, 503-313-2839) shines as brilliantly as the radiant works of gemstone jewelry inside. But there’s more to this refined retailer than sparkling sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and moonstones. You’ll

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