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Swag Bag

A fun new app turns the Pearl District into a scavenger hunt for great deals at shops, restaurants, bars, and other neighborhood businesses. The Pearl District Business Association recently partnered with the fast-growing local marketing and advertising technology company SWAG’R to launch an app that aims to revolutionize the way consumers and businesses throughout the

Freeze Frame

A cool new way to reduce pain and elevate your mood In 2015, Portland firefighter Deborah Weissenbuehler stepped into a -230 degree Fahrenheit cryochamber, a chrome cylinder big enough to contain her entire body. Her head popped out of the top, as though floating in a cauldron of nitrogen vapor. That session changed her life. After

Back to Basics

Hosmer Chiropractic Health’s dedicated approach to healing and well-being Since its founding a decade ago, Hosmer Chiropractic Health (1030 NW Marshall St., 503-227-2279) has expanded significantly and relocated into a handsome, contemporary space in the Pearl District. A highly respected provider of rehabilitory care for a wide range of injuries and conditions, the clinic is

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

Cure All

Care Essentials’ essential tips for taking care of yourself during the cooler months Living in the Pearl comes with all sorts of perks, from easy streetcar access to fleets of brand-new orange bikes for rent. And lately, the neighborhood’s healthcare options have greatly increased. The newest resource is Care Essentials by Kaiser Permanente (1035 NW Northrup

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

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.

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

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

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

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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