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Row How

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

Fitness Creators Studio: A Personal Approach to Working Out

For many of us, there’s an inevitable disconnect between wanting to develop a consistent fitness regimen and actually putting this plan into action. David and Cindy Dentel, the husband-and-wife team behind Fitness Creators Studio (1420 NW Lovejoy St, Studio 421, 503-241-2844), have been successfully helping clients to bridge that gap for two decades. This year

Buzz Cut

From the gyrating barber pole by the front door to the smartly restored vintage leather barber chairs, Throne (917 NW 13th Ave, 503-206-6674, embodies the old-school ethic of classic American barbershops. Customers can kick off their appointment with a drink at the handsome bar, choosing from a full slate of top-shelf spirits, served either

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

Bare Your Beauty

The dedicated waxologists at LunchBOX Waxing Salon (923 NW Glisan St, 503-208-2673, 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,

Hawaii State of Mind

The magic behind Portland’s intimate, island-inspired Kanani Pearl Spa The first thing you do upon entering this soothing spa is step out of your shoes and into a comfy pair of sandals. It’s a welcoming ritual, with the instant effect of breaking whatever mode you’re in and sending you to a state of utter relaxation.

Helping Hands

A pair of Pearl District wellness entrepreneurs find success through mutual mentoring. The life of a business owner can be something of a pain in the neck—managing employees, pleasing customers, meeting payroll. But when dentist Katie Ball was presented with the opportunity to take over Bling Dental in summer 2013, she already had an idea

Your Brain Matters

Join the local Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon Chapter in their campaign during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month Weighing in at about 3 pounds, the human brain is relatively small but incredibly powerful, and it is capable of so much: composing music, raising children, designing buildings, running businesses, saving lives—the list, of course, goes on and on. Unfortunately,

Shake it Up, Portland!

Free your mind, and your body will follow, at Pure Barre in the Pearl District With just a 55-minute session at Pure Barre (1124 NW 13th Ave, 503-894-8623), you’ll achieve a full-body barre workout concentrating on the areas men and women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms. The Pure Barre technique is a low-impact workout

Echo Natural Beauty Opens in Pearl District

Whether you’re treating yourself to a new beauty product or pampering yourself with a facial, you’ll leave this new beauty space feeling beautiful and balanced. Now open in the Pearl District, Echo Natural Beauty (909 NW Everett St, 503-805-4074) is housed in a fresh, modern space and features natural and organic beauty products and treatments from around

Playing With Fire

Firebrand is fierce, focused, and fun. But, above all, the workouts held inside this handsome space work. Two years ago, the mother-daughter team of Linda and Sara Stimac opened Firebrand Sports in the former Lux Lighting building.

Salon Style

Whether you’re seeking a classy coiffure for holiday cocktail soirees or a new tonsorial direction, look to these three chic beauty boutiques for expert guidance.   HAIR M | W  (1015 NW Lovejoy St 503-715-2884, This past spring the neighborhood ushered in its newest salon, upscale Hair M | W, an elegant addition to the

The Burn and The Bar

Not only can the right fitness plan help strengthen your body for winter sports, but many workout routines can inculcate a positive mental attitude, which may help as you transition to spending more time indoors.


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