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Keeper of the Bar

Keeper of the Bar

The irreverent, community-minded force behind the lovably raffish River Pig Saloon The next time you’re on West Burnside, imagine it’s your job to move timber from the surrounding hills down to the Willamette River—and how that steep, east-west thoroughfare would have made your job easier. Ramzy Hattar began to conjure this image a few years

Staycation Paradise

A fast-growing vacation-rental company finds a happy, permanent home in the Pearl. Eric Breon has an unusually close relationship with real estate. He’s the founder of Vacasa (926 NW 13th Ave, 503-345-9399, vacasa.com), a Pearl-based tech firm focused on vacation rentals. The company connects homeowners who wish to rent what’s typically a second home to

Modern Family

Urban living in a small loft for two adults, two kids, and a dog: It’s a perfect fit for the Dolan family. Many people laud the Pearl District’s walkability, but six years ago, Brynne Dolan and her husband, Bill, put the neighborhood’s foot-friendly reputation truly to the test. The couple was running an errand at

Building Blocks

CCC Ramps up Efforts to Create Affordable Housing Portland is booming, and becoming increasingly popular with all walks of life—folks are moving here from all over country. And in so many ways, this is great news. But the city’s spiraling growth is also making it harder for people who, for a variety of reasons, lack

Field of Dreams

Inside one of the nation’s foremost pro-sports front-office incubators Enter the office of Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW), and you might think you’ve stumbled onto the set of the next hit bromance movie. In fact, this NW Glisan Street space is the headquarters of an online sports-management school that educates thousands of students annually. On a

Urban Ideal

Considering the Pearl as an exemplary mixed-use neighborhood When Bruce Stephenson walks from his condo in the Pearl to spend some time in the North Park Blocks, he always takes a notebook with him. He’s not writing a few stanzas of poetry or jotting down inspiration for a screenplay—he’s not even composing his next book,

Wise Effort

An inspiring nonprofit aims to help people with disabilities find employment in the Pearl District. In a typically industrial-cool office in the Pearl, with a conference table made from a split log and art on the walls sourced from nearby galleries, you’d expect to hear a lot of talk about innovation, and big, world-changing goals. And

Brewed Awakening

One coffee roaster’s journey from coffee ennui to bean devotion Anyone who meets Augusto Carvalho Dias Carneiro today might be surprised to learn that there was a time in his life when he took coffee for granted. After all, Carneiro is the founder and owner of one of Portland’s premier coffee roasters and espresso bars, Nossa

Art on the Mind

Considering mental illness through the eyes of artists At first glance, J. Pepin Art Gallery (319 NW Ninth Ave, 503-274-9614, jpepinartgallery.com) looks like a fairly typical contemporary Pearl District art gallery, with its high ceilings, clean lines, and unobtrusive indirect lighting. The walls display vibrant acrylic and oil paintings as well as works in encaustic

What’s on Tap at Fat Head’s Brewery

The Pearl recently had the opportunity to catch up with Tom Cook, vice president of Fat Head’s Brewery (131 NW 13th Ave, 503-820-7721), which opened a beautiful new brewpub in Portland’s Pearl District this year shortly before 10 Barrel Brewing also joined the local beer scene with its brewpub a few blocks away. We asked Tom a few

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

Then and Now: Creating a Visual History of the Pearl

Vernon Vinciguerra, who goes simply by the nickname “V”, has a great story to tell. And he’s passionate about using the latest interactive technology to tell it. Since 1994, the charismatic and creative Portlander has been photographing and filming the rapid transformation of the Pearl District from a little-noticed warren of rail yards and warehouses

Plot Twists

The surprising story behind the Pearl District’s metamorphosis into Portland’s hottest neighborhood Longtime real estate developer Al Solheim is often referred to as the “father of the Pearl District.” But when he first considered investing in the area in the 1980s, he didn’t envision today’s hub of fine art galleries, trendy loft apartments, scene-y restaurants,

An Unexpected Fashion Journey

Sabina Kupillas’s road to opening a fashion boutique in the Pearl this past spring has been neither straight nor predictable. Her long, zigzagging journey began in Moscow, where she was raised in a well-to-do family, her father an acclaimed architect. She mingled at stylish parties throughout her youth before attending university, eventually earning a master’s

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