Neighbors articles

Wise Effort

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, 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

Space Oddity

If you’re strolling through the Pearl some weekend afternoon, and you glimpse what looks suspiciously like a space suit made out of actual space parts, don’t be alarmed—that’s exactly what it is. Meet the man inside the suit!