Neighbors articles

Helping Hands

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!


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