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Home & Away

Home & Away

Two sleek new buildings—one for visitors and one for residents—are upping the Pearl’s design game. Hampton Inn & Suites As you wander into the Pearl District’s newest hotel, a few things stand out. There are gorgeous reclaimed wood beams in the otherwise modern lobby and plenty of local art, including a giant black-and-white photo of

Décor Debut

A revered upscale furniture brand opens its first Portland location in the Pearl District. It sometimes Feels as though everyone is moving to Portland these days. Good news for those in search of stylish new furnishings: the much-adored Minnesota-based furniture maker Room & Board (380 NW 13th Ave, 503-200-6900) recently became one of the city’s

Cloud Nine

Ever wonder what it’s like to escape from the frenetic pace of your day and relax for a while inside a soundproof float suite? We have the answer… Warm water—with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in it—buoyed my body, which lay weightless on the surface. I hadn’t known that my session at Enso Float

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

Tea Refresher

Style, simplicity, and the joy of boba tea Having served its first drink in early December in a bright, minimalist space inside the sleek Cosmopolitan tower, the already wildly popular Tea Bar (1055 NW Northrup St, 503-227-0464, drinkteabar.com) continues to solidify Tanner Springs Park as one of the Pearl’s focal points. The south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows

Hot Summer Nights

Part gallery hop, part happy hour stroll, First Thursday in the Pearl has been showcasing the district’s creative flair and festive spirit since 1986. Although these merry monthly neighborhood-wide parties take place throughout the entire year, the summer installments feel especially free-spirited and energetic. And after this brutal winter, it’s a joy to amble among

Orange Crush

All you need is a credit card and basic cycling know-how to access the city’s bike-share program. You probably noticed the whir of color and activity: In July 2016, a fleet of 1,000 bright-orange bikes with roomy baskets, robust frames, and cushy seats descended on Portland. Meet Biketown (biketownpdx.com), the city’s much-anticipated bike-share system, which

Play Pen

The Wacom Experience Center: Portland’s new high-tech hub of collaboration and innovation In April, the 34-year-old Tokyo tech business Wacom (1455 NW Irving St, 855-699-2266, wacom.com), which creates cutting-edge pen displays and tablet styluses, moved their US headquarters from Vancouver, Washington, to the Pearl District. But Wacom (in Japanese, wa means “harmony” and com means

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

Lavender Fields Forever

A renowned San Juan Islands herb farm opens its first Oregon boutique in the Pearl District. Strolling past the smart shops and inviting restaurants along NW 12th Avenue, you may suddenly find yourself drawn to the soothing, unmistakable aroma of lavender emanating from the bouquets and vials of Pelindaba Lavender (424 NW 12th Ave, 503-222-0072, pelindabalavender.com),

Block Island

A Portland landmark looks forward If all goes according to plans set forth by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), the view looking north on Couch Street between NW Park and 8th in the year 2020 will differ significantly from what you see today. That is, the distant view will change—you may very well see a

Beer Back

BrewCycle Portland now has its own first-rate nanobrewery You could easily stroll by Portland’s smallest craft brewery without noticing it—that is, until you witness a 15-passenger covered bicycle emerge from its garage-like entrance. Siblings Chris and Andrea Lins operate BrewCycle Tours on Flanders Street, using the space as the departure point for the spirited pedal

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