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Swag Bag

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

Outside In

REI aims to get customers out the door—and into nature—as quickly as possible. Far more than an outdoor apparel and gear store, REI Portland (1405 NW Johnson St, 503-221-1938, rei.com) serves as a beacon to recreation enthusiasts and an invaluable Pearl District resource. Behind its two-story glass facade, the airy emporium boasts an indoor rock-climbing pinnacle

Lucy Activewear

Fashion Fit

Sportswear for the polished player When it comes down to it, Portland is more “practice” than “preen.” Portlanders adore their yoga. They also love to toss running shoes into their bag so they can catch a jog at lunch. After work they delight in riding bikes to grab a craft cocktail or frothy local microbrew.

E for Effort

The Pilates effect For some, the boutique Pilates studio Effortless Movement (1300 NW Northrup St, Suite 300) resides in the absolute perfect spot: a couple of stories above BridgePort Brew Pub. Even if a post-Pilates IPA isn’t your thing, though, this cozy loft space in a 19th-century building that once housed a rope factory will

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