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Game Theory

Game Theory

Portland’s unique HQ for strategy and development can help you realize your full business potential. When does an annual brunch tradition lead to something much bigger? When it’s in the hands of Ciara Pressler, consultant, brand strategist, and founder of Pregame (503-206-7325), a membership-based professional development organization headquartered at NW 13th Avenue and Lovejoy. Pressler

Canopy Bedding

Hilton’s newest Portland property offers a decidedly local sensibility. Raising the bar for Portland’s current crop of recent hotels, the Hilton Canopy (425 NW 9th Ave, 800-446-6677)—part of the hotelier’s new brand of site-focused hotels—channels some of the city’s greatest offerings. Opening in late spring at Northwest 9th and Glisan, this project designed by local

Field Guide

The neighborhood’s largest green space is more than just a lush, verdant lawn. See all that the Fields Park has to offer. It’s easy to see why The Fields Park is such a beloved hangout. Couples lollygag around the park’s perimeter, frisbee tossers flock to the large oval lawn, children dangle from the playground’s cargo

Pedal Power

It began in an unlikely place: a garage in the Bay Area where Western Bikeworks (1015 NW 17th Ave, 503-342-9985) founders Lou Doctor and Jay Torborg were selling bike tires on eBay. They began selling so many that tire manufacturers approached them and suggested they start their own company. In 2003, they heeded that advice,

Join Hands

A young Portlander’s inspiring plan to promote—and celebrate—diversity. In early June, Carolyn “CC” Ciolkosz, then executive director of the Pearl District Business Association (PDBA), received a request for help from a fifth grader with a big goal: to unite people of all ages, races, and genders through a project called 10,000 Hands. Eleven-year-old Chase launched

La Dolce Vita

Italian immersion without leaving Portland Whether you trace your roots to Italy—or you’re just a fan of the country’s culture—check out Scuola Italiana di Portland (971-270-0470) for its rich array of classes, workshops, and annual events—including Carnavale—that help people of all ages deepen their connection with this beloved nation. The nonprofit school rents or borrows

Common Ground

A museum devoted to Jewish heritage in Oregon offers hope and understanding for us all. When a teacher notices a student drawing swastikas or a school finds racist graffiti on its grounds, one of the first calls is often to Portland’s Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (724 NW Davis St, 503-226-3600), whose

A Moveable Feast

A new local service takes the time and labor out of preparing healthy home meals. It would come as no surprise to anyone who knew Frank Manning during his formative years in Wisconsin that he’s now running a food company. After all, this is a guy who, at the tender age of 12, bought a

Smooth Operator

Relaxing for your waxing People often face the prospect of removing excess body hair with apprehension, but Urban Waxx (1036 NW 18th Ave, 503-219-9299) aims to end the dread. “From the moment anyone contacts us, we try to make waxing as fearless as possible,” says Shannon Conley, who founded Urban Waxx in the Pearl in

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 found the answer at Enso Float… 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

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

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