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Play Pen

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

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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

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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

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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),

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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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To Your Health

Celebrating art, community, and vintage cocktails at Santé Bar The Pearl’s art scene has thrived over the years due in no small part to the culture of partnerships and collaborations between local artists and business owners. Harnessing the neighborhood’s creative strength to great effect is the North Park Blocks’ Santé Bar (411 NW Park Ave,

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Relief Route

A new Portland service is about to revolutionize pet-walking for urban dog owners. It’s perhaps an uncommon way to think about city living, but when Ray Bloom strolls through densely settled neighborhoods with lots of dogs, he can’t help thinking about all the poop. “In a city like Portland, the amount of feces deposited out

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Labors of Love

Art in the Pearl celebrates 20 years Begun in 1996 by a group of 15 dedicated local artists, the highly acclaimed Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival has developed over the past two decades into one of the foremost juried arts events in the Pacific Northwest. Held over the three-day Labor Day weekend

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Regarding Henry’s

How a Victorian-era brewery complex evolved into one of Portland’s hottest retail quarters It’s a little hard to envision today, but the area just north of West Burnside between 10th and 13th Streets—now home to the dynamic mixed-use Brewery Blocks district—once was dominated by a hulking industrial campus, the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery. Of course, one notable vestige

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View from the Top

The city’s latest luxe apartment tower, NV, is a stunner. Set to open later this summer in the Pearl’s northern blocks, the shimmering 26-story NV (1261 NW Overton St, nvportland.com) tower promises an unparalleled level of sophistication, comfort, and personal guest services in high-end Portland apartment living. “It takes the concept of shared resident amenities to

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