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Outside In

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, 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

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,

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

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

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

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, 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

The Mind at Rest

Hush: an everyday urban meditation retreat “I wanted to create a place for people who want sanctuary and a little peace in the middle of their day,” says Chanel Carlascio, the new owner of Hush (1306 NW Hoyt St, Suite 300, 503-912-4559,, a meditation studio that recently moved into the heart of the Pearl District.

Holy Smoke!

5 Tips for Optimal Outdoor Grilling Just in time for the long and lovely nights of summer, we spoke with members of the prepared-foods team at the Pearl District’s Whole Foods Market (1210 NW Couch St, 503-525-4343, for their thoughts behind both the science and the art informing outdoor grilling. Here’s some good news

Eco Chamber

How innovation and reclamation shaped a famous block of the Pearl When Ecotrust opened its new headquarters in 2001 in a striking, late-19th-century building-supply warehouse, designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style (similar to Portland’s iconic Union Station), few could have predicted how successfully it would pave the way for the oncoming transformation of the streets surrounding it.

Garden of Eating

A sophisticated, healthy approach to fast-casual salad fare How many times have you been looking for a quick bite to eat, stood in front of the packaged salads or salad bar at the grocery store, and wound up going with something less nutritious at the prepared-food counter? Garden Bar (25 NW 11th Ave, 503-858-8018; also

Bottoms Up

Inside the Pearl’s new beer-lovin’ block party “Since Fat Head’s and 10 Barrel have opened to join us, Rogue, and BridgePort, I’d say the ‘state of beer’ is stronger than ever,” says Deschutes Brewery’s Jason Randles about the Pearl District’s superb craft beer scene. If you talk with employees of the neighborhood’s five brewpubs, it’s

Creative Class

Inside PNCA’s New Architectural Gem If you’ve strolled around the North Park Blocks recently, you may have noticed work on some major construction projects. Several of these relate to Oregon’s preeminent school of art and design, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, 503-226-4391,, which has embarked on an exciting and ambitious


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