Author Archives: Erin Gilday

Pearl Women’s Center

Strong Medicine

Strong Medicine

Female bodies are incredible. They can grow eggs, make food, and birth babies. Dr. Richard Rosenfield, Executive Medical Director at Pearl Women’s Center (140 NW 14th Ave, 503-771-1883), will be the first to tell you that with these great abilities comes considerable complexity. Rosenfield works to improve women’s quality of life through minimally invasive gynecological

New Avenues INK

Printing Futures

A unique hands-on job training program provides invaluable tools for youth experiencing housing instability or homelessness. Sarah Weihmann, director of social enterprise at New Avenues for Youth, sees more than catchy slogans when she combs through dfrntpigeon (pronounced “different pigeon”) T-shirts at the New Avenues INK store (1445 NW Lovejoy St, 971-279-5649, It’s no

Really Big Video

Pop-Up Video

Meet Portland’s party projection power couple Looking to create AN Eye-Popping Custom Visual experience for your next event? You’re in luck. Dream big, and Maria and Patrick (PJ) Harvey, co-owners of Really BIG Video (539 NW 10th Ave, 503-446-1000,, can bring your idea brilliantly to life. Their creative team delivers what they call the

Eco-friendly Car Tips

Revolutionary Road

An environmentally conscious approach to auto maintenance Farhad Ghafarzade is out to Fix more than just your car. For this gearhead eco-entrepreneur and founder of Green Drop Garage (50 NW 20th Ave, 503-389-8047,, the job isn’t done right until the environment and the community get some TLC, too. “I always wanted to grow what

Leading Role

5 questions with Marissa Wolf, the new artistic director of Portland Center Stage Marissa Wolf has a tough act to follow. Her predecessor at Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Chris Coleman, is widely celebrated for super-charging attendance and transforming the company into one of the country’s most prominent regional theaters. If Wolf—who’s originally from

Space Engineer

Laurie Mills, of California Closets, solves elaborate puzzles, one closet at a time. “I had worked as a Remodeling Contractor, and I just didn’t want to be dirty anymore,” says Laurie Mills, executive sales and design consultant for California Closets (1235 W Burnside St, 503-885-8211, “I saw an ad on Craigslist for California Closets

Pulp Romance

Oblation Papers & Press celebrates 20 years in the Pearl. If Jennifer and Ron Rich are worried that we’re just a tweet away from hitting the delete key on physical paper, they aren’t letting on. Bucking the paper-free trend, the couple celebrated the 20th anniversary of their beloved shop, Oblation Papers & Press (516 NW 12th Ave,

The War on Gravity

An effective remedy for aches and pains, Rolfing can set you straight. Joachim Creten Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (1211 NW Glisan St, Suite 205, 503-515-1023) likes to keep his explanation of Rolfing simple. For this Pearl District bodyworker, it’s not a complicated paleo diet or a strict hot yoga practice that will keep you pain-free—it’s correctly

Inside Job

Look to this home-décor stalwart for just the right accent You can’t blame Richard Codanti, of the furniture retailer Bella Casa (223 NW 9th Ave, 503-222-5337, for breaking out the bubbly. The store’s owner has had a lot to celebrate in 2018. Although he’s in the process of closing Bella Casa following a 20-year

Seams True

Sewing the Magic Behind Portland Center Stage Costuming, like any dark art done well, is magic to the casual observer. Costumes spontaneously appear on stage—marvelous, fully formed—and then they’re gone. Enchanted by the actors’ performances and enveloped in a fantasy, theatergoers rarely consider how costumes are made. The work of a costumer is almost always