Author Archives: Lauren Kershner

Everett West Event Space Pearl Portland

Party Favorites

Party Favorites

With a mix of new and established event spaces, the Pearl is becoming a hot spot for gatherings and celebrations. Lauren carr, owner of chic Everett West (pictured above), describes the space as a “blank canvas—it’s really important to us that each event can be designed exactly as the client envisions.” It’s perfect for anything

Remedy Barbershop Pearl Portland

A Men’s Style Cure-All

Chill out, make friends, and enjoy a primo trim and a shave “I wanted to get back to what the barbershop was originally,” says Shane Fattarino, “a part of the community—and a place for people to feel at home.” Since Fattarino opened Remedy Barbershop & Social Club (1400 NW Marshall St, Suite 102, 503-946-1929) on

La LeResh Hair Straightening Pearl Portland

Straight to the point

How to tame those wild waves “I’m the Hair-Straightening diva of Portland,” says LeResh Tessiore, owner of La LeResh (510 NW 10th Ave, Studio 4, 503-750-2488). After performing more than 6,000 specialized hair-straightening treatments over the past 15 years, it’s a crown she wears proudly. Her specialty techniques range from Brazilian blowouts—a more common and

Young Musicians Pearl

Art Start

Each summer, YMA helps kids explore their creative sides and experience a taste of college life. Neal Spinler beams while talking about one of the longest-running youth nonprofits on the West Coast. Founded in 1965 and based in the Pearl District, Young Musicians and Artists (YMA, 220 NW Eighth Ave, 503-946-1056, has helped three

Paying it forward

The relationship-oriented philosophy behind one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier payment processing companies When Bill Mitchell founded Merchant Concepts (1314 NW Irving St, Ste 610, 877-281-1460, in 1997, he wanted to build something more than a payment processing company. He wanted to build lasting relationships. “Our philosophy is that there has to be a

Tea Plus Two

The Pearl’s newest tea purveyor is a family affair. Like any mother and daughter, Mary Hunter and Marguex Gala don’t always see eye-to-eye. Hunter prefers sweet and simple, while Gala favors spicy and bold. But when it comes to crafting the perfect teas, they’ve got it down to—well—a tee. “We love the medicinal parts of

Old-World Elegance

There’s a long tradition of hotels creating magical spaces for guests—here are two shining examples. The Benson A historic jewel glimmering on the edge of downtown Portland, the Benson (309 SW Broadway Ave, 503-228-2000, combines classic and contemporary with memorable panache. Known as the New Oregon Hotel when it opened in 1913, this 12-story

Couch Trip

The mission behind Perch Furniture: finding you the perfect seat When Willi and Jonathan Galloway came up with an ambitious plan for a customizable, sofa-focused furniture shop in the Pearl District, they didn’t sit on the idea for long. “We’d always wanted to own our business and had a goal of starting before we turned

Artful Eye

Azure Attoe is helping add art to our lives. “We Put Up Art,” reads Azure Attoe’s business card. Printed in white letters against a colorful background, the slogan vividly explains the mission of her Pearl company, Project Portland (503-544-0577, “I help hang people’s art and arrange it in a way that feels right,” says

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

Gem Setting

A new Pearl boutique fuses its owner’s passion for fashion and art. Among the stylish shops along 12th Avenue, Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery (416 NW 12th Ave, 503-313-2839) shines as brilliantly as the radiant works of gemstone jewelry inside. But there’s more to this refined retailer than sparkling sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and moonstones. You’ll