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Green Giant

Green Giant

The healthy approach behind Pearl resident and entrepreneurial juice company Greenleaf. When you walk into one of Greenleaf Juicing’s five Portland locations and order a healthy smoothie or a vibrant açaí bowl, you might never imagine that the inspiration behind this growing Pearl-based chain is about as old-school as you can get: Jack LaLanne. The

Chown Hardware Portland Family

Legend of The Pearl

A fixture in Portland since the late 19th century, Chown looks to a bright future. On September 15, 2019, Chown Hardware (333 NW 16th Ave, 503-243-6500), a company that predates any other family business in the neighborhood—and possibly the entire Pacific Northwest—celebrates the 140th anniversary of its founding.  This is a remarkable achievement, considering that

Yo Yo Yogi Studio

All in the Family

It’s not uncommon these days for companies to describe their staff as a family—or for employees to refer to their “work wives” or “work husbands.” But in an actual family business, these honorifics aren’t just metaphors; they’re accurate descriptions. Meet three Pearl companies whose organizational charts bear a striking resemblance to family trees. By Alison

The Spirit of Giving

The HUB International employee benefits expert finds plenty of perks living in the Pearl. Tracy Vicario relocated to Portland from suburban Alamo, California, nine years ago because her husband, Greg Timmel, landed a new job here. Timmel had a hunch that his wife would like living in the Pearl. Not long after they’d arrived, they

Lending a Hand

Many outstanding organizations are doing great things in the Pearl. Meet three nonprofits helping to make the neighborhood a better place, and learn how you can get involved. Alzheimer’s Association alz.org/orswwa Although it’s a disease that mostly strikes the elderly, the chances are very high that if you live or work in the Pearl, you

Erica Swanson Drink Tea Bar - Portland, Oregon

Steeped in Success

Hard work and determination have led Erica Swanson, the owner of a fast-growing Portland tea empire to realize her dreams in the Pearl. When Erica Indira Swanson, the force behind Tea Bar (1055 NW Northrup St, 503-227-0464, drinkteabar.com), was 11 years old, she and her father, John, biked across France together. To prepare, they trained

Pressed to Last

One of the Pearl’s longest-running enterprises continues to thrive. From his window at Gann Brothers Printing, Michael Gann sees people stroll by his family’s three-story brick building, perhaps on their way to REI, directly across Johnson Street. Often, he muses: They look at us and wonder: what’s going on in there? What’s in that building?

In the Zone

For former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington, life after football has inspired a new mission to find the state’s next great leaders—and to keep them thriving in Oregon. When you walk into the Pearl Tavern, you’re not just going to have a good meal—you’re going to get an education in Oregon sports, and you’ll be contributing

Beyond Beautiful

Pearl MedSpa’s passionate commitment to self-care and community well-being. If you Happen to see Carol Robbins out and about in the Pearl District, don’t be offended if she waits for you to say hello first. As the CEO of Pearl MedSpa (1339 NW Couch St, 503-946-3888), a luxury medical spa that provides treatments ranging from

Hands On

Personal service, professionalism, and community spirit: the recipe for Adore Day Spa’s success. Every so often, a good, old-fashioned after-work venting results in something truly beautiful. This was the experience of Nam and Kim Huynh, owners of the popular Pearl nail salon, Adore Day Spa (1023 NW 11th Ave, 503-222-1255). It was a Friday afternoon in

Keeper of the Bar

The irreverent, community-minded force behind the lovably raffish River Pig Saloon The next time you’re on West Burnside, imagine it’s your job to move timber from the surrounding hills down to the Willamette River—and how that steep, east-west thoroughfare would have made your job easier. Ramzy Hattar began to conjure this image a few years

Staycation Paradise

A fast-growing vacation-rental company finds a happy, permanent home in the Pearl. Eric Breon has an unusually close relationship with real estate. He’s the founder of Vacasa (926 NW 13th Ave, 503-345-9399, vacasa.com), a Pearl-based tech firm focused on vacation rentals. The company connects homeowners who wish to rent what’s typically a second home to

Modern Family

Urban living in a small loft for two adults, two kids, and a dog: It’s a perfect fit for the Dolan family. Many people laud the Pearl District’s walkability, but six years ago, Brynne Dolan and her husband, Bill, put the neighborhood’s foot-friendly reputation truly to the test. The couple was running an errand at

Building Blocks

CCC Ramps up Efforts to Create Affordable Housing Portland is booming, and becoming increasingly popular with all walks of life—folks are moving here from all over country. And in so many ways, this is great news. But the city’s spiraling growth is also making it harder for people who, for a variety of reasons, lack

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