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Non Profit Rolling Oasis Grocers Wants to Bring Veggies to More Neighborhoods

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I discovered this little video about Rolling Oasis Grocers almost by chance when reading one of my favorite blogs, Bike Portland.  After reading about this organization, I just wanted to help promote its campaign to expand.  It’s an organization that delivers fresh vegetables at a low cost to Lents.  It wants to expand to other neighborhoods that lack good sources …

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Upcycles Gets New Digs!

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Upcycles is an amazing neighborhood bike shop on NE Dekum, near Woodlawn Park.  The shop has moved since I wrote about it the first time (read up about the shop here).  Kai Drutzel, the owner, says it’s like a dream come true.  I stopped by the shop the other day to check out the new space. Everyone Knows Your Name: …

In the meantime….

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I’ll be back soon with articles about more great local businesses!  I’m busy scheduling interviews now that summer schedules are set. In the meantime, USA Today has taken notice of all the changes along SE Division Street.  But again, who hasn’t?  Everyday it seems new restaurants and apartments are popping up, and the street is hardly navigable because of all …

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More fun with Cascadia Expeditions!

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Cascadia Expeditions has a lot of fun planned for this summer and beyond.  Thanks to a very successful Indiegogo campaign last fall, Cascadia Expeditions has been able to implement many of its ideas for some new adventures. I sat down with Harry Apelbaum awhile ago to catch up, and he was very excited about what is happening and what the future …

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The Side Yard Farm Goes to Japan

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Stacey Givens, owner of The Side Yard Farm and Kitchen, was recently invited to Japan to show case her “farm-to-plate” suppers and to share her urban farming expertise. They Love Her Farm: Last spring, the Japanese magazine Huge did a series of articles about urban farming in the U.S., and Stacey Givens and the Side Yard Farm was featured.  Since its …

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Finding Your Neighborhood

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With the recent snow fall in Portland, I had to reschedule some of my interviews for the next cool people to write about.  Because I do not have any new stories to tell this week, I thought I would share a few ideas about choosing the neighborhood where you want to live. Reflect:  Take some time to think about your …

Where Have All The Carolers Gone?

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Carolers Anyone?  Do you remember going Christmas caroling in your neighborhood as a child, or the pleasant (or maybe unpleasant) surprise to answer your doorbell to Christmas Carolers? I can’t remember the last time I saw neighborhood Christmas Carolers or heard of anyone going.  How about you? The Tradition: Christmas caroling around the neighborhood seems like a forgotten tradition that …