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The Art And Integrity of Eve Styles

In People in the Neighborhood by lratzlaff1 Comment

Portland is teeming with talent. I know I’ve said this before, but if you slow down and take the time to get to know the people around you, you can’t help but discover talent. Eve Styles, the creative director behind the independent fashion label Eve Skywalker, is one of those amazing discoveries. She is a talented and creative fashion designer, …

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It’s a Portland Bungalow, Says Eric

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What Kind of House is This?  That’s a question I asked myself often when I first moved here. I still vividly remember how I felt when I saw all the old neighborhoods, full of old houses with such character and style. The neighborhoods felt almost magical. I’d heard the terms bungalow, craftsman, and tudor before, but I wasn’t really quite …

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Bike Love from Jim Rowley

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I will now be sharing and featuring photos that express the spirit of Portland taken by photographers in and around Portland. If you’d like to contribute photos, please contact me. I recently collected these wonderful bicycle photos from Jim Rowley. You can find more of Jim’s photos at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jim-rowley.html?tab=artwork. Portland Bike Love from Jim Rowley Photo Credit: Jim Rowley Photo credit: …

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Ski Tabor Rising

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Ski Tabor appears magically, sometimes when you least expect it. A sudden snowfall, and the streets Mt. Tabor come alive with children, adults and canines playing in the snow.   Skis Are A Great Way to Get Around   Tubing! The Mt. Tabor Park application for the National Register of Historic Places even references a 1954 map of the park …

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Peacock Lane 2016 – A Portland Tradition

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The Joy of Peacock Lane It’s not the holiday season for me without a visit to Peacock Lane. I think a lot of other Portlanders feel the same. My favorite time to visit the Peacock Lane holiday light festival is on one of the car-free nights. It just seems more festive without cars and exhaust. People own the street. Christmas …

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Ugly Mug Coffeehouse: Quintessential Portland Coffee Shop

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The Ugly Mug Coffeehouse is a Sellwood classic. In fact, it’s a Southeast Portland classic. Ugly Mug is one of those coffee houses where you just know you’re in Portland. It’s the atmosphere. It’s the great coffee. It’s the friendly service. But mostly, it’s the feeling you get while you’re there – like you’re in the heart of what you …