Our new Neighborhood Stars feature is designed to shine a little light on the people you see every day, working, living and playing in our Northeast and North Portland neighborhoods. If you’d like to be a neighborhood Star, or know someone who would, you can request a survey by emailing ofni.1519353581swen-1519353581rats@1519353581snikr1519353581epdet1519353581.
Co-Owner, Director, Small Wonders School
Works: Hollywood and Alameda/Beaumont
Plays: All over Northeast
Proudest professional moment: Growing our school and having a chance to build out a space to the vision that has been in my head for some time. Now we have a team of more than 15 fabulous teachers, a new center location, and our smaller, sweet program run by the darling Quinlyn Wright. Dream!
First job: A teacher’s aide at a preschool!
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The families! We’ve been lucky enough to get to know many of the young families of Northeast Portland and they are a creative, fun and vibrant bunch.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: On an adventure with our toddler Adelaide and 9-month-old Teddy and home by … 7:00.
Just Watched: Master of None on Netflix
Favorite place to eat: The toddler usually picks: Por Que No or La Buca or Thai Seasons.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Beanstalk Children’s Resale or SpielWerk Toys or The Children’s Place bookshop.
Stories I’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: Family features. I also love all the small business success stories.
Owner and Bra Whisperer, The Pencil Test
Proudest professional moment: At least once per week, a customer tells us that we are fundamentally changing her life by finding her a bra that fits. That’s definitely why I started the business and why I keep coming back. We were also finalists for an industry-wide award (for customer service) and I was able to attend the awards dinner in NYC.
First job: Movie theater in Wilsonville
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love the mix of residential and commercial areas. I also like the proximity to the rest of the city, in case I ever need to go there!
Fun fact: I’m a fourth-generation Oregonian. I’ve slept in the Ice Hotel in Sweden.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: My couch. Saturday is usually the busiest day at the shop, so I’m knackered.
Favorite movie: A Room With a View, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Music of choice: Bluegrass, alt-Country.
Favorite place to eat: Back to Eden Bakery on Alberta Street.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Back to Eden – I’m allergic to milk, so baked goods can be difficult, but I can eat everything here! I love Amelia’s because she has a great mix of casual and dressy outfits, at good prices and in a wide variety of sizes. Frock has so many frocks I can’t even. If I need a gift, Greenbeans books (great advice about buying for kids) and Red Sail are fantastic.
Motto/Inspirational quote: With great bras comes great responsibility.
Stories I’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: I’m a sucker for local history!
Acupuncturist, Owner of Blossom Clinic
Proudest professional moment: Every time one of my fertility patients has a baby it is a proud professional moment for me. I feel really lucky that way!
First job: Coat Check Gal at my family’s catering hall in Long Island, New York at the age of 13!
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love the surprises along Northeast Broadway. I’ll be on a walk and find businesses that I never knew existed and then I go back again and again.
Fun fact: I love to sing but I have a Karaoke-Phobia. Is that a real thing?
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: I love going out on date nights with my husband, Joe, and exploring new places all over Portland. I love good food and will try anything.
Favorite movie: The Godfather
Music of choice: I love all kinds of music but my Spotify mixes these days are mostly Alternative Rock, Indie Rock and Acoustic Pop.
Favorite place to eat: My kitchen, of course! Second to that, we all love Asian food in my family so we indulge in Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese quite often.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Broadway Books, Shop Adorn, Eb & Bean, Barre3 … and of course Blossom Clinic!
Motto/Inspirational quote: With all of the hard things going on in the world right now I’ve been focusing on cultivating love in my relationships and everything that I do.
Stories I’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: I love seeing other business owners highlighted. We work hard and we need to support each other. Local love!
Owner, Mimosa Studios
Proudest professional moment: Creating a business that fosters a sense of community, where people are supported and positive interactions and creative endeavors are encouraged. Being in business over 14 years on Alberta!
First job: Working as a page in the basement stacks at the Multnomah County Central Library
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love getting to know the other business owners on Alberta and shopping in their stores. And as a business owner I love supporting community causes and supporting neighborhood schools.
Fun fact: I once sat next to President Clinton in his limousine.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: At home watching football and babysitting my grandson.
Favorite movie: Sound of Music
Music of choice: Reggae
Favorite place to eat: Skyline Burgers; Justa Pasta
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Amelia’s, Healthy Pets NW, Green Bean Books, Red Sail, Random Order
Motto/Inspirational quote: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Stories you’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: More information about community projects and how people can come together to support each other and improve our neighborhoods.
Dr. Michael Mazzotta
Pediatrician, Broadway Medical Clinic
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: McMenamins for dinner and a movie
Favorite movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite music: 94.7 or my latest Pandora station
Favorite place to eat: We just moved to Northeast and are looking for our new favorite spot.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Hollywood Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Foot Traffic.
Inspirational Quote: Get out and run
Stories you would like to see in the Hollywood Star: Neighborhood events so we can keep finding fun things to do.
Bagel Technician at Bagel Land
First job: Sales Floor at Target
Proudest professional moment: Working as a teaching assistant at Grant High School for a semester through the PSU Honors College
Fun fact: I studied Japanese through the Japanese Magnet Program in Portland from K-12 and travelled there twice.
Favorite movie: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Music of choice: Indie, classic rock, hip hop
Favorite restaurant: Big Ass Sandwiches
Favorite neighborhood business: Bagel Land of course! But really, Beaumont Market, Amalfi’s, Alameda Bewhouse
Favorite thing about my neighborhoods: How friendly everyone is! It is a rare day that I run into someone in a bad mood in this city!
Office Assistant at Beaumont Hardware
Proudest professional moment: Being a Mommy
First job: Lifeguard
Favorite thing about neighborhood: View of the St Johns bridge
Fun fact: Snails have 1000 teeth
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: My couch
Favorite movie: Princess Bride
Music of choice: Blues
Favorite place to eat: The Brunch box
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Pip’s
Motto/Inspirational quote: If you don’t like it then change it, because no one will do it for you.