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.1519353721swen-1519353721rats@1519353721snikr1519353721epdet1519353721.
Beaumont Hardware Freight/Stocker
Proudest professional moment: Getting hired at Beaumont Hardware. I didn’t have a lot of experience in this field, but Tony Zeller believed in me and gave me a chance.
First job: Burgerville
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The people! Everyone is so nice!
Fun fact: I love cars, but now I love to walk to work.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Hanging out with the family. Anywhere they are, I am.
Favorite movie: Dirty Dancing or Top Gun. (Stop laughing.)
Music of choice: Any. Depends on mood. I even like elevator music!
Favorite place to eat: At home with the family. I’ve gotten to cook more since working here. Some things turn out good. Some not so much.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Everything on Fremont. We walk the strip all the time and we find new things every trip.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Plans are made to be broken. It’s how you dance around to fit them all in.
Owner, with husband Rick Burkhardt, Columbia River Brewing
We provide a place for all of the Hollywood District people and families to meet, eat, drink and enjoy each others company. We have board games, puzzles, darts, cards and everything that you would want.
Plays: Small business owners don’t have time to play! I really have dedicated myself to Columbia River Brewing Company and the Hollywood District.
Proudest professional moment: Opening Columbia River Brewing. My proudest moment in life is the birth of my three beautiful children. They are the most beautiful human beings that I have known in my life. From them I have seven more beautiful human beings (my grandchildren) that have graced our planet.
First job: Cosmetologist in Santa Clara Valley, California.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The people. We really have the feeling of a tight-knit community here.
Fun fact: When I was younger, I worked with a large animal vet. I know how to birth calves, take care of horses and perform surgeries on animals. I did that for eight years. It was one of the most exciting and interesting things I’ve done.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: The best place for me to be is at home with my feet up enjoying a glass of wine!
Favorite movie: Secondhand Lions with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall.
Music of choice: Adele’s latest CD. She has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Utopia Nail Salon, Hollywood Theatre, Antique Alley at 42nd Street Station.
Motto/Inspirational quote: There is no perfect child, there is no perfect parent, but there are only perfect moments.
Dress for Success Oregon Executive Director
Plays: All over PDX.
Proudest professional moment: When I was practicing law and I was able to get my client a visitation with her son before she died.
First job: Selling lemonade.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love how walkable Hollywood is. There are places to eat and things to do. I can walk to work from Laurelhurst — when it’s not raining. I just love the ability to move around on my own two feet!
Fun fact: I am very good at trivia. I was on a national show and won!
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Any place I end up with good company.
Favorite movie: The Matrix, the first one!
Music of choice: I like a lot of music. Big fan of Johnny Swim. I also like R&B, alt-rock, pop, acoustic.
Favorite place to eat: Fleur de Lis.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Fleur de Lis, Magnolias, Soul Kitchen.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.” – Albert Einstein
Stories I’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: Ways we can help each other, business wise and community wise. I would love to hear about successes and projects that are underway. There is great strength in numbers and we can help each other achieve our goals!
Technician and Barista at Bagel Land
First job: Office assistant at a public relations firm.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Public transportation and easy access to Mt. Tabor.
Fun fact: I’m in school to be a librarian and my last job was at an independent bookstore in Hillsboro.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: At home playing board games with my friends or playing pool at a dive bar.
Favorite movie: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.
Music of choice: Folk rock or alternative pop.
Favorite place to eat: Big Ass Sandwiches.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Powell’s on Hawthorne, The Side Street Tavern off of Belmont, Wunderland Arcade
Silhouette, Owner and Designer
Proudest professional moment: How to choose a proudest? I have altered gowns worn down the red carpets of the Oscars and Golden Globes; I designed a custom wedding dress and made it with pieces of the dress my bride’s mother and grandmother wore; I made a dance competition outfit for an 11-year-old. Not only did they ask me to make her costume for this year, she won first place! But I think what I am proudest of, is growing a business for four years and forming a team of extremely talented seamstresses and designers. I love being a member of the community and getting to know my clients.
First job: Coaching gymnastics.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: My neighbors! I love actually knowing my neighbors. Also being able to walk to New Seasons and Alberta St.
Fun fact: My last name is made up. My parents literally made it up when they got married.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: On my couch snuggled with my kitty and my guy.
Favorite movie: I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I really love Elf.
Music of choice: Come by the Silhouette and find out!
Favorite place to eat: There are so many! Dove Vivi, Grain and Gristle, Simpatica, Daruma …
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Adorn. There are many days I look down and realize everything I have on is from there.
Stories I’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: Keep doing what you are doing! I love getting the emails once a week. It’s a great way to stay connected to the community.
Public Programs Manager at Hollywood Theatre
Works: Hollywood District
Lives: Sunnyside Neighborhood
Plays: Having just moved here in November, I am still finding my places but a few weeks ago I took a hiking trip to Cape Falcon in Oswald West State Park and fell completely in love. I’m also quite fond of my own neighborhood, Sunnyside, and can’t get enough of Laurelhurst Park.
Proudest professional moment: Before I moved here for a job at Hollywood Theatre, I was working in the education department of a contemporary art center in Minneapolis. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to assist artist Alison Knowles in staging her iconic performance, “Make a Salad,” for a crowd of hungry art lovers. The performance was originally staged in 1962 when the artist group, Fluxus, was in full swing. It was truly an incredible experience.
Favorite movie: This question is always a hard one for me. I can’t just choose one so here is a short list from a smattering of genres: Young Frankenstein, Volver, Philadelphia Story, Obvious Child, and Window Water Baby Moving by Stan Brakhage. There are so many! It’s a good thing I work at a movie theater.
Favorite place to eat: I’m still building my arsenal of favorite food joints, but so far the places that make the list are Pok Pok, Kachka, Clyde Common, Cafe Broder and Luce. Cup and Bar is currently my favorite place to grab coffee and it doesn’t hurt that the coffee comes with a tiny bit of chocolate. During the week you can often find me grabbing lunch at Nectar Coffee Bar or Fleur de Lis — their avocado BLT is especially excellent.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: The best places in the Hollywood District are hands-down the Hollywood Theatre (that goes without saying), the farmer’s market, Velo Cult, Blackwell’s and the amazing camera shop on Sandy and 40th. Having studied photography in school, that shop has a special place in my heart.