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Order specialist and designer at Paperjam Press, studio manager at Paper Sushi, owner and designer at Beetle Ink Co.
Proudest professional moment: When Beetle Ink Co. received it’s first wholesale order!
First job: Food prep and face painter at Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love how walk-able and bike-able my neighborhood is. They are rich with art, shopping, and tasty treats.
Fun fact: I’m originally from the forests of New Hampshire, but have found home in the mossy quadrants of Portland quite easily.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: This varies depending on my mood. It could be my couch with some of my boyfriend’s famous popcorn, or it could be Sweet Hereafter on Belmont.
Favorite movie: This is the most difficult question to answer, as I went to film school and have watched far too many movies. A few movies I will watch over and over again are Mary and Max, Triplets of Belleville, Amelie and Pulp Fiction.
Favorite music: Summer Camp, Angel Olsen, Born Ruffians.
Favorite place to eat: Life of Pie, Por Que No, Poa, Russell Street BBQ, Coava.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Work/Shop, Tender Loving Empire, Little Otsu, Pistils, Menagerie.
Motto/inspirational quote: “A la folie.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Local business round-ups, “Where to go when it’s raining,” “What street to walk down on your day off,” cute ways to spend your day in different neighborhoods.
Albina Community Bank personal banker
Proudest professional moment: Assisting start-up business owners grow their business in our local communities.
First job: When I was 12, for my dad who owned Shanghai Company, a bean sprout company.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The local businesses. I love the small businesses around our community, especially the food carts. Very friendly and welcoming.
Fun fact: My favorite thing to do is work out.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: I love going out to eat on the weekend and enjoy trying a new restaurant each week.
Favorite movie: Hall Pass.
Favorite place to eat: Red Robin, Oven and Shaker, Piazza Italia.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Too many to pick just one.
Motto/ inspirational quote: Live, love and laugh.
Proudest professional moment: In 1993, four of the six major record distributors cut off advertising and promotional support to stores that sold used CDs. I took the David vs Goliath approach to taking on the industry because I felt the policy was unfair and all record stores should have a choice in what they sell in their store. I sent a three-page, typed letter to label and distribution heads and let them know my thoughts. My efforts gained momentum, but I knew I was not going to win the battle until the issue went to the public. Five months later Garth Brooks made a statement that he did not want his new album sold in stores that sold used CDs. We pulled our product off the shelves and had a protest barbecue in the back parking lot, inviting people to come grill their Garth vinyl, CDs, VHS and posters on our grill. Every media in town covered it. We ended up putting together the “BBQ for Retail Freedom Tour” and did the same at nine other record stores from Bellingham to San Diego. Weeks after the tour, the policies were rescinded. This led to me putting together a group on independent retail stores called the Coalition of Independent Music Stores. The group turns 21 next month.
First job: First record store job was at DJ’s Sound City at Jantzen Beach Mall in 1972
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Kerns has been evolving. The best additions have been the fine selection of restaurants that grace the area. Laurelhurst Market across the street, La Buca for great Italian, City State Dinner has great lunch and breakfast all day. Then there are those amazing coffee shops. Oblique roasts a mean cup of coffee. Crema has the best pastries and baked goods you could ask for.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: One of Portland’s many great music venues: Aladdin Theater, Mississippi Studios, The Star, Doug Fir or Roseland. We have so many of them and so many smaller intimate places to see the vast amount of talent that lives in our town. You could go out every night of the year and see a different Portland artist and some amazing talent.
Favorite movie: Wizard of Oz is my most watched movie, but up there are The Great Escape, Lawrence of Arabia, House of Wax, Let The Right One In, King of Hearts … the list goes on.
Music of choice: I listen to all genres but my top favorite artists of all time are the Kinks, Spirit, Mott the Hoople, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
Favorite place to eat: My favorite all-time defunct restaurant was Genoa. Most frequented defunct restaurant was Esparza’s Tex-Mex. What a great city for restaurants … and food carts.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: La Buca, City State Diner, Crema, Oblique, Screen Door, Laurelhurst Market, Alma … was this a food question again?
Motto/inspirational quote: I come to work each day because of the music. There is a fine line between my work life and personal life because it all revolves around music. It’s the music that drives me to get up every day.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: The Larry Peters Story.
Certified rolfer, owner of Inner Gravity Rolfing in the Inner Essence Healing Center at 2205 N. Lombard
Proudest professional moment: Any time a client comes back and tells me that they’ve been able to do X, which they hadn’t been able to do in years. One of my very first clients was so grateful that she was able to wear heels to attend a wedding, which her back pain had never allowed her to do. Recently a client cancelled her carpal tunnel surgery after realizing that despite what her surgeon told her, there were other options, like Rolfing. And now she can knit again.
First job: Selling mountaineering gear in Paris, France, where I’m from.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: It feels small, in a good way. Growing up in the Parisian suburbs, I never experienced that feeling of being part of a community. Portland is a big city, yet St. Johns feels like its own village. We love it.
Fun fact: I’m French, my husband is American, but we met on a boat in Chile.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: My house, dinner and drinks with grown-ups after the kids go to bed. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen that often because friends with kids would rather stay home, and childless friends like going out to enjoy the food and music scene. I can’t blame them, either.
Favorite movie: Dead Poets Society. It shaped my life in so many weird ways.
Music of choice: Jazz. I don’t know much about it. I just grab a CD and it makes me happy and relaxed. Usually I don’t even know who’s playing. But if I’m carefully choosing it will be Miles Davis or John Coltrane.
Favorite place to eat: With kids? McMenamin’s in St. Johns or Girasole. I love their bacon and blue pizza, even though I’m not supposed to eat cheese. Without kids, we like Paragon in the Pearl. We’re looking for places that are loungy and a little romantic. Any suggestions?
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Salty Teacup, my favorite St. Johns store. Etcetera, another great St. Johns shop full of beautiful things. Coffee Kids, if I need a little present for a child they always have something. Did I say I loved St. Johns?
Motto/inspirational quote: Failing is painful but not as much as never trying.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Updates on the air quality/policy issue, neighborhood news—like you’re doing.
Branch manager, Peak Mortgage Northeast Portland and Peak Mortgage Pearl District, Co-owner, Rose City Futsal
Proudest professional moment: Helping to open Rose City Futsal.
First job: Warehouse stocker at Jafco in Beaverton
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Great neighbors, great schools, great amenities … all within walking distance.
Fun fact: I can ride a unicycle.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: A BBQ with friends in the back yard.
Favorite movie: Fletch
Music of choice: Blues rock with a little country thrown in.
Favorite place to eat: Ken’s Artisan Pizza or Caffe Mingo.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Gartner’s, The Moon and Sixpence.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: Selfishly, more about Rose City Futsal!
Alberta Main Street equity outreach coordinator
Proudest professional moment: I have yet to experience it.
First job: Paralegal assistant.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Proximity to public transportation.
Fun fact: I smoke honey.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: a Tango Melong’a
Favorite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes.
Music of choice: Modern hip hop.
Favorite place to eat: Toro Bravo.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Restaurants.
Motto/Inspirational quote: I believe in the capacity of others to be transformed.