Owner of Tapalaya restaurant on Northeast 28th Avenue
and volunteer at Zenger Farm
Works: Kerns (Some folks assume that it is part of Laurelhurst, but we are really in Kerns.)
Lives: North Tabor
Plays: Inner Northeast – I prefer anywhere easily accessible by bike. I love riding my cargo bike to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings to pick up fresh veggies for my restaurant.
Proudest professional moment: Opening a restaurant at the very height of the economic collapse – and still going strong to this day!
First job: Picking berries outside of Cottage Grove when I was around 12 or 13. I think I got paid 25 cents per pound. I may have eaten more berries than I actually turned in for payment.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The people!
Fun fact: My first child (a boy!) is due in less than two months.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Just about every Saturday night I can be found at my restaurant. Otherwise, a Timbers game, a summer concert at Edgefield or dinner at home on my patio.
Favorite movie: I love documentaries. Though it is not exactly a movie, I just got turned on to the Netflix documentary series “Chef’s Table.” So good. I have been telling everyone to watch it.
Music of choice: So much music! I love everything from global beats to bluegrass, Latin club music, French hip hop, folk, African jams, classic rock and more. I almost always have music playing. The Beatles were very recently released for streaming so it is has been fun rediscovering some of their songs.
Favorite place to eat: 28th Ave! Seriously, we have a wonderful little restaurant row. I love the Cardinal Club. By the time I finish work many places are closed. The Cardinal Club is just two doors down from my restaurant and serves yummy food until midnight or so. I eat out there the most of any restaurant in town. Plus the owners are great.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: I love my neighbors: Woopdidoo Hair Salon, Cardinal Club, La Buca, Navarre, Fonda Rosa – really there are just too many great spots to mention them all.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Treat people the way that you want to be treated – basically the golden rule.
Hollywood Theatre as Marketing Manager
Proudest professional moment: In my previous life as a journalist, I was the founding editor of a magazine called AGENDA, which was dedicated to arts and culture in Portland – I’m very proud of the in-depth coverage of books, comedy, theater and visual art that we provided.
First job: Concessionist at the Tualatin Twin Cinemas (RIP).
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I’ve been a huge fan of the Hollywood Theatre for years, and I feel really, really lucky to have landed at a place that’s so important to both the neighborhood and the city.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Steinhaus on Southeast 82nd and Division – a cozy bar with an “old Portland” vibe and a good beer selection – or Action/Adventure Theatre, where my boyfriend works. It’s a great blackbox theater at Southeast Tenth and Clinton that focuses on new and comedic live performance.
Favorite movie: The Long Goodbye
Favorite place to eat: Best Baguette, an amazing Vietnamese bakery on Southeast 82nd & Powell. Worth the drive!
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: I love to read, and I think it’s really great that the library has such a big presence in the neighborhood. I’m always interested in book reviews and stories about neighborhood literary events.
Branch manager and business specialist
at US Bank on Northeast 42nd and Alberta
Proudest professional moment: Too many to pick from, but I love being at the forefront of a new business owner’s journey.
First job: Newspaper subscription sales for The Oregonian when I was 13.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Food and diversity.
Fun fact: I am the biggest Blazer fan in America!
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Movie theaters.
Favorite movie: Elf.
Music of choice: Jazz.
Favorite place to eat: Fire on the Mountain.
Favorite neighborhood business: Roses Ice Cream. (I love ice cream!)
Motto/Inspirational quote: Strive not to be a success, but a value. – Albert Einstein
Deborah (Deb) Field
Paperjam Press owner,
Rose City Park Neighborhood Association board member,
Main Street Alliance executive team,
10K Entrepreneur Growth Program participant
Proudest professional moment: Being selected to participate in the 10K Entrepreneur Growth Program.
First job: A hamburger joint in Pendleton where they made hamburgers the size of a salad plate!
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Lots of trees and friendly people.
Fun fact: I come from an Oregon Trail pioneer family.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Sometimes it’s on my couch, other times at the Hollywood Theatre or having dinner with friends at any of the wonderful restaurants that Portland has to offer.
Favorite movie: Dead Poet’s Society and Pan’s Labyrinth.
Music of choice: Anything that fits my mood – except I am never in the mood for Heavy Metal!
Favorite place to eat: I do not have one favorite place because there are so many in Portland, but I like an atmosphere that is informal but stylish with friendly servers and food that is fresh, local and interesting. Ox is a current favorite!
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Paperjam Press of course!
Motto/Inspirational quote: We are all better off when we are all better off!
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Keep the feel-good stories coming!
AmeriCorps VISTA serving at Alberta Main Street
Proudest professional moment: A nonprofit that I had previously interned with, invited me back to speak at a conference.
First job: Camp counselor.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love how each has such a strong, distinct vibe.
Fun fact: I spent a summer doing conservation work in Colorado and New Mexico. Basically, I lived in state and national parks for three months!
Favorite movie: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.
Music of choice: Indie folk bands.
Favorite place to eat: DarSalam, it’s my go to with out of town guests.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: West Coast Fitness and Videorama.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: Maybe restaurant reviews? Not frou-frou type reviews, but more low-key and highlighting restaurants that are actively involved in their communities.
Freelance wedding and portrait photographer at brianamorrison.com
and orders specialist and social media manager at Paperjam Press
Works: I run my photography business out of my home office in the Hollywood District and spend a few days a week at Paperjam Press in the beautiful Beaumont neighborhood.
Lives: I live right in-between the Hollywood and Rose City Park neighborhoods.
Plays: I love all of close-in Portland! When I want to go shopping I will often find myself on Hawthorne or in the Pearl District. On the weekends I really can’t get enough of the Tidbit Food Farm & Garden pod on Division or the area immediately surrounding the Laurelhurst Theater.
Proudest professional moment: In my photography work I do some fine-art, intimate, boudoir photography sessions – working with women from all different areas in life. I had one client who was really hard on herself and her body. She admitted that she thought she wouldn’t like the images at all now, but wanted to invest in them for the future when she could really appreciate them. We did her session and when it was finally time to reveal her photographs I had butterflies in my stomach. When she saw her photographs she cried. She loved them! Mission accomplished! To this day it is one of my favorite professional moments.
First job: My very first job was assisting my best friend’s mom as a server for her catering business when I was in high school. I got paid minimum wage plus dinner scraps. It was the best!
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love how easy it is to access the rest of Portland from the Hollywood District. Interstate 84 is super close making it easy to get out of town and into the beautiful Columbia River Gorge within minutes. Public transportation flows right down Sandy making it easy to hop a bus or tram to anywhere in the city. I’m also a sucker for good coffee and pastries so I love that Case Study and Bakeshop are so close by.
Fun fact: I’m a cat lady through and through!
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: I am such a foodie! On Saturdays my husband and I will find a new restaurant to test and then like to catch a movie at one of the many great second-run theaters in town. Some of our favorite dinner spots include Hoda’s on Belmont, BTU on Sandy and Mirakutei on Burnside.
Favorite movie: I can’t choose just one! My favorites include: Amelie, Secretary, Stranger Than Fiction and The Princess Bride
Music of choice: I’m a big Indie and contemporary bluegrass fan.
Favorite place to eat: I’m all about food! One more place I really love is Pho Corner. They make their own vegetarian egg rolls and they’re amazing!
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Paperjam Press is a favorite of course! I’m also a huge fan of Menagerie on Division, Altar on Hawthorne, Beam & Anchor on Interstate and Work/Shop on N.W. 19th Ave.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Live your own life, not the life that others say you should.” – Lieh Tzu
Stories you’d like to see in the Hollywood Star: I’d love to see more restaurant reviews and real estate related articles.