Our 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.1505840219swen-1505840219rats@1505840219snikr1505840219epdet1505840219.
American Family Insurance
Proudest professional moment: Being recognized for customer excellence at the local US Bank in Cully on 42nd and Alberta.
First job: Bella Lulu’s, which was originally in the current Black Bird Wine shop location.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: All of the fond memories, between school events and local events – like Fremont Fest – and of course the beautiful homes.
Fun fact: I am the second generation to be born and raised in our family home.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Mad Hanna on Fremont, Aalto Lounge on Belmont, Bar Bar on Mississippi.
Favorite movie: Harry Potter. (All of them!)
Music of choice: R&B, Hip-Hop and Country. Nice combo, right?
Favorite place to eat: Joe’s Crab Shack.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Bagel Land.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Mahatma Gandhi
Proudest professional moment: Being ordained as a pastor.
First job: Working at a golf course.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: The people.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: My home.
Favorite movie: El Dorado and American Graffiti
Music of choice: 60’s 70’s and 80’s Country.
Favorite place to eat: The Rheinlander.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
TwentySix Cafe owner
First job: Dishwasher at my father’s restaurant, Ron’s Restaurant.
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: The people. I love the range of ages and the cultural and economic differences. I hope that the neighborhood, as it grows, doesn’t lose these qualities.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Watching a Blazer game.
Favorite place to eat: There are so many outstanding choices in our city, but our go-to as a family is County Cork and our go-to for date night is Smallwares.
Account Manager at State Farm on Fremont
Proudest professional moment: Sixteen years of serving Portland customers, helping them while being authentic and having integrity with my relationships.
First job: A&W on roller skates! We made the Root Beer in the back!
Favorite thing about your neighborhood: Everyone is so friendly and nice – a neighborhood where you know your neighbors.
Fun fact: I collect four-leaf clovers
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Vintage Cocktail Lounge or playing darts at Horse Brass.
Favorite movie: Gone With the Wind
Music of choice: Country.
Favorite place to eat: Observatory.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Green Dog and Blackbird Wine Shop.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Your only limit is you!