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.1493451497swen-1493451497rats@1493451497snikr1493451497epdet1493451497.
Bookseller at Green Bean Books, volunteer at Multnomah County Library and promotions committee for Alberta Main Street
Proudest professional moment: Anytime customers come back to the store and either they or their kids end up falling in love with the books I recommended and want more.
First job: Library page in Las Vegas
Favorite thing about neighborhood: I love the sense of community on Alberta. There’s a good chance I’ll run into someone I know, whether they’re a customer or work in the neighborhood.
Fun fact: Winnie-the-Pooh and Queen Elizabeth II both celebrated 90 years this year. As for a fun fact about me, I walk twenty percent faster than normal people. It always looks like I’m hurrying but I’m not.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: I tend to avoid crowds, so I like to stay home.
Music of choice: Musicals, oldies, 90’s rhythm and blues
Favorite movie: Young Frankenstein
Favorite place to eat: Helser’s
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Green Bean Books – even before I worked here, I loved it –Mimosa Studios, Helser’s, Case Study Coffee, Umpqua Bank, Salt & Straw. There are so many. And even the shops I don’t go to often, I love telling people about them.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: People in the neighborhood making a difference, the chronicles of a children’s book writer.
Floor-mopper, wine-buyer, bartender and usually very nice guy at Pairings Portland Wine Shop & Bar
Proudest professional moment: When a customer recently came in and said, “Thanks for being such a quirky, big-hearted, soulful dude – and making a place that’s comfy for folks like me.” She gave me a big hug. That made me stupid stoked to do what I do.
First job: Carvel (soft ice cream shop) at 15.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: How it’s growing and goes through changes, the businesses that keep adding to the richness and flavors of the area, meeting people just hanging out – especially over breakfast counters.
Fun fact: Every three months or so I like to try an event at the shop that has as good a chance of success as failure. The last one was a smashing success! I’m a 25-year numerologist. We offered an event called ‘Couples Therapy Featuring Wine & Numerology.’ Seven couples played and it couldn’t have gone better.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: At home with my sweetie watching a movie, enjoying something yummy with a bottle of groovy wine. (Yes, that part’s easy when you own a wine place.)
Favorite movie: Dead Poets Society.
Music of choice: Disco and dance stuff. Music that gets me boppin’ along. I also love world beat and funk lately. A South African band called Johnny Clegg & Savuka has been one band I’ve loved for many years and recently went back to listening to.
Favorite place to eat: Asked ten times, I’d have ten different answers. I love to eat. In this exact moment … breakfast at Broder, lunch at Luce and dinner at Coquin.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Missionary Chocolates, Tails & Trotters, Providore (Rubinette Produce, Pastaworks, Flying Fish), Fonda Rosa and The Ocean gang (24th & Meatballs, Uno Mas, Sudra & Slowburger).
Motto/Inspirational quote: Don’t believe everything you think.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Having two business owners visit each other’s business and write an article (or answer a series of questions) about the business they are visiting.
Leader development trainee at US Bank
Proudest professional moment: Helping my first customer at US Bank.
First job: Sign spinner.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: There are plenty of stores and restaurants within walking distance of my house.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Blazer games.
Favorite movie: Any of the Star Wars movies.
Music of choice: Rock and Roll.
Favorite place to eat: Fire on the Mountain.
Motto/Inspirational quote: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” – Vince Lombardi
Founder and Executive Director at Building Blocks to Success Corp. (BB2S), a local nonprofit organization
Works: Concordia and throughout North and Northeast Portland.
Plays: All over Northeast Portland as a football coach at Central Catholic, robotics teacher at City Christian School, youth ministry leader at New Song Community Church and mentor to youth throughout Portland.
Proudest professional moment: Stepping out on faith and leaving my job at Banfield Pet Hospital this past summer to pursue my passion for working with youth by going full-time with my business.
First job: My first “real” job out of college was working for Daimler Trucks North America in their trucking division with Freightliner as a buyer on the corporate procurement team located on Swan Island.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: The many different styles of homes and neighborhoods that surround mine. I love walking or riding my bike around the neighborhood and seeing the many changes going on. My neighborhood is close to many wonderful restaurants and small shops that I enjoy checking out.
Fun fact: Just got into road biking and love it. I ride on the corridors and along the designated bike roads around the neighborhood.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: It’s really just being at home with my family relaxing because I am busy running around all the time so to be able to chill out and relax is a great time for me.
Favorite movie: An older movie called “Fresh” because it deals with strategically navigating through life like playing chess and I enjoy playing chess so I totally get it.
Music of choice: I love listening to Jazz and Gospel music. I typically have music playing all the time when I’m at my office or when I’m at home or in my car.
Favorite place to eat: Thai Noon on Alberta or NoHo’s on Fremont.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Amalfi’s Italian restaurant on Fremont or Cat Six Cycles on 42nd Ave., ProForce Athletics on MLK Jr. Blvd.
Motto/Inspirational quote: The only limits that you have are the limits that you put on yourself. Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Stories about youth doing good things in the community.
Business Lender at Craft3, nonprofit investing in communities and small businesses in Oregon and Washington
Proudest professional moment: Helping Living Cully, a coalition of neighborhood organizations, purchase the old Sugar Shack strip club.
First job: Cart kid at Salishan golf course.
Favorite thing about neighborhood: Diversity, walkability and bike-ability.
Fun fact: Craft3 has a new online loan application that businesses can use to apply for loans: www.craft3.org/apply. (Fun!)
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Anywhere with good friends.
Favorite movie: Kitchen Stories, a quirky Swedish film.
Music of choice: Anything with Soul.
Favorite place to eat: Supa, Spielman Bagels, Mars Portland, Bread & Honey.
Favorite neighborhood businesses: Kiriko, an artisan clothier that makes modern clothes and accessories using traditional Japanese methods/prints. (It’s a new shop in Old Town.)
Motto/Inspirational quote: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle, 1855.
Stories you’d like to see in the Star: Good news about community oriented people and organizations