Venture Portland–developing neighborhood business districts

By Andrew Wilkins   The non-profit that’s helped develop Portland’s neighborhood business districts for nearly 30 years has found a new home here in SE. Portland’s 50 unique business districts have access to grants, trainings, and technical assistance provided by Venture Portland, according to Brian Alfano, president of Venture Portland’s [...]

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Locally Famous Small Business Builder

Skipper Roger Jones

By Nancy Tannler   The Hawthorne Street Fair has gone through many incarnations since its inception in 1982. There are people who have worked behind the scenes for years to make events like the street fair possible. One person in particular who has been at the helm for the development [...]

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Adult Soap Box Derby

In 1914 the motion picture Kid Auto Races at Venice starring Charlie Chaplin was shown in the cinemas. Whether it inspired the first soap box derby in 1933 is not certain but one thing is for sure Charlie Chaplin would love to have been hamming it up at Portland’s PDX [...]

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Bee Thinking: hives, honey and mead

Matt and Jill Reed

By J. Michael Kearsey   In anticipation of a Scandinavian-themed Christmas dinner last year, we stopped by the Mead Market to find the honey wine drink of old Europe. We found so much more. Tucked behind Castagna on Hawthorne Blvd. is an innovative company providing the tools of the trade [...]

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Patient Physician Cooperative

By Nancy Tannler   In 2011 the Patient/Physician Cooperative (PPC), was founded in Portland by citizens and volunteers  interested in making a positive impact on the health of the uninsured in Oregon. The PPC provides people direct access to basic healthcare needs and routine checkups at an affordable rate. The [...]

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When Worship Withers

By Midge Pierce   Churches in SE Portland are developing creative ways to keep their congregations thriving. Those that work have strong community ties that encourage diversity of thought and belief and welcome everyone regardless of religious affiliation. Reverend Sara Fischer of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church at 2800 [...]

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