ArchitectureArts and CulturePortland February 3, 2019

Why I love Portland! Portland Japanese Garden

ABOUT

History

Photo by Robbie Robinson

Inspired in the late 1950s by growing cultural ties between Oregon and Japan, Mayor Terry Schrunk and members of the Portland community conceived the idea of building a Japanese garden on the site of the old zoo in Washington Park. Their reasons for building a Japanese garden were twofold: providing the citizens of Portland with a garden of great beauty and serenity, while forging a healing connection to Japan on the heels of World War II. At this time in U.S. history, Japanese gardens were founded across the country as a way to build cultural understanding. Needing no translation, an American could experience firsthand Japanese ideals and values, communicated simply through nature.

The site was dedicated in 1961, and Professor Takuma Tono of Tokyo Agricultural University was retained to design the Garden. Professor Tono’s plan included five different garden styles laid out on 5.5 acres. This was quite a departure from gardens in Japan which typically follow one singular style. His intention was to represent different historical developments in Japanese garden architecture and through that communicate Japanese culture to create a cultural exchange.

In 1967, the Garden formally opened to the public for the summer. Admission was $0.50 for adults and $0.25 for students. That year, more than 28,000 people came before the Garden closed for the winter.

Photo by Robbie Robinson

In 1968, the Kashintei Tea House was constructed in Japan, shipped in pieces, and reassembled in the Garden. Other structures were added as the five gardens evolved. The Pavilion Gallery, which sits at the heart of the Flat Garden, was in Professor Tono’s original plan. However, it was not completed until 1980. (Interestingly, it was dedicated on May 18 – the same day that Mount St. Helens erupted.)

It was not until the winter of 1981/1982 that the Portland Japanese Garden was first kept open year round. In 2015, the Garden partnered with world renowned architect Kengo Kuma as it embarked on a new journey, expanding its footprint to accommodate its rapid visitor growth, as well as its ability to immerse visitors in Japanese arts and culture. Opening in April 2017, the Garden’s new Cultural Village features three new structures, each LEED-certified, existing harmoniously with nature and serving as a mere frame from which to view the exquisite beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Throughout the Garden’s history, it has been acclaimed by a number of visiting Japanese dignitaries as one of the most beautiful and authentic Japanese gardens in the world outside of the island nation, as well as one of the foremost Japanese cultural organizations in North America.

Arts and CultureHotel/Bed & Breakfast January 28, 2019

Why I love Portland! The Portland White House

The Bed & Breakfast

About Us

Welcome to Portland’s White House, one of the Rose City’s  most luxurious and elegant historic homes that now houses a high-end bed & breakfast.  Dating back to 1911 when it was originally built for wealthy lumber baron Robert Lytle and his family, the neoclassical mansion is situated in the heart of the exclusive Irvington neighborhood with lots of restaurants, shopping and public transportation within walking distance.

Portland’s White House was recently purchased and renovated by entrepreneurs Frank Groff and David Krause who count many historic landmarks among the properties they have owned and renovated.  Their work has been featured in countless magazines, newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and on HGTV.  The pair tapped leading Portland interior design firm Christopher-David to assist in the selection of furnishings that not only serve to highlight the home’s architectural details but with comfort in mind.

Portland’s White House is centrally located whether you are here on vacation or for business.  Lloyd Center, the Convention Center and Moda Center are mere minutes away and the exciting downtown and Pearl districts are just over the bridge.  The Japanese Gardens, Washington Park with its Rose Garden, Chinatown, Portland Zoo, Mt.Hood, Timberline Lodge where “The Shining” was filmed and plenty of shopping on trendy NW 23 Ave, in downtown or on the Eastside’s North Mississippi and NE Alberta streets.

Those who appreciate top-notch cuisine, fine wines, microbrews, and craft cocktails are in for a real treat as Portland boasts the greatest number of critically acclaimed restaurants, wineries, microbreweries and bars per capita than any other city in the nation.  We also count scores of Food Network stars and James Beard award winners whose creativity has kept the city front and center on the epicurean scene.

Portland’s TriMet public transportation system offers visitors an easy way of enjoying the city.  The MAX light rail train, for instance, takes you directly from the airport to Lloyd Center, about a 15-minute walk to the White House, as well as to various attractions you don’t want to miss.  Uber and Lyft drivers are ubiquitous so you can travel anywhere day and night without a wait.

We welcome you to Portland’s White House and hope your stay in enjoyable.  Please let us know how we can best serve you.

 

 

https://www.portlandswhitehouse.com/

 

Arts and Culture January 23, 2019

Why I love Portland! Simplify with Lisa

Simplify Your Home
Intelligent Interior Design to help you Declutter and Simplify.

Joy and peace of mind are two common side effects of the simplified home. Your interior decor is as unique and as individual as you are and your home should reflect that. We will help you create a decluttered living space that exudes calm and expresses who you are to the world.

We not only work with your decor and interior design, we help you simplify all areas of your home to create a total makeover from the inside out. This includes cupboards, closets, drawers and all other corners of your home. Total transformation is the goal, with you deciding what remains. Lisa guides you to make the best possible design choices with what you already own.

Using individualized consulting and applying well tested interview techniques, Lisa will guide you through the process of simplifying and decluttering your home and creating a functional, organized space that has just exactly enough in it to reflect your unique sensibilities. Your tolerance for visual stimuli will differ from those around you, so the process we employ helps you get to know yourself in a whole new way. The outer space we create will reflect the inner you that is waiting to emerge.

We serve the greater Portland, Oregon metro area including Beaverton, Hillsboro and the rest of Multnomah and Washington Counties. We transform private homes, condominiums, apartments and assisted living spaces. We work with any sized space to help you get to the soul of your home so it becomes your source of solace from the outside world.

You deserve to have your home be a natural expression of who you are, so call Lisa today and get started on creating your warm and cozy place in the world!

 

Meet Lisa Tutmark – Lifestyle Consultant

‘Simplify with Lisa’ was created in 2018 by Lisa Tutmark. As a lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Lisa has worked in professional organizing and interior design for almost 20 years. In this work she has developed a unique skill set that combines her hands-on ability to design and declutter with education and facilitation techniques to assist clients in understanding the underlying causes of disorganization and indecision related to interior design.

Lisa uses a non-judgmental approach to consulting in these areas, stressing that everyone has a unique mindset when it comes to their personal possessions.  She specifically focuses on homeowners who are downsizing, paying particular attention to decision making and thought processes. She works with people going through divorce, growing families who want to scale back and change habits, those who are combining households, and those moving into assisted living.

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from Portland State University. She is licensed and insured in the State of Oregon.

Restaurants January 21, 2019

Why I love Portland! Mothers Bistro & Bar

“You Should East So Good!”

ABOUT

Mother’s Bistro & Bar is Chef Lisa Schroeder’s dream come true. Back in 1992, working full-time and raising her daughter, she realized that there was no place to get “Mother Food;” the kind of food she would cook for her family if only she had the time. That’s when she began to work toward opening such a place. After going to The Culinary Institute of America and working in four star restaurants in New York and France, she finally settled in Portland, Oregon, opening the restaurant of her dreams in January, 2000.

Mother’s  has grown over the years  from a small 90-seat restaurant to a Portland institution. Chosen Restaurant of the Year by Portland’s Willamette Week, Best Comfort Food, Best Brunch, and Best Lunch Spot by Citysearch and Portland Monthly, and one of America’s Top Restaurant Bargains by Food and Wine Magazine, Mother’s Bistro & Bar is a destination spot for anyone who comes to downtown Portland.

Featuring authentic cooking from mothers around the world, signature dishes include pot roast, chicken and dumplings, meat loaf and crab cakes, as well as featured dishes from a different mother each month.

CHEF LISA

As passionate about slow-cooked pot roast and homemade pie as she is about perfectly seared scallops, Lisa Schroeder is a mother, grandmother, chef, restaurateur and author devoted to providing better-than-authentic renditions of traditional home-cooked dishes at one of Portland’s most popular restaurants, Mother’s Bistro & Bar.

In 1992, while juggling a marketing career, catering and raising her daughter, Lisa realized there was no place that served the kind of food she would make if she had the time. She concluded what the world needed was a place which served “Mother Food”—slow-cooked dishes, such as braises and stews, made with love. From that moment on, Lisa was determined to open such a restaurant and spent the next eight years working toward that dream.

Lisa soon gave up her business career and enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America. While there, she was selected as one of the Top Ten Student Chefs in America by Food and Wine Magazine. After graduating with honors in 1995, she continued honing her skills at two four-star restaurants in New York City – Lespinasse and Le Cirque. Her education continued with apprenticeships in Provence, France at Roger Verge’s Moulin des Mougins and at Mark Veyrat’s L’Auberge de L’Eridan in Haute Savoie. In addition to this invaluable training, she toured France, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Switzerland where she gained an understanding of regional cuisine and indigenous products, affirming her belief that some of the best regional meals are not found in restaurants, but in homes, made by mothers.

Searching for a new beginning, Lisa returned to the states and relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1998. She was the Chef at Besaw’s Café for two years while continuing to plan her restaurant-to-be; gathering and testing recipes, refining her menu, and planning her décor when she was away from the stove.

In 2000, Chef Schroeder’s dream came true when she opened Mother’s Bistro & Bar in downtown Portland to rave reviews, receiving the “Restaurant of the Year” award from Willamette Week. Drawing on classic cooking techniques combined with years of experience, her menu offers refined versions of traditional home-cooked dishes. Much more than simply comfort food, this “mother food” is based on made-from scratch, slow-cooked recipes, utilizing the best available ingredients. In addition, Lisa celebrates the cuisine of a different mother each month, lovingly referred to as the “Mother of the Month” (or “M.O.M.”) menu.

In 2002, Mother’s Bistro & Bar was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of America’s Top Restaurant Bargains. With lines literally out the door on weekends, it came as no surprise in 2004 when Mother’s Bistro & Bar was voted Best Brunch by Portland Monthly MagazineWillamette Week and Citysearch.

In 2009, Lisa released her critically-acclaimed cookbook, Mother’s Best, and appeared on the Today Show, QVC and along with many others. She is the recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Businesswoman of the Year award and IACP Chef/Restaurateur Award of Excellence. Chef Schroeder nurtures her community as well as her guests. She is a member of the Downtown Portland Retail Council, Chef’s Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Slow Food, and International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Lisa participates in numerous charities and causes including Share Our Strength, The Oregon Food Bank, Basic Rights Oregon, Our House, the Raphael House and Bradley Angle House.

 

https://www.mothersbistro.com/

 

 

BarsRestaurants January 16, 2019

Why I love Portland! The Goose Hollow Inn

Goose Hollow Inn is a classic Portland tavern (so don’t call to book a room) opened in 1967 by Bud Clark. The pub is going strong and is still owned and operated by the Clark Family.

Background: Fifty years ago, in May of 1967, when the neighborhood had fewer buildings and less traffic, Bud Clark bought Ann’s Tavern on SW 19th & Jefferson. Ann Fairfax had cultivated a fine tavern, mostly from a loyal clientele of west hills Portlanders. Bud also owned “The Spatenhaus”, a tavern located in a building at the current site of the Ira Keller (“four-court”) Fountain, across from the Civic Auditorium. There, he cultivated an eclectic clientele of PSU students, musicians, business people, and “hippies”. In November of 1967, the city would tear down the building, including the Spatenhaus, so Bud had to figure out where he was going to open his new tavern; thankfully, Ann was ready to retire, and Bud’s timing was just right. Once the Spatenhaus closed, his Spatenhaus customers followed him to his new location in the foothills below Washington Park. When two of the customers at his new pub started a bar fight, Bud wrote his mission statement:  “Enjoy the Goose Hollow Inn, named to rejuvenate the history and stimulate the continuity of one of Portland’s famous geographic areas. We are dedicated to Quality Draft, Fine Food, Pleasant Music, and Stimulating Company. We are also dedicated to extremes of opinion, hoping that a livable marriage will result. if physical violence is your nature, either develop your verbal ability or leave.” Since then, many marriages, relationships, and discussions have been cultivated here.

     Bud’s naming of the tavern as “Goose Hollow Inn” generated a new respect for the area’s history. Dating back to the 1890s, various women raised geese around Tanner Creek, which ran right down what is now known as Jefferson Street (Canyon Road). Apparently, an argument developed over whose geese belonged to whom. The Oregonian newspaper ran an article covering the dispute in which it referred to the area as “Goose Hollow”. But the name was lost during a half century of dramatic development in the area. Bud chose the name “Goose Hollow Inn” for his tavern in the interest of rekindling civic regard for the neighborhood and its history. (And…No, there are no rooms available at the Inn.)

     Bud’s goal was to cultivate a sense of community and belonging. He ran the bar during the 1970s and early 80s; during that time, Budweiser recognized the Goose for selling more Bud per square feet than any other tavern in the US. Bud was mayor of Portland from 1985-1993, during which time, his wife Sigrid ran the bar and built the deck. While the deck affected the square footage and our legendary sales fame with Budweiser, it added a lovely new area to mingle under the rays of the sun and in the shade of the Maple Trees.

In the eight years that Bud was Mayor, beer drinking habits and tastes changed.

Three beers were on tap when Bud was elected Mayor, and the number grew to twelve while Sigrid was at the helm. In 2016, we built a new system of 18 taps, featuring a spectrum of beers from a variety of breweries and cideries.

     Bud Clark is one of the most iconic Portlanders of all time. Aside from owning and operating Goose Hollow Inn, Bud was a neighborhood activist, an early advocate of neighborhood associations, co-founder of the Neighbor newspaper, which became the Northwest Examiner, father of four, model for the poster “Expose Yourself to Art” — and the Mayor of Portland Oregon for two terms, from 1985 through 1992. His colorful style and popular appeal even gained him a spot on the Johnny Carson show in October, 1994. Largely due to Bud’s vision about how to run an “Inn”, we now welcome tens of thousands of people, young and old- and from a diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints- through our doors each year. The Goose has always been a place to share a pint or glass of wine with friends and mingle with both old and new acquaintances. There is no video poker to distract your table mates from the discussion, although a single TV is available for those die-hard folks who need to stay informed about scores, games, or political debates. Mostly, we’re about developing our verbal abilities – and promoting the consumption of Reubens.

The Goose is still owned and operated by the Clark family; if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Bud holding court with old friends at the bar, or tucked away at a table. We continue to thrive thanks to the talents of a free-spirited dedicated and cohesive staff, Goose family, and clientele.

Go to: https://www.goosehollowinn.com/about

 

ArchitectureArts and CulturePortlandReal EstateRestaurants January 10, 2019

Why I love Portland! The Metropolitan Youth Symphony

About MYS

Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops and promotes young musicians.About MYS 2

MYS provides music education and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and levels of experience. Now in our 44th year, we enroll over 500 youth from the Portland Metro and SW Washington areas in 14 ensembles including orchestra, band, jazz, and percussion. New this season, we are offering an entry level String Orchestra on Saturdays in Hillsboro.  Additionally, MYS offers theory classes, a mid-winter chamber music program, and a one week summer chamber music camp, Portland Summer Ensembles.  Our commitment to access is foundational. MYS has a strong financial aid program that welcomes all students regardless of their financial circumstances, a tuition-free Beginning Strings program with classes on Saturday in Portland and after school in Hillsboro, and a school outreach program that performs 15 in-school concerts each season for over 5,000 students from under-served schools.

MYS Music Director Raul Gomez leads a team of professional conductors and instrumental coaches who work with our students each Saturday at Roseway Heights K-8 in NE Portland and Lincoln Street Elementary in Hillsboro.  We believe that quality music education taught in a supportive but challenging environment gives every student musician the opportunity to be successful.  MYS is one of the largest youth orchestra programs in the nation and one of only a handful offering a jazz program.

Lajos Balogh MYS FounderThe History of MYS

Metropolitan Youth Symphony was founded in 1974 by Maestro Lajos Balogh with 16 string players and the group grew quickly to 35 members by their first performance in 1975. MYS was founded on the belief that the study of music is an integral part of a childbecoming a well-rounded adult. Not only does music promote intellectual and aesthetic knowledge, it also builds leadership skills and creates a supportive, community environment.

Founded in response to the community’s need for musical enrichment, MYS has:

  • Contributed the musical development of over ten thousand musicians
  • Performed hundreds of youth concerts all over the northwest
  • Performed outreach concerts to thousands of students in under-served schools
  • Embarked on tours around the world
  • Awarded tuition assistance to every young musician in need
  • Developed volunteer support that incorporates more than 100 people in many different capacities
Portland January 3, 2019

Why I love Portland! Mission Theater

Walking down NW Glisan Street at 17th offers few hints about the intriguing past of the Mission Theater. The building’s straightforward, brick construction and fortress-like entryway make it appear more like an armory than a theater. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Mission was not originally built as a theater or playhouse, but as a church. For over 40 years it was the religious and social center of Portland’s humble and devout Swedish Mission Covenant congregation. Later, the space served as a very busy labor meeting hall. The remarkable transformation from church to union hall, and from union hall to Oregon’s first theater pub is a colorful story that stretches back more than a century. This building, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was dedicated by the Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant Church of Portland on February 18, 1912. The Swedish Mission constructed it to replace a more traditional woodframed church that had stood here for a decade before. The congregation—at the time numbering more than 200—had outgrown the limited space of
the old wooden church and desired a larger, more accommodating structure. The new abernacle,
today’s Mission Theater, was intentionally styled as a commercial space. Designed by a few of the parish members, it was felt that a utilitarian plan would make the church more marketable should they continue to grow and find a need to vacate. Indeed, the Mission Covenant of Portland had grown steadily and quickly since its beginnings. Formed in 1887 by a half-dozen Swedish immigrants, the church group outgrew their rented downtown meeting spaces almost immediately. By 1891 they were searching for a suitable place of their own, and they purchased
the lot at NW 17th and Glisan. Later that same year, the Swedish Mission constructed their original wooden church. The supreme activity of the church was missionary work, a responsibility reserved for only those who felt a special calling. Over the years, missions were sponsored all over the world, most notably in the Alaskan Yukon, Africa and China. For 41 years, the Swedish Tabernacle played a pivotal role in the lives of many SwedishAmericans throughout Portland, and the church was the pride and joy of their community. Sundays were elaborate affairs: Sunday school, morning services, choir, food in the basement and an evening
evangelistic service. The services, given in Swedish until the 1940s, typically attracted 500 to 700 people. But the Mission was much more than just a place for Sunday gatherings. Everyday life and socializing was encouraged as a way to provide a sense of fellowship and belonging. Periodically, young members traveled to the county poor farm (now McMenamins Edgefield) to present programs for the less fortunate. The Tabitha Ladies Society organized social services and
supported missionaries abroad. The Covenant Women’s Society and the Young People’s Society
were very active in the community. Churchsponsored baseball games and sit-down dinners
always brought large crowds. Music was a vital component of the Swedish Church, and the most
popular social activity was the teenage choir. It was this combination of religious tradition and
community cohesiveness that made the Swedish Tabernacle such a special place for its members. Given the strong devotion to their church work and indeed their church, why did the
congregation abandon their spiritual center in 1954? This time the neighborhood was the issue
rather than space. The area had become more industrial, parking was next to impossible and
concern developed for the safety of women and children who walked to the church alone. For their new site, the Church chose a spot at NE 45th and E. •1624 NW Glisan, Portland, OR, 97209. mcmenamins.com• (Courtesy First Covenant) Burnside where they continue to worship today. The new tenants at 17th and Glisan were dockworkers, a spirited but less pious group than the church members. The transfer from evangelical church to longshoreman meeting hall brought some jarring adjustments: religious symbols were pulled down, pews and pulpit emoved, the floor overlaid with linoleum. To be sure, the old Tabernacle was suddenly introduced to words and notions never before uttered within its walls. Still, therei were some
things that remained very much the same. Like its previous occupants, the union workers brought a strong sense of community and activism to the hall. During the Longshoremen’s
occupancy, the building was busier than ever before, used for union business, regular meetings and conducting daily hiring. Local No. 8 held monthly meetings every second Wednesday of the month. The union suspended all work on the waterfront on these nights to allow every longshoreman the chance to attend. Hiring took place at the hall twice a day, once for the day shift and again for the night, and scores of union members congregated here to view the hiring board and wait for their new assignments. The building was particularly significant during the 1971 Longshoremen’s strike. The coastwide strike was the longest and arguably the most successful dock strike in U.S. history, and, for local No. 8, this place was at the core of its
success. During the strike the main floor became a clearinghouse of information, directing workers where to picket and keeping them updated on the daily progress of negotiations. The basement was used to store and distribute dry foods to the many striking workers. It was during this turbulent time that the controversial president and founder of the Union, Harry Bridges, and the vice president, Bill Chester, came here to the hall to speak with the workers. In 1982, Local No. 8 moved out of the old church building, after which the place became a storage warehouse called the Columbia River Building. Late in 1986 or early ’87, a local acting
troupe called the Heart Theater reintroduced art and entertainment to the place (this time with no religious associations). While this noble endeavor fell short of its mark, closing its doors after only about a year, the notion proved a great one and paved the way for its next incarnation.
In June 1987, McMenamins debuted its Mission Theater and Pub, an establishment that
preached the merits of watching movies and drinking beer. Despite its inspired calling, the
Mission Theater was far from an instant success. The film festivals that were intended to carry the venue—the Bogart Extravaganza, for example— were busts. Nobody came. So the concept was retooled and the Mission began showing secondrun movies for cheap. “Cheap” struck a chord with some and the Mission, once again, began to fill with people. The Mission now embodies all of its previous forms. The blurring of the secular and the sacred is a recurring theme throughout its history, and in the fall of 2003 a community church began
holding their Sunday services here. The theater recalls the art of the short-lived acting company
and the pub evokes the longshoremen’s pastimes. The building also houses McMenamins’ company headquarters and functions as a hiring hall of sorts. Although McMenamins’ spirited message is quite different from the Mission’s original occupants, we encourage you to spend time at the beautifully preserved church and reconnect with the spirit that resides within.

Portland December 14, 2018

Why I love Portland! Green Zebra Grocery

GREEN ZEBRA Grocery!!
www.greenzebragrocery.com

We love great food
Who doesn’t? And at Green Zebra that’s where it all starts. We carefully source the best local and organic food around, and we stock it right alongside everyday staples. Our in-store kitchens craft hot and delicious grab-and-go meals made from scratch, as well as custom and signature sandwiches. We have a full-service coffee bar, hot breakfasts, and tasty pastries delivered everyday from local bakeries. Our beer and cider is 100% Oregon; our wines are thoughtfully selected and all under $20 a bottle. We pack all that into a small, convenient layout that makes it easy to get in and out fast.

We love community
Our small-footprint lets us serve communities where big stores can’t fit. We get to know our neighbors, and we take pride in supporting a thriving community:
• Every month we donate money, food, and service to nonprofits within two miles of our stores.
• We offer discounts to shoppers who bike or walk to the stores and to shoppers who bring their own bags or coffee cup.
• We support our local economy by sourcing from local growers and makers.
• We further support our local economy and our staff by paying higher than minimum wage salaries.

And we’re on a mission
Green Zebra Grocery is on a mission to increase access to healthy food. The brainchild of grocery vet Lisa Sedlar, Green Zebra opened it’s first store in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood in 2013. Since then, the company has worked with nearly 100 local nonprofits to support the community, and has brought a selection of locally sourced, delicious food to more Portlanders. Green Zebra opened its second store in the Lloyd District in April 2016, and our Portland State University Store opened in February 2017. Our next store, on SE Division in Portland is scheduled to open in early 2019.

RestaurantsUncategorized December 3, 2018

Why I love Portland! Signal Station Pizza

SIGNAL STATION PIZZA     
8302 N. LOMBARD  PORTLAND, OR

PHONE 503-286-2257
St Johns’ favorite pizza: Dine-in or take out


Hello! We are an independent, family-owned business operated since 2006 by local Portlanders Tim and Kristi. We do our best to provide customers with an amazing pizza at an amazing value and hope you enjoy dining here as much as we enjoy serving you!

We serve pizza you can feel good about, simple, natural, delicious. Pizza that helps you feel great about yourself, your family and the community around you.

You see, we make our pizzas with the good stuff. All natural ingredients, fresh-made dough, homemade sauces, whole-milk mozzarella and locally sourced produce whenever possible.

We promise to have a (dough) ball making your pizza. We promise not to take ourselves too seriously and we promise to be stewards of our environment, our local communities and the world around us.

Our menu offers artisan pizzas, calzones, sub sandwiches and salads. Fresh, local ingredients are used whenever possible such as Shepard’s grain organic flour. We make our dough and sauce fresh daily.  We use only whole-milk mozzarella cheese as we strongly believe it makes a better pizza. Our pies are available all day by the slice or as a whole pizzas. We pride ourselves on serving a delicious pizzas at a fair price. Our goals are to provide both a quality product and and friendly service. We also serve sodas, beer by the bottle and on-tap,  and a fine selection wines by the glass or bottle. Please use the form below to send us any comments or questions. Deliveries are available upon request for larger orders. Please contact us as we are happy to cater your office parties with advanced notice. We are a great spot for small birthday and team parties. Thank you for your patronage!

BUSINESS HOURS 
Monday 11-9:00
Tuesday 11-9
Wednesday 11-9
Thursday 11-9
Friday 11-9:30
Friday 11-9:30
Sunday 12-8

ArchitecturePortland November 14, 2018

Why I love Portland!

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The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States, between the Cathedral Park Neighborhood in North Portland and the Linnton and Northwest Industrial neighborhoods in Northwest Portland. It carries the U.S. Route 30 Bypass. It is the only suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley and one of three public highway suspension bridges in Oregon.

The bridge has a 1,207-foot (368 m) center span and a total length of 2,067 feet (630 m). It is the tallest bridge in Portland, with two 400-foot-tall (120 m) towers and a 205-foot (62 m) navigational clearance. The adjacent park and neighborhood of Cathedral Park are named after the Gothic Cathedral-like appearance of the bridge towers.

Designed by internationally renowned engineer David B. Steinman (1886–1960) and Holton D. Robinson, of New York, the St. Johns was the longest suspension-type bridge west of the Mississippi River at the time of construction. It is the only major highway suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley and one of only three major highway suspension bridges in Oregon.