Get in the Van’

On the road, lookin’ for weed, in the ’Couv.

It took a little longer than it needed to, but Washington has finally figured out the recreational marijuana business. Or so it seems from a recent Saturday afternoon trek to the two recreatio   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MAJOR E. SKINNER

Willie Weed: Contact In The ’Couv

Willie Weed goes to buy weed in Vancouver, but there ain’t no weed.

Willie Weed
The first time I spent any time in Vancouver was in the mid-’90s, drawn by the prospect of making out with my house-sitting girlfriend in a land devoid of parents and Oregon law. The house was a   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 WM. WILLARD GREENE

Beer Review: Vantucky Pale Ale (Heathen)

Beers are like baby names. The trends start with the urban elite, but it’s not long before a bunch of little Calebs land in the same small-town kindergarten class. These days, little McKenzi   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Hotseat: Brian Budz

Washington’s legal weed starts moving through stores this week. The owner of New Vansterdam talks price, supply and ambiance.

News Stories
Brian Budz got teased about his name as a kid. This week it finally pays off. On July 11, Budz, 40, and his business partners will open New Vansterdam, one of the first retail marijuana shops    More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Frito Lay's Fake-Local Tortilla Chips Take Aim at Oregon's Juanita's

Cocina de Josefina chips are corporate-made in Washington. Juanita's stands tough.


Food & Drink
First, they came for Juanita's. Texan snack-food megacorporation Frito-Lay looks to be fighting a proxy war against Oregon's own homegrown, family-run Juanita's tortilla chips, unofficial tortilla chip of the Willamette Week offices. Perhaps you have noticed the La Cocina De Josefina Mexican Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips, front and center in some of the most valuable real estate ...   More
Friday, April 25, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Starship Enterprise Zones

Banfield Pet Hospital pocketed a subsidy and got favorable treatment from local governments—then bolted to Vancouver.

News Stories
Most people know Banfield Pet Hospital from its convenient locations in hundreds of PetSmart stores across the United States. The Banfield chain started in Portland, and nine years ago the company   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Know: Viva Vancouverites!

Why do Portlanders abhor Vancouver residents who work in Oregon?

Dr. Know
Can you educate the masses regarding people from the ’Couv working in Portland? We pay Oregon income tax but receive no benefit from doing so. You Portlanders may abhor us, but at least appreciate w   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MARTY SMITH

Asylum Lounge: Free Cookies

Bar Reviews
Vancouver’s just-opened Asylum Lounge (606 Broadway St., Vancouver, 360-433-2205, wants to bring “chic” nightlife north of the border. In an effort to reupholster Vancou   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Vancouver Light Rail Foes Raising War Chest


Vancouver anti-light rail activists got financial shot this weekend with a fundraiser to pay for legal fees in their fight against extending Portland's MAX to downtown.The activists are leading a petition drive to bring a vote before city voters that would prohibit the city of Vancouver from spending any time or resources on light rail. (Clark County voters already shut down a sales tax ask last fall ...   More
Monday, March 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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