We're #2! Oregon Is #2!

Um, don't get too happy about the breathless headline. The latest national numbers are in for state unemployment rates, and they show Oregon's 12.1 percent unemployment rate is second-worst behind Michigan's 12.6 percent. Oregon's rate also ranks first in the biggest month-to-month jump, leaping 1.4 percentage points from February to March. The gory details are right here. A happy alternative ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2009 HANK STERN

Mark Woolley Gallery to Close May 30

After 15 years in business, the Mark Woolley Gallery will close on May 30th, after a final group show. The gallery becomes the third major Portland gallery to close this year, after Quality Pictures foundered in January and Pulliam Deffenbaugh's directors announced in March they were ending their longtime run and restructuring into a new gallery to be called The Pulliam Gallery. For his part, Woolley ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Future of McCormick & Schmick flagship outpost uncertain.

What's goin' on with McCormick & Schmick? Former WW staffer and gossip maven about town Byron Beck reported on his blog Wednesday afternoon that the Portland-based seafood empire will close its big First Avenue and Oak Street location on Thursday. M&S also owns downtown staples Jake's Famous Crawfish and Jake's Grill. Beck writes: UNHAPPIEST HOUR: I've just heard that Thursday, April 9, will ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Recession Hits This Local Drinking Hole: Drink Prices Up, Staff Makes Sacrifice, but NO Short Pours (Thank God)

The economic crisis has finally hit where it counts: at the bar. In one of the more honest — but depressing — signs of the recession, my local dive, The Standard, just off of East Burnside, has these signs (PDF) posted on its bathroom doors this week. The signs describe price increases and a moratorium on bar tabs — "even for our most reliable customers." In a heroic ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Small Business Owners Unite

Portland has always taken pride in its support of small, locally owned businesses; it has become part of our identity as a city, and our ideology as a region. But despite the support Portland business get from the local populace, no one is immune to the current economic climate. This Monday at Portland's SHOP Symposium/09, small business owners will have a chance to meet other business owners ...   More
Thursday, April 2, 2009 Ryan Fleming

Shuttered Portland: A Photo Contest to Illustrate the Rose City's Recession

The recession hitting Oregon and the rest of the country is easy to quantify, and the numbers tell a grim story. What they don't show is how Oregonians—and Portlanders, in particular—are coping with those changes or how those figures are reshaping their lives, families and neighborhoods. Which is where you come in, dear reader. Contest description after the jump. Are you playing ...   More
Friday, April 3, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

The "Happiness" Index: Oregon Isn't

[youtube r5uaB5MDe_8&] Another day, another survey. And sorry to risk ruining this sunny April day, but this analysis channeling household income, debt, employment and foreclosures puts Oregon so dead last among the 50 states that we're 51st (the survey includes Washington DC). One cautionary note from my own brief experience driving through Nebraska in the winter: There's no way those folks ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 HANK STERN

One Lifeline In a Bad Economy

What a difference a year makes. Last year, SHOP Symposium started as a way for local small business owners to meet and showcase their various specialties. This past Monday, the second annual event became a chance instead for small businesses to rally and help each other out with tips and tricks on surviving the current recession. “It began as a showcase to benefit local businesses, ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Ryan Fleming

Need a Job? Sage is Hiring

Sage Hospitality is holding a job fair for the hotel chain's latest property, "The Courtyard by Marriott—Portland City Center" and its attached restaurant, "The Original," this Saturday, April 11, 9 am-5 pm in the ballroom of The Nines Hotel at 525 SW Morrison Street. Sage has not announced the exact number of positions it is seeking to fill. From the press release: Portland's newest Courtyard ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

I Seem to Have Started a Fashion Trend in New York Media

The May 18 issue of New York Magazine looks kinda familiar, doesn't it? Remember this cover we ran on December 3? The difference, of course, is that New York's cover is an illustration--Bloomberg isn't known for his willingness to pose nude—while ours is straight-up documentary footage. It was chilly inside that barrel, let me tell you. I don't think for a moment that New York is ripping ...   More
Friday, May 22, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE


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