I am so fortunate to have people in my life who inspire me. Michael and Lynn Madigan, the owners of KitchenCru and now The Bowery, are dear people who have provided me with so many opportunities to spread my wings and just design. (Previous collaborations include interior design for KitchenCru.)
Here are pictures of the latest venture we worked on together. The space provides a quietly vintage yet modern setting (if I do say so myself) to sell their hyper-local products. They are produced by in house as well as by the clients of KitchenCru. You absolutely must try the bagels and all of the other treats they have. You will be back and perhaps you too will be inspired—at the very least you will be well fed.
BEST. BAGELS. EVER. The end.
Seriously, stay tuned for the newest bagel shop in town coming in mid June. Check out the story in Portland Monthly to learn a little more and to learn how you can get these bagels for (1 buck!) even before the shop is open. I am lucky enough to have the owners of this new shop as friends and clients. Last year they opened KitchenCru and CorksCru which you can see more of on my blog. And this year it’s Bowery Bagels and MarketCru. I love my job! I get to work with the greatest clients and eat some damn good bagels!
Waiting in inhale! Waiting in line doesn’t completely suck when it’s so beautiful outside. The Clinton neighborhood is so cute! Broder is a great cafe and we are starving!
We all should have a place where we go and everyone knows your name. My husband and I have that place in our neighborhood, Kay’s Bar and Grill on the corner of SE Bybee and Milwaukie. We had the honor of being included in a mural painted by Jeffrey Wade, one of the amazing bartenders at Kay’s. So, if you want to explore a great neighborhood and pop into a bar that has sweet potato tater tots (serious yum!), great beers, a great crowd AND to see a fun mural, Kay’s is where it’s at.
I love chick-chats! Produce Row on 3rd and Oak in Portland provides awesome lounging for meeting up with friends and business associates alike. These shots were taken from the living room part of this newly renovated, long time Portland establishment. The night started off catching up with Joe Ness of Quadrant Systems, (clearly not a chick, that came later). If you need expert care for the design and installation of your an audio/video system check out their web site then give Joe a call.
Then my girls showed up (insert chick-chat) and we held court in those comfy old sofas a chairs for hours. The service was awesome, the food and drink were tasty, they have 28 beers on tap by the way. We talked non-stop and we’ll be back again soon to take in the perfectly re-done interior and the fabulous nachos! If you haven’t been to Produce Row yet or for a while put it on the list and go!
In the sweetly, cool Mt. Tabor neighborhood in Portland, OR lies a former pharmacy that is now a sweet little pub called Caldera Public House and it serves some amazing food and drinks. Clearly there will be a theme this week with my posts. It’s Spring Break and we are imbibing for sure! All the food that came out looked amazing, big and yummy, especially the fish and chips. My east coast husband was drooling over those. The beer selection is well varied with a nice selection of IPA’s. The gals behind the bar were so nice. The ambiance was warm and pubby. Pubby is a new word, write it down. :-)
Perfection is the first day of spring, sunshine finally for the love of Peter, Paul and Mary!, hanging out with my husband, a week of vacation ahead of us and listening to Lloyd Jones crank out some blues at a neighborhood pub, the Muddy Rudder in Portland, Oregon. He sang a song that I have added to the list of what’s to be played at my memorial along with “Don’t Worry Be Happy” it’s Elizabeth Cotton’s “You’ll miss me when I’m Gone”. Perfection.