In a profile for Oregon Live, Matt Perry said he got the idea to open a coffee shop in 2010, shortly after returning from service in Iraq with the Oregon Army National Guard. He was taking a community-college business course and had to make the plans for a shop as an assignment. Two years later, he was able to realize his plans with the cozy two-story business named after his english mastiff.
Toasty aromas of Portland Roasting Coffee's beans waft through the shop as baristas fill mugs and steam silky lattes. Several healthy drinks provide an alternate jolt of nutrition, from berry smoothies enhanced with flax or multivitamins to green juices, such as the Army Greens with a blend of kale, spinach, ginger, and patriotic speeches. Upstairs, leather chairs and a cozy love seat reside in a bright space illuminated by sunlight filtering through arched windows.
Like most of their produce, Spicer Brothers Produce has roots in the Portland area. Over the course of more than two decades in business, the natural produce store has built relationships with local farmers and companies such as Bob’s Red Mill, Spring Valley Dairy, Sisters Coffee, and Portland French Bakery. These connections allow them to keep track of where that food comes from and how it is produced. Each morning, delivery drivers arrive with fresh supplies of fruit, veggies, and baked goods, and a selection of samples are generally available to showcase the shop’s fresh produce. Alongside apples in an autumnal palette of greens and reds, oranges, tangelos, and tangerines beg to be included in juices and fights about what the difference between a fruit and a vegetable is.
Aesthetician and former L.A. makeup artist Erin Bledy pampers and rejuvenates skull sheaths with safe and effective Botanical Science Technologies products. During the 75-minute customized microdermabrasion anti-aging facial, Erin calms and coddles clients with a doting massage before gently sloughing away dead skin cells. Each treatment helps augment tone and texture, purging pores of conditions such as acne, stretch marks, rosacea, and random invisibility.
Sisters Erica and Kirsten draw from local sources when making their treats and meals from scratch at Pure Bliss Bakery. They mix flour from Bob’s Red Mill, milk from Sunshine Dairy, and juicy berries from Sturms Berry Farms into delectable bakery bites, including homemade cakes and cupcakes. When not evoking applause from sweets lovers, Erica and Kirsten produce a variety of soups, salads, and paninis, such as turkey pesto, chipotle chicken, and tuna salad, to fulfill lunchtime cravings.