“We focus on all of our individual students, not just our competitors,” said instructor Jeff Patterson when describing what sets Northwest Fighting Arts apart from other gyms. At Northwest, students can take any of the gym’s classes or customize a package to suit their needs. Instructors specialize in popular martial-arts forms such as muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and boxing, and they also offer harder-to-find styles such as jeet kune do and kali/eskrima. Though martial-arts classes themselves can provide an intense workout, Northwest Fighting Arts also has strictly fitness classes such as interval training and circuit training.
InFARMation events feature guest speakers discussing topics ranging from community-supported agriculture to sustainable living in the 21st century and the upcoming federal farm bill. A question-and-answer session and group discussion follow each speaker’s presentation. To continue its work without grant funding, FOFF plans to establish a fund to support continued monthly InFARMation (and Beer!) sessions. This particular campaign will cover costs relating to production, rental, and speakers for one event.
Aoede Pando is no stranger to discomfort. After undergoing multiple surgeries on her hip and knee, she turned to massage therapy as a way to relieve pain and maintain her body’s structural balance. Aoede now brings that same relief to clients at Sweet Phoenix Massage Therapy, where she uses customized strokes and coconut oil to unwind knotted muscles.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue massage and treatment of injuries
Products Used: Vegan only
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: All bodies and all genders are welcome.
The drivers of Portland Rose Pedals Pedicab coordinate tours and eco-friendly transportation for Portland’s pedestrians. Their cycles wind along waterfront pathways and glide past traffic jams on designated bike lanes. Romantic waterfront tours are a humane alternative to horse-drawn carriage rides, and brewery tours are a more expedient alternative to the crawl.