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Stephanie Sparkman

Consigning Women written by Tanis Logan-Morris | photographed by Tim Sugden Coco Chanel famously said, “A woman should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Aiding the women of Portland in this continuous quest is Stephanie Sparkman’s first class boutique, Consigning Women. Tucked into a cheerful space at 412 NW 11th Avenue, in the heart of […]

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Katie Harman: Oregon’s Miss America

From Wartime Miss America To Now Singer, performer, entrepreneur, mom The underbelly of beauty pageants is so well exposed by now, treading over the trouble almost seems like a cheap shot. Especially when you’re talking with Oregon’s only Miss America winner, Katie Harman. Harman is so serious about the potential of the Miss America pageant […]

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Briana Borten: The Art of Relaxation

As the owner of one of Portland’s more recognized day spas and wellness centers, Briana Borton demonstrates that it is possible to blend business success with a healthy lifestyle. Not a typical businesswoman, Briana comes from an artistic background. When you walk into The Dragontree Spa, you see her artist’s touch everywhere, in every detail. And whether you’re meeting Briana for the first time or walking into one of The Dragontree’s two locations, you will instantly feel at ease.
One of the keys to Briana’s success is her strong committed purpose and passion for her business. Being a successful entrepreneur also takes an outstanding support system. Briana has that with her husband, parents, family members, friends, staff, and mentors. Her parents and her life experiences have helped to shape her vision, strength of will, and determination. Further, all of her hard work has led her to become a model for the community. For the past year, Briana has had the honor of serving as President of the Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon.

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Fall Fashion Favors the Bold

Runway fashion is never for the faint of heart. Translating the hottest looks from catwalk to sidewalk is a trick for even the most seasoned fashion veterans. This year, fall’s trends are especially over-the-top, but after too many seasons of reinterpreted classics and minimal silhouettes, we’re more than ready to cast aside our classics in favor of a new order. This is not the time for shrinking violets or shy wallflowers. No, this season, fashion favors the bold.

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Kevin Carroll – Daredevil for Social Change

Nike invented a job for Kevin Carroll called The Katalyst (the “K” is for Kevin) to serve as an agent for creative change and to add value to the overall mission of the Nike brand. Kevin has travelled the world to promote play as a means of maximizing human potential and creating social change. Nike invented a job for Kevin Carroll called The Katalyst (the “K” is for Kevin) to serve as an agent for creative change and to add value to the overall mission of the Nike brand. Kevin has travelled the world to promote play as a means of maximizing human potential and creating social change. This might seem a tad idealistic until you see his resume. He speaks 5 languages including Croatian, Czech, Serbian and German. He went from being a high school athletic trainer, to a college athletic trainer, to the athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in just 5 years. His words have appeared on over 17 million Starbucks coffee cups. He has addressed the United Nations on the importance of play in developing countries. He is the author of 3 highly successful books published by ESPN Books, Disney Press and McGraw Hill–most notably the Rules of the Red Rubber Ball.

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Dan Straub – Constructing Flavor

Taste is everything to Dan Straub, chef and owner of the neighborhood restaurant, Soluna Grill, on NE Fremont in Portland’s Beaumont Village. Dan’s journey is a long and winding one that began in his parents’ kitchen and flowed through the teachings of various chefs on a myriad of cuisines. Dan is one of the most well-rounded and friendly chefs that you will encounter. He can cook up almost anything with ease, and you’ll know what Dan craves when you see it on the menu at Soluna Grill.

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Steve Jones – the Cheese Guy

Cuisine culture runs deep in Portland, but there are few people as connected to it as Steve Jones. His retail operation and kitchen, the Cheese Bar, has provided him with the opportunity to showcase his theatrical knowledge of cheese with essential pairings of meat, bread, beer and wine. Surely, it’s one of Mt. Tabor’s signature spots. It’s the go-to place in Portland to buy a hunk, or ten, of whatever satisfies your cheese craving. After all, that’s what many of Portland’s best chefs do. Anyone who visits Portland’s best restaurants can’t avoid a “Steve’s Cheese Plate” on menus or specials boards.

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