Wage Wars: The Battle for a Higher Minimum Wage

Even businesses that support a higher minimum wage worry about a rush to raise it to $13 an hour.

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Laurelhurst Cafe has become a popular hangout in the heart of Portland’s bleeding heart. The café—with its corrugated metal and orange trim façade—sits at East Burnside Street and Northeast    More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

Switch Hitter

Big Business borrows Big Labor’s political brain.

No political advocacy group in the state has enjoyed greater success than Our Oregon in recent years. In 2010, Our Oregon engineered the passage of Measures 66 and 67, two income-tax hikes that bucke   More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Has Stumptown Coffee Been Sold?


Food & Drink
Twitter is blowing up in the wake of a post on Esquire magazine's website, written by coffee importer and critic Todd Carmichael, alleging that Stumptown Coffee Roasters has been sold "to the highest bidder.""So what will become of culinary coffee's nemesis, Stumptown, now that it's a big-money "brand" — even if its founder does remain as frontman?" Carmichael wrote. "Will it continue its role ...   More
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Naked Damages

A lawsuit alleges dirty tricks in the “lingerie shop” trade.

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A contract dispute over a downtown nude-dancing parlor has led to allegations against the owner of several Portland-area erotic shops. Centerfold Suites, on the third floor above Dante’s    More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Dirt Under the Nails

A beauty trend Oregon tax collectors dislike.

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It often seems that the only thing more common than coffee shops on Portland street corners are neighborhood nail salons. It’s a domain of manicures, pedicures and shellac, and it’s populated by   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Douchebags Not Allowed

Southwest Ankeny street says yes to cool and no to cars.

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Dustin Knox’s bar on Southwest Ankeny Street has seven rules posted at the door. Find a seat or leave. No hitting on strangers. No fights. No drunks served. One at a time in the bathroom. Don’t   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


The story of Powell’s layoffs, according to affected workers.

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Powell’s Books employee Sheila Ashdown said her heart started pounding when she got the email last week from her employer announcing plans to lay off 31 workers. “People were depressed, teary-   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

A Plan For A-Boy

You may have seen the TV ads recently: Local plumbing and electric store A-Boy Supply is closing four of its six locations at the end of this month. But one of the company owners and the president of A-Boy Supply, Dan Dolan, said today that he is working to buy back three of the four stores that are closing in Tigard as well as in Northwest and Southeast Portland. (An A-Boy employee plans to ...   More
Monday, June 15, 2009 Katie Litvin

Vote Today: Two Portland Businesses Honored for Social Impact

Back in December, we named local businesswoman and sustainability maven Sattie Clark as a Portlander to watch in 2010. Turns out Business Week agrees. The magazine has named Clark's company and another Portland business among 26 of "America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs." Eleek, the company Clark runs with her husband Eric Kaster, builds sustainable custom-designed lighting and other ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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