Celebrity guide to Portland

The best way to tour any town? Talk to a local.

15706574204_14f9512c7b_kPortland designer Michelle Lesniak took home the Project Runway crown in season 11.
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Jack Jewsbury

Portland crushes hard on its beloved Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, the Timbers. Legions of diehards (known as the Timbers Army) pack the stands singing and chanting and making home games a hoot. And why not? The Timbers are the best in the league, capturing their first-ever championship in 2015. Midfielder Jack Jewsbury, one of only five players to have been on the team since its inaugural 2011 MLS season, talks about his favorite spots in the city.

Best places for outdoor activities?

“With two young girls, we seem to always find ourselves at different parks around town. our favorite during the summer is George Rogers Park. They have a new playground area for the little ones, and you can also head down to what our kids call the “beach” and let them play in the river.”

Favorite local spot for new workout gear?

“Since I am sponsored by Nike, that is where I get all my workout gear – but even more importantly, all my golf gear!”

Best place to go after a game and celebrate?

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is our go-top spot after day games. They have a ton of things to keep the kids busy while the adults are able to enjoy some good food and beer.”

Best place in town for a date night?

“My wife and I are both big fans of sushi, so many date nights start at Bamboo Sushi. Typically, we have a few Green Machine rolls and then head to Salt & Straw. I always sample a new flavor, but usually stick to my standard half-snickerdoodle and half-almond brittle.”

Your favorite place in the area right now?

“As an avid golfer I am super excited about Topgolf (opening summer 2016). From what I have heard, it’s like mixing bowling and darts, but for golf! Should be a fun new spot whether you are a golfer or not.”

Michelle Lesniak

Self-taught clothing designer Michelle Lesniak took the Project Runway crown in season 11, catapulting her to the upper echelon of Portland’s fashion scene. Lesniak churns out two collection a year from her Southeast Portland studio and shows her designs worldwide. Here are her picks for fashion-loving visitors.

Favorite local place to shop?

“My go-to area is Hawthorne. I park at one end, lollygag up one side and then cross and do the other. Altar is a favorite local spot to find in-house-designed clothing, local bad-ass jewelry and alternative-chic perfume.”

What other local designer would you let dress you?

Alexa Stark. Holy cow. She has a take on classic silhouettes that you can’t find anywhere else, which also translates to many body types and ages.”

Where do you go for accessories?

“I am a jewelry freak and I get lots of my local designer baubles at Rock & Rose. Plus, they carry Wolf-Child t-shirts which I cannot live without.”

Favorite spot in town to people-watch?

Pioneer Courthouse Square, the heart of downtown. I like to park myself on the square with a snack and some brilliant locally roasted coffee and let the television show of style march by.”

Where do you go to put together a costume?

“Nonprofit creative reuse store SCRAP. Where else can one find enough oddities that would have ended up in a landfill to turn into a 10-foot, 100-eyeballed creature?”

What’s the one thing a fashion lover must do in Portland?

“Find the local designers. Each area of PDX has boutiques filled with locally made, locally designed fashion. Pick a neighborhood and spend the day finding your Portland style.”

Gregory Gourdet

When Top Chef finalist, Portland style icon, ultrarunner and healthy-eating advocate Gregory Gourdet isn’t cooking up some of the city’s hottest pan-Asian dishes at penthouse restaurant Departure, he’s out living the ultimate Portland lifestyle. here, he lets us in on his favorite places around town.

First place you take out-of-towners?

Pok Pok! They’ve got the best wings in the world, and it really tells the story of finding your niche and making it in Portland. Chef Andy Ricker is one of our culinary greats – he followed a passion and now we all benefit.”

Best place to get the “Portland” look?

“Mike Templeton of Manly & Sons Barber Co. is the man for those sharp and classic, modern cuts.”

Your must-visit farmers market?

“The Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University is the go-to. It’s the biggest concentration of farmers and makers – and there’s tons of great food to eat right there!”

Favorite place to indulge in something sweet?

I love the coconut milk ice cream shakes and ice cream in gluten-free cones at Back to Eden.”

Where do you take visitors for a drop-in workout?

“The short, high-intensity team workouts at CrossFit Portland kick my butt every time. The classes at I am Yoga are great and therapeutic for anyone.”

What about a post-workout snack?

“I love the juices, protein shakes and fruit bowls at Kure Juice Bar. Delicious blends of organic fruits and vegetables make for the best recharge.”


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