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DRINK THIS Three University of Oregon pals started making mead in a Eugene warehouse last year. Their new Blue Dog label now brings the Viking-esque (but delicate!) honey drink to Portland taverns. “We’re guys in college,” says Chase Drum. “Starting an alcohol ?company wasn’t a stretch.” bluedogmead.com —Emily Wilson

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Courtesy: Bobby Abrahamson

CITY LIFE Photojournalist Bobby Abrahamson combined Type 55 Polaroid film—the “holy grail of Polaroid,” he says, because it produces a quality, large-format negative—with his desire to get to know his adopted town. “I moved to Portland in ’05,” the Atlanta native says, “and wanted to get closer to people and ground myself in the city.” This month his North Portland Polaroids feature in a Blue Sky Gallery show and a limited-edition book from Ampersand. bobbyabrahamson.com

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Courtesy: Emily Christensen

WEAR THIS Emily Christensen’s Filly clothing blends sexy, demure, rustic, and modern. “I look for the simplest expression of the most complex idea,” she says. “As with any modern design, it’s about paring it down.” fillydesigns.com

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Courtesy: Sasquatch Books

BOOK + BANDS Former Willamette Week music editor Mark Baumgarten explores the history of the Olympia music scene in Love Rock Revolution (Sasquatch Books, $18). After a July 12 reading at Powell’s, a tribute show at Valentine’s features Clea Partridge and others.

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Courtesy: Kristen Moore

EXPORT Kirsten Moore started making garters 13 years ago after stumbling on some 1920s designs and realizing that modern versions were “cheap and ugly.” More than 1,600 individually numbered garters later, her Piper Ewan line sells on both coasts and is on its way to England. piperewan.com

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EXPORT The Wilsonville-based company Sol Republic pursues a youthful market with its high-quality, comparatively low-cost (starting at about $100) headphones, designed with an assist from San Francisco’s acclaimed Astro Studios. solrepublic.com

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