WORKSHOP Portland tote-maker Chester Wallace and Eugene heritage clothier Archival both love USA-milled textiles and British military-grade webbing. The pair’s stylish, sturdy bags come in ma- chine-safe “Wash Me” (pictured) and sponge-cleaned “Wax Me” versions. archivalclothing.com
SWEATHERE A machine-free gym? At Elemental Fitness Lab off N Williams Avenue, clients work with light gear like kettlebells and monkey bars. “Space is our most important equipment,” says Christopher Bathke.
3 of 6
NIGHTSTAND Two naturalistic summer reads from Oregon State University Press: Ron Strickland’s Pathfinder ($20) is a garrulous history of the Pacific Northwest Trail; in The Thunder Tree ($19) Robert Michael Pyle pays tribute to vacant lots, canals, and other scruffy "urban wildland."
BAND OF THEMINUTE Rough mixes from Spy Island’s forthcoming third LP, New Milesian Kings, suggests both raucous-but-melodic, brainy-but-bare-knuckled indie rock and slower, more atmospheric acoustic tracks.
EATTHIS Scott Bell, cofounder of North Portland’s Albina City Nuts, once worked at a cheese counter. “All the nuts we sold were from Spain or Turkey,” he says. “I needed to do something.” ACN’s Willamette Valley-grown sweet-and-salty hazelnuts now make a fine locavore bar snack.
BIGIDEA "When anyone unplugs their laptop, the cord falls off the table," says Portland’s Hayden Hamilton, who collaborated with designer Graeme Wagoner-Lynch to create Pinza. The stainless steel cylinder allows users to adjust length and slack while anchoring unruly cords to tabletops. Eureka!