FB Friday Fiver winner!

Anna Petruolo of Vancouver has won $5 at Woody’s Tacos in Vancouver Marketplace courtesy of Tula Design, the awesome designer of many of our publications here at North Bank Magazine and company! Tula Design is a regional full-service graphic design studio and a long-time supporter of business in Vancouver.

Want to bring new customers to your store? Email me at about participating in the FB Friday Fiver giveaway!


Yet another Facebook Friday Fiver Winner!

Des Standfill won $5 to spend at Je T’aime Bakery at 2413 Main Street in Vancouver on Dec. 4 in North Bank’s weekly Facebook Friday Fiver contest.

Je T’aime is a European-style bakery and patisserie offering pastries, soups, sandwiches, breakfast fare and desserts. Walk up to the counter hungry and walk away happy. 🙂

Want to bring new customers to your store? Email me about participating in the FB Friday Fiver giveaway!


First Facebook Friday Fiver Winner!

Vancouver resident and local shopper Sunrise O’Mahoney won the Dec. 3 Facebook Friday Fiver donated by Mint Tea Imports! Mint Tea is located at 2014 Main St. in Vancouver, and features a bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a variety of local, fair trade, organic and imported goods. Find them online at or call 360-699-4991.

Facebook Friday Fiver gives one lucky shopper $5 to spend at a local merchant every week. Follow North Bank Now for a local trivia question every Friday morning. Merchants, have a Fiver to give away? Email me at today!


Ghosts, goblins, ghouls and green

Vancouver Green Drinks’ second annual Halloween party is coming up on Friday Oct. 29 at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. It starts at 6:30 p.m., and you could win a prize for best costume! Green Drinks meets the second Tuesday of every month at a different location, with brief introductions starting at 6 p.m. Email for more info.

Remember, ghouls are green, too!


Kiggins getting restored

A group of volunteers and artists/interested people are helping restore the historic Kiggins Theater on Main Street in Vancouver.

Watch the blog for updates on the demo and restoration and also to find out when volunteer opportunities are coming up. AND, if you are so inclined, take the poll on the right hand side of the page, which will help shape the future of the beloved venue.

PS: This photo is by Cara Cottingham. Thanks, Cara, for letting us know, and for all the great work happening.


Coop du Jour: tomorrow!!!

(This post is taken from the beautiful and well written Coop du Jour website.)

The inaugural uptown tour of chicken coops in downtown Vancouver neighborhoods, organized by community members that believe in the positive impact local sustainable food sources have on our health, community, and environment, is an opportunity for participants to gain valuable insight and inspiration from experienced coop owners.

The first ever self-guided tour of urban poultry coops in the downtown Vancouver area is set to kick off Saturday afternoon on the 17th of July from 12 to 4 p.m. (more…)

Lincoln’s Gallery is fresh and laid back

lincolnsgalleryBy Jessica Swanson
Photo by Todd Gunderson

Last September, an art gallery Vancouver was looking for opened on West Ninth Street. Lincoln’s Gallery, born by local alternative folk band Lincoln’s Beard, is fresh and laid back. You won’t find framing or art supplies here – you may not even find the doors open, but when they are, feel free to sit on the couch, nurse a bottle of water and soak up the Renaissance aesthetic of its owners, Tyler Morgan, Kris Chrisopulos and Dwayne Spence.

Kris is an art teacher at Prairie High School, while Tyler teaches history in Camas. Dwayne is long a music promoter in the Vancouver area and an artist who has shown in other venues. In the band, Tyler plays trumpet, keys, glockenspiel, mandolin and sings; Kris plays guitar and sings; and Dwayne plays bass, banjo and sings back-up. The band has one full-length record, Our American Cousin, and will soon be releasing another.

“There aren’t too many relationships you have where you can do something like this,” said Tyler.

Tyler and Kris have no experience running a gallery and say they had no loftier intentions than creating a space where they could play, practice and hang friends’ art, as well as their own. But they are already booking months out and have shown local artists such as Reid Trevarthen, Selfless Creations, Anni Becker, Mitch Tarbutton and James Jacob. While Tyler said most of the off-the-street inquiries are about the coin shop next door, the first opening was shoulder-to-shoulder people. The band plays at each opening and uses the space primarily to practice.

Kris said the concept for the gallery came together organically, and stays together because people keep supporting them. He said it was something “I’d like to see in the place where I live.”

Artists and friends sometimes volunteer to keep open hours for the gallery – otherwise it’s open on First Fridays, other Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

The gallery fronts a space leased by fellow artist Brian Ripp, owner of Divergent Clothing.

“Brian has been a great influence,” said Kris, who collaborates with him on artwork. Kris said running a gallery and working with other artists inspires him to stay in the studio.

“From the art standpoint, I have produced more art than I ever have,” said Kris. And he added, “if somebody backs out, it’s up to you to fill the wall.”

Lincoln’s Gallery
106/108 W. Ninth St., Vancouver

Whoa. First Friday madness

05.05.2010 The West Vancouver Art situation has never been more enticing. This Friday, May 7, marks the grand opening of The Space Art Collective and Tryckpress Galleri, Guerrilla Gallery’s first First Friday and the opening of the second season of Craft in the Village. Check out Lincoln’s Beard at Lincoln’s Gallery; The Shivas, We Play Quiet, Padraic Finbar Hagerty Hammond and Oigen at Guerrilla; Auxillary, Glitter Zombie, Briz and This Infernal Machine at The Space, plus drum circle and poetry. Downtown, find Angst Gallery, Gallery 21, Art on the Boulevard, Firehouse Glass (which is now doing their open houses on Saturday afternoons, but will still be open on First Fridays), Sixth Street Gallery and North Bank Gallery. And on 4th Plain and Esther, The Stray.

And I know, the art shouldn’t take a backseat to the action. But the action? Well, that’s what’s new.

Find it all, obviously, on your friendly local social networking system.


Guerrilla art opening

Guerrilla Gallery is opening to the public with an evening of art and music in the space over Rosemary Cafe (1001 Main Street) in Vancouver. Check out abstract, neo-contemporary and graf-inspired art by voidc, drop, ecru and atoms. Julio Appling opens with a set of solo upright bass at 8 p.m., and North Next Entertainment crew features DJ Wels, Level Headed, Skeptikal and Mac Smiff from 9 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. Drinks available with ID.

So many new art spaces, so much awesomeness.



Muffin’s Meals

Local chef Muffin Batiste has started the new venture Muffin’s Meals. There are several entrees and salads to choose from each week, which Muffin prepares and delivers — you cook or microwave the dinner and unwrap the salad. The menus feature a variety of meats and vegetarian options, and frankly, look delicious.

The meals will cost you about what you’d pay in a restaurant — but quantity deals are available.

Also, Muffin is rocking Valentine’s Day for $35 a person. One of the lover’s eve dinners, for example, is mustard crusted rack of lamb with Kalamata olive risotto and seasonal vegetables. All entrees are served with artisan bread, sweet butter, chocolate mousse and cookies.


PS- I’ve had Muffin’s food, and it is delish. So email her at for full details on menus, prices and availability.

Northwest Shirts opens retail space

Maker of iconic Northwest-and-other themed t-shirts Chris Stevens is celebrating the grand opening of his new retail store and printshop at 807 Grand Blvd. in Vancouver on Dec. 5. Northwest Shirts will be open from 11-6 on Saturday for shopping and free coffee from local roasters Paper Tiger and in the evening from 7-10 for beers and music.

Help Chris end shirtlessness (and support other local artists and crafters, too!)-


Get some culture

11.27.09 Students from the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSUV are staging a tribute to the late Northwest poet and author Richard Brautigan on Friday, Dec. 4. The evening of poetry, performance and digital art will be held at 7 p.m. in the Administration building’s Tower Room (110). DTC professor John Barber is a leading Brautigan scholar and is working with the Clark County Historical Museum to make Vancouver the center of Brautigan research in the United States.

Go here for more and directions.

It all sounds just crazy enough to be fantastic-


Love Lincoln’s Gallery

Lincoln's Gallery Blog Post

If you haven’t been to Lincoln’s Gallery yet, go. there. now. Just what downtown needs, it is a mellow spot with creations from Reid Trevarthan, and, this month, longboards from Kevin Bay and Ken Hann of Selfless Creations. Located at 106/108 W. 9th St., the gallery fronts div., a clothing and design shop (which was closed when I was there, so sorry if I am a little uninformed about it). The place is owned by the men of Vancouver alt-folk band Lincoln’s Beard. The band plays on Frist Friday, so go check it out then. As for me, the minute I walked in, I just wanted to grab a coffee and hang out on the gallery’s couch for the afternoon. Try that. See how it goes.


Celebrate Fall Harvest with Vancouver Food Co-op

The Vancouver Food Co-op is celebrating the Fall Harvest on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vancouver Marketplace on Columbia and Evergreen. The event will be catered by Woody’s Tacos, featuring appetizers and desserts made from ingredients grown by local farms (and you can bet when the VFC is doing it, that’s LOCAL farms, not the tri-state area).

The Co-op will be unveiling its new logo, designed by Vancouver’s Tribe2 Graphic Design and Creative Services, the same folks responsible for the Turtle Place mural, and talking about store opening plans. Bluegrass band The Grey Sky Boys will play.

The event is FREE, so don’t miss it. My only regret is posting this so late!


Grow the YWCA Community Garden

A reminder from my e-pal Glenn Grossman — thanks Glenn!

There are only 15 days left in the Umpqua Bank Click 4A Cause contest and the YWCA Community Garden project has fallen from a commanding lead to trailing by over 1000 points. If they win this contest, they’ll get $15,000 to devote to their project and they need your help TODAY. You can vote once per week, so that means you still have time to get a couple of votes in. Please click on the link, cast your vote, and help the fantastic folks at the YWCA win some serious money to help them with their community garden project!

I voted today! Woot!