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Local Designers Wearable Art

Sisters Inspires Us to Think Creatively

On the Shopping Trail with OSU Students

The Happiness Quotient

Why Bend?

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BFQ Contents

Spring 2016


10 Contributors

24 Forces of Fashion

The Gorgeous Team

13 from the publisher

34 Style Feature Cowgirl Cash

14 Boutique Spotlight

36 Locals of Note

Local Joe

Sisters Inspires Us to Think Creatively

18 Trends

46 On The Shopping Trail

Leading into Spring

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BFQ Contents 54 Local Designers Wearable Art

62 Decorated and Designed Veronique Waldron’s Interior Design

64 featuring The Atrium 66 Stunning Furniture OF Robert SEliger



68 Happiness Quotient Why Move to Bend? LOCAL DESIGNERS

76 Black and White Feature

Wearable Art

SISTERS INSPIRES US to Think Creatively



On the Rink

Why Bend?

On the Cover:



82 Brave Women Are you Scrappy?

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BFQ Contents 98 Women Entrepreneurs Five Women, Five start ups

104 Nutrition Bean, Pea & the Pumpkin

106 Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Highlights SARAH & HER FASHION FORWARD DAUGHTERS FOR BRAVE PAGE 82

92 Beauty & Health

108 Fitness Active Wear BY OISELLE

What’s New in Lasers?

111 Advertisers

96 Community

112 Backflip

Cascade Women’s Expo

What are you Wearing?

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Charlie Thiel is a dad, husband, friend, photographer, filmmaker, actor, skier, snowboarder and all around doer of things. He and his family moved to Bend from Charleston, South Carolina just over a year ago, and they are now kombucha sipping, beer drinking, Bachelor riding Bendites. Since he can’t escape his photography addiction, he brought his photography business to Bend as well. and on instagram at charliephotobend. Multi-Award winning and internationally published photographer Maria Fernanda Bay specializes in fine art portraiture and storytelling photography. Originally from Arequipa, Peru, Maria has a real passion for creating unique and beautiful images of people. Since 2010, when she started CasaBay Photography, she has lived and worked in Perú, various cities in the U.S. (Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts and Oregon), China and Ukraine. Maria prides herself in being able to create distinctive images that capture the personality of her subjects while maintaining a steady production of high-quality photography on location as well as in studio. As a native of Eugene, Oregon, Caitlin Jarvis grew up celebrating art and natural beauty. During her teenage years, this ingrained disposition led her to begin exploring the world through the lens of photography—a craft which she continued to hone through the years. Now a resident of Bend, she still uses photography as her creative outlet, spending her free time capturing the eccentric people and dramatic landscapes of Oregon. Tori Youngbauer, originally from central Pennsylvania, is the Art Director at Cascade Publications. She has a bachelor of arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Willamette University. Tori has worked as a studio assistant to several artists, where she built and managed artist portfolios and websites in order to establish an online home for their artwork. When she has time, Tori enjoys creating art of her own. Kalea Aguon is the online communications/ production assistant Cascade Publications. She is responsible for designing ads and running the website for Bend Fashion Quarterly. She has a bachelors in communications and political science from the University of Miami. She is also the marketing director, event coordinator and part of the ownership of White Water Taphouse.

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CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Albrich is a local event planner and founder of the annual Cascade Women’s Expo. Realizing that events can be more than just a pretty room with good food, Amanda is known for her reputation of creating warm, personalized event experiences with style and elegance. Amanda sees events as a blank canvas to fill with her client’s personality and dreams. Amanda is a member of many organizations and causes, she stays on top of industry trends by regularly working with industry leaders in event-related fields. In her free time, she can be found hiking the butte, riding horses and spending time with her family and friends. Madelynn Bowers is an editorial intern for Cascade Publications. A Central Oregon native, she currently attends Bend Senior High School, where she is pursuing an international baccalaureate diploma. Madelynn enjoys learning and writing, and feels most at home in the great outdoors, exploring the world around her. Krystal Marie Collins is the Marketing Manager for Bend Fashion Quarterly and a writer/photographer for Cascade Business News and Cascade A&E. She has a masters of science in geosciences from Mississippi State University. Although originally from Portland, Krystal has ventured to many corners of the world in order to document unique ecosystems and lifestyles. Born and raised in Burbank, California, Robyn Cochran-Ragland attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena earning a bachelor of arts degree in fashion illustration in 1983. She worked as a graphic artist and designer in the packaging and movie advertising for the next 22 years. Robyn moved to Central Oregon in semiretirement to pursue figure drawing just for the joy of it. “I am forever pulled to the simplicity and complexity of the human figure. I attempt to capture a pose quickly and fluently. The figure is so personal, so close and I am so very aware of its image. I must work within the confines of the figure again and again. I strive to draw the ideal figure and the perfect mood of the pose while conscientiously trying to create a well-designed work of art.

BEND FASHION QUARTERLY Publisher / Fashion Editor Pamela Hulse Andrews


CPI VP of Marketing Jeff Martin BFQ Marketing Manager Krystal Marie Collins Advertising Executive David Phillips Online Communications Kalea Aguon


Production Director Marcee Hillman Art Director Tori Youngbauer Ad Design Kalea Aguon Content Director Chris Schroeder-Fain Illustrator Robyn Cochran-Ragland


Brave Jennifer Riker Style Tori Youngbauer Women’s Expo Amanda Albrich Furnisture Madelynn Bowers Lasers Kalea Agnon Design Krystal Marie Collins Entrepreneurs Jennifer Clifton


Maria F. Bay Charlie Thiel Caitlin Jarvis Tori Youngbauer Krystal Marie Collins






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Old Mill District Crux Brewery Bend Brewing Company Downtown Sisters Bend Pavilion Ice Rink Jenny Green Gallery Bend Fashion Quarterly (BFQ) is a Bend, Oregon-based magazine, family owned and operated by Pamela Hulse Andrews and Jeff Martin. BFQ is published quarterly: November, February, May, August. Subscriptions are $25 for one year ($30 for out of tri-county). BFQ is a division of Cascade Publications Inc. which also publishes the online and bi-monthly Cascade Business News, monthly Cascade Arts & Entertainment magazine, Book of Lists, Sunriver Magazine, Pacific Crest Guide, Central Oregon Wedding Guide, Premier Builders Exchange. BFQ Headquarters 404 NE Norton, Bend, Oregon 97701 Phone: 541-388-5665 Fax: 541-388-6927 Send press releases/photos to

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FOUNDING SPONSERS BFQ ADVISORY BOARD Amanda Albrich Becky Breeze Steve Buettner Chelsea Callicott Preston Callicott Kit Carmiencke Sue Carrington Lillian Chu Jennifer Clifton Deschutes County Sheds Co. Inc. Nancy Kay Dyer Joey Drucker Lisa Dobey Andie Edmonds Ann Golden Egle Friends of REALMS Carol Gregg Frank Groundwater Sue Hollern Infocus Eye Care Becky Johnson Carol Kelsey Cristy Lanfri Karen Langeland Doug La Placa Courtney Latham Ann Majeski Jesse Martin Jeff Payne Mark & Linda Fricke Quon RDP Group-Windermere Real Estate David Rosell Rubbish Renewed Howard Schor Chris Schroeder-Fain Shannon Segerstrom Brian Shawver Soroptimist International of Bend Scott Steele Don & Susie Stevens Joanne Sunnarborg Sunriver Music Festival Chris Telfer Charlie Thiel Kelly Thiel Marilyn Thoma Cort & Tonya Vaughan Via Lactea: An Opera in Two Acts Visit Bend Jody Ward Jim Whitaker Carol Woodard Kozimor Linda Zivney

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Georell Bracelin / Gb2 Advertising... local marketing agency owner with a life-long love of fashion busy crafting brands, creative strategies and advertising for local and regional businesses.

Jamie Christman / Bend Chamber Director of Governmental Affairs... executive director of Leadership Bend, former television producer and host and a walking local Facebook button.

Jennifer Clifton / Attorney, Lava Love... corporate lawyer with the heart of an entrepreneur, co-owner of local LavaLove; natural line of volcanic clay detox baths, soaps and facial masks.

Jennifer Matthey / Brave... diverse experience as a marketer, writer, producer—spanning entertainment, technology and nonprofits, entrepreneurial venture as coowner of Brave Collective.

Deanne Paik / Roots Salon... entrepreneur, created Deschutes Gallery which specialized in NW Coast Native Art, owner of inspiring Roots Salon.

Maeve Perle / Living a Happier Life... teacher at OSU, life-long learner with a strong work ethic who believes that creating a fun, energetic and collaborative work environment is the key to success and happiness. Chris Schroeder-Fain / Morgan financial industry for 30 years, is currently Vice-President, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley with a focus on women and their financial wellbeing and has facilitated for Opportunity Knocks, speaks nationally for her industry and served as nonprofit advocate for many organizations and boards. Susie Stevens / lover of fashion, active volunteer, devotee of Bend and the outdoors, a yoga believer, an avid gardener, a travel enthusiast and recent retiree following 18 years with Opportunity Knocks, excitingly exploring and experiencing the next chapter in her life. Joanne Sunnarborg / Desperado... helping women define who they are by what they wear, owner and proprietor of Desperado and Shoes &... blends her unique style and customer service into a

fashion forward boutique shopping experience.


A Savvy New Season


BY PAMELA HULSE ANDREWS, FOUNDER/PUBLISHER BFQ n Central Oregon it’s not always easy to identify the seasons. In March, one day it’s spring-like with flowers starting to bloom and golf courses unveiled, but then the next day temperatures drop and it begins to snow. Despite the changing weather from one extreme to the other, we call this the Spring issue...because changes are around the corner—whether stylistic, artistic, sartorial or spiritual—we celebrate the transformation and give you a view of the fashion sense of real people shaping our community. We’re especially delighted to take you on a shopping day with Oregon State University students. With a diversity of educational interests from chemistry, biology, radiation health to human development and psychology, they generously sharing their unique styles and curiosities. They took to the task of perusing the shops at the Old Mill District with energetic joy! It’s no surprise that the charming community of Sisters is overflowing with artists, musicians, educators and mainstream creativity here. The energy that filled the streets during this photo shoot was reimagining fashion, creating wardrobes to fill their artful souls. These creators took to transforming the mundane to the sublime with the flash of a hat, the lounging of a scarf and the silliness of a dress. This is our first issue of a Black & White spread that seems to bring out the authenticity of Bend’s new ice rink. We discovered our models during the course of their everyday lives as salesperson and designer, however, they welcomed the camera like true professionals. Our regular feature by the talented Tori Youngbauer, Trends, pushes the boundaries for local fashion. She eases into the old, the new, the trendy with style...and captures great ideas for ramping up our look. I think you’ll find our Forces of Fashion feature enlightening with its focus on Muse, a significant social change movement created by Amanda Stuermer and Sudara, an online clothing company helping women in India escape slavery, established by Shannon Keith. We have included a beautiful fashion shoot with Joel and Lis Thomas, working parents, community volunteers and a fun, delightful couple. The Brave Collective feature does not disappoint. Jennifer Riker says “scrappy” is just another form of being Brave. She shares the stories

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Clothes from Desperado, Sunglasses from Integrated Eyecare

of three local women full of fighting spirit and cleverly explains how being scrappy is using unconventional means to get what you need when encountering seemingly insurmountable roadblocks. I close this with one of my favorite sections...the Happiness Quotient. Nearly every day I meet someone who has recently moved to Bend. We wanted to know why (as if we didn’t know the answer). New comers to our region discover just what we knew all along: we’re here because we want to be here.

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Local Joe Premier Blue Jean Store

Boutique Spotlight Story & Photography by Krystal Marie COllins


ne of the premier Blue Jean stores in the Northwest, many Central Oregonians have looked to Local Joe as a downtown denim institution since 1993. Owners AJ and Gwen Cohen reflect that when they first opened, “premium denim was pretty much unknown to most Bendites, but luckily that was beginning to change, and now it’s over 22 years later, and Bend has become its own little shopping, dining, brewing and fashion mecca.” From Los Angeles and Orange County originally, AJ comments, “tailoring to the Bend fashion consciousness and lifestyle can be quite tricky, as things that work in the big city don’t always translate to Central Oregon. Gwen and I go to LA and Las Vegas about four times a year for the clothing markets. We try to include our employees in as much of the process as possible, so that they will have a real commitment to the merchandise and to our customers.” Local Joe carries many fits, styles and washes of top denim brands like Paige, Hudson, Lucky Brand, Joe’s Jeans, 7 for all Mankind, AG, Citizens of Humanity, Big Star, DL 1961 and Mavi. “We also carry some of the most fashion forward clothing brands for men and women such as Free People, Michael Stars, 7 Diamonds, Robert Graham, Penguin, Z Supply, American Apparel, Bella Luxx, ALO, Chaser, Retro Brand, Ames Bros, Others Follow, Schott, Jeremiah, Zenfari, White Crow and Pink Martini,” says AJ. “We really search the marketplace to keep our products unique to Bend and Local Joe.” Delighted to offer his customers superior service and fitting opportunities, AJ says with online shopping there are just too many variables in fabrics and body types to really know a products fit before you try it on. Especially with denim.

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Jean Geanies Haley MacDowell, Aj Cohen, Gwen DeBergalis, Olive Cohen & Kirsten Morell are the heart of Local Joe

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“There is nothing like the tactile experience of trying on the clothing you are going to go home with. Touching and feeling are just not part of the internet experience. Premium denim needs to be tried on and fit by a professional who really knows the product. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of our products and our customer service.” In addition to denim and high end everyday women’s and men’s wear, Local Joe boasts a roster of locally made jewelry, Nixon watches and leather goods. “For the past year and a half we are the exclusive Central Oregon distributor of Will Leather Goods, a company from Eugene that has really carved a space in the market. Their quality is unsurpassed and all of their products have a lifetime warranty.” If you haven’t yet experienced a denim fitting or you want to see the Local Joe legendary mannequins up close, stop into the friendly store on Wall Street. “From blue jeans through all of our fashion and accessories, we really try hard to be a one of a kind store that only exists in Bend Oregon,” adds AJ. Local Joe 292 NW Wall St., 541-385-7137 Open: Monday-Saturday 10-6pm, and Sunday 11-5pm

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Trendy Scents

And you thought trends were only for clothes and accessories. Spring and summer is the prime time to find some fresh candles and soap for your home. Of the fruit scents, citrus has long been a favorite for stimulating the immune system, improving circulation, enhancing mental acuity and promoting relaxation. Trendy and healthy? Yes please! Shea Butter Soap, Common Threads

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It may seem clichĂŠ to break out the florals in spring, but why hate on a good thing? Blouses and dresses with a floral pattern look amazing in spring. Take the look to the next level by tracking down something uniquely floral. (Flower power pants anyone?)

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Slip Dresses

We know that a slip underneath a dress can be the difference between chic and a fashion faux pas, but now slips are becoming a trend of their own. Simple shaped dress silhouettes are all the rage this season and are excellent for layering in the chilly Central Oregon spring climate. Find some in pastel colors or metallic to kick the trend up a notch.

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The verdict is in: wrapped jewelry rocks! Basically any ring, necklace or bracelet with a precious stone incorporated into it is perfectly on trend right now. Quartz stones in pastel colors are sure to pop this spring!

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Layered Necklaces

Necklaces with layered chain lengths have been everywhere this season. The tiered effect gives a beautiful variation on your everyday necklace, and really makes a statement. Just be careful not to tangle them!

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Fabric Bracelets

Who knew something so simple could be so cute? These fabric bracelets are great to layer up with any outfit. If you happen to have extra fabric scrap lying around, you can even make your own!

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The best way to welcome the Spring sun? Sunglasses of course! Go for a pop of color, or even a nice gold to welcome in the clear blue skies.

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Fact: despite the name, you don’t need a boyfriend to enjoy the comfort of the oversized cardigan. The style now is oversized, longer length sweaters that are great for layering in the spring. Lightweight yet warm? It’s the perfect combo. Boyfriend Cardigan Lost Season Supply CO.

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Periwinkle Accessories

If Spring 2016 had a color, it would be light blue. Though teal is still a hot hue for summer; purses, jewelry, shoes, t-shirts and anything you can think of looks great in a pale periwinkle shade.

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Men and women alike can enjoy this staple pattern. Shirts, dresses, skirts and pants look great with a bold stripe. Want to take this to the next level? Try mixing different patterns together in the same look. It’s funky and still fresh.

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he eclectic mix of the Jenny Green Gallery, a new contemporary fine art gallery in downtown Bend, the Crux Fermentation Project and the Bend Brewery Co. make up this season’s Forces of Fashion. We followed Amanda and Caroline Stuermer, Lis and Joel Thomas, Shannon Keith and Larry Weber as they savored the art, the local breweries and, of course the fashions from Desperado, Faveur and Local Joe. Following the photo shoot with Amanda Struemer and her daughter, Caroline, the Jenny Green Gallery was the perfect location for the official Muse 2016 Launch Party. Wearing selections from Faveur, the unique boutique established by Jennifer Steigman, Amanda noted that the launch party centered around exciting events and presenters lined up for this year’s inspiration-fest (read more on page 33). Faveur rouses your imagination with its abundance of modern fashions inspired by bohemian, vintage and European style.

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“I have long dreamed of opening a gallery of this caliber. With the cultural explosion happening right now in Bend, the timing seemed right,” says gallery owner/director Jenny Green, who is bringing talented contemporary artists to this warm and inviting space. Crux is the intersection of so many things Central Oregon from the atmosphere, the brew and the locals. Opening four years ago, the three founders, Larry Sidor, Dave Wilson and Paul Evers said, “this has been a once-in-a-lifetime journey and we want to share the fruits of our passion, excitement, time and energy with our friends.” The Crux brewhouse was the backdrop for a well-earned date with Lis and Joel. We parlayed Shannon and Larry from Local Joe in their selected clothing (read about this iconic store on page 15) down the street to the Bend Brewery Co. where they made themselves comfortable at this local favorite. Overlooking the Deschutes River at Mirror Pond the brewery has been serving up creative, handcrafted brews for over 20 years.

Joel & Lis Wearing outfits from Desperado at crux fermentation project

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Joel & Elisabeth Thomas


oel and Lis Thomas are nature loving, beer drinking, community focused Bendites. Joel—a broker with Compass Commercial—was born and raised in Central Oregon and thrives on the open space, ski season and paddle boarding in the summer. Lis, owner of Lis Thomas Content and a total digital marketing nerd, was born and raised in the small mountain town of Idyllwid, California, running around in nature, doing art and writing poems and short stories with her two sisters. After meeting in college, spending ten years in Southern California, and getting hitched, the newly-weds moved back to Oregon. These two are deeply invested in fostering and contributing to the close-knit Bend community. With two young kiddos—Nikayla, age three, and Theodore, age eight months, two growing businesses, multiple hobbies and community projects, they stay busy...and love every minute of it.

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Larry Webber Wearing an Outfit from Local Joe & Carrying a tote from will leather goods at bend brewing co.

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Larry Weber


arry is a physician assistant at Bend Dermatology. Went to college in South Dakota and earned bachelors degree in Medical Technology and after graduating moved to Phoenix Arizona. “I worked in a hospital for three years and was then accepted to the Physician Assistants program in Salt Lake City Utah. After graduating in 1985, I accepted a job in St. George Utah where I worked for 12 years. I then moved to Bend, which is where I hope to retire.” “I am a very upbeat type of person always trying the find the good in everybody and every situation. I am very active and find myself very seldom just sitting around. I am blessed to have had a father who was very outgoing and growing up I learned a lot from him which has helped me in my current job. I have a job that I love and continue to tell my two daughters that I hope they too will enjoy their jobs as much. I see several people a day and everybody has a story and love seeing how they react when you show interest in their stories. I live by the fact that you are never too old to learn new things and never too old to learn from your mistakes. I love jumping into a pair of blue jeans a nice sweater in the winter and a tee shirt in the summer. Love some comfort on the feet, good feeling feet make for a good feeling body. I like to shop local, downtown and in the Old Mill area but sometime meetings take me out of town and like to buy things from other parts of the country and bring them back to Bend. What makes you happy: Being around people. I have always liked the saying: A stranger is a friend I haven’t met yet. I guess this is why I do what I do in my career. I like to be active and when it has been a tough day a good run or bike ride tends to make all things right again. I grew up with my father playing in a band and enjoy dancing as well. I love it here because of the four seasons and the variety of fashion you see all year long. Love walking around Bend and seeing all the variety of fashion in Bend.

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Shannon Keith Wearing an Outfit from Local Joe & Carrying a bag by will leather goods at Bend Brewing co.

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Sudara Brings Hope

to Fashion & the World Owner Shannon Keith shares Sudara’s mission and its global impact.


By tori youngbauer

n 2005, Sudara founder Shannon Keith took a trip to India that opened her eyes to a tragedy occurring to women and girls throughout the country on a regular basis. She could hardly believe the modern day slavery she witnessed in India’s Red Light Districts. “It is one thing to understand that human trafficking exists, but it is completely different to see women in that position first-hand,” says Keith. She listened to story after story of young girls being sold into the sex trade by their families, orphans picked up off the street and even young mothers trying to get enough money to feed their children. There were stories of those who managed to escape the brothels only to return due to social stigma and having no other means to survive. Keith returned home to Bend and gathered friends interested in doing something about it. “At the time, there wasn’t a lot of research being done about the subject. We realized pretty quickly that this was not about importing American ideologies, but rather, giving opportunities to help these women,” Keith explains. The team knew that without safe, steady employment, these women stood little chance of surviving outside of the brothels. They identified a group of like-minded partners in India who were compelled to work together with any women looking for a way out of the Red Light Districts. “These jobs act as a springboard,” states Keith. “These are intelligent, hard-working people who simply lacked the opportunity to build skills. The jobs we provide are great first steps and build confidence so that if workers want to pursue other

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dreams, they now have a skill set to do so.” The team created a simple pattern that could be used to teach anyone wanting to learn how to sew. The business grew into what is now an internationally selling lounge-wear line. The lounge wear is simple in design but universally loved, and anyone at any age loves pajamas! The clothing is based off of American styles featuring Indian influence and textiles. “These are clothes people will love to wear. We give our consumers the freedom to not only be comfortable, but to have peace of mind when it comes to buying beautiful, ethical clothing,” says Keith. “The hope is that customers will think about how their clothing purchases effect the global community. Instead of buying something cheaply and unethically made, we give the option of lasting clothes with a wonderful impact.” When it comes to company goals, Sudara stays true to the root of its name which, “symbolizes the beauty that radiates from the women we work with, the products we offer and the freedom-filled mission we accomplish together.” Sudara has incredible room to grow. Headquarters will be moving from California to Bend, which Keith is enthusiastic about. “I think our brand gels with Bend very well. The messages from our clothing resonates with the conscientious thinkers within Oregon. We are so excited to bring ethical fashion to the forefront and inspire critical thinking in the community. Fashion is a multi-use expression, and we choose to use it for good.” Sudara


Amanda & Caroline Wearing outfits from Faveur at jenny green gallery

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Amanda Stuermer & Daughter Caroline Muse Inspires Change for Women & Girls BY KRYSTAL MARIE COLLINS


even years ago, Amanda Stuermer launched World Muse with the dream of empowering young girls. The dream has grown in to social change movement that that supports and celebrates women and girls as catalysts for change. Amanda’s passion for feminism developed while growing up in in small town in Louisiana. “Subtle social cues,” she explains, demonstrated to her that “women were not valued as highly and things were geared to celebrate men. This chipped away at my self confidence and self esteem.” An Outward Bound trip in Oregon’s Cascade mountain range helped to re-empower Amanda. In time she made Oregon her home, but women’s empowerment did not become her life’s work until after the birth of her daughter, Caroline. Knowing firsthand the disempowerment that girls in middle and high school often feel, she was determined to create a support network for her daughter and other young girls like her. Amanda worked with Muse Co-Founders Cynthia LaRoche and Tracy Treu to develop an in-school curriculum based on mindfulness, creativity and service to promote self awareness, self expression and self worth. Popularity of in-school programs led to after school programming, summer camps, and specialty workshops. Over time, they realized the need for a multi-generational component. Women’s programs were added and include meet-ups, talking circles, workshops, retreats, and service travel. Designed to accommodate the growth of Muse programming and to incorporate more facets of the community, the Muse Conference was created next. Through the conference it has been possible to include global leaders, artists and activists on a mission for gender equality. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Muse Conference’s three days of events (March 4-6) will include a Salon Series featuring discussions on women in media and mindful mothering, a Muse Art Show featuring

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24 artists from three states, and a full conference program featuring live performances, interviews, panel discussion, and keynote presentations. There will also be a a 5k Muse Run and a community yoga class. Amanda emphasized her excitement that local women and teens will be sharing the conference stage with global leaders like Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran and Maasai Warriors from Kenya. “Bend has long been an amazing recreation destination,” she explains, “we want to make it an amazing cultural destination as well.” When asked why she thinks society or Bendites might not identify feminism as a significant issue, Stuermer explained “We don’t recognize how deeply seeded gender inequality is. Horrific examples are easy to identify: the atrocities of ISIS and Boko Haram or genital female mutilation. It is harder to see the subtle gender inequalities. In this day and age, women only take home approximately 70 percent of what men make in the workplace. One in five girls will be sexually assaulted on a college campus. These topics can be hard to bring up and hard to change, but I don’t want my daughter growing up with those statistics, so I am willing to start the conversation.” Muse Conference is eager to invite men into the gender equality discussion as well. Stuermer challenges, “I want to create a community that totally supports women and girls. If we make the community stronger for women and girls we make it stronger period. In ten years I will know that this event is successful if the Tower Theatre is packed with half men and half women.” Amanda adds, “What would happen if, as Gloria Steinem says, ‘we were all linked instead of ranked.’ That is real equality. Let’s find a level playing field for all of us.” For more information on Muse and the Muse Conference, see http:// or contact info@theworldmuse. org or 541-410-5513.




uthenticity is something we all search for. We want to be unique and we want to stand out. When Cowgirl Cash Owner Rebecca Charlton was looking to open her Western

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Vintage boutique, her criteria was simple. “I wanted to buy second-hand clothes that were authentic, practical and beautiful,” explains Charlton. The authenticity of the clothing is the key to her success. “I search all over for unique brands. There are no knock-off

versions of western wear in my store.” She takes traditional styles and gives them new life in a contemporary way. Charlton is a Bend native who has a unique perspective of the area. “My mom was the Deschutes County Fair Rodeo Queen when I was a kid. I grew up hunting and still host an annual women’s only big buck contest. I feel like I represent an era of Bend that was much simpler, and I bring that perspective into my business,” she explains. The store stays true to Charlton’s roots. Cowgirl Cash features a variety of secondhand clothing that she buys personally. The store offers western boots, handmade clothing and even deer skin gloves that have been made locally for over 50 years. “People living in the High Desert are an eclectic group. It’s nice to show that Bend is a lot more than just skiing and mountain biking,” Charlton says. Cowgirl doesn’t stop with second-hand clothing, instead it’s become a jackpot for handmade dresses. Her Lucky Lady handmade dresses are by far the most popular items in the store. “I used to sew for a long time, but I really just couldn’t keep up with it. I ended up finding women who are incredibly talented seamstresses to craft these beautiful dresses,” Charlton states. “I found the patterns and altered them with the help of a local pattern maker. I choose the fabrics and the local seamstresses sew them. The dresses are very traditional, but they have a timelessness to them. I’ve sold them to women ages 23-73. They are made of exquisite fabric and are incredibly flattering without being too revealing.” Charlton has sold over 200 of these handmade dresses in just a few years. Men and women alike love the look of Lucky Lady dresses. The dresses are made with a tremendous amount of care which makes them truly one of a kind. “Pure love goes into the making of these dresses. I sell iconic, local items that you can’t really find elsewhere, and I take a lot of pride in what I’ve been able to accomplish.” Cowgirl Cash 924 NW Brook St. 541-678-5162

A Dress Gold Mine Lucky lady dresses come in a variety of styles and patterns that are perfect for spring

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Sisters Inspires Us to Think Creatively

Outside the Box. Bringing Joy & Entertainment. Pleasure & Relevance. Reverie & Stomping Grounds.

Posing outside of Cowgirls & Indians


Photography By Krystal Marie Collins rom the creative to the divine, to inspiring and energetic entrepreneurs, Sisters is the gem of the music and art community in the High Desert. On these pages you’ll see how a fashion shoot can bring out the extra bit of creativity, all alive and well in these artists, musicians, creators and educators. They all seem to have an innate ability to express thoughts, ideas and passion, and when put to music or art, will lift your spirit, bring joy to an occasion, inspire you to think creatively, ease your heart and strengthen the fortitude of their community. Discover just a taste of what lies inside Sisters when you discover the real people who make up the roots of this charming town.

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Tracy Curtis. Wearable Art.


ne musician’s trash is Tracy Curtis’ treasure. Years ago, guided strongly by her belief that recycling is our social responsibility, she started experimenting with discarded materials including used guitar strings from many of the local musicians in Sisters. With a little time, talent and creativity these landfill-bound beauties became wearable art. This experience led her to establish her business, Ballokai, in 2008. Ballokai now produces many products including unique jewelry from recycled guitar string and felted scarves, headbands and tapestries from recycled fabrics and wool. Tracy has always enjoyed arranging natural elements in a way that accentuate their beauty. Her family and friends, knowing her eye for floral design, would often call on her for their weddings and events. Wanting to further hone her skills, Tracy attended the Floral Design Institute of Portland. She established Woodland Floral in 2015 and now provides wedding and event floral services throughout Central Oregon. Her designs are as organic and unique as Tracy herself, bringing in elements of nature, and accenting the flower’s natural beauty. Tracy has an affinity for style and design that is evident in her work. She enjoys the creative freedom that owning her own businesses provide and finds they allow her to stay connected to the community she loves.

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Outfit from Alpaca by Design Jewelry by tracy Curtis

Jim Goodwin. Musican. Producer.


im Goodwin brings over 30 years of experience in every facet of the music business as a writer, performer and producer. Jim is a strategic, canny business owner and partner, creative composer, award-winning producer and accomplished musician, savvy in recognizing and developing talent, combining music and visual media and selecting and licensing the same for film, film trailers, television, radio, broadcast advertising, new media productions and a wide range of business applications. He wrote and produced awardwinning music for all media, including albums that have sold over seven million copies, a multi platinum album for Ricky Martin, a gold record for Atlantic Records, a Harvest Music Award, a network design award for ABC and an Emmy nomination for Disney. Jim collaborated with, or contributed value to, music industry legends The Call, Bono, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, T Bone Burnett, Andy Kim, Ricky Martin, Sparks and John Cale.

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Hobbs Magarét. Musician.


obbs Magarét was raised in the Texas Panhandle where his granddad passed on his obsession with the guitar from day one. “I fell in love with music on my own, but guitar…that was him,” says Hobbs. “My mom likes to say we come from rough stock. I agree, but with the caveat that I’ve always tried to keep things as refined as possible. “My latest attempt at finding that balance between rough and refined is OREGASM, Hobbs the Band’s second album. OREGASM is slated for a May release. “My fiancée Susana and I are getting married this August. We’re glad we found each other.” Find out more about Hobbs at and

Susana Cobo.


Outfits from Cowgirls & Indians

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usana Cobo wants to live in a world where mornings are long, secondhand stores are everywhere and creativity is money. “My parents are Spanish immigrants who settled in Southern California and had me almost immediately,” she reports. “It wasn’t long before I was the best English speaker. I attended Cal State Fullerton and crushed it, graduating in 2012. Afterwards, I poured myself into online marketing and entrepreneurship. Today I specialize in advising budding entrepreneurs and artists in branding and online business strategies. “I’m also the photographer, marketer, web designer and branding strategist for Hobbs the Band. Hobbs needs me so badly he asked me to marry him. I’m into it for sure. “When I’m not researching or producing, I’m finding new ways to use smoked paprika and turmeric, transforming our home into a sanctuary or scavenging secondhand shops for hidden treasures.” Check out her portfolio at www.

Joe Leonardi.


Musician. Videographer.

oe Leonardi is a producer/director, singer songwriter, artist and musician. He is a true Renaissance man with over 30 years experience in video/audio production and song writing. His unique socially engaged career has provided him with a breadth of experience. Joe is currently producing videos for numerous nonprofit organizations and playing with the JZ Band.

Angeline Rhett. Entrepreneur.


ngeline: Thanks for agreeing to present your bio in this unconventional format. Let's get started. What brought you to Central Oregon? Angeline: I moved to Central Oregon in the Summer of '95 to fight fires for Sisters Ranger District. I never intended to stay. I was no stranger to seasonal jobs, having worked in Alaska, Montana and abroad doing everything from working on a fishing boat to teaching outdoor school. I guess I found enough adventure and quirkiness in Sisters to make it home for awhile. Angeline: Flash forward 20 years. You own two businesses in Sisters. You have a family. You're part of a growing community. What made your transplant to this small town grow such deep roots? Angeline: Opening Angeline's Bakery immediately connected me with the community and engaged me from day one. For someone with a short attention span, a small business never gets boring. I love the creativity, the people I work with, the customers, crunching the numbers.. all of it. Providing people with healthy food is my passion. Angeline: What next? Angeline: I always have something on the burner. But for now I'm just going to keep the big ideas on simmer and enjoy what's on my plate.

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Outfits from Common Threads


Sarah B. Hansen. Artist.

arah Hansen’s unique style is a result of a personal artistic journey in which she learned to express her world with a pencil. Portraiture proved so satisfying, it became her focus for 20 years, creating many commissioned portraits and winning awards for her work. “Recently, however, I developed a technique in painting watercolors on re-purposed Plexiglas that has been scratched or otherwise unsuitable for framing. This method involves creating a textured surface on the Plexiglas, using gesso and randomly collaged items as a ground such as flower petals, string, sheet music, wrinkled paper or other items. I then use plaster tools or the end of a paintbrush to create calligraphic marks, words or patterns into the wet gesso collage. As a result, the surface becomes an intriguing, unique base for my bright, loose, and textural watercolors. In my studio in Bend I paint a wide array of subjects. Using images from meaningful moments that I’ve gathered throughout my travels, I focus on establishing a connection with my viewers. With a sense of human presence, my paintings do not focus on relaying perfection, but instead reflect flaws, mars, scribbles and textures of life.”


Maren Burck. Artist.

native Oregonian, Maren Burck finds inspiration for her designs in the marriage between the natural and mythical world around her. With primary stages focused on meditative repetition, her pieces unfold as fine designs that intrigue the imagination and intertwine American and Scandinavian folklore with childhood imagery.


Katherine Taylor. Artist.

orking exclusively in oils, Katherine Taylor is a professional Central Oregon artist who devotes herself to painting images saturated with visual metaphors and symbology. She explores ways to lift the veil over self-discovery by dedicating much of her work to the female form. Her paintings are characterized by jewel hues, strong tonality and a range of brushwork and palette knife application that creates lively, textured surfaces. Believing that life’s emotional coding is found in patterns of light, she creates glowing, moody and mysterious settings to showcase these figurative images. Yet viewers will note that her landscapes, still life and portraiture exhibit this same careful attention to luminous light. Taylor’s art has been included in juried exhibitions and private collections in the United States and Europe. She has exhibited in world-class galleries, with current exhibits at Hood Avenue Art in Sisters and Fairweather House & Gallery in Seaside, Oregon. Taylor also continues to teach and lecture on classical oil painting.

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Sarah, Maren & Katherine WEaring Outfits from Faveur

Faveur Opens New store in Sisters Jennifer Steigman, offering a modern twist on romantic, bohemian, vintage and European inspirations, has recently opened Faveur boutique in Sisters. This is her second store originally establishing Faveur in downtown Bend.

Brent Alan. (Munkres)



rent was raised right here in Central Oregon. He has been an integral part of the music scene since writing and performing his first original songs in the ‘80s. These days he runs a state-of-the-art recording studio (Brent Alan Studios) in Sisters where he has lived with his wife Jeannine for the last ten years. As a recording engineer, Brent collaborates with some of the most talented musicians on the West coast. He continues to perform throughout the western region in a variety of groups. Brent Alan and his Funky Friends (Brent’s party band) has been going strong for many years and is sought after to bring the good times wherever they play. Brent has a special touch for introspective songwriting and gifted hands on guitar, mandolin, dobro, bass, piano and banjo. Brent receives great joy from teaching songwriting, performance, recording engineering and multiple instruments to local students through The Americana Project in Sisters since its inception over 15 years ago. The Americana Project is an educational program supported by the Sisters Folk Festival, an organization that reaches far beyond its fantastic annual music festival in early September.

Jeannine Munkres. Graphic Designer.

Jean Wells Keenan. Creator.

eannine was born in Ojai, California and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has called Sisters her home since 1998. “I wanted to raise my twin daughters in a small rural community. Of course ‘small’ has changed but the vast difference compared to the grind of big city life is still worth the move.” Jeannine has worked in tech, marketing, graphic design and web development most of her career. She took a few side routes in other industries along the way but always found her way back to her first love of design. Her clients include a handful of local companies Sisters Folk Festival, The Belfry, Kathy Deggendorfer Designs, The Roundhouse Foundation as well as several L.A. and San Francisco area companies. She works from home with her husband and local musician / recording engineer Brent Alan. Jeannine and Brent are avid travelers, getting out on the road as much as possible. They are drawn to the outdoor splendor of Oregon from the coast for surfing trips to the remote canyons of the rivers. They love the eclectic community of Sisters with its large population of musicians and artists and feel they are truly at home.

ean is the founder and visionary behind the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS). She owns one of the premier quilt shops in the industry, the Stitchin’ Post, is a fiber artist, author of over 20 books, internationally known teacher and well-connected to dignitaries in the quilting world. The Stitchin’ Post is a major show sponsor and Jean makes significant personal contributions of time and money to the organization. She is well-known in the industry for the success of her business and her innovative approaches to marketing and retail sales. In July 2010 she was the 40th honoree inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. Jean works closely with the staff of SOQS and brings both community and industry support to the organization. Her involvement and connections have built an international standing for SOQS. The quality, scale and reputation of our events, combined with the charm and appeal of the town of Sisters will guarantee continued wide-spread interest and attendance from all corners of the world.

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Jeanette Pilak. Festival Manager.


eanette brings more than 20 years of creative tourism, festival and special event management, economic development and nonprofit management. She has served as the executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show since May 2013. Pilak served as the first festival director at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, programming and marketing director for the City of Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts and Cuthbert Amphitheater, the Oregon Creative Services Alliance and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. As an economic development strategy consultant, her client work in Oregon included the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Agency, the City of Hillsboro, Beaverton Arts Commission and the Oregon Entrepreneur Network. A 2012 graduate of the Iowa City’s Chamber Leadership Program, Jeanetteo served on the board of the Western Arts Alliance and Arts Northwest. From 19972005 Pilak volunteered for Start Making A Reader Today, SMART, Portland, Oregon. From 2000 to 2014 she and her Labrador Retrievers worked as Delta Society Pet Partners Therapy Team.


Anastacia Armstrong. Musician.

nastacia Armstrong is a gifted musician and speaker. She passionately serves conscious individuals who choose to master the mind and emotion through the vehicle of Conscious Transformation. Anastacia leads meditation groups and shares her music throughout Central Oregon. She will begin touring nationally with her new Conscious Music CD in September 2016. Anastacia fearlessly dives into the depths of the human experience and uses her music as a fluid transmission of the Light. Anastacia is devoted to serving our global community and Mother Earth, through the state of LOVE.


Brad Tisdel. Musician. Educator.

rad Tisdel is a creative spirit, musician and educator, and has lived in Sisters since 1995. He cofounded and helped create the Americana Project, the Americana Song Academy and the annual fundraiser My Own Two Hands. Brad believes in community integration and connection, and has helped steer the nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival Inc. into being a year-round cultural arts organization. Brad, a native Oregonian, loves the beauty and solitude of Sisters country, and enjoys sharing it with his wife, son and their dog, Scout.


Tiffany Tisdel. Educator.

native Oregonian, Tiffany grew up in Central Oregon and received a Master’s degree from Oregon State. A dedicated teacher, Tiffany has taught 4th and 5th grade in Bend and Sisters for 20 years. She believes in participating and giving back to the community you live in. Tiffany volunteers often at local events, has coached Nordic skiing ages 9-18, led elderly hiking groups, and currently coaches middle school x-country and girls lacrosse. She spends her spare time biking, skiing, and running with her son and family


JoAnn Burgess. Artist.

oAnn Burgess is a partner at Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters where she shows and sells her work and collaborates in the operation of the gallery business. As a pastel landscape artist, she is inspired by the colors of nature and makes every effort to capture this richness in her pastel landscape paintings. Her home in Sisters truly stimulates her senses and the creative process. Recent collaborations with Susie Zeitner, a fused glass artist in Sisters, has extended JoAnn’s work to include mixed media landscapes. As partners, they use barn wood or scrap metal foundations, layered with a pastel landscape, and topped with fused glass. All three pieces are bolted together to create stunning mixed media pieces.


Dawn Mead. Entrepreneur.

a Petite Savonnerie, otherwise known as the Little Soap Factory, is a high quality natural soap and body care company located in Sisters, Oregon. It is the creation of Dawn Mead, long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest. What began as a passion for the craft of soap making and the art of natural perfumery in 1990, became a fledgling company in 2008. La Petite Savonnerie was launched in May 2008.

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on the fashion trail at the old mill District

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osu students & a day of shopping Photography by Krystal marie Collins & Tori Youngbauer

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Shoes & Style The first stop on the Fashion Trail is at Shoes & desperado with owner Joanne Sunnarborg

Reilly King Attended Tigard High School and is from Tigard, Oregon. She is currently pursuing an HDFS Degree (Human Development & Family Studies) at OSU-Cascades in Bend. Reilly enjoys playing the guitar and outdoors she takes every opportunity to go hiking. When it comes to fashion she looks to tank tops, cardigans with jeans and boots. Although Reilly is not a country music fan, she does like Taylor Swift and leans toward adult alternative contemporary pop and hip hop artists.

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Sophia Uchiyama Sophia Uchiyama graduated from A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina. She is majoring in radiation health physics at OSU in Corvallis and plans to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. She is interested in nonproliferation, radiation dosimeter and radiation oncology. She shops at Levi’s, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and loves Free People. Sophia’s music is an eclectic blend of FKA Twigs, Beyonce, Kaskade and Flume.

Nicole Hershey Nicole Hershey graduated from Tigard, Oregon High School. She is currently a psychology major at OSU-Cascades in Bend. Nikki loves anything outdoorsy and compliments that with her desire to draw and read. Her LOVE of the bohemian look coupled with her contagious smile and welcoming demeanor equals her spiritual character. Loves Taylor Swift, Ben Rector, Fetty Wap..... pretty much everything except most country. The great outdoors The group takes a look at rei for outerwear must-haves

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Evan Finkelstein Originally from Estacata Oregon, Evan Finkelstein is a 24 year old preparing to graduate from OSU-Cascades. This spring he will have a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Upon graduation he plans to sail around the Caribbean and attend graduate school in neurobiology. Evan is also an accomplished snowboarder.

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Skater’s Paradise OSU students hang out at Zumiez with employee David Rey

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Hayden Martin Hayden Martin graduated from Summit High School in Bend. He is currently a chemical engineer major at OSU in Corvallis. His particular area of interest is in pharmaceutical and biotechnology. He likes to shop at the Old Mill District especially Zumiez, Desperado, Levi’s and American Apparel. His music tells another story with favorites: Chance the Rapper, Isaiah Rashad, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and Callaway Martin.

Spring Denim The group ends their shopping day & tries on select denim apparal at Amercian Eagle, with employees Jesse Liggett, Kady Fronabarger & Lexi Kandra

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Karen Bandy


Design Jeweler


aren’s curiosity in designing jewelry was developed while still in high school. She later taught high school art for several years, but soon realized that her passion was elsewhere. To hone her experience in jewelry design she worked for a designer in California where she, “did everything, but the books.” After working for a jewelry chain, she finally made the move to Bend and initiated her own works of art. “My interest is really kept alive by the gems themselves,” says Bandy. “Making something with my hands is a personal and

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rewarding experience.” Karen juggles designing jewelry, creating paintings and running her own business with finesse. “I do have a goldsmith who helps balance out the workload when it comes to my jewelry,” she states. But the whole of the design is from Karen herself. “It’s my goal to design wearable jewelry that fits my clients’ personality, feelings and lifestyle. It is gratifying to know that someone will love and cherish the pieces that I create.” Karen Bandy’s designs are sold online, as well as in her studio on Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bend. 541-388-0155,

Pamela Armstrong Date Bags

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amela finds inspiration for her unique, handmade date bags through the textiles she works with on a regular basis in her interior design business. “When you cover a sofa or even make pillows, there ends up being a lot of fabric waste,” says Armstrong. “There are also beautiful samples of fabric that get discontinued and I decided to create something one-of-a-kind with the remaining materials.” When Armstrong needed an evening bag for an event where she was being honored, the fabrics from her work spoke to her, and thus the Date Bags line was created. “I tend to let the fabric suggest the bag. The attitude of the fabrics, as well as the pieces of jewelry or buttons that I incorporate, inspire me to give these materials a new life,” says Armstrong. Pamela uses a broad range of materials to repurpose for her bags. This includes textiles, leather samples, hides and even parachute

cord. The mixing of these materials creates a one-of-a-kind look for each bag she makes. “It’s a different design process to collect things and then decide how they go together, but I enjoy that process,” Armstrong states. “I think it is fascinating to take something as two-dimensional as fabric and use it to create something three-dimensional. It’s all very personal, down to the fact that I give every bag I create it’s own name.” Pamela is able to balance sewing and designing her line of Date Bags and still maintains her interior deign business. Her bags are available for private showings, as well as at trunk shows throughout the year in Central Oregon. “I create these bags on my own, as well as for commission. I am interested in people and the stories they have. It’s nice to think that they are out creating new memories, and my creations get to become part of those memories.” 541-610-2264

Karla Proud



arla is wellknown for not only designing incredible pieces of jewelry, but for having a hand in the process of mining the gems that are used in her work. She began at a young age, exploring Tourmaline mines in Southern California. From there, she would go on to own her own jewelry stores in California, Hawaii and Japan before settling in Bend ten years ago. “I learned simply through doing,” says Proud. “Actually digging for the material and finding special pieces is what it is all about.” Her inspiration tends to come from the gems themselves, as well as from nature in general. “There are so many components of nature that I incorporate into my work,” she says. “I’ve taken

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shell patterns and textures and used them as inspiration. I’ve also done pieces that take from Hawaiian flowers. Mostly, I like clean and simple designs.” When it comes to balancing the designing and showing her work, she finds that focusing is what makes it easier. “I have to think really hard about everything that I do. My husband and I mark at least one day on the calendar a week that is dedicated to being free from work,” says Proud. “We go out and go for hikes or just get out into nature and do something. I’ve also started taking other classes that aren’t related to jewelry in order to maintain balance.” Karla Proud’s jewelry can be found at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver, The Jewel and Holly McHone Jewelers in Astoria.

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Arts Central Has

Arts Central, a multifaceted nonprofit regional arts organization has been sharing the Art Love for almost 40 by years putting its heart into the community by assuring the arts are accessible to all in a variety of ways. • BRIGHTENING the hearts of school children with creativity through Artists in Schools program. • OUTREACH VEHICLE, VanGo, brings high quality arts programming to rural communities for free or at a subsidized rate thanks to the support from people and businesses who care. • ART STATION, a creative hive of classes and camps for all ages and abilities from painting to fused glass, animation to sculpting, professional teaching artists masterfully conduct classes and workshops which inspire and engage students. • SHARING THE JOY of creativity through donor-supported scholarship fund, which last year granted $6,000 so youth throughout Central Oregon could attend Art Station classes and explore their artistic potential. Help the community thrive through the benefits of the arts during February as Arts Central spreads the love with it Hearts for the Arts campaign. Help raise $15,000 to deliver inspired learning to kids in school, to fuel scholarship fund, to take the arts to every corner of our community.


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Gene Baldwin




ene fell into hat making it would seem by chance. After moving to Sisters and retiring, Gene began selling Serratelli cowboy hats. It wasn’t until a friend had asked, “You just gonna sell hats, or you gonna try to make them?” that Gene considered becoming a milliner himself. “I started to apprentice with someone and really learned through watching and doing,” says Baldwin. “Something I really pride myself in is making hats the old fashioned way. I found original equipment and antique machines in order to make hats the way they should be made.” Gene has been drawing since he was a kid and found that working with his hands was something

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that he truly enjoyed. Therefore, hat design was something he became passionate about. When it comes to inspiration, Baldwin is attracted to traditional styles. “When I look at old photos of cowboys, those are the styles I want to emulate. You really have to have an eye for finding the design,” Baldwin explains. As his business expands, Gene finds that he is increasingly more busy. “Sometimes I wonder what I will do if I get overwhelmed, but I keep moving forward and create the best work I possibly can,” he states. His work speaks for itself: he is a multi-award winner designer who ships his custom hats all around the world. His designs can be found at 541-610-9978


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Stephanie Stanley




tephanie’s start into the weaving world began slowly. “I was living in California at the time and a neighbor of mine had a loom sitting by her window. I thought that it was something that I would really love to learn,” Stanley describes. “When I moved to Bend I decided to start weaving. I was always interested in fabrics and sewing.” After sewing for years and making her own clothing, she found that she wanted to challenge herself with something new. She began with household items, but soon began weaving scarves and

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other wearable items. Stephanie takes inspiration from many places. She has created collections based off Central Oregon landscapes and takes ideas from the materials she is using. “I am fascinated by what other weavers do. I like the challenge of being inspired by something I see from other designers, and creating something that is entirely my own from those ideas,” says Stanley. Stephanie Stanley’s work can be found at Red Chair Gallery, as well as small shows around Central Oregon. She is a member of multiple weaving guilds, where she shows her work. 541-678-5449

Sara Wiener


Upcycling Designer


ara began sewing and designing at a young age, long before the upcycle inspiration struck. “My grandmother, Bella, taught me how to sew when I was a little girl. She was a holocaust survivor and a haute couture seamstress who had practiced her craft in France after the war,” says Wiener. “She carefully pinned and basted every single pattern piece to her fabric, cut it carefully and made sure there was little to no waste. I had no patience for this level of perfectionism. I just wanted to sew straight and fast. Little did I know how her lessons would later prompt some of my most creative upcycling ideas.” From there, Sara was designing custom outdoor wear for over 14 years. It wasn’t until a family friend had mentioned that plastic bags could be made into fabric by ironing them that Sara decided to take this idea in a new direction. “It seemed like the perfect combination of art and creativity, mixed with the concern for the earth and the environment,” Wiener states. The process is a long one, and Wiener comments that it is a collaboration to

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produce designs. “It’s a team effort. I usually design the textiles and create them and my manager Karlin Hedin designs the garments. She is an absolute rockstar!” Her inspirations develop through taking tens of thousands of plastic bags and turning them into fabric. “I’m still inspired by my grandmother, as well as my father who was an artist,” Wiener explains. “When I am making fabric, I draw from abstract designs. I am passionate about color and I love being able to use the rainbow plus colors beyond. There is a huge variety and every piece we make is one of a kind.” Sara Bella designs are fun, unique and speak volumes about the potential of sustainable fashion. “Our hope is that customers can be more conscientious of how clothing is being made. The desire for fashion that is environmentally friendly is a reality.” Sara Bella designs can be found at their shared space at Wabi Sabi 830 NW Wall Street in Bend and at The Real Mother Goose in Portland.

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Re-Design Your Space

Suggestions from Interior Designer Veronique Waldron STORY BY KRYSTAL MARIE COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY Provided BY Veronique Waldron Interior Design


ntique to contemporary, American to European, with over 25 years experience designing spaces, Veronique Waldron is seasoned in a full spectrum of styles. Waldron listens to clients needs and then,“imagines the multitude of ideas available for creating wonderful new interiors.” Born and raised in the French speaking portion of Belgium, clients benefit from her European training. She explains, “I developed my sense of style and flair for color from my early life traveling with my parents throughout much of Europe.” On originality she expresses, “It is so easy to repeat what has been done in the past over and over, but that is missing an opportunity for the freshness and excitement for original design concepts.” When considering what style would compliment a space, Waldron considers many factors. How can a twist be applied between old and new? Can furniture be updated with a new finish or through changing their placement? Are there rules that can be altered to create an original

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design concept? How can materials be mixed most effectively? Can depth be added to a space with wallpaper or fabrics? Currently her talents are enlisted alongside her husband, architect David Waldron, designing and building the Atrium at the Old Mill District. The Atrium at The Old Mill is a new condominium property situated on Bluff Drive above the Old Mill Shops. Nine luxury condominiums are now under construction with estimated completion in July. From commercial to residential, one room build-outs to entire homes, Waldron says a professional designer’s job is to help the client avoid mistakes and guidance towards objectives. Always aiming for 100 percent satisfaction, her goal as a designer is, “to fulfill the dreams of my clients, to surprise them in the most positive way in providing for them a happy new environment while keeping both feet on the ground when it comes to budgets and time restraints.” See Waldrons’ website for design ideas or contact her for consultation. 541-588-0917, 901 NW Carlon Ave.

design & Style Selected works of Veronique’s Interior Design

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The Atrium: Bend’s Newest Luxury Living Photography Provided by the Atrium


ituated in the Old Mill District, overlooking the Cascades and the Deschutes River, this elegant and contemporary upscale living space will offer much to residents when completed in summer 2016. The Atrium is comprised of nine one and two bedroom units. Each offers unobstructed mountain views and private garage space with storage. Other features include a passenger elevator, secure and elegant lobby area for meeting and greeting, heated snow melt walk ways and walking access to the Old Mill District and downtown. David Waldron (Atrium architect) and Veronique Waldron (Atrium interior designer) present a seamless coupling of modern construction and luxurious day-to-

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day living features, as only a husband and wife design team could. David explains interior and exterior Atrium condominium features saying, “High end sound control between units in walls and floors and European modern aesthetics, particularly in the kitchen, will be selling points for buyers.” DE Rink Construction Senior Project Manager, Logan Williams, thinks residents will be dazzled by the quartz counter tops and wood floors. He points to the Boral TruExterior siding (crack and weather resistant), metal clad exterior and private decks with powder coating and cable railings as attractive, zero maintenance features. Although David mentions weather this winter has presented challenges for building

(most recently the rain has impeded roofing), Williams says the project is on schedule and units will be move-in ready this summer. Robin Yeakel of Cascade Sotheby’s encourages you not to miss your opportunity to live the ultimate Bend lifestyle. Having 16 years of experience in the industry, she says, “Our real estate offerings at the Atrium are exceeding expectations. A beautiful setting, stunning mountain views, upscale, all situated on a jewel of a property above the river and the Old Mill. Bend has never been better. It is turnkey luxury living for the discerning buyer.” Contact Yeakel for a reservation or to schedule a showing,, 541-408-0406. For additional photos and specs see

Plans of Luxury Renderings & Photos of Interior Designs for the atrium

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The Stunning Work



rawing inspiration from visions and dreams, Robert Seliger has been building gorgeous and intricate pieces of furniture since the mid 1980s. Seliger moved to Tumalo in July 1990, where he currently resides with his wife, Kathy. A Colorado native, Seliger’s long history with the arts began when he won a national award for “finger-painting” in kindergarten. He then went on to pursue architectural drawing in college and continued to tune his talents in woodworking workshops led by Sam Maloof at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado. Today, Seliger crafts complex pieces of furniture out of his Tumalo studio. He attributes his stylization to European roots, and is determined to be the “top furniture maker in the country without any question.” A remarkable feat, Seliger won the 2015 Western Design Conference in Wyoming with his War Vest table and has since felt as though his art has been “thrust into national spotlight.” The design for the table came to Seliger through a dream. He saw a Native American chief going into battle and a beaded war vest fastened upon the warrior’s chest. From these revelations, Seliger constructed this masterful piece and went on to win the first furnituremaking competition he had ever entered.

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In terms of the new success Seliger has achieved since his victory, a swell in the demand for his art can be seen and the value of Seliger’s fine furniture has increased to collectors. When undergoing the preliminary stages of furniture making, Seliger finds his designs by creating an artistic interpretation of a vision or an idea that a client has proposed. Hand done sketches follow this conceptualization and the drawing is sent into a meticulous limbo between the two parties. As soon as a piece has been agreed upon, the woodworking aspect of Seliger’s ability comes into play. The artist opts to primarily carve out of locally sourced, Oregon and Washington, Alder Wood (the curvature of which Seliger highly enjoys as well as the depth it adds to a creation) and stunning Walnut. His works are beautiful pieces forged with a traditional joinery technique. Meaning, the furniture contains no nails or screws and is solely wood. Instead, Seliger emphasizes a use of one-of-a-kind, square locking pegs sprinkled throughout the work. A unique, labor-intensive, twelve-step finish is finally rubbed by hand, a process in which Kathy occasionally assists and one which Seliger prides for its individuality. This artist forms an emotional attachment to each piece he builds and says that there is “definitely a piece of my heart and soul in

[my furniture].” Upon the completion of a project, Seliger gifts the copyrighted, signed and framed final draft of his illustration to his client, as he believes the drawing will only continue to grow in worth. On average, the entire crafting procedure takes anywhere from three to eight weeks and Seliger produces an approximated 100 pieces annually. The fine furniture Seliger crafts for his cliental is made on a commissioned basis, and he always strives to “fit [the] client’s body shape and size…like a glove.” Seliger believes his furniture to be derived out of necessity and claims that all his works are purely aesthetic renderings of functional art. Specific detailing, such as staining and dimensions, are dependent on the wishes of his client. Seliger ships his furniture globally and has attracted individuals from across the nation to view his art. Three of Seliger’s works, including his awardwinning War Vest table, are available for viewing at the Mockingbird Gallery in downtown Bend. Seliger offers one-to two-person furnituremaking workshops at his studio. Robert Seliger Custom Fine Furniture 541-389-7068,

FURNITURE WITH FLAIR above: war vest table & close-up inspired by Native american, beaded war vests left: original sketch

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Falling in Love with Central Oregon Why is moving to Central Oregon particularly attractive to people from all over the country? BFQ asked recently re-located individuals, couples and entrepreneurs what drew them to the High Desert... PROFILE BY TORI YOUNGBAUER PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRYSTAL MARIE COLLINS

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Red Jacket West

n 2012, Isaac Tolpin and Chris Behnke set out to provide a positive disruption in education technology. The following year, they gathered a team highly skilled in graphic design and video production, launched Choose Growth and became pioneers in e-Learning platforms. Originally centered in Portland’s Pearl District, the digital media company outgrew its space and moved east to Bend to join in Central Oregon’s exceptional lifestyle and burgeoning technology scene. Last year they changed the name of the company to Red Jack West, which is committed to making the world smarter by creating digital learning platforms within the brands of thought leaders and organizations. You may have heard of the Medici family in Italy? They had a big idea to bring all of the greatest minds in the world to Florence to ideate and move society forward. Michaelangelo, Davinci, Galileo and thought leaders throughout the centuries met in cafes and open air piazzas to discuss the art, philosophy, industry and futurism. One cafe remains today in Florence, the Giubbe Rosse Caffe, in the center of the piazza della Repubblica. Giubbe Rosse means Red Jacket and it served as the gathering place for the greatest thought leaders throughout the centuries. “As Choose Growth became Red Jacket West, we created a unique gathering place for the world’s foremost thought leaders and claimed a new name aligned with our vision for the future,” explains

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Back: Isaac Tolpin, Chris Behnke, Addie Delong, Christopher Grove, Amber Stark Front: Emily Armstrong, Leah Petersen, Kevin Fritz, Sarah Dalton, Nolan Hammon

Tolpin. “We are the new gathering place for thought leaders that catalyzes digital education around the world. We are Red Jacket West.” The creative crew at Red Jacket West shared with us a mixture of reasons for making the trek to Central Oregon. Some moved to be closer to loved ones and others have dreamed of moving here since childhood. “I had family who lived here, so we visited from Portland to escape the rain. I love the crisp smell in the air, the sunshine, the beautiful mountains, how close we are to great outdoor activities and that my husband lives here!” unveiled Addie DeLong. Another lure is that Bend is a great place for dogs and dog lovers. “There are so many trails for me and my dog to ‘splore, and the adventures never end,” says Amber Stark. Emily Armstrong adds, “On my time off I enjoy taking advantage of the different hiking trails around the area with my dog, Nike, a Siberian husky.” Central Oregon has a particular soothing effect on those who love the outdoors. “Bend has allowed me to slow down and enjoy a simpler lifestyle. I appreciate the relaxed, easy culture and a renewed motivation to just go outside, no matter what the agenda,” observes Sarah Dalton. The beautiful seasons allow nature lovers to enjoy the landscape all year round. “I love spending time with my Weimaraner, slack-lining, camping and hiking. I like listening to birds, streams and the rustling of tree leaves,” says Kevin Fritz. One thing is for certain: regardless of age or interests, Central Oregon has so much to offer those seeking a refreshing environment.


Dean & Joanne Newlund


ome of the things the Newlunds love about living in Central Oregon is snow falling outside their bedroom window, Willamette’s pinot, local brews as well as the cuisine Bend has to offer. “The entrepreneurialism is fantastic here and having four seasons and zero sales tax is a perk,” the couple says. “Our family of three moved to Bend from Phoenix to live out our ideals: adventure through a deeper connection to the outdoors, community through new friends and volunteering, personal growth through education for our son, business growth through expanding our leadership development firm into the Pacific Rim and lifestyle via engaging in the diverse amount of arts, restaurants, activities and sports.” Their son Taylor, 15, enjoys snowboarding, flying, international travel, cars and makes a killer mac and cheese. Joanne is an interior and floral designer whose favorite season is fall and favorite past time is creativity and exploring foreign lands. Dean is CEO of Mission Facilitators International (soon to be Purpose Factor) of 23 years and finds joy in coaching and facilitating leaders and their teams discover and implement their purpose.

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HAPPINESS Steve & Madilyn Boostrom


he Boostrom’s came to Bend, even though they had the opportunity to relocate anywhere, because they have family here. “Our son, daughter-in-law and grandkids were in the area. We visited several times and fell in love with the community,” explained Steve. “We found a way to develop a business enterprise related to my 38 years as owner and principle of Office Furniture Dealerships and connected with a premier commercial design and office furniture company, Interior Office Solutions (IOS, Inc.) based in Portland as exclusive representatives for the Central Oregon region.” To make things even more enjoyable, the couple has been able to join Awbrey Glen Golf Club and enjoy new friends and adventures through the events and programs there. They have joined the Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development of Central Oregon and are reaching out and connecting with their affiliate members. “We are skiers and hikers, and I am a golfer; we generally enjoy the outdoor lifestyle here in Bend and plan to get into kayaking, fishing and camping in the near future,” Steve adds.

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avid Otto, of The Center for Integrative Medicine in Bend, finds that the people of Central Oregon are consistently and sincerely welcoming. “It’s apparent that everyone loves this gem of a place and take mighty fine care of it. The community pride is evident,” says Otto. “I’ve forever been drawn to active people, and it actually makes me grin and dig deeper when I get passed by guys on a bike older than me; this happens more than I care to admit.” David explains that the climate of Central Oregon is appealing to his lifestyle. “Like most folks, I find the variety in terrain and climate over-the-top appealing. I’m a person who needs seasons and I really like the crossover in the seasons here. For example, in late November I was biking up to Mt. Bachelor and along the way spied runners, hikers, paddle boarders, golfers and near the top ended up biking alongside a snowmobiler in the ditch, ‘only in Bend’ popped into my head.” Otto adds that, being from Minnesota, he truly appreciates the lack of mosquitoes and humidity! He is incredibly enthusiastic about his work here in Bend. “My chiropractic license of almost 30 years has obviously kept me in close contact with people with injuries and I’m big on injury prevention. It has also provided opportunities for me to delve more deeply into other areas of passion—enhanced athletic performance, nutrition and weight management, functional medicine and ways to deal with my own autoimmune challenges.” When not working I spend time biking, hiking, kayaking, skiing, landscaping, remodeling...any excuse to be outdoors!”

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HAPPINESS Melissa Atillo


elissa Atillo loves being surrounded by nature and finds

Bend therapeutic. “I pinch myself everyday; the views of the Cascades from our property never get old and I occasionally step outdoors for my nature fix, like rock climbing or hiking,” says Atillo. “Living in Bend has the right amount of hustle without the bustle.” She adds that she is a nesting homebody with a love for all things design related. In fact, upon arriving to Bend, Atillo’s passion for the outdoors and design merged to create a brick and mortar retail shop located in the Makers District, Lost Season and Supply Co. With leather bags, vintage fringe jackets, western wool hats, greeting cards, blankets and jewelry and clothing (both designer and emerging label), every item fits nicely into a young, free spirit, modern western-boho vibe. She explains, “I love being at my little shop where I get to do what I love best—style customers and have them feel confident with fashion.” She adds, “I can also carry a tune and dance flamenco!”

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HAPPINESS Kimberly Rafilson


imberly Rafilson enjoys living in Central Oregon because, “[it] is a beautiful and fun place to live and moving here was the best decision for my family. “We are extremely fortunate to be able to walk out our backdoor onto a gigantic playground and choose whether to hop on our bikes and ride some of the best Mountain bike trails or hike, snowshoe or ski in some of the most beautiful forested mountains or simply take a family camping trip.” Rafilson thinks that Bend has such a small-town feel and most everyone is friendly and happy to live here too. “There seems to be a shared camaraderie simply by choosing to live a more outdoorsy life-style, by living simply and in the moment. Life here is about enjoying the outdoors with family, friends and your pets!” Kimberly owns Muddy Paws Bathhouse, a dog-grooming business on the west-side of Bend, with her husband Fred. They have two children: Sid and Eden and a dog Coco. Prior to moving to Central Oregon in 2013, Kim and her husband sold a national consulting firm they founded over 18 years ago.

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with Skirmantė & Chipper PHOTOGRAPHY BY Caitlin Jarvis


he Pavilion, Bend community’s new ice rink and recreation facility, seemed the perfect backdrop for a meetup with local designer Skirmantė and salesperson Steven “Chipper” Derek Brown . They’d never met but sparks were on the rink as they took in the surroundings coupled with their unique fashions courtesy of Lost Season Supply Co. The Pavilion is an iconic new landmark that has taken shape as a visually striking covered multi-purpose recreation facility off Simpson and Colorado Avenues. It includes a seasonal ice facility big enough to accommodate a regulation-size National Hockey League game. The Simpson Pavilion features a catenary-style roof, defined as the curve that an idealized hanging chain assumes under its own weight when supported only at its ends. The unique pavilion maintains an open-air feel and strong aesthetic sensibility. The open ambience of the free-standing pavilion enables visibility of the activities taking place, encouraging patrons to participate in such recreational pursuits as skating, hockey and curling. Owner and creator of Lost Season Supply Co., Melissa Atillo, was on hand to guide the couple through their photo shoot, styling the eclectic fashions and the free spirited couple. Perusing is about the only speed possible for viewing the intricacies of merchandise at Lost Season Supply Co. From the leather bags, vintage fringe jackets, western wool hats, greeting cards, blankets and jewelry, to the clothing (both designer and emerging label), every item presents as hand selected. Looking over her store’s collection, it isn’t surprising Atillo has spent many years in fashion and design. She emphasizes, “The look of the store has a young, free spirit, modern western-boho vibe with a love of nature and art and I think financially careful shoppers will approve of the affordability. About the shoot, Atillo remarks, “I’m obsessed with styling and working with photographer Caitlin Jarvis is seamless because she gets my eye for design and composition. Working with Jarvis and the models was super fun and relaxed. They make the garments, subject and backdrop look gorgeous and my job easy!” Atillo’s styling and Jarvis’s photo captures combined with the iconic Pavilion made a perfect match for this date-worthy photo spread. Lost Season Supply Co. 200 NE Greenwood Ave. Ste. 2, Bend, 541-639-2013 , Open: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm,

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Scrappy? These brave women are...


was recently interviewed by author and speaker Terri Sjodin for her new book Scrappy, coming out late this summer by Penguin Random House. I consider myself quite the “scrappy” gal and so must Terri because she’s including in her book one of my most personal scrappy stories—how I met my husband. One of the things that came out of our conversation was that, in my opinion, being scrappy is just another form of being BRAVE. And as the co-owner of Brave Collective, a relatively new women’s boutique on the westside of Bend, my focus is not just about the clothes but the brave women who wear them. The word scrappy, which my nine-year-old thinks is funny because it has a potty word mixed in it, is defined by the dictionary as full of fighting spirit. But how is being scrappy defined and created in our lives? I would say being scrappy is using unconventional means to get what you need or want when encountering seemingly insurmountable roadblocks. To be scrappy takes creativity, ingenuity, persistence, a plan and most importantly guts to step outside-the-box and go for it. Everyone has a scrappy story up their sleeve, some more than others. These accomplishments, where creativity and courage collide, can be both in the personal and professional arenas. I wear my scrappy successes like honor badges—they are some of the highlights of my life because they took everything I could muster to achieve them. These innovative triumphs I created for myself not only wowed me but others and isn’t that what makes life fun and exciting— that which is unexpected, out-of-the-ordinary and inspiring. One of the real treats of working at Brave Collective is I have the privilege of meeting brave women of all ages. It’s especially fulfilling when I encounter one who also has the scrappy gene.

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Sarah Hubbard, Event Planner


met Sarah Hubbard and her three tiny fashionistas coincidentally on the day that My Window was filming a TV segment at Brave. When you see Elsie, Beatrice and Pearl, all under five, strutting their couture-like fashion and oversized lady bling, you can’t help but pause and take note—as did the cameraman who captured their every move. What was most stunning was the curated whimsical style and exquisite detail of each girls’ get-up from head-to-toe. These girls were not in Kansas anymore. It was apparent that mom was brilliantly creative and oh-so crafty. When I asked if there was a special occasion, Sarah just smiled and said, “No, we just like dressing up.” Not only does Sarah enjoy finding and making beautiful outfits for her girls, she loves creating birthday parties that would make Martha Stewart drool. One would think that all this lavish fashion and personalized event planning would require a big budget, but not for Sarah—she is the epitome of scrappy and she agreed to share her secrets with us.

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Playtime Chic Sarah’s daughters & Friends enjoy their fun-themed parties

Me: Where did you get your desire to create? Sarah: My mother was so amazingly creative. With four children and a tight budget she needed to be. She talked often about how gratifying it was to create something-out-of-nothing and to find treasures at thrift stores. Me: Tell me about your children’s wardrobe and how you created such a unique look for them. Sarah: I shop for their clothes at consignment stores and on Ebay and some I make. I organize their closet by color. I utilize a lot of neutrals and textures. Me: I love how you often accentuate their look with ornate adult sized necklaces. And I notice you have them wear colors and accessories that are more sophisticated like blacks, camels and fluffy fur vests. And the three of them together are always coordinated, which makes a statement everywhere you go I’m sure. Sarah: Thank you, it’s fun but getting out the door can sometimes be challenging.

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Me: Tell me how you manage to throw such beautiful elaborate parties for the girls. What’s your strategy? Sarah: I don’t have large budgets—ever. So I get creative. What I first do is ask the birthday girl what her three most favorite things are and I build a party theme around those. I want to give my children a voice in the process and create a special occasion that is unique to them—it’s what I believe makes great memories. For Elsie’s fifth birthday, her favorite things were riding her bike, the bakery and ballet. So I came up with the Tutu Tour of the Town party. We have a Madsen bike that has four seats in the back. At the dollar store I got plastic pink tablecloths and cut them to make a long fringe and a spool of tulle to go around the bike. It cost me less than $5. Then we took our Tutu Tour bike around town and to our favorite bakery, Foxtail. Me: That sounds so fun. I also love what you did with your bunnythemed party. Can you tell us about that?

Spring is here Sarah’s daughter at her Bunny Party

Being scrappy is just another form of being BRAVE Sarah: I utilized brown tablecloths that I had purchased for my wedding. Buying them at a discount store was cheaper than renting linens. I think having a good set of linens for events is like having that little black dress in your closet. You will always find an occasion to use them. At Home Depot, I purchased strips of Astroturf to use as table runners and plate chargers. It was super inexpensive but had a big impact. We used logs for seats with homemade paper bunny tails tied to them. Me: Brilliant. What other advice would you give to someone who wanted to be a bit more scrappy when planning events? Sarah: It never hurts to ask. I don’t expect anything for free but I often ask if a business would be willing to rent something they are selling. Me: Do you plan on having an event business in the future? Sarah: Right now my dream job is taking care of my children, but I do from time to time offer my services for planning weddings and children’s parties. I can be reached at

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Felicia Barth-Assen, Fashion Designer


ot only do I meet customers at Brave who are amazingly scrappy women, I also have one as an employee. Her scrappy story is a great example of how sometimes we get where we want to go, even when our initial plans are derailed. Felicia Barth-Aasen walked into Brave last fall looking for a job. It was easy to see that she knew a thing or two about fashion. She graduated in 2011 from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and was mentored by Calvin Klein her senior year. Felicia launched her design company Collective 26 and got her first fashion line on the runways with sheer scrappiness.

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Collective 26 Above: Felicia at LA Fashion Week Right: Sketches of Felicia’s Design

Me: How did you get from graduating FIT to having a design company? Felicia: Well that wasn’t the initial plan. I wanted to go to London for a masters degree in fashion entrepreneurship but after I had been accepted into the program, I realized as an international student they required a large cash deposit upfront which I didn’t have. My next plan was to go to London with a friend and do an internship. She went ahead of me and was deported before I had the funds to go. And so I continued earning and saving money so I could have more options—it wasn’t a fun time. Eventually I applied for the LA Fashion Week and got accepted. I needed to create a fashion line quickly. To save more money I moved in with my parents and invited a couple of my friends to come join me. I paid them to help me create my designs for the show. Me: How did LA turn out for you? Felicia: The show was received well. I got good feedback. I asked a friend of my mom’s, who was in PR, for advice on what to do next. She saw my portfolio and was willing to help me for free. I applied to the Charleston Fashion Week. Out of 300 applications I was one of the top 20 on the East coast chosen. I was provided a fully-sponsored fashion show for my spring line and received a lot of press. Me: What things would you say to someone who wanted to be scrappy like you?

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Felicia: You need to expect to not immediately have the life you want. I made a lot of sacrifices. I never thought I’d leave NYC. Also, I’d suggest to learn to work on a shoe-string budget and consider hiring your friends. It was helpful to find people who believed in my work and were willing to help me. Me: What’s next? Felicia: I really like having a variety of jobs that interest me like working at Brave and teaching ice skating at The Pavilion. It offers me the flexibility to work on my designs. This spring/summer I’m launching a swimwear and lifestyle line that will be sold at Brave. I’m also going to be teaching fashion design courses there for middle and high school students.

Leasa Wallace, Owner Goldie’s Coffee Shop


he first time Leasa Wallace came into Brave she quietly announced to me that she just paid off the loan for her coffee business, Goldies. She now owned Goldies free and clear, which is next to Riverwoods Country Store in the south part of Bend. She was shopping at Brave to celebrate her hard-earned victory. Leasa told me how she went from being in a women’s shelter with her two young children to being a successful entrepreneur. It’s a scrappy story worth sharing.

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Each day I’m growing, learning and getting wiser. Me: What did you do to get out of the women’s shelter and how long ago was that? Leasa: It was five years ago. I came to the shelter with my then almost two-and five-year-old on Christmas Day. I had a suitcase, a GPS, a car; but no access to money. I started a cleaning business while at the shelter. I sold my wedding ring for 500 bucks and bought a prepaid cell phone at Walmart, got licensed and insured, as well as made flyers and business cards. And I bought vitamins. Me: Vitamins? Leasa: I knew cleaning would be hard work and I needed to keep healthy. I began cleaning for property management companies, apartment complexes and contractors. I lowered my hourly rate to $25 to be more competitive—just to get the work. I still needed to supplement my income and so I got a job at a coffee shop at Reed Market. I didn’t know anything about that business but was soon managing it. With my tax return I was able to lease it. Eight months later I bought the location I’m in now on Bakers Road. Me: Wow. That’s scrappy. What advice would you give to a woman that needs to be brave and scrappy? Leasa: I’m always thinking ten steps ahead. I have a plan and strong intuition—it’s how I survived. I would say don’t give up and network. You also have to be able to act on your strategy—to not be afraid. Me: So what’s next for you? Leasa: Each day I’m growing, learning and getting wiser. I need to build up my computer skills. I just signed up for classes. I’m also mentoring teenagers. I volunteer at Grandma’s House, a shelter for pregnant and mothering teen moms here in Bend. Leasa’s coffee shop Goldies is located at 19745 SW Baker Road in Bend


t this point, you might be wondering how my scrappiness landed me a husband and why Terri Sjodin wants to include my story in her book. In her opinion it’s because my story of scrappiness is an example of resourcefulness, one that was time sensitive and that took strategy. I was 36, single and wanted to be married and start a family. Fortunately, I was self-employed as a marketing consultant working from home. Although financially I was doing well, and as a business owner I had flexibility, I wasn’t meeting many eligible men. I decided, even though I didn’t need the money, to work at Nordstrom a couple of times a week specifically in the men’s department. I met my husband Jay two weeks after I started and the rest is history. Now that’s scrappy!

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Beauty Beyond the Surface What’s Looking Good in Lasers? STORY BY KALEA AGUON photography provided by Dermspa and BFQ Staff


eautiful skin is an asset women of all ages desire. From hair removal to skin resurfacing and everything in between, laser technologies are fulfilling the beauty needs of women (and men) without invasive procedures. But with so many options in the beauty world, why turn to lasers? “Lasers have numerous benefits and treat a myriad of skin issues effectively and with little to no down time,” says Wendy Jacobson, BSRN of DermaSpa. “There are many other cosmetic procedures that are effective, however, lasers are a fantastic option for those who want results without going under the knife. Lasers can work in conjunction and synergistically with other treatments when an aesthetic care plan is thoughtfully planned out by a professional.” Laser treatments are growing in popularity and therefore so are the businesses that provide them. In Bend, several spas and dermatologists offer multiple laser treatments done by professional, licensed estheticians. Locations such as DermaSpa

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at Bend Dermatology Clinic provide high quality procedures in a clean and comfortable atmosphere. Because laser therapy is not a “one-sizefits-all,” they pay special attention to the skin’s needs, desired results and lifestyle habits. Depending on the cosmetic reason, several options are available for treatment. For those seeking a quick yet noticeable skin boost, the Clear and Brilliant treatment is a great choice. Using a gentle resurfacing laser, damaged skin cells are replaced with healthy tissue with no downtime. A patient of Lisbeth Johannesen, RN at DermaSpa, has been an advocate of laser treatments for years. She regularly receives the Clear and Brilliant which she says immediately, “refreshes my skin; it’s an instant pick-up for replacing damaged skin, giving a healthier looking appearance.” Other lasers seem to have reversed the appearance of aging skin, the same patient adds, “The Skintyte has helped to reverse the appearance of aging skin, smoothing wrinkles and fine face and neck feel and look firmer. The nice part of the laser treatments is rarely is there a downtime. If puffiness or

redness occur, it’s gone by the next day.” The Skintyte laser is a popular choice as it is painless with no downtime and is a nonablative approach to firmer skin which renews collagen leading to increased skin firmness. Non-ablative lasers are one of three types of lasers used under the umbrella term of “laser treatments.” Ablative and non-lasers make up the other types of lasers in the category. But how are “non-lasers” effective and defined as a laser treatment? “Intense pulsed light (IPL) is our most popular “laser” treatment and is in the nonlaser category. Other non-laser treatments include radio frequency treatments and ultrasound therapy,” explains Wendy. “IPL helps reduce skin discolorations, dark facial hair, redness/visible capillaries, while improving overall texture and tone, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores. The result is a brighter, evenly toned complexion and refreshed and younger appearing skin.” Other effective non-laser treatments use radio frequency including Vanquish, which melts fat cells and Protégé, which tightens the skin.

“I remember a patient that was consulting about wrinkles and loose skin, around the eyes and bags under the eyes who said, “I just look tired and I’m not.” She also stated that she had scheduled a blepharoplasty (surgical procedure to remove excess skin in the upper eye lid and lower eye) for the next week, but that she wanted to see if there were any other options. We recommended a radio frequency (RF) treatment that is typically done in a series of two to four treatments, two weeks apart. The patient had the RF treatment and returned one week later. She was so thrilled with her results that she cancelled her surgical procedure,” said Wendy. Ablative treatments are also common and extremely beneficial, including a newly trending treatment called DOT Therapy (dermal optical thermolysis) which is a great option for overall skin enhancement. This treatment can reverse the appearance of sun damage and age spots, smooth wrinkles and minimize scars. Popular non-ablative treatments include Spectra lasers for tattoo removal and melasma, Alexandrite laser for laser hair removal and Sclerotherapy for spider veins. The physical effects of lasers are obvious, but beyond the surface lies the more emotional and psychological benefits the treatments provide. The positive impact a laser treatment can have on a woman’s confidence and self-appreciation can be life changing. “We have many clients who have lived with unwanted acne, spots, birthmarks, hair, fine lines, deep wrinkles and more from years to decades. While our treatments are cosmetic, they have changed lives, boosted confidence and enhanced overall appearance,” said Wendy. Cosmetic surgery clinics and dermatologists around Bend are enhancing people’s beauty and boosting confidence in as little as a couple of minutes. With the elimination of anxiety from surgical procedures and decrease in recovery time (if any), lasers are a great alternative to surgical procedures and a popular choice for cosmetic enhancement. DermaSpa has several different top of the line lasers to treat a wide range of skin conditions and concerns. Prices range from as little as $80 up to $3,000.

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While our treatments are cosmetic, they have changed lives, boosted confidence and enhanced overall appearance.

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List of Treatments Clear and Brilliant A gentle no downtime resurfacing laser that refreshes your skin by replacing damaged skin with healthy younger looking tissue. DOT laser Increasingly both men and women are turning to laser rejuvenation to renew their skin or treat problem areas. DOT therapy (dermal optical thermolysis) is a fresh new way to transform skin and enhance overall appearance. This laser can reverse the appearance of aged or sun damaged skin, smooth wrinkles and fine lines and minimize acne scars. Spectra for tattoo removal Having second thoughts about your tattoo? You are not alone, every day we treat patients using the Spectra laser to safely and effectively remove tattoos. Spectra for Melasma treatment Finally, an option for treatming melasma. This treatment has no downtime and is safe for most skin types. Can also be combined with microdermabrasion.

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Sciton BBL For the treatment of sun damage, age spots and redness. Also our most popular choice for foto facial and skin rejuvenations. It is fast, cost effective and comes with minimal downtime. V-beam laser The v-beam is a pulsed dye laser, best for skin conditions that are red or purple in color. The v-beam laser is the most effective laser for treatment of rosacea, facial veins, scars and warts and has the added benefit of stimulating collagen for smoother, softer skin.

Sclerotherapy If you sometimes avoid showing your legs because of red or purple spider veins, you are not alone. Sclerotherapy is the medical term used for injecting a solution into a vein, causing it to collapse and fade from view. At DermaSpa we can treat leg veins with laser therapy or for deeper veins with sclerotherapy. Typically, two or more sessions are needed to obtain desired results.

Alexandrite laser for laser hair removal Rated as one of the best hair removal lasers on the market, the Alexandrite laser is safe for most skin types and can be 80 percent effective in as few as 6-8 treatments.

Vanquish for body contouring Vanquish is a safe, non-invasive procedure designed to remove unwanted body fat and reduce your waist line. Vanquish fat removal treatments typically reduce the waist line by two to four inches and eliminate 59 percent of the targeted fat cells. You can return to your regular day immediately after your appointment.

Sciton skintyte A non-ablative approach to firmer skin which renews collagen leading to increased skin firmness. Most popular areas to treat are abdomen, face, neck and upper arms. The skintyte laser is painless with no downtime.

Protégé The protégé is a safe and effective facial contouring and skin tightening devise that uses the latest advances in radio frequency aesthetic treatment. High frequency radio waves help stimulate and strengthen collagen to reduce wrinkles and laxity.

Cascade Women’s Expo


ultimate ladies’ day out, the second annual Cascade Women’s Expo, is returning to Central Oregon on Saturday, April 16. This amazing networking and shopping experience, presented by Cascade Business News, is all about women and will be held at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center from 10am-4pm. Today’s women are busy with home, careers and family! We have a tendency to put our husbands, children and work ahead of

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by AMANDA ALBRICH for BFQ ourselves. The Cascade Women’s Expo offers the women in Central Oregon an opportunity to put their health, beauty, fashion and basic well-being at the top of their list . . . at least for one day. The Cascade Women’s Expo definitely has a little bit of everything and we are thrilled that so many businesses will be participating in this years’ event. Whether you’re looking for information about redecorating, health and wellness, home improvements, nutrition, beauty, finances, housing, looking for a unique gift for a special friend or just want to enjoy a fantastic opportunity to network, you will find it at the Cascade Women’s Expo.

We guarantee that there is something valuable for every woman, regardless of her life stage or circumstance: college students and recent graduates, career women, new mothers, single women, brides-to-be, empty nesters and retirees. Did we mention that some items will be one-of-a-kind, made just for this show? Throughout this fun-filled day, the stage, sponsored by Flip Flop Sounds, will be filled with demonstrations, fitness challenges and fashion shows. A timeline will be posted on as the event draws near. You are not going to want to miss this year’s lineup.

Advertising is expensive, but we all know that reinvesting in your business is essential for growth. Think back to your last marketing campaign…How much did you spend? As a direct result from that, how many customers did you meet face to face? Were you able to put your products in their hands to touch or to try? If you are looking for a way to promote your business, services or products, we do have a few booths and sponsorship packages available. Not only will participating as an exhibitor or sponsor for this event get you all of that and more, but it will also give you the opportunity to connect with your future clients whom are in the right mindset, in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The Cascade Women’s Expo strongly believes in supporting our local nonprofit organizations. As a part of this event, donations of school supplies, alarm clocks and backpacks will be collected at the door to benefit the Family Access Network, a wonderful organization that assists the less fortunate children in our Central Oregon community. Your donations will help our local children get the assistance they need in order to be successful in school whether it’s a hot breakfast or a warm bed to sleep in at night. We owe a huge thank you to our 2016 Sponsors: Cascade Business News, Bend Radio Group, Brewing up Business, the Bend Chamber, Smart Shopper, Flip Flop Sounds, Bend’s Party Bus, Fabulous Finds and Wholesale Auto. All of our sponsors play a crucial role in making this event possible for Central Oregon. Did we mention door prizes? We will have plenty of door prizes and raffles throughout the day. The first two hundred guests will receive a swag bag filled with cool items from our vendors and sponsors. Admission is free so grab your purse, grab your girlfriend, daughter or your mom and join us on April 16 for an unforgettable day.

Girl Power A variety of booths and shows at the Women’s Expo

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We hope to see you there. Amanda Albrich


these Women Mean Business Stacy Lyon, Ericka Rodriguez, Cathy Margolin, Debbie Fred & Jennifer Clifton at a business meet-up

Five Women, Five Growing Companies Clean, Sexy & Healthy–Women Entrepreneurs of Bend Bring Their Natural Products to Market


hether the impetus for an entrepreneurial idea comes from the proverbial “light-bulb moment” or just a passion to make things better, creating a product to sell from scratch involves more than just willpower — it calls for a true entrepreneurial spirit; a spirit that rises above doubt, naysayers and even financial sense. Such is the case with a group of Bend women who have put it all on the line to introduce healthy products to the market. Together they formed a group, Women Entrepreneurs of Bend. “Despite the sometimes insurmountable challenges, nothing can squelch the inner voice of an entrepreneur that says, ‘This is an amazing product. Everyone should have my creation!’” says Stacy Lyon, head

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Photos provided by the Businesses cheerleader of the group. “However, after the excitement of the launch, the first favorable press coverage and initial sales success, there’s that moment when you realize your product has traction and it’s time to step up and figure how the heck to make it profitable,” Lyons continues. “Thus the search for guidance begins. While there is a plethora of business information on the internet, there is nothing like tips and advice from fellow women entrepreneurs all tracking on parallel paths.” Erika Rodriguez, from Axiology, commented, “The group came together almost effortlessly, as we all have natural products that appeal to those who are health and wellness-minded. It’s a real comfort to me to have these go-to gals in my corner as I plot my growth strategy.”


Ericka Rodriguez, Axiology

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Stacy Lyon, healthy hoohoo

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ealthy hoohoo is the answer to every woman’s intimate area cleansing concerns. Founder Lyon says, “Along with my line of cleansers and wipes, we also have a blog, Facebook and Twitter platform that provides women with the latest information about not only optimal feminine hygiene but women’s holistic health and wellness. I am a true believer in ‘prevention is the best medicine’ and am beyond passionate about helping women live the healthiest lives they possibly can.” Stacy’s analytical-yet-witty, sharp-yet-sympathetic approach to this “taboo” subject is proving a winning combination to helping women open up and talk about this often neglected subject.


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Debbie Fred, Paleo Eats

hile most entrepreneurs take a flying leap into business, for Debbie Fred, it was more of a natural progression. “For as long as I can remember, I have always been focused on a healthy lifestyle,” Debbie explains. “I spent years in the medical industry, and was a selfproclaimed cross-fit nut and nutritional devotee.” With that health-conscious world view, it didn’t take long for inspiration born out of necessity to kick in. “My total commitment to wellbeing came after my three children were born. I gave up dairy while breastfeeding to alleviate my first child’s colic. I continued our dairy-free diet after my son was born, but he still developed difficult food allergies. After months of costly testing, we discovered that he suffered from gluten intolerance. When my third child thrived because he had no exposure to gluten or dairy, it became clear that we needed to move beyond a typical American diet and eat clean, easy-to-digest foods.” Thus was born the concept behind Paleo Eats. “I began by baking delectable dairy and gluten-free treats for my family. Before long, our friends and even their children were asking for our homemade snacks,” said Fred. In 2012 Debbie officially founded Paleo Eats and started offering specialty baked goods.

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Cathy Margolin with TianJiang Pharmaceutical Company founder Dr Zhou (Right) and executives (left)



Cathy Margolin, Pacific Herbs

ringing the healing power of herbs to consumers in a new format—tasty powders in convenient packets—is Cathy Margolin’s passion at Pacific Herbs. As a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist, Cathy has seen the clinical results first hand using Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. “My patients were confused by the Chinese names of the bottles of herbs, and many simply did not like swallowing pills,” says Cathy. Her solution? Delicious packets of herbs that can be made into teas or dissolved directly in the mouth. Pacific Herbs sells nine products online, as well as by healthcare practitioners. Products include Menopause Relief, Corydalis Pain Relief, a sleep aid, stress relief, detox for weight loss, libido booster and others.

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ava Love was inspired by a healing journey. Co-founder, Jennifer Clifton, said, “My co-founder, Elisabeth Dunham, was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and spent years searching in vain for a cure through conventional means. She eventually healed herself over time by changing her diet and using clay baths and other protocols to detoxify her body and regain her immune function. She went from bedridden to working full time in a matter of months! With health issues of my own, I tried clay as well,

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and got great results.” Wanting to share what they learned to help others, they formed Lava Love, a natural line of healing bath and body products made with volcanic clay, sourced in Oregon. Jennifer runs Lava Love’s daily operations and just started her own law firm, Viewpoint Law Group. “It’s a real gift to have someone to guide you through the process and warn you of potential pitfalls,” says Jennifer. “Stacy Lyon has been an amazing mentor for all of us, not just with her enthusiasm, but also with her experience! She’s garnered contracts with Whole Foods and the Vitamin Shoppe and has a wealth of knowledge that she gleefully shares with us. She is so helpful and collaborative. When she started this group, I knew I wanted to be a part of it!” The group meets once a month and has a vision of someday creating a shared workspace like BendTech for their natural product startups. The power of women supporting women to deliver great products is unstoppable. It provides a creative, open environment to brainstorm and troubleshoot the multiple challenges every entrepreneur must explore. Possibly the best part about a business networking group like this one is that as each of these women learns and grows from the obstacles that they face, and then turns around and helps the next woman save time or do things a bit better. For women, what could be more natural?


Explore an unforgettable day of shopping, spa treatments, free samples, raffles and fashion shows!

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ean, Pea & the Pumpkin, (BP&P) offering soup, salad and bread on a subscription basis, continues to reinvent the weeknight dinner for Bendites by making it ridiculously easy to put delicious, organic, healthy meals on the table. With new menus each week, they provide fresh options for lunch or dinner, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, with delivery to your home or office, or for pickup at one of their four convenient pick-up locations. Owner and chef of Bean, Pea and the Pumpkin, Kortney Barnes, reports that when she decided to start a soup and salad business, she had her own children and other families like hers in mind. “I wanted my kids to enjoy their meals but I wanted that food to be as healthy and delicious as possible,” says Barnes, “though finding the time to cook a healthy meal is often hard with a busy schedule. On nights like this, it’s easy to grab something fast even though you know it may not be the healthiest choice for you or your family.” Barnes started Bean, Pea & the Pumpkin to make the easy option for lunch or dinner the better one. She determined to focus her business on soup because she loves soup. Every day is a good day for soup, especially delicious soup that is made from scratch with fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients. “Soup is also the perfect way to incorporate healthy ingredients, vegetables, grains and legumes, into your diet,” insists Barnes. “I started Bean, Pea & the Pumpkin to bring delicious, locally inspired, gluten free and nutritious soups and salads to the hungry citizens of Bend.” Barnes’s family has deep roots in Central Oregon. Growing up in Sunriver, her parents have lived in Central Oregon for over 40 years. After graduating from Bend High School, she moved to California for college. Eight years ago, she returned to Bend with her husband to raise their family. “We love Bend and feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this community and raising our children in Central Oregon,” remarks Barnes. Bean, Pea and the Pumpkin is named after her three children who turn out to be her top taste-testers, biggest fans and unwavering supporters. “My oldest daughter is my String Bean, my middle daughter is my Sweet Pea and my youngest son is my Pumpkin,” she reports. When Bean, Pea & the Pumpkin began, Barnes was the sole employee. With last year’s rapid growth, she hired a recent graduate of the Cascade Culinary Institute, Jessica Smith. She has been an incredible addition to Bean, Pea and the Pumpkin both for her culinary expertise and her

dedication to making delicious and beautiful soups and salads. “ As a business in the Makers District, I feel lucky to be surrounded by other creative, like-minded small business owners who are willing to not only support other local businesses but share their expertise on how to succeed in Bend,” reports Barnes. “I am proud to be part of such a vibrant and supportive community. “The secret to our delicious soups and salads is in our seasonal produce. Our local farmers provide us with incredible organic produce and we let that dictate what soups and salads land on our weekly menu. With such variety, our customers never tire of our menu as our soups and salads rarely are repeated on our seasonal menu. “That said, we do have some soups and salads that we like to bring back from time to time which are some of our customer’s favorites.” Barnes says her approach has focused on having a number of convenient pickup locations, in addition to the ability to deliver directly to doorsteps. On Wednesdays, meals are either delivered or picked up at a handful of convenient pick-up locations around Bend: Central Oregon Locavore, Crows’ Feet Commons, Highland Elementary and Seven Peaks School. “We are always searching for additional pick-up locations around Bend to make delivery of our soups and salads to our customers even more convenient,” says Barnes. “We also hope to expand our delivery area so that we may bring our soups and salads to customers outside of Bend.” BP&P also caters: whether it is a work event, a private party or just an excuse to treat your guests to yummy soups and salads, they offer a number of different catering options. Bread is provided by two local bakeries, Big Ed’s Bread and Honest Baking. Salads and soups by the bowl are sold at Crows’ Feet Commons and Little Bite. “We source our produce from Agricultural Connections, a local Bend company who works with Oregon farmers to bring local, organic and sustainable food to Central Oregon throughout the year,” explains Barnes. Some of those farmers are Rainshadow Organics (Sisters/ Terrebonne), Cinco Estrellas (Junction City), Good Earth Farms (Bend), Juniper Jungle (Bend).

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SOME FAVORITES Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut and Ginger Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free This luscious, slightly sweet soup is made with coconut milk instead of heavy cream. The coconut milk gives the soup a silky texture and the ginger adds an unexpected exotic twist. Pork and Pumpkin Stew Meat, Dairy Free, Gluten Free Chock-full of tender pork and pumpkin and seasoned with a medley of fragrant spices, this warming stew is perfect for a winter supper with friends. Curried Chicken Soup Meat, Dairy Free, Gluten Free Tender organic chicken is simmered in an aromatic sauce with sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Delicious spices: curry, fresh ginger and thyme, season this earthy soup, perfect after a long day at work or a fun day on the mountain!


Vegetarian Salad Nicoise Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free This classic salad traditionally includes tuna but this vegetarian version uses white beans as an alternative. Potatoes, haricots verts, tomatoes and organic greens round out this salad that is finished with a Dijon vinaigrette. Delicious and nutritious! Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free Both healthy and delicious, this salad is packed with nutrients like A, C and K (kale) and healthy fats and protein. Topped with toasted almonds, dried cranberries and a creamy curry dressing, this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this superfood combination. Crunchy Winter Salad Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free Broccoli, cauliflower, Kalamata olives and capers dressed with a lemon-Dijon vinaigrette yield a bold and delicious side dish.

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The Sensational

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

Photography by Krystal Marie COllins


The Coveted Trash Trophy went to Abby Cakes and Stuart Brendenstein for their one of a kind creation, Egg Carton Eggspress, which was a Business Challenge entry from The Sparrow Bakery. This is an eggcellent eggsample of egg carton couture. Made solely from pulped and re-formed egg cartons, this dress would go over easy at any eggcasion. Scrounged from the Sparrow Bakery’s trash can, the egg cartons were blended and pulped then strained and made into heavy paper which became the panels for this eggstra-ordinary garment.

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he sixth annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show returned in January for two simply fantastic runway shows. The event is a signature fundraiser for REALMS, Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School. Support came from 25 local business sponsors, the show enlisted the creativity of 60+ models and designers and employed more than 30 dedicated volunteers to raise just under $22,000 for REALMS. The forward thinking, eco friendly community event showcases both adult and student designers of all ages from Central Oregon. Rooted in a love of fashion, an appreciation of art and a passion for the planet, the show featured an eclectic, wearable art runway show (both trash fashion and re-fashioned garments), a live and silent auction, a gallery style marketplace (where contributing local artists sell and showcase their work) and local food and drink.  “Rubbish Renewed is the perfect vehicle to get kids to start making unconscious decisions more conscious,” said Amy Anderson, event co-producer. “It’s so exciting to see students bringing new life and creativity to all the stuff we are so accustomed to getting rid of.” Past year’s audience members have seen models clad in everything from old blue tarps, empty paella rice bags, gift cards and even speaker wires and car upholstery. “One-of-a-kind garments were impressive and helped create another unique show,” continued Anderson. “The student designers continue to “wow” the audience with their creativity and collaboration, and after all these years we are impressed to see new materials on the runway. A testament to their designing spirit and environmental consciousness.” Part of the inspired and creative show includes a Business Challenge where local businesses created a garment from their refuge and compete, by an audiencedecided vote, to win the coveted Trash Trophy. The Coveted Trash Trophy went to Abby Cakes and Stuart Brendenstein for their one-of-a-kind creation, Egg Carton Eggspress, which was a Business Challenge entry from The Sparrow Bakery.

Designed by Alicia Renner

Designed by Denise Oldgridge

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Designed by Kelly Powell

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Designed by Dee Ford Potter

Designed by Caleb Campbell & Sage Goodenough for Wabi Sabi

Designed by Brenda Jackson for Tambi Lane Photography



FIT LOOK Active Wear by Oiselle

illustrations by Robyn Cochran-Ragland Photography Provided by Oiselle

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earing your workout clothes all day after hitting the gym in the morning (or even the middle of the day) fits Bend’s lifestyle; from leggings, longer jackets, cropped t-shirts and boots are quickly replacing tennis shoes. This look is totally acceptable as everyday wear from the office to the restaurant, from meetings to school conferences...athletic wear can go from the studio to the street. The featured illustrations depict the brand Oiselle, courtesy of Bendite Lauren F. Thomas (Lauren Fleshman), a professional long distance runner and two-time U.S. 5,000-meter champion and six-time world championships competitor in cross country and track. Lauren is sponsored by Oiselle, a running apparel company focused on promoting and supporting female athletes. Lauren is featured on the Oiselle website. Locally they sell their clothing at Footzone. Last year Oiselle received an apparel sponsorship with Yale University’s Cross Country team for their 2015 season and competitive opportunities for women throughout life. As its first collegiate team sponsorship, they worked with Yale to create a modern yet timeless look for the race kit. Or as lead designer/owner of Oiselle, Sally Bergesen, put it… “Like if Marc Jacobs was going to design a new Harvard blazer.” Lauren and husband, Jesse Thomas, are founders/owners of Picky Bars, a local company that makes Performance and Real Food Bars. Jesse, a professional triathlete, is the most recent winner of the U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend. From Runners World October 2015 came this announcement, “The 50 most influential people in running roster from Runner’s World included Lauren Fleshman, nominated into “Champions—the athletes who inspire us most.” Ken Goe of The Oregonian/OregonLive writes, “There are no hidden agendas with Lauren Fleshman, the two-time USA women’s 5,000-meter champion, now running for Oiselle and based in Bend. She is sharp, witty, incisive and above all, honest when she writes about herself or upbraids USA Track & Field for decisions with which she disagrees, which happens. Many athletes tiptoe around controversy or painful subjects. Fleshman squares up and meets it all head on.”

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Fit Chic Comfortable, breathable & Trendy, Oiselle’s active wear line is a must

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WHAT ARE YOU WEARING From boots to flipflops with jeans, sundresses and layers Central Oregonians know their style.

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Bend Fashion Quarterly- Spring 2016  

Central Oregon's first fashion magazine features what’s trending in fashion and the high desert lifestyle. Highlighting new and established...

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