It’s no secret that Portland’s warm-summer Mediterranean climate, spoils residents with ideal conditions and endless opportunities to explore. The city topography delivers one of the best “rise and shine” coffee views from the west hills, putting you in a constant battle with your inner demon to “play hooky” and seize such a beautiful day. Ultimately though, our little demon loses out and we start our workday (aside from a few 20 somethings that come here to retire).
In Portland, we tackle work with the mindset of a champion. I imagine this is because we’re in “Sneaker Town,” surrounded by inspiring athletic brands inviting us to bring our A game. As a reward for relentlessly cultivating our craft, reduced work hours during the summer is kind of our thing. With that extra time, we embrace the diversity of what our outdoor playground has to offer, from miles of forested city hiking trails to Dragon Boat racing on the river.
Living in what sometimes feels like a fantasy land, surrounded by the natural beauty and wonder of the PNW, it’s almost a prerequisite that we are champions of the environment. Not only in protecting and preserving it, but in bringing to fruition the best of its glory. That glory and perfection is shown in a prized rose, a culinary lavender bud, a fresh hop varietal, the subtle aroma of a Douglas Fir, a hazelnut and the painted landscape of rich green moss.
I might not have realized it at the time, but while searching for gems to go in the Slice of a City Portland Box, I was also looking for champions. Lucky for me, I found Minna Yoo, a woman packaging water in all its glory with Love Bottle Company.