January 16th, 2015
My exhilarating adventures had left me thirsty for more of Portland’s vibrant funkiness and a night of dancing was definitely at the top of my agenda. After three outfit changes, I expertly winged my eyeliner, applied my favorite boho natural lipstick and headed out to the Crystal Ballroom.
As I walked through the doors, the nostalgic aura of the place gave me goose bumps. With a 100-year history, there was a palpable energy that can’t be explained, but needs to be experienced.
Since 1914, the Crystal Ballroom has been a controversial 1920s jazz hall, popular Depression-era theater, 60s rock mecca and idolized beacon of counter-culture. Strolling through the hallway lined with posters signed by world-renowned actors, artists and musicians from decades past gave me a colorful glimpse into the collection of lurid memories and tales housed by these walls and beams. The Crystal’s past epitomizes epic coolness and the ballroom wears its history like a badge of honor.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, breathtaking chandeliers and eclectic art pieces all contribute to a unique bohemian glamour, but its floating dance floor really sets the Crystal Ballroom apart. As I twirled around to the music of a local band, I literally felt like I was dancing on air. Time slipped away and my heart and soul grew happier with every passing minute.
Ready to dance among the clouds and drink in the presence of cultural game changers? Head over to the Crystal Ballroom at 1332 W. Burnside. You can check out their lineup here, http://www.mcmenamins.com/425-crystal-ballroom-home
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Posted by Kork-Ease • January 16th, 2015
November 19th, 2014
Built, Owned & Operated by Musicians
Burger Stars. Best Fries.
Doors Open at 8:00PM
Acts From Across the World Covering Almost Every Music Genre
If you’re looking for some homegrown goodness, you’ve got to stop by Mississippi Studios. Built from the ground up by Portland musicians, you can tell they’ve poured their hearts and souls into the foundation of this place. Not only was it created by artists, it was created for artists.
Being part of such a big, thriving city, this neighborhood gem had a distinctive charm. It was intimate and cozy without being exclusive. I felt like a local there, surrounded by good people enjoying good drinks and amazing music. The acoustics in this place were unlike anything I had ever experienced, causing my bones to vibrate along to the delicious beats.
And speaking of delicious, the burger I devoured at Mississippi Studio’s restaurant, Bar Bar was nothing other than delectable. The Angry Rhino BBQ Burger is a must-try for all of my carnivorous friends.
From cultivating great talent to cultivating great eats, the guys at Mississippi Studios have made it their mission to give the community an unparalleled experience. Want to know more? Stop by 3939 N Mississippi Avenue or check out http://www.mississippistudios.com/
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Posted by Kork-Ease • November 19th, 2014
November 11th, 2014
Kork-Ease + MOD forever!
Dress in your favorite Mod minis, color-blocked shifts, slim-cut suits, geometric prints and fabulously fringed eyelashes — think your favorite Twiggy, Beatles or decade-of-love looks – and come ready to party like we’re living‘ life in the 60′s, again! The Mod party is happening in the Kork-Ease POP Boutique — the Buffalo Exchange Colorado gallery space Todd Colletti, store owner, has transformed into an early ’60s Biba-inspired concept shop for the month-of-November Kork-Ease shoe shopping event. Complete with gold metallic walls, shag carpet and a specially-commissioned POP art wall mural created by Justin Schmidt — the gallery is designed to transport you straight onto the streets of early ’60s London Abingdon Road — made famous for changing the way youth culture shopped for individualist fashion during the decade‑of‑love.
Party-goers who share their favorite looks or selfies from the event on Instagram using the hash tag #korkeasePOP, and get the most likes, will win a pair of the iconic Kork-Ease platform shoe of the Sixties — the Ava! Details, rules and regulations on the Instagram contest can be found on Buffaloexchangecolorado.com, and will also be posted on site during this outta-sight vintage fashion event. Along with the iconic Ava platform shoe, stop in to experience and purchase new styles from the Kork-Ease Fall 2014 Collection.
On November 15 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, show the world how you pay homage to this hyper-cool, revolutionary decade. The Mod Party will be sponsored by Martini & Rossi, and open to guests 21 years and older. Kork-Ease will be filming the event for a music video, to be released on korkease.com early in 2015.
For more information on the Kork-Ease Pop Boutique concept shop at Buffalo Exchange Colorado, or on the groovy Mod party, please visit http://bit.ly/korkeasePOP or buffaloexchangecolorado.com. All Kork-Ease boutique events throughout the month of November will take place at the Buffalo Exchange Colorado 51 Broadway, Denver location.
Posted by Kork-Ease • November 11th, 2014