2015 Beer of the Year

Congratulations to Leftbank tenant, Upright Brewing…winner of Willamette Week 2015 Beer of the Year. Read more at links below.


2015 Beer of the Year: Engelberg Pilsner (Upright Brewing)

A Look Inside Upright Brewing, The Producer of Our ‘Beer of the Year’

3 Great Collective Workplaces for Start-Ups in Portland

The Hive at Leftbank was recently named one of 3 great co-working spaces in Portland for start-ups by the Portland Monthly!
Want to know more about the Hive? Interested in renting your own private desk in this cool space? Drop us a line at [email protected].

Read the full article HERE

Good News for Our Friends Who Like to Bike

Car2Go Introduces Bike N Ride

Car2Go’s bike racks allow you to take your bike along for the ride

In 2015, carsharing will allow members even greater travel flexibility as Car2Go equips half of their fleet of Smartcars with bike racks. This move, a pilot in the international company’s Portland market, will allow members to bike one way and drive home (or vice versa) or drive their bike to recreational riding areas. The introduction of bike racks, which is expected to occur sometime in early 2015, is in direct response to member requests to add racks to the fleet of vehicles located throughout the city.

2015 NW Wild Heritage Awards & Concert
February 6, 2015
7-11 p.m.
Leftbank Annex

The Leftbank Annex hosts many wonderful events benefiting great nonprofit organizations. This one is a perfect example…really caught our attention:


Wild Artist Guild and the Wolf Education & Research Center present an inspiring evening devoted to promoting greater interest and understanding of iconic northwestern animals and there intersection with humans. Three nonprofits and three individual demonstrating an outstanding commitment to ecology, stewardship, and enterprise, with a focus on the relationship between wildlife and humans, will be honored. Hear from regional experts on Oregon and Washington’s newest residents: Wolves! Preview Sawtooth Legacy Film’s, The Great Wolf Divide: A Predator’s Dilemma. Meet the outreach team that runs the premier northwest wolf sanctuary and view the work of eight regional artists who have donated art for a silent auction. After-hours performance by Portland’s own Moody Little Sister. Tickets for the Awards and Concert are $25 per person and $30 at the door. Register online HERE.

Rose City Rollers!

Still looking for the perfect “Portland” gift?  Check out the Rose City Rollers – Portland’s Roller Derby league!  The All-Star team was second in the world this year, and several players from the league are on Team USA which just won the world cup.  Tickets for individual bouts or season passes are available.

pedestrian safety presentation

Free Pedestrian Safety Brown Bag Presentation

Wednesday, November 5,
12:00 – 1:00 pm

  • Safety tips for drivers and pedestrians
  • Info on Oregon crosswalk laws
  • Statistics about pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and more.

Sharon White with the City of Portland will present an 18 minute film titled Portland Walks – Be Safe! Bring your lunch and join us!

Third floor conference room
700 NE Multnomah Street

design week portland

WATSON CREATIVE is hosting an Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 8th
4:00 to 7:00pm.
Suite 116
[take main lobby stairs and head right all the way back]

We’ll be pouring beer donated by local breweries, Ex Novo and Upright Brewing. Swing by to say hello… and even hop on a trampoline for your very own boom photo! We will render up the top 20 ideas voted by you.


book launch party at the hive october 9!

You are invited …

Celebrate the publication of Bring Your Lunch!  by Califia Suntree

October 9, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at The Hive Suite 112

Featuring bites from the book, beer & wine, and an Introduction to Better Brown-Bagging!
All guests welcome. RSVP by October 5 to [email protected]

on its way

The Grand Opening of the Portland Steetcar Loop is September 21, 2012.  If you want to count down with me, that’s 175 days…

Leftbankers’ memory of the brutal Streetcar construction period gives way to building excitement about the coming streetcar.  During test runs last week we got a glimpse of Leftbank and Streetcar side by side.  Lovely!  (Thank you for the photo, Julie Gustafson.)  The first east side stop will be at Leftbank’s front door.

And for the record, Streetcar and Leftbank aren’t just coming together.  They’re coming together again.  The route that brings Streetcar right past the building is the rebuilding of the original Streetcar route on Broadway.  In looking for details about its original construction and removal,  came across this goldmine at pdxhistory.com.  Treat yourself to a few minutes of history and check out incredible photographs from the 1800s.  There are horse drawn streetcars, a photograph of a cable car, and you can see streetcars on the Alberta, the Mt. Scott, and Mt. Tabor lines.

FMYI Certified as a B Corporation

FMYI is the 25th Oregon company to be certified as a B Corporation for a commitment to using business to help change the world for better. B Lab, a nonprofit organization with the vision of creating a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, certifies B Corporations.

As a result of more companies joining the B Corporation movement, individuals will have greater economic opportunity, society will move closer to achieving a positive environmental footprint, more people will be employed in great places to work, and we will have built stronger communities at home and across the world.

“This is an exciting moment for us,” said Justin Yuen, FMYI Founder & President. “From our beginning almost seven years ago, FMYI has endeavored to be to be an enduring business with minimum ecological impact and maximum social value. Our B Corporation designation helps us scale our impact by joining other like-minded, innovative companies using business to bring about change.”

The certification affirms that FMYI meets rigorous and independent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Lab’s independent Standards Advisory Council (SAC) sets the legal and performance standards that are required to become a B Corporation and oversees the evolution of those standards and the auditing of B Corporations. The legal and performance standards, as well as the members of the SAC, the Board, and the management team, are all transparent to the public on www.bcorporation.net.