Portland Gear – Meet the Founder Who Brought the Brand to Life

Portland Gear founder, Marcus Harvey

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Episode 9- Marcus and Portland Gear

If you anything about Portlanders, you know that we LOVE our city (and, even though we won’t admit it, we want you to love it, too). The “Keep Portland Weird”, book-reading, coffee-drinking, start-up CEO by day/tortured poet by night quirkiness of its inhabitants keeps this city marching to the beat of its own steady drum.

We’re home to teams like the Portland Trailblazers, Timbers, Thorns FC, Winterhawks, and those Portland Pickles. It’s been the filming location of shows like Grimm and, of course, Portlandia.

This week, we have the pleasure of talking with Marcus, founder of the lifestyle apparel brand, Portland Gear. If you were ever out for a classic Sunday brunch, you might have seen Tiffany wearing a hat with a logo consisting of a P and the shape of Oregon in the center. You may have seen a player from the Trailblazers wearing a shirt that simply said PORTLAND across it.

Portland Gear was founded out of a passion for this city and the community that fuels it.

We were excited to talk to Marcus and hear what he’s been up to since 2014. Although this whole gig began in the back of a Volkswagen van and has now grown into its own downtown brick and mortar location, they’ve never strayed from their original purpose.

Marcus explains what his vision was, where it’s headed, PDX collaborations, and how he’s using his passion for Portland and branding to encourage others.

Grab your gear and get out there and live your best Portland life!

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K-Pop, BTS, and the Translators Who Helped It Become Global

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Meet the K-Pop Translators

It all started when I (Tiffany. Brock is an innocent bystander here) heard a song pop up on my Spotify playlist that caused me to do a double take for two reasons: 1) It was incredibly catchy and 2) it was in Korean, and I had no idea what they were saying.

Never one to leave a mysterious Pop song uninvestigated, I hopped over to YouTube and clicked on a video called, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”. Mind. Blown.

This was my introduction to K-Pop, the group known as BTS, and their fan base known as ARMY.

So, what is  K-Pop, and why should we be paying attention to it? In this episode, I sit down with my friend, Melanie, and discuss BTS’ entrance into the US Top 40 music charts, the 90’s, and how today’s fans are using social media to fuel a global movement.

We also have the pleasure of talking with Mary from BTS Translations -  a 40 member, non-profit, fan-run organization dedicated to translating BTS content. With over 1.2M followers, they've been featured in a Billboard article about their role in the globalization of K-Pop.


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Coffee & Savannah – Listen to Episode 8

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Savannah and Prosper Coffee Co. 

This week, we talk to coffee enthusiast turned cold brew entrepreneur, Savannah Case.

At 20 years old, she may be the youngest guest we’ve ever had on the show (yes, the sad day has arrived where I’ve finally met the millennial who has no idea what a Nintendo 64 is), but she’s definitely one of the most ambitious guests we’ve chatted with.

Savannah grew up in Portland and made the brave decision one day to take a leap and move to Los Angeles. She left her old life behind but took her deep-rooted passion for coffee with her. She’s a Starbucks barista, full time accounting student, and Prosper Coffee Co. founder.

Some of my happiest moments are the most quiet and fleeting ones: I’m sitting alone, staring out at the morning sun, a latte warming my hands. Subtract the latte, and, well, it’s just me staring at the sun. Some of my greatest friendships were built over caramel macchiatos and crude jokes. Talking to Savannah made me realize that she had captured those moments in her cold brew.

Prosper Coffee Co. is truly where coffee meets lifestyle. You’ll be able to grab a cold brew with varying caffeine levels. Personally? I’m going for Level: Highest.

Listen in as Savannah puts coffee culture into words and explains why we can all benefit, and dare I say prosper, from it.

Follow Along With Savannah's Journey

Instagram: @savannahcase  / @prosper_coffee 

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