Innovative companies help work and play hit the road with style. Drive through Bend, into the Cascade Range or down a National Forest road these days, and it’s impossible not […]
Just six years ago, Bend’s Steve Tague knew nothing of the world of competitive indoor rowing. While he’d tried rowing machines in gyms over the years, it wasn’t until his […]
Here, we highlight a handful of local coaches who have dedicated their lives to helping kids—and kids-at-heart—reach their full potential, in sport and life.
Of the 135 Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers, 35 are women, all with a range of backgrounds and skill sets that make their contributions invaluable. The women of SAR are not just stepping up as volunteers, more and more often they’re the ones leading these complicated missions.
The Gambler 500 Takes Oregon Clean Up on the Road Each July, watch for a hodgepodge of unlikely cars zipping across the high desert, with their drivers cleaning up trash […]
Revel throughout the streets of downtown Bend during a First Friday Art Walk and listen as each bar, restaurant and art gallery beckons for attention with the siren sounds of […]
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and Central Oregon is brimming with exciting ways to celebrate and show your appreciation for the special women in your life. From mouthwatering […]
Central Oregon is not only growing, it is also becoming more diverse, and local entrepreneurs believe the same is true of the community’s demand for international foods. That’s stirring up […]
Single-use plastic is so last century, right? Director of Sustainability at Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Cassidy Cushing, thinks so too. Last year alone, Cushing oversaw efforts which eliminated the use of […]
Cate Havstad-Casad hopes to start a revolution. While managing 360-acres from the Madras farm she runs with her husband Chris, Havstad founded Range Revolution. She refers to it as the […]
Remember this name: Diggory Dillingham. The swimming sensation has his sights on the Paris Summer Olympics in 2024. Dillingham, 18, a senior at Mountain View High School, secured a swimming […]
Kristian Thordarson spent eight years as a general contractor in Portland before moving to Bend with his family in 2020. Thordarson took the move as an opportunity to zoom in […]
The Deschutes Railroad War is A Race for Oregon’s Natural Resources The Deschutes River Railroad War in the early 1900s shaped the future of Central Oregon. Without railroad tycoons James […]
As a budding artist designing clothing and handmade leather goods, Alicia Renner found a sense of community at a shared artist workspace, Poet House, which once existed in downtown Bend. […]
See that distinctive silhouette outlining the edges of Three Fingered Jack along the Cascade Range? Well, deeper in the archives of history is the tale of a three-fingered pioneer trapper […]
Jefferson Greene remembers his grandmother, Verbena “Sasawaipum” Greene, telling stories about the first people and the trees, mountains and animals that spoke with the breeze. Most of all he remembers […]
We do it 20,000 times a day. Breathe in, breathe out. But what if the goal is to run faster, sing better, lower stress, overcome addiction, or manage pain and […]
Sitting in a New York cafe in 2012, John Kish charted the idea for a mystical space where plants and theater met, much like the Little Shop of Horrors. He […]
Records from 296 B.C. in Ancient Greece tell of a place where men would gather to get their hair and beards trimmed, and of course, debate political and philosophical subjects […]
After years of living off the grid, Jason Daniels and Lindsay McAnulty moved into Bend to secure permanent housing that would be suitable for their blended family, which includes five […]
Angelina Swanson is a natural. From her athletic lifestyle, to the planet-conscious, Bend-based aos (Angelina Organic Skincare) business she created, she embodies her brand as more than a namesake. Starting […]
When each new client comes to Neal Huston with a dream home or commercial space in mind, he sees the project as a puzzle to be solved. Sometimes the pieces […]
Photo Toby Nolan When second-generation family owners of an Idaho/Oregon railroad construction company were looking to design a new fireplace for their home, they turned to Paul Shepherd at Bend’s […]
The globe-trotting odyssey of 81-year-old Marda Stoliar and her Bend-based International School of Baking would easily fill the countless number of cookbooks she has studied, gathered and reviewed during the […]
The secondhand market has seen significant growth in the past few years amid growing concerns about the environmental and ethical impact of what we buy. Experts don’t think this trend […]
When 14-year-old Genesis Marlowe speaks about being a part of Ujima, the youth group in Central Oregon, her enthusiasm is palpable. Born in Bend, Genesis has often been the only […]
What does it mean to give like a local? Here in Bend, living like a local means creating a life that reflects the spirit of our community. It means seeking […]
While cacti and succulents prosper in the heat and sunshine, they don’t need summer to flourish; a wonderful indoor high desert can be created at home. The plants not only […]
I’m lying on a reclining chair under the canopy of a century-old maple tree, my eyes closed and surrounded by seven women singing quiet songs of peace, love and release. […]
Marcelle Howard began dancing at the age of three at a studio formerly known as Jean’s Dancing School in Prineville. Slipping on her tap shoes, she emerged into her first […]
Eddie Swisher has a corner in Bend, Oregon where not only is he greeted on a first-name basis by his customers, but he makes a point of knowing their names […]
Kylea Civello Design Kylea Civello turned to furniture refinishing to keep her mind occupied while her mom was sick, and again when experiencing postpartum anxiety after the birth of her […]
Sponsored Content Marie Saldivar and her husband Kurtis met in the vast, Joshua tree-lined landscape of the Mojave Desert. They were part of a community of outsiders, artists and dreamers […]
Sponsored Content It all started in a garage for Bend’s Baldhead Cabinets, which is today a designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty, high-quality garage cabinetry. In the 1980s, Eric and Bobbie […]
It’s a gorgeous, unreal day over Madras with the high desert canyons collapsing into the rolling expanses of sage and brittlebush, and Tanner Steele is at the helm of a […]
Bend has certainly changed during the past few decades. The number of roundabouts and breweries has exponentially increased. The home prices have gone through the roof. The proliferation of familiar […]
Traveling to Milan, Italy and displaying his work at SaloneSatellite 2022, a showcase for designers under the age of thirty-five, helped emerging Bend furniture designer Jacob Riggle take his work […]
Two essentials for a Central Oregon camping trip are most certainly beer and a sleeping bag, so it’s fitting that the idea for sleeping bag beer holders was dreamt up […]
People are losing their fingers and toes!” It was a phone call that Richard Berg received in 2005 from a stranger about the houseless people staying on China Hat Road […]
Destination Rehab is a Bend-based nonprofit that helps individuals with neurological conditions get back outside and into their communities. Eugene native Dr. Carol-Ann Nelson received her doctoral degree of physical […]
In 1964, when Marvin Wodtli was just 2 years old, his parents built a home out on Billadeau Road east of Bend’s city limits. They raised cattle and hay on […]
Last year, Sunriver Resort launched a new chef apprenticeship program in collaboration with the American Culinary Federation. The four-year program trains chefs on the job, ultimately graduating twelve per year […]
Jake Woodruff knows that roofing may not be the sexiest subject out there, and that a new roof doesn’t usually top a person’s list of “cool” large purchases. Regardless, having […]
Sponsored Content When buying or selling real estate, prospective clients might think they’re working with just a single broker to move the deal forward. While that broker might be the […]
Sponsored Content Coming to the office looks a little different for the employees of Bend’s Century Insurance. Maybe it’s the two-tap kegerator next to the flatscreen TV or the comfy […]
In a fast-paced world, we often don’t have time to think about where our food is coming from, and going to the grocery store becomes another tick on a list […]
Rhino Skin Solutions was created in 2015 in Central Oregon for Smith Rock climbers. Developed to help combat the brutal effects of sharp crimps and rough rock, Rhino has evolved […]
For most of Cheryl Mill’s life, no one around her talked about adverse life experiences. “It used to be that you didn’t talk about trauma,” she said. “You learned to […]
When Emily Aygun, owner of Altius Pole Studio, was convinced by a friend to sign up for her first pole dancing class more than fifteen years ago, she nearly never […]
Bend is roundabout city! How did this all begin and where are we going? Whether you call them “whirlymajigs,” “roundyrounds,” “those crazy car circles” or occasionally something less charitable, everyone […]
While returning from the mountains on Century Drive in the past year or so, it’s been hard to miss the roaring fire pit outside Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. The flames […]
Cary Greenlee never imagined roofing would turn into a lifelong career and a family business he would one day pass on to his son, Nicholas Greenlee.
Gearhead. Gear junkie. Gear nut. No matter what you call it, outdoor enthusiasts love their gear. But how much gear is too much gear? Across the clothing industry, it’s estimated […]
The Paulson’s Floor Coverings name may be relatively new to Bend, but the company brings with it 100 years of history as an Oregon-grown family business.
When empty nesters Jane and John Ross were looking to make the move to Central Oregon from the Willamette Valley, they worked with a realtor to explore what was available […]
Giving back to the community is something most people think about and many do, from offering up a Saturday to clean up a park or looking for a service project […]
Setting your home up to be more eco-friendly doesn’t have to feel daunting. You may already have what you need to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Hospice House is the only specialty hospital in Oregon east of the Cascades, and there are only three in the entire state.
While shopping for a new stove, refrigerator or mattress isn’t something people do every day, choosing the right one is a decision bound to impact a shopper’s daily life for […]
Rue McKenrick has spent much of his life relying on his own two feet to take him places, a decision that has led to great accomplishments, but also challenges.
Bend Magazine sat down with CEO of the Mueggenburg Group, Nils Mueggenburg to learn about the global business of botanicals.
For those starting a business in Bend, naming often involves taking a look around at the community—drawing inspiration from places like the Deschutes River, the Cascade Mountains, the volcanic landscape and the native plants and animals.
Gather Sauna House is a mobile Baltic style wood-fired sauna, thoughtfully handcrafted and made from locally-sourced juniper and other sustainable materials.
Bend Forest School is one of a growing number of non-traditional schools on the rise in Central Oregon, catering to the demands of families looking for a different model of education for their child.
Central Oregon ski areas face climate change, COVID-19 and conversations of people vs. profit.
Bend-based company Metolius Tea brewed into existence in 2010, when founder Amy Stahl began mixing potions based on her love of fine tea and plant medicine.
Jenny and Greg Lanker purchased Area Rug Connection in early July and have since expanded the store’s offerings to include a full range of home décor.
When he finally landed in Central Oregon, Hollyman settled in with a local design/build firm to hone his craft as an architectural designer over the next two decades.
Every four years when the winter Olympics arrive, a few hometown athletes step into the spotlight to compete at the highest level.
When Jamie Nesbitt first moved to Bend from the Bay Area in 2015, he was surprised to discover no LGBTQ+ event at Mt. Bachelor, as he’d seen at other ski resorts over the years.
We recently asked you where to shop locally this holiday season 2021, and you nominated over 115 locally-owned stores!
‘Tis the season for holiday light displays! Use this interactive Christmas and holiday lights map to find some of the area’s best light displays and plan a drive to look […]
After careers in beverage sales, wine distribution and brand marketing, Duane and Dina Barker planted wine grapes on their land east of Bend.
A visit to downtown Bend’s Smith Rock Records is an experience rife with nostalgia as customers step into a space packed with new and used vinyl albums, CDs and cassette tapes.
Working behind the scenes are skilled experts who track the storms, interpret the data and layer science with gut instinct. These are the storm forecasters—the unsung heroes of winter.
Central Oregon Veterans Outreach was founded in 2005 by members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #820 in Bend
The old ski hills of Central Oregon may have been lost to time, but a local historian is digging their stories back up.
According to the most recent Point in Time count (PIT), an initiative that counts the homeless population on a single night in winter, the number of homeless has grown in Deschutes County to 1,098 individuals.
With more time at home over the past eighteen months, Central Oregon homeowners are looking at their environments with fresh eyes.
Kathleen Donohue has been with Neil Kelly, which specializes in design/build remodeling, for more than thirty years, so she’s well versed in remodels.
As a second-generation sheet-metal worker and owner of a Bend HVAC company, Paul Shepherd has long been comfortable welding and crafting metal to fit a purpose.
Sometimes when there’s a product we wish existed, but can’t find, we settle for less. But what if it’s for something as personal as your skin?
Though by no means as affluent as larger markets such as Portland, Seattle or the Bay Area, there is money in Bend for those with a good idea and the willingness to work for it.
Dozens of films have been made in Central Oregon over the years, from Westerns to comedies
Younity is a local nonprofit that advocates for bullying and suicide prevention through educational services and programs for both kids and adults.
Over the years, Bend has earned a dog-friendly reputation, and even accolades. The city was named the most dog-friendly place in the country by Dog Fancy magazine in 2012 and again by Dogster magazine (which merged with Dog Fancy) in 2017.
Bend Magazine sat down with Tom Beans to talk the rewards and challenges of owning a bookstore, and the future of print.
With Kathy’s business savvy and Sterling’s vision, the pair set to work and in November 2008, Bend Electric Bikes was born.
As he continues to run the business, Baptista said he’s most grateful for his staff, from the sales team to installers and others, who all play a role in the success of the company. That success becomes evident by the customers who return.
“To me, it felt like I was made for this,” said Feagans, owner of Windermere Central Oregon Real Estate. “There is no greater joy than seeing a family get their home—it’s really exciting to see people win in that way, and it’s fun to be a part of that.”
What do a doctor, a math teacher, a diesel mechanic and an entrepreneur do when they want to change careers? Farm, of course.
The homesites offered at Tanager are poised to become enduring, legacy properties for the buyers that choose to build homes in the new Central Oregon community.
On July 4, 1933, the first Bend Water Pageant took place. Weeks before the event, the town was hard at work getting ready. The float near the modern day and aptly named Pageant Park was not a task to prepare for overnight.
In 2017, despite having no experience running a nonprofit, Cox founded Street Dog Hero, a Bend-based organization that rescues dogs from around the world and flies them to families throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Lew Hollander is a ninety-year-old retired U.S. Navy physicist and world champion endurance athlete who knows a thing or two about aging.
Motels are starting to see a resurgence. Americans are yearning for more authentic experiences, an ability to connect to the communities and places they visit.
It’s no secret that the pandemic changed life drastically for everyone. People, of course, have been dramatically impacted, but one ripple effect of the past year is a toll on local wildlife and the public lands they need to thrive and survive.
For one glorious summer fifty years ago, the computer who wore tennis shoes played second base for Bend’s first minor league baseball club.
The program invites students to learn about a new topic within science or history every year, and to create an art project based around what they learned.
The Colima Market brings a slice of Mexico to Central Oregon.
In the midst of this boom, a few key local leaders recognized the value in preserving outdoor space for gathering and connecting with nature. Their vision led to the creation of Bend’s first parks.
Since 1981, Contract Furnishings Mart has been serving the Pacific Northwest in all needs related to flooring, cabinets and countertops.
The shopping and restaurant scene in NorthWest Crossing was still small when Burge and Tilley first moved in nine years ago, but it has since grown in popularity as new businesses and residents have settled in.
Norman and his wife arrived in Bend in 1977, and started talking to banks about building speculative homes in their new city. “We found Bend, and we fell in love with it,” Norman said.
Lindsey Provost, the founder and director of the sanctuary, started Ember’s in the beginning of 2019 to address the issue of abandoned bunnies, rabbits and other animals in Central Oregon.
Locals who pick up a copy will recognize some of the topics right away—Pandora moths, Sparrow Bakery ocean rolls, wildfire, juniper trees and the specific way our red-tinged volcanic dust smells.
As cities in Oregon continue to develop and expand, the likelihood of animals getting caught in the middle between city and country increases.
One spot in West Bend has remained true to its origins in many ways, reminding us life might not be quite as different today versus yesterday as we might think.
As their diving jaunts became more purposeful, whether what the trio found was trash or valuable, they picked it up and stored it in an innertube they pulled along behind them.