Meet Our Bend

 Article and Photography Joshua Langlais  School Counselor  Megan Pettibone

Gather in Bend

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  When searching for adventure with girlfriends, there’s no need to travel far with Gather in Bend. Founded in 2015 by Jill Rose and Kelli Singer, Gather’s goal is to provide experiences and spaces to cultivate connections among women. Gather events are curated to encourage the growth Rose and Singer believe occurs when women share their worlds.…

Design for Inspired Living

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Cheryl Parton  Stephanie Ray Peters has interior design in her blood. Her grandfather started his construction company in 1960 and developed residential communities where her mother worked as decorator for his model homes. As she grew up, Stephanie inherited her family’s passion for design and it led her to start her own company, Staging Interiors…

Lisa + her mom

 Article and Photography  Insulated Coffee Flask, "For cold mornings as a Hockey Mom.", 20 oz., $27.95

May 2018 Around Town

Refine Medical Opens to Provide Aesthetic Medicine and Wellness Refine Medical has opened in Bend as a new destination for aesthetic medicine and wellness by providing patients in Central Oregon with bio-identical hormone treatments, medical weight loss, laser body sculpting, and more. It is their belief that true beauty already lives within their patients, and … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

The Women’s Issue   While working on this Women’s Issue, I reflected on how grateful I am for all the women in my life—my daughter, my sisters, my friends, and my female family members. The photo shown here was taken at a very sad time, but the strength of family got us through and brought smiles … Continued

2018 Muse Women’s Conference

The annual Muse Women’s Conference brought together local women and teens with internationally recognized artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs, activists, and social change leaders to celebrate International Women’s Day and kick-off Women’s History Month. The conference took place in Bend, March 1-4, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY THOMAS AND VELO PHOTOGRAPHY

Client Appreciation and Open House

Carrie Ditullio hosted an Open House on March 8 to introduce clients to her new office at Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CITE PHOTOGRAPHY

April 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 Meet the Makers  Ahh, art! The following pages introduce you to talented local artists making their mark here in Bend. A father-son duo uses a traditional glass-making technique to create one-of-a-kind blown glass to beautifully adorn your home. A sculptor, inspired by a child’s serious medical condition, creates a sculpture as a tribute to her and her family. A talented chef…

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

The 8th annual Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show, held January 18, showcased innovative designs by transforming trash into runway fashion. The event raised more than $24,000 for Realms Middle School. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

April 2018 Around Town

Ron and Laura Fritz of Bend have launched their new company, Marca Via, with the mission to inspire and support families to create meaningful and impactful rite of passage events for people on the cusp of major life transitions. Meaning “mark the path” in Latin, Marca Via provides free guidebooks and online tools that help families and communities create their own…

Peña Cultural Gathering

At Liberty hosted a Peña Cultural gathering February 17 at their collaborative arts space in downtown Bend. The event celebrated artistic expression and featured artist Alejandro Salazar, poet Alberto Moreno, musician Miguel de Alonso and dancer Xeina Ccallo. PHOTOGRAPHY CAROL STERNKOPF

A Day in the (Creative) Life

Douglas Robertson is a fine artist with 25 years of 
experience in painting, drawing and ceramics. He is also founder and director of the High Desert Mural Festival, a nonprofit with the goal of enhancing public art space and increasing cultural discourse. His current work pairs contemporary painting designs with street art techniques of spray paint and stencils. Douglas lives in…

Meet the Makers: Roger and Trevor Crosta

A traditional glass-making technique has made its way from Italy to Manzanita and now Bend, thanks to father and son duo Roger and Trevor Crosta. Artisan-owners of local studio Crosta Lighting, they use a process called “scavo,” which is Italian for excavation. The process adds a gritty yet graceful texture to their blown-glass art, which includes hanging pendants and chandeliers.…

Portrait Connections

“It’s a brain tumor.” These are words no one wants to hear. Yet they’re words that forever circle back unsummoned for Bend sculptor Kelly Thiel, and Rachell and Kevin Cook.


A visit to Cosa Cura is not only part visual treat and part treasure hunt, but the local store provides a guilt-free style of shopping. Buying resale, locally-made and socially-conscious products represents a shift to quality over quantity. “We like things that are funky and different,” says Angela Dietrich, owner and curator. The difference in the lines they represent can…

Art at Home

Joey and Craig Van Blokland had plenty of time to envision and design their dream home. In 1986 they purchased 28 acres on the eastside of Bend and then spent the next 14 years living in a mobile home on the property. They had neither the time nor money to build. Craig was starting his own business, Morales Van Blokland…

A Touch of Magic

Chef Di Long was no stranger to running a restaurant by the time she opened La Magie Bakery and Café in downtown Bend, at the age of 35. Long grew up in a family of Central Oregon restauranteurs but departed from her Asian cooking background after studying European baking with expert Marda Stoliar at her International School of Baking in…

March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 Home Creative Home  Welcome to our Home issue!  The following pages invite you to explore new ideas to truly make your home your sanctuary. In our “Creative Spaces” feature, we give you a look inside one-of-a-kind spaces that provide inspiration to the homeowners who created them. From a unique music studio to a tranquil orchid room, we hope you’ll feel…

March 2018 Good Times

 Bend Lifestyle Readers’ Choice Awards Celebration
  Bend Lifestyle celebrated with Readers' Choice Award winners on January 11 at Central 
Oregon Collective. There are several not pictured; check out the February issue for a complete list. Congratulations to this year's winners! PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE GIARDINI

Creative Home Spaces

If a kitchen is called the heart of a home, then creative spaces are the soul. For Mike Ryan M.D., his music studio, named the “Baja Room,” is an inspiration. “To be in your creative comfort zone, you need to be surrounded by the things that spark your process,” says Ryan—orthopedic surgeon, songwriter, guitarist and lead singer of Doc Ryan…

March 2018 Around Town

Carrie DiTullio, billed as “Your Local Real Estate Concierge,” has joined Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate in the Old Mill District. Formerly with Bend Premier,  Carrie has been helping buyers and sellers in Central Oregon for more than nine years and has been a Central Oregon Resident for two decades.  Carrie may be a familiar face to many long-time Central…

Jonny & Mike: Décor Picks

“Our inspiration is farmhouse modern. The look combines different materials in interesting ways—like pairing metals with reclaimed materials. Wood, with its earthy feel, works especially well in Bend.  A neutral palate gives a backdrop for unique textures in furniture and upholstery, but in our very active community, it’s also important to have furniture you can use. Weaves and materials should…

Safari Blankets

For Heidi Wright, local artisan, travel guide, wife and mother of four, the word “home” has a heart’s definition. Born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area, she felt drawn to Africa as her “true home” from an early age. Physical house locations through the years have been wide-ranging: Uganda, Kenya, Virginia and, for the past seven years, Bend. She…

History Runs Through It

For many of us, family runs as deep in our blood as fish run in the Deschutes River.

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

Washington’s John Gurnee

John Gurnee, executive chef/
culinary director for both Drake and Washington Dining & Cocktails was on his way to a hunting excursion. If the hunt is successful, he’ll bring something back to share with the kitchen staff, he says. For Gurnee, this is just one of the perks of living in Central Oregon. “I enjoy the quietness of Bend, the fact…

February 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 And the Winners Are . . .  In the last months of 2017, the Bend Lifestyle team was working busily on our first 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards contest. We had an amazing response from our readers! Congrats to ALL the nominees! It’s been an exciting ride watching the votes come in. Every business on the ballot was nominated by local…

Gotta Have Heart

What are the first things that come to mind when you think of February? More likely than not, your answer probably includes expressions of love, candy hearts, cupid, and various shades of red. While Valentine’s Day certainly is a major theme of the month, many don’t know that February is also American Heart Month. The American Heart Association dedicates this…

February 2018 Good Times

Sand Lily Home, a new home furnishings and decor store on the corner of Galveston & Federal, celebrated its grand opening party on December 8. 
Photography Steve Giardini

Romance in the Snow

Winter in a quiet mountain town can be a magical time. Woodsmoke wafts out the chimneys and fills the air, while soft, white snowflakes dance through the pines, landing ever so gently on the ground. The picturesque backdrop overflows with romance as loved ones huddle by the fire for warmth and simply to be with the ones they love. In…

Readers’ Choice

Ever wonder which local businesses are considered “the best of Bend?” 
When you want to eat, shop, relax, or need the best in healthcare, we’ve got you covered. The results have been tallied! Here are the locals' favorites, as voted by Bend Lifestyle readers.

Be Nice!

 The bumper sticker commands, ‘Be Nice, You’re in Bend.’  Let’s face it, though. It really is very important to be nice when you’re in Bend—or Central Oregon in general. Because we’re basically on an island of sorts, especially in winter. If you think about it, we’re surrounded on three sides by desert and on the fourth by a towering mountain…

January 2018 Lifestyle Letter

 Get Fit!  Of all those New Year resolutions we’re about to adhere to, chances are good one of them is about getting in shape in the coming year. With that in mind, this issue focuses on fitness here in Bend.   For those workouts taking place inside rather than on the trails or mountain, you have a wide spectrum of workouts…

NeighborImpact’s 16th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Hundreds of community members bought handcrafted bowls and and dined on soup from local chefs at the Central Oregon Community College Campus Center in support of local nonprofit NeighborImpact on November 12. Photography Steve Giardini

January 2018 Around Town

January 1 marks the start of National Mentoring Month; as organizations around the country honor mentors and bring awareness to mentoring. Thank Your Mentor Day is January 19, and mentees and former mentees are encouraged to reach out personally or to use social media to thank their mentors for the influence they have had on their lives.


 “It’s really amazing to help people make the impossible, possible.”   Lotsie Cash, owner of Tula Movement Arts, is no novice to the importance of movement in life. For over 10 years, she was a professional ballet dancer in New York and Boston. She also practiced and taught various types of yoga for years prior to moving to Bend and opening…


 1. TRAINER CONFESSIONS  2. Motivational Fitness Advice  Keeping your eyes on the fitness prize can be challenging for even the most hard-core fitness fanatics. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly nudge from an expert. We asked three local trainers to share their most common fitness-based motivational words they say to their clients.

The Homeless Leadership Coalition

You may know First Fridays as the downtown Bend block party to end all block parties. Omnipresent art, free-flowing libations and snacks, and a who’s who of neighbor sightings at each stop highlight each event. 

Central Oregon Masters Aquatics

Most of us spent our childhood summers learning to swim. So much so that transitioning from the “doggie paddle” to a successful freestyle stroke has become a sort of right of passage. Swim lessons as a child—including the social aspect of learning with friends—turns into the camaraderie of being part of the high school swim team. 

January 2018 Trend Setter

1. 2018 Workout Gear for Her
2. Follow These Local Trends
3. Article Gregg Morris | Photography Mitch Wiewel

Warm Winter Beet and Pomegranate Salad

 Entirely dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan friendly. - Itzel Wiewel  3 medium beets peeled and cubed  1 tbsp olive oil

December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

 Let the Holidays Begin!  The holidays are here! As we come gather together to relish in the holiday festivities and celebrate the year, hopefully we can find moments to reflect on the things we’re grateful for.   As we busily shop for the perfect gifts, one way to make gift-giving more meaningful is by giving back. In this issue we’ve showcased…

Bend Roots Revival

Over a hundred local and regional bands performed over three days for the Bend community at the free 2017 Bend Roots Revival. 
Photography Gregg Morris

December 2017 Around Town

Southeast Bend’s Father's House Church is partnering with local and international organizations selling Christmas trees to meet needs across the street and around the world. BUY A TREE. CHANGE A LIFE works in partnership with People for Care & Learning to help children globally and locally. This year’s program begins on Friday, November 24 at 61690 SE Pettigrew in Bend.


The holidays are a time that will always elicit warm memories of home; fuzzy socks sliding on wood floors, the sound of classic Christmas movies coming from the living room, and mouthwatering scents of comfort food wafting throughout the house. In other words, magic.

for a Home Gym

Kevin Roll has sold and serviced exercise equipment in his BACK IN ACTION! Fitness Equipment shop since 2012. Last year—in an effort to accommodate demand and increase the product lines he carries—Roll moved his storefront to a new 4000 square foot facility. Here are some product suggestions Roll has to move your home gym into the 21st century.


Looking for Holiday gift ideas? Take a look at these exciting new products.

Mission: Spread Joy

If you shopped or dined in Bend last winter, chances are you saw and felt the effects of the Bend JOY Project. The bright orange banners, set against the record-shattering piles of snow, and the preponderance of kind actions were dead giveaways. 
Noelle Fredland, Marketing Director for the Old Mill District in Bend, was the bold visionary and Bill Smith,…

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!