Article Cheryl Parton  Instagram gives locals a platform, and viewers a glimpse, into the world of Bend trends and fashion. While top influencers can garner followers into the hundreds of thousands, Insta-Bend carves out its own niche by sharing the look and feel of our active community with inspirations from the environment. "I have always loved fashion, clothes and finding…

Closet Audit

 Article Julie E. Furnas  A yearly closet audit is smart and important for three reasons: It’s an effective way to eliminate unwanted clothing and accessories; it helps to reorganize the items you wear and makes you feel good, and it allows you to put together a list of items you need that can be paired with those timeless pieces that…


 Article Cheryl Parton | Photography Charlotte Dupont  As the season expresses itself in changing tones and colors, creativity expresses itself in how we dress, decorate our homes and in the case of the Gilreath family—in every facet of daily life.  Abe and Kirsten Gilreath, the founders/proprietors of local lifestyle shops Ju-bee-lee and Abode, realized their combined creativity through a spirit…

September 2018 Around Town

Johnson Brothers Appliances Opens New Showroom Johnson Brothers Appliances, founded by Vern Johnson in 1950, has opened its new showroom adjacent to its previous store on Azure Drive just east of Pilot Butte. According to General Manager Dave Johnson, “We’re excited to offer an enjoyable, intuitive shopping experience for our customers. I think folks will … Continued

The Style Issue

While growing up, I remember the way that we dressed in school was all about conformity. All the pre-teen and teen insecurities made us feel more comfortable to make sure we wore the “cool” jeans, the “in” shoes and the latest styles to fit in. I was so relieved to enter adulthood and begin to … Continued

Leela Into the Fold

 Article Julie E. Furnas | Photography Cheryl Parton  Most artists discover and hone individual talents at a young age. Leela Morimoto, owner and chief artist for LeeMo Designs, is no exception. Her talent of folding paper started at three years old when her mother needed something to keep her daughter'sfidgety fingers occupied. Once she started, she couldn’t stop—folding anything and…

Local Look

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Cheryl Parton  At first glance, the trend of men’s facial hair may appear to be simply a matter of style. Yet beards provide a segue to substance and community support. Beard clubs exist not only as a place for bearded individuals to come together and share a common interest, but also to make the world…

4 Peaks Music Festival

Thousands of music lovers gathered at Stevenson Ranch from July 21-24 for the 11th-Annual 4 Peaks Music Festival. PHOTOGRAPHY GARY CALICOTT

Lunch on the Lawn

J Bar J Youth Services celebrated 50 years of helping kids get back on track, find safe shelter, finish high school, prepare for their future, and reach their full potential at their Lunch on the Lawn event held July 20 at J Bar J Ranch. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

Oregon High Desert Classics

Top riders from the Western United States and Canada competed in this premier AA/Hunter Jumper competition from July 18-29. Proceeds from the event benefit five youth-serving agencies parented by J Bar J Youth Services. PHOTOGRAPHY BARBARA DUDLEY

People & Pets

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Barbara Dudley  MEET RED + SUE  Sue Jackson is an equine massage therapist specializing in equine sport therapy. With a background in physical therapy and massage therapy in humans, Sue didn’t originally plan on mixing her two passions of healing and horses until 1990. A champion for keeping horses as healthy and happy as they…

Crafting A Home

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  Approaching the home of Scott and Karen Letourneau on their property east of Bend, the elegant sloped angles of arts and crafts architecture and glimpses of a sleeping porch ready to impart a summer’s night dream are a welcome sight. Even more welcoming is the head of their eight-year-old Vizsla, Gus, who pops his head…

Summer Reading

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  Dog days refer to the sultry days of summer, and one gift of a hot day is the respite shade offers to escape with a book. In the spirit of summertime, Cassie Clemans, owner of Roundabout Books, suggests a few titles with backdrops of the transformative transitions taking place during childhood and young adulthood. In…

Kids Create Change

 Article Donna Burklo | Photography Cheryl Parton  Empowering kids to be agents of positive change for neighbors in need helps them to know their value in the world at an early age. Children and youth can not only make a significant difference in the health and well-being of others, they can also inspire people of all ages to do the…

August 2018 Around Town

ART IN THE HIGH DESERT SET FOR AUGUST 24-26 Art in the High Desert, the nationally recognized show and sale of fine arts and crafts, takes place on the grassy banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District for three days, August 24-26. Thanks to its growing public support, Art in the High … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

These are the Dog Days of Summer Early this morning I walked outside to care for our horses and once again felt a wave of gratitude to be able to start my day this way. And when I can close the day by spending relaxing time with them in the evenings, it’s been a good … Continued

A New Vision for Life

 Article Donna Burklo  1. Tents in a circle form a supportive community for students.  2. Shared experiences of outdoor therapy help build strong relationships.

Bend Lifestyle Celebration

Bend Lifestyle Magazine kicked off summer with an event May 30 at Hollinshead Barn. Thank you to the Bend Lifestyle advertising and community partners and friends who came to celebrate and to Bowtie Catering for providing delicious appetizers and seasonal cocktails. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE GIARDINI

Humane Society’s Tuxes & Tails

The Humane Society of Central Oregon held their 13th Annual Tuxes & Tails fundraiser on June 9 at the Riverhouse Convention Center. The live and silent auction, dinner and dessert dash raised money for programs that benefit 3,000 animals the Humane Society cares for each year. PHOTOGRAPHY B BRINSTON PHOTOGRAPHY & STEVE GIARDINI

Colors of Bend

 Article Sarah Richards  Come summertime, life is nonstop for those living and traveling in Bend. Central Oregon’s mountains, cold rivers, and inviting people represent a rainbow of colors in the community—activities and symbols beloved in the region rise like the sun. We’ve prepared a color-coded guide chock-full of outdoor experiences, new ways to imbibe, and how to best relax at…

Gift of Music Fundraiser

The Cascade School of Music held their annual Gift of Music Fundraiser April 28 at Awbrey Glen Restaurant. The event included a silent auction of 22 painted violins by local artists. The dinner and auction raised $92,000 plus the School received a $30,000 grant from Oregon Community Foundation. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE GIARDINI

Deschutes River Conservancy’s RiverFeast

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) held their RiverFeast Dinner and Auction on May 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. The event raised $100,000 to support the DRC's mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. PHOTOGRAPHY BY R. TODD CARY

Guide to Summer

It’s Summer! There’s no mistaking it—summer life in Bend is in full swing. Just look around: Our roads are filled with vehicles pulling boats, water toys and campers and they’re loaded with bikes, tents and camping gear. Our rivers and lakes have warmed up enough for lazy afternoon floats and fun on SUPs and kayaks. … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

American Red Cross Launches Missing Types Campaign As part of an international movement, American Red Cross launched the Missing Types Campaign in June to raise awareness of the need for blood donors to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.  They campaign asks, “What if the letters A, B and O went missing from the … Continued

Bees, Please

 Article Donna Burklo  Hug a Bee  You may not love bees. You aren’t alone. The potential for a sting and the incessant buzzing-all-about are sure detriments to any relationship that otherwise might bloom.

Lifestyle Hack

 Article and Photography Cheryl Parton  For a dose of nostalgia, the smells and sounds from a crackling campfire evoke summertime in an instant. A fire is often the communal focal point of a campsite, or backyard gathering, where each person has a role—from wood gatherer, fire starter, fire poker, to musician or s’mores chef. As a lifetime camper and a…

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch

 Article Claudia Hinz | Photography Cheryl Parton  The Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) broke ground on 19 acres north of Bend in 2015, but the seeds of this one-of-a-kind model of care and fellowship were planted long before. For many years, Alison Perry, a licensed professional counselor and founder of COVR, worked with veterans though the United States Department of…

Craft & Cocktail

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Citizen Bar & Kitchen

 Article Julie E. Furnas | Photography Itzel Weiwel  Tucked in the Bond and Greenwood area of downtown Bend, Citizen Bar and Kitchen is the new kid on the block. With a sleek bar, low lighting and soft vintage interior décor, Citizen adds a speakeasy element to the ever-evolving Bend food scene by offering a full bar with prohibition-style cocktails and…

Guys’ Night Out

 Article Gregg Morris  Surrounded by nature’s playground and over 20 local craft breweries, Bend is either a mountain town with a nightlife problem or a beer town with a recreation problem. After a long day riding Phil’s Trail, skiing Mount Bachelor’s backside, or paddling the Deschutes River, there’s no shortage of nighttime opportunities. Either way, guys will jump at the…

Reach Your Potential

 Article Kelsey Claspell | Photography Barbara Dudley  It’s no secret that Bend is a mecca for people who enjoy an active lifestyle. From mountain biking to rock climbing, downhill skiing to backcountry hiking, and everything in between, Central Oregon offers endless possibilities. An essential part of prepping your body to enjoy the Bend life starts in the gym. Year-round training…

Who Am I?

 Article and Photography  Phil Anderson defies singular definition: attorney, family man, traveler, child advocate.  “Growing up, my brothers and I would play outside all day, building obstacle courses, making

Family Access Network Fundraiser

Family Access Network (FAN) held their 12th Annual Luncheon Fundraiser April 13 at Pilot Butte Middle School, raising more than $110,000. FAN serves nearly 9,000 disadvantaged children and their family members each year in Deschutes and Crook Counties. They provide essential services with a goal to keep children healthy and in school. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE … Continued

Take Back the Night Hosted by Saving Grace

Saving Grace Imagine Life Without Violence organized a “Take Back the Night” event April 20 in Bend. The walk through downtown, booths, art installation and words from survivors allowed participants to increase awareness and speak out against sexual and domestic violence. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAITLIN AND CO.

Earth Day Event at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve

A “SOLVE It for Earth Day” clean up project took place April 21 at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve as part of a statewide event. SOLVE (originally called Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers for litter cleanups, invasive plant removal, planting native trees and shrubs, and other environmental projects throughout the … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Floor Coverings International of Bend Provides Mobile Showroom Floor Coverings International of Bend has opened with a unique model of delivering custom floor options for Central Oregon homes. Their mobile showroom, filled with more than 3,400 samples, comes directly to customers for a simple, easy and stress-free experience. They provide high quality design and installation … Continued

The Men’s Issue

Hello, Summer!   June celebrates the start of summer and also Father’s Day. We honor that by making this our Men’s Issue. Here’s to all of the special men in our lives–husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and friends.   Like last month, this issue includes a “Faces of the Community” feature, this time spotlighting five local … Continued

Men of Bend

 Article and Photography Joshua Langlais  Jeshua Marshall, Larry & His Flask  What do you like about Bend?

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

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

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

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 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…

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

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…