The Business of Beans

When strolling along the streets of downtown Bend, a coffee aroma seems to drift around every corner and down every alley, leading to a myriad of coffee shops. Tucked in the center of NW Minnesota Avenue is a local favorite, Dudley’s Bookshop and Cafe, a cozy spot for conversation and delicious caffeinated drinks featuring coffee from Bonsai Beans.

Great Minds Think Differently

Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shelley Gray noticed her father had horrible spelling. Her family would make jokes about it, including self-deprecating ones from her dad. It wasn’t until she heard the story about her father dropping out of college because of his difficulty in keeping up with the coursework—thus ending his dream to be an architect— that she realized…

From Washed Up to Hollywood Starlet

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, in the case of Bend-based Beautiful Wrecks, owners Lisa and KC Flynn resurrect beauty in motorhomes, trailers and camper vans from past-their-prime to full glory. The result is stunning, highly-personalized recreation vehicles causing anyone to be star struck.

Tin Pan Theater

The true art of cinema forces us to cultivate opinions, expand our minds and form real emotions towards the characters. While it’s worth a trip across town—even the state—to support such films, Bend is lucky enough to have one of the Northwest’s best kept secrets in the Tin Pan Theater. Tucked part way down Tin Pan Alley and nestled between…

Red Chair Gallery

The Red Chair Gallery on Northwest Oregon Avenue has one of the most frequented First Friday Art Walk gatherings in downtown Bend. At the beginning of each month, people flock to the gallery to take in the artwork and community-driven spirit. Red Chair Gallery was founded in 2010 by a group of women with a “common love for art and…