Portland Business Journal by Suzanne Stevens, Web editor Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Travel Channelis back in Portland, this time to feature the city's love of beer, bikes and sustainability.
The show's producers certainly knew where to look to find all three: Hopworks BikeBar on North Williams Avenue.
"Because of our unique position as a place that embodies bike culture, sustainability and craft beer, we're used to travel media coming through," said Bruce Kehe, Hopworks marketing director.
That's not to say having the Travel Channel in the house Tuesday wasn't a big deal. With popular shows like Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and Adam Richman's Man v Food — both of which have shot segments in Portland — attracting huge audiences, landing a coveted segment can have visitors lining up outside your door.
Just ask the folks at Voodoo Doughnuts. Bourdain's visit back in 2010 helped cement the purveyor of all manner of doughy concoctions as a top stop for Portland tourists.
Hopworks will be featured on a new program called Unpacked, set to debut in April. The Portland segment is slated to air in mid-May.
The show's crew spent about two hours at BikeBar interviewing Brew Master and owner Christian Ettinger. "Of all the spots we've done, this one was one of the best. They had great questions and it went really well. I love being challenged to come up with a good spontaneous reply."
After Hopworks, the crew packed up and headed to Alberta Park to film a game of bike polo — in the pouring rain.
A little rain rarely stops much in Portland. And it apparently hasn't dampened the Travel Channel's taste for the city either.
Jean Pierre Veillet is a Portland-based artist, designer, and builder. Trained as a sculptor, Veillet takes a spatially informed, socially conscious, and aesthetically thoughtful approach to projects from tiny retail renovations to ground-up eco-developments. With his firm, Siteworks, Veillet has taken his background in site-specific art and mixed it with a serious shot of writing, poetry, and experience to produce spaces that communicate with people through objects, design, and elegance. Veillet is intrigued by the intimacy that can be created between people and their environments, and by the possibilities of social engineering on a much larger scale. As a developer, Veillet is working on Ecoflats, a green project that incorporates environmentally sensitive elements from a standard curbside recycling program to a reward-based integration of the building’s social scene with its energy credits. He has completed warm interiors for restaurants like Genoa, historically referential interiors for Pearl District clothing stores like Lizard Lounge, and dramatic exterior renovations, and is currently pushing Sitework’s development projects side by side with his own creative passions.