Product and Portland Metro Business Review Archives

Now and then I do a review of a store or commercial product. You'll find the archive of those stories here.

Review: Fentimans Tonic Water


This review has been superseded by my tonic water roundup, which you can find here. Continuing my interest in tonic waters, I decided to review another brand which is appearing on store shelves: Fentimans Beverages. You may have seen their other products, such as Curiosity Cola, Shandy, and Victorian … [Read more...]

Interview: Steven Smith Teamaker

Smith Teamaker - Set up for tasting

"Portland is a beverage town," Steve Smith says simply.  And his beverage of choice is -- and always has been-- tea. Back in the early 1970s, Smith started Stash Tea, which sold teas and herbal infusions to natural food stores. The company grew to the point where  it was sold to a Japanese tea company in 1993; tea … [Read more...]

The Meadow: Singing the Praises of Salt

The Meadow Salt Store Portland

"Everyone's Lives Would Be So Much Better If They Just Used The Right Salt." Mark Bitterman, Local Selmelier A wonderful thing about Portland is our growing community of small specialty food purveyors. Many of these are based on single obsessions: the perfect latte with foam so pretty and detailed that … [Read more...]

Benessere Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars


Updated: 12/11 - 2nd store. I happened to walk past Benessere yesterday, but I could only take a quick peek, because I had the dog with me. Though the store has been open a month, I never heard about it, so I sent a friend in today to check it out and take some pictures. Benessesre is located downtown at 907 SW … [Read more...]

Q Tonic vs. Fever-Tree Tonic


NOTE: this review has been replaced with a new, larger roundup, which you can read here. I have already rewritten and updated the recipe for making tonic water from scratch, which you will find here.  In January, I reviewed Q Tonic. Now Fever-Tree Tonic, another gourmet version has hit local store shelves. I thought … [Read more...]

Sahagun Chocolates

Sahagun Portland

Updated 3.1.14: Sahagun seems to be out of business [Note: The retail store closed August 21st, 2010. However you will still be able to find her chocolates at the businesses listed at the end of this post] Updated retail locations 2/13 I recently spent a bit of time in the hospital, and somewhere in a … [Read more...]