Name & Age: Annie Maribona, 29
Hometown: Lincoln City, OR
Current Neighborhood: North Portland
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I founded and co-own Fat Fancy!, a radical resale plus size boutique in downtown. I also work as a virtual receptionist. I’m a dreamer/doer/artist/musician/movie-maker/shit-starter!
What do you create? I work really hard to create a safe shopping experience for plus size people of all genders, a place where we can find fabulous clothing that fits and is reasonably priced. We also act as a community resource and hold body-positive events.
How did you land in Portland? I came to Portland by way of San Francisco. As a kid, my parents would take us to Portland for family gatherings, and I would beg them to let me go to vintage stores and record shops. Now, I co-own a vintage shop in Portland. That’s pretty cool!
What is the last book you read? Role Models, by John Waters.
Name your favorite tattoo. I am one of the only people I know who doesn’t have a tattoo, and I’m cool with that. I love them on other people, but I’ve never felt the need to get one myself. Sometimes I feel like I stand out for not having a tattoo.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Lemongrass tofu and vegetables from Huong’s Vietnamese cart on SW 10th and Alder. So good!
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Willamette Week
What is your favorite bridge and why? The Fremont Bridge. I love going over that bridge from the East Side to the West Side. It’s so beautiful and magic, kind of like flying
Stumptown Coffee or _________? We are lucky to have so much good coffee in Portland. I do enjoy Stumptown and Water Ave coffee.
Coast or Mountains? Coast. The ocean is pretty awesome.
Only in Portland moment? Not Enough! Queer Music and Arts Festival. It’s a really beautiful festival that invites queers of all ages and genders to create new, collaborative projects. I’ve seen some really amazing bands, performances and fine art at this festival. I love that it incites a call to action and collaboration. It’s so inspiring!
A favorite local business? I love “In Other Words” feminist resource center, and I’m also in love with the Portland Food Cart culture.
Are you a car person or a bike person? I don’t own a vehicle or a bike. I take buses and the max.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I really wish there was more cultural diversity in this city. I wish rents were more affordable and that there were more jobs. I wish Trimet would remove all the carpeted seats from the buses and replace them with easy to clean plastic seats. I’d like to know who thought that was a good idea!
And finally, where can we find you on the web? Choose your fav!