Name & Age: Nick Fedoroff, 35
Hometown: Eagle River, AK
Current Neighborhood: Sellwood
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I’m a user experience designer at Webtrends, a downtown software company, which basically means I have Sharpie-stained fingers and get to drink beer at work /slash/ fiction writer/woodworker/distance runner.
What do you create? Original wood furniture, beautiful lies, apps that make you want to be a better person.
How did you land in Portland? I did undergrad at OSU, then graduate work in North Carolina and came back to Portland for a girl. She’s gone, but I love it here so much I decided to stay rather than go back to Alaska, where I grew up.
What is the last book you read? God Is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Name your favorite tattoo. My favorite should probably be my own, the Japanese kanji symbol kawa, meaning river, which I got as a salute to my watery upbringing. But I once saw a woman with a blossoming plum branch across her back and shoulders that was absolutely beautiful.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I think it was pad kee mao with tofu from I Like Thai on 10th and Alder.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Mercury because they have it at La Sirenita II right by my house.
What is your favorite bridge and why? My favorite bridge doesn’t exist yet. I’m really excited for the new Sellwood bridge because I’ll be able to run over it without worrying about being pushed into traffic.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Bertie Lou’s in Sellwood used to serve Mudd Works coffee which was my all-time fave.
Coast or Mountains? I love both of my parents equally.
Only in Portland moment? In the span of an hour, I once walked to a coffee shop from my office, finished a novel draft, and went to a beer festival. Pretty great.
A favorite local business? Golden Cabinet Herbal Pharmacy on 42nd and Hawthorne. They epitomize what a local business should be. Whether I’m getting an acupuncture treatment or picking up herbs, Ben and Casey are always happy to answer questions and make sure I’m satisfied before I leave. Business owners take note.
Are you a car person or a bike person? Bus person? Running shoes person? I should drive less, that much is true.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I wish it was much, much more difficult for builders to get permission to cut down trees on lots where they’re building. My block has lost two gorgeous maples and two 100+-year-old sequoias because builders are trying to squeeze every inch out of the lots they buy. Portland’s beautiful trees are part of what makes it so great to live here.
And finally, where can we find you on the web?
Photography by Kim Oanh Nguyen