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I Live Here: Alyssa Agee – I Live Here:PDX
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I Live Here: Alyssa Agee

Name & Age: Alyssa Agee, 27

Hometown: Military brat, so I’ve grown up all over the country. Born in Bellevue WA.

Current Neighborhood: Portlandia

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash?Entrepreneur/writer/photographer/dreamer. Most days I manage to pay the rent with the first. I’m a co-founder of Pamiris, Inc. an online payroll, HR, and time tracking solution that specializes in paper-less and fully customized service solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes. The rest happens in my free time, oh wait….what free time?

What do you create? Innovative ideas and concepts that eventually become a reality.

How did you land in Portland? I moved here from the inland Northwest four years ago to study for my Masters in English Lit. at Portland State University and fell in love with this city.

What is the last book you read? Eternal Echoes:Celtic Reflections on our Yearning to Belong by John O’Donohue

Name your favorite tattoo. Ummmm….not sure that I have a favorite. Particularly since I don’t actually have one myself.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? The most fabulous lamb gyro at Sultan’s Kitchen on SW 4th and College.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Occassionally the WW, but to be honest I don’t really read the paper much.

What is your favorite bridge and why? Love the Hawthorne Bridge for its view of the city and the fact that it’s a great bike commuter bridge.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Hands down, Sterling Coffee Roasters. There is seriously no better coffee here (or anywhere else for that matter).

Coast or Mountains? The coast. I would have a hard time living much farther inland.

Only in Portland moment? Getting passed by the largest unicycle I have ever seen while driving downtown. The wheel on that contraption looked like it was the size of a tractor tire. It was very impressive to see the rider pumping his legs at about 100 miles per hour in order to achieve a speed of probably 20-25 miles per hour.

A favorite local business? There are far too many to list here. I love the variety of shops, restaurants and bars that Portland offers. A few that I frequent on an a very regular basis would be; Meat on Burnside, Sweetness Bakery on SE 52nd, and Lodekka Double Decker dress shop on N Williams.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Bike or my own two feet.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? More importantly than something I would change is something that I hope doesn’t change about Portland. I hope that this vibrant community would remain true to itself and the culture of “be yourself” wouldn’t get lost as the city gains more national exposure. I have never lived anywhere that celebrated personal identity in such a relaxed and welcoming manner as Portland does. All I have to do is look at the people around me on the street to know that here is a city that doesn’t value a status quo or certain class/type/set of traits but rather is invested in creating a space where you can truly express your own individual self….in whatever fashion or form that is.

And finally, where can we find you on the web?

Professionally at: www.pamiris.com

Twitter: @pamirisceo

Personally: www.etsy.com/sorbetshop and www.mandrinduck.com

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