Name & Age: Amy Leclerc, 34
Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
Current Neighborhood: Boise-Eliot
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I am the Business Development Director for barre3 exercise studios. My slash? I am also a barre3 instructor at our 3 studios in the Portland area.
What do you create? I like to think I help to create meaningful connections. My mantra is “keep meeting new people”. I love bringing people together from all walks of life. Portland is such a great city for introducing creatives to each other and seeing how they can connect and help one another.
How did you land in Portland? After giving all of my 20’s to New York City, my husband and I moved to Portland in search of some peace and quiet, access to the outdoors and a simpler way of life. Check. Check. Check. The longer I live here the more I realize our story is far from unique.
What is the last book you read? Unbroken which was fabulous. Currently, I’m laughing my way through Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay. It’s a sort of Chelsea Handler approach to pregnancy. I’m nearly 7 months along with our first and this book really speaks to me.
Name your favorite tattoo. One of my best friend’s grandmother recently got a hummingbird tattooed on her shoulder. She’s way into birding. I think that is pretty cool.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Jasmine rice and tofu with peanut sauce at the Mississippi carts. Delish!!!
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? None, unless I’m in line somewhere and one of those is within arms reach. My news comes from the New York Times the Huffington Post and Facebook.
What is your favorite bridge and why? I used to walk over the Hawthorne Bridge twice a day for the first year we lived in Portland. I love that bridge! Now I walk over the Broadway Bridge twice a day most days, and I love it too-but not quite as much as the Hawthorne.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? I do enjoy Stumptown coffee, but the Hair Bender can often send me into a tailspin. I also frequent Ristretto and recently discovered Heart, which I dig if only for the cute packaging and cool ambiance. My local coffee shop Cartola recently closed its doors for renovations and sadly a re-open date is starting to look unlikely. I’m super bummed.
Coast or Mountains? Coast. Though, that has been a work in progress. We spend a lot of weekends in Manzanita, and I have definitely fallen in love with this quaint beach town. I think if my husband had his way, we’d live there full time. Not happening…
Only in Portland moment? I often eat dinner at Abby’s Table on Wednesday evenings. Before the dessert is served, Abby comes out to share a bit about the meal and the origin of its ingredients with her guests. At a recent dinner she credited a local farm where the heirloom tomatoes came from and several people started cheering like she was announcing an Oscar nominee. Portlanders are so darn passionate about local farms. It’s really impressive!
A favorite local business? Barre3! Like many homegrown Portland businesses, barre3 has an international presence, with studios spanning the globe. Our campus here in Portland is where the latest in class innovations and concepts is unfolding. I am really proud to be a part of that.
Another business I can’t get enough of is Löyly in SE. It is a beautiful facility where you can alternate between a sauna and steam room and the lounge area is just divine. They offer add-on services like massages and body scrubs and also serve yummy snacks and drinks. I have spent many cold winter nights here. It feels like you have had a European spa experience without the price tag.
Are you a car person or a bike person? I’m a walk person. I walk more than I drive, and I drive more than I bike. My cruiser is cute to look at, but a real commitment to take beyond my driveway.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? The lack of good shopping. I find it very odd that there can be so many stores selling knitting supplies and clogs. Seriously! I’ve become a religious ebay shopper since moving to Portland. It’s a virtual global market!