Name & Age: Nicole Sakai, 34
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA – but consider going back to Hawaii as “home”.
Current Neighborhood: deep SW
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I’m a partner at Factory North, a local design studio specializing in branding, package design, print collateral, sign building and various other creative business drivers. I would title myself as “The Everything Else Girl”. My business partner is the design master and well, I do everything else: project manage, organize, schedule, promote, network etc. My slashes are: Unofficial Portland Food & Drink Scene Ambassador, food blogger, jewelry designer (though this dream has been in hibernation since starting my business).
What do you create? Portland-lovers! Sorry, I hope I’m not making more people move here, but I just can’t stop talking about how great our city is. I also take pride in creating relationships. We Portlanders have this supportive community that is like no other and the more I can connect people to build on that, the better.
How did you land in Portland? In 2000 I moved to Hawaii from Seattle to spend time with family because I had finished school and was at a crossroads in my career. My Dad was transferred to the Portland area to open Uwajimaya. After a couple visits to Portland, I fell in love. When I moved back from Hawaii in 2004, Portland appealed to me more than moving back to Seattle. My love affair continues and I have no plans to leave.
What is the last book you read? This is going to sound terrible, but I rarely read books. I love magazines, but seem to only get my mind to escape into a book when I am on vacation.
Name your favorite tattoo. My back is covered in one continuous piece, but I guess my favorite part of it is probably my blue swallow that reminds me of my Grandpa.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Arbor Lodge @ The Big Egg. It’s heavenly.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? The Mercury is the most entertaining to me.
What is your favorite bridge and why? St. Johns. I will never get tired of that industrial vintage green.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? Stumptown, Barista, Albina Press, Coava….I just love good coffee and don’t know what I would do if I lived anywhere that didn’t feel the same way.
Coast or Mountains? It’s great that we have both options so close, but I will always choose the beach first. I grew up at the beach, so it’s comforting and one of the very few places that I can totally relax.
Only in Portland moment? That would absolutely have to be the Cartathlon that I participated in this year, which was a team challenge of food cart eating, running, scavenger hunting & public transporation-ing. Our team’s name was Eat Your Cart Out.
A favorite local business? ADX, a membership based facility for creative folks to take/teach classes, use building equipment and attend events. The concept is so Portland. I was lucky enough to get involved right from the beginning.
Are you a car person or a bike person? Car. I have to cover way too much ground in a day and haul around too much stuff.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? More sunny days!
And finally, where can we find you on the web?