I Live Here: Kelley Roy

I Live Here: Kelley Roy

Name & Age: Kelley Roy 39

Hometown: I grew up in Clifton, Virginia, before it got gobbled up by suburban sprawl…but Portland feels like home after 17 years.

Current Neighborhood: Waverly Heights in the Richmond neighborhood

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I provide business and marketing consulting to Portland creatives that want to make a living doing the thing they love. I had my own consulting company but have put my whole life into ADX, a business I co-own with my partner Eric Black, and I hope that one day soon it pays our bills. Slashes include ADD entrepreneur/writer/maker/creator of experiences/lover of all things Portland.

What do you create? Books, objects, opportunities, stacks of paper, amazing amounts of energy, endless lists in multiple Scout Books, sometimes I weld things, sometimes I make things out of wood. I hope to create jobs for people through my work at ADX.

How did you land in Portland? I had friends in school who had spent time in Seattle so I decided to come out and visit Seattle and Portland after I graduated. I landed in Seattle, took in the view, met with a temp agency and then hit the road for Portland. It is on that drive that I first fell in love with the Pacific Northwest landscape and environs…then I arrived in Portland over the Fremont Bridge and thought…wow, this feels so European – with the river and the bridges and the city nestled compactly within this little valley and surrounded by hills of green…then I checked in to the Ben Stark Hotel (now The Ace) and walked across the Burnside Bridge to go see a show at La Luna. I met so many people right off the bat, was able to navigate the city so easily on foot and felt instantly like I had arrived home…like a salmon finally making its way back to the exact spot it was conceived…it was a powerful feeling and I still feel deeply rooted here in Portland even though I have left twice and travel as often as I can.

What is the last book you read? Brew to Bikes by Charles Heying. That’s right, my geek out is Portland’s artisan economy, so most things I read about lately relate to this in some form. I know…I’m a nerd. To balance out the geek factor, I am simultaneously reading Wildwood which I am totally digging…

Name your favorite tattoo. I just finished a sleeve on my right arm which is an ode to the Pacific NW. It has elk, douglas fir, columnar basalt, Mt. Hood, the mighty Columbia, a spotted owl…my left arm will be an ode to Portland with all of its bridges and other iconic structures…then maybe my back will be an agricultural theme…and then…I am addicted to ink.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I ate at Lardo ’cause I was being interviewed by Street Eats for my role as co-author of Cartopia: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution. It was amazing ’cause I got to talk to his wife and kids and get to know their story a bit more. They are a sweet family.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I use the Oregonian to start fires in my fire pit at home, I read my Free Will Astrology in the WW and The Mercury I skim through when I need a good helping of brash humor with a side of smut.

What is your favorite bridge and why? The Steel – it has a dark, mysterious beauty about it and it is the first thing that struck me when I landed in Portland.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Yes to all forms of coffee even though I just quit the stuff. There are so many amazing people who are geeking out on coffee and other artisan activities in Portland. I LOVE it when people geek out on their passions, figure out how make things themselves and make a living doing it. When work and life become one it’s magic! And kudos to Stumptown for being successful – that is the goal Portland – it is not a bad thing to be successful! Just have some tact when you do become successful.

Coast or Mountains? Coast – no question – the desert would be a close second. Mountains are for looking at.

Only in Portland moment? I was sitting alone in my second floor office at ADX early one Saturday morning and a dude on a tall bike pedaled by – he was at eye level – it totally caught me off guard and I thought “only in Portland,” but that may not be true anymore. Portland quirkiness is being exported to other cities…

A favorite local business? I have to pick one? I guess Supportland because they support them all?

Are you a car person or a bike person? I love my 1949 Plymouth wagon and now that I have an 11 year old yellow lab that I take with me everywhere, I am a car person.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I would get rid of all of the couplets on the Eastside. I HATE couplets – they ruin neighborhoods that don’t have high enough density. I call them fuckeduplets. Ask Eric how strongly I feel about this – THE WORST is where two fuckeduplets come together -the Burnside/Couch/Sandy fuckeduplet might be the worst of the worst – a clusterfuckeduplet…ha!

And finally, where can we find you on the web? www.adxportland.com

I Live Here: Kelley Roy

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