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Wild Flowers Shortly After Sunset on Mt. St. Helens
Author Jeanie Coates

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Portland, my beloved hometown, would be forever lost […]

What Country Music Has to Do with Advertising

Author Shelby Oppel Wood

Growing up in North Carolina, I don’t remember listening to much country music. Now that I live on the opposite coast, I can’t get enough of it.

That’s partly because, as much as I love Portland and the Northwest, I miss the touchstones of home: Southern accents, properly-fried okra, four distinct seasons (as opposed to our two: The Rainy Season and Summer).

But country music has a stronger grip on me these days because it […]

Fear and trepidation on the slopes of life

Author Steve Kokes

My son Cameron came home last night for a visit from college.  Catching up with him reminded me of our trip about a month back for spring break.  The two of us and my wife Madeline headed to Utah and hit the slopes.  In these last years of our kids growing up and leaving the nest, we’ve come to treat spring break as a sacrosanct opportunity to do something memorable with them.  Last year Cam and I […]

Keep Going: Portland on two wheels

Author Mackenzie Field

It was the jazz-loving beats of 1950s San Francisco. Then it was the raw talent of a few fearless kids that brought skateboarding to life in 1970s Venice Beach. Now it’s the rain-soaked cyclists of Portland.

The bike scene in the Pacific Northwest is a movement all its own and Tim Jacks, one of our resident photographers and videographers at Coates Kokes, has traveled far (on two wheels of course) to […]

Fresh Eyes on Portland

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Author Ashley Coates

Last December, I moved back to Portland after having lived in Seattle for the past eight years. I began working at Coates Kokes as a Senior Account Manager, and one of the first clients I started working on was Metro, the governing agency for the three counties that make up the greater Portland area (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas). Having been gone from Portland for so long, I was glad to be working on projects that gave me a […]

Put Your Trunks In The Air For Elephant Lands!

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Author Christina Bertalot

Not every city can say that they are home to a 12,500-pound celebrity, but Portland sure can! Packy, the big guy, is a household name around these parts. He also shares a birthday with our account manager for the Oregon Zoo, Christina – so it goes without saying we’re pretty excited  to see the progress being made on his new home, Elephant Lands! (click the image below to […]