Tag Archives: CK Culture

One Shining Moment

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Author Sue Van Brocklin

This time of year makes me happy. The days are getting longer, rain and snow will be behind us soon (OK, maybe not rain), and NCAA college basketball playoffs are underway.

Coates Kokes is not alone in sponsoring a Bracket Challenge competition: 70 million people filled out March Madness brackets in 2016. USA Today says that embracing March Madness at work “will create a happier, more cohesive, more positive workplace.”

Getting ready for a trip to the Big […]

Coming Together for Better

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Author Christina Bertalot

What does it mean to “Live Better?” For some people, it may mean cutting back on calories (goodbye, Christmas cookies!) and getting a little more physical activity. To others it could mean working a little less and spending a little more time with loved ones. Or possibly cutting back on a bad habit that prevents us from being our best selves.

But for the immigrants and refugees from war-torn countries, the notion of Live Better has a far […]

10 Places to Use Your Go Box Downtown
(Plus – What’s a Go Box?!)

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Author Lauren Caster

At Coates Kokes, we’re passionate about sustainability. We also love to embrace the spirit and culture that is Portland, so the decision to participate in Go Box was a no brainer! What is Go Box you ask? It’s a sustainable way to take advantage of Portland’s downtown food scene. Participants are given tokens which are exchanged for a reusable container at food carts and restaurants. Empty containers are then returned to Go […]

No Joy in Duckville

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Author Jeanie Coates

Look how happy we all look.

This is a picture of hope and joy; anticipation and want. Sadly, it is also a picture of bragging rights never earned or realized.

Nearly half our CK team identifies themselves as a UO Duck. Many went there. Some have kids or spouses who went there. Others simply have friends who went there. But all these proud hopefuls showed up to […]

The Dirty Secret

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Author Jeanie Coates

But if no one knows the secret, then no one gets hurt…right? Wrong.

Believe it or not, every night hundreds of babies in our community go to bed wearing a pre-used diaper. Really, pre-used. This isn’t because their parents are stupid or love their children any less. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. These parents care deeply about their children’s well-being and know that simply providing nutritious food should […]

Fields of Energy

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Author Mike Sheen

One of the best things about living in Portland is access to great places just outside the city. For me, this access comes by way of my motorcycle, a 2002 Triumph Tiger. Over the years we’ve been on lots of fun adventures together, riding all over the Pacific Northwest. But one of my favorite rides is to head east to the high desert around Condon, Oregon. One of the best things about living in Portland is access […]