A few weeks ago our marketing, sales and product development teams filled a classic yellow school bus for our first-ever Schoolhouse bus tour. The goal? To get out of the office and get inspired. The day was spent visiting some of our favorite spaces around Portland and touring the offices of a few of our trade partners, while spending a little quality time with co-workers along the way.
Our first stop was WeWork, a shared office space in the historic Custom House building. Started in 2010, WeWork set out to build a community, a place you join as an individual 'me,' but where you become part of a greater 'we.' Memberships include all the perks of a office, including organized social activities and cold brew on tap. Their mission is to 'create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living,' an objective we can certainly get behind. Added bonus, every WeWork location is pet-friendly.
Next up, a quick peek at the latest student exhibit at PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art).
We then headed over to tour Instrument, a digital brand and product innovation company that recently moved their HQ into the One North development in NE Portland. The four story space, built by Hammer & Hand, showcases a 40 foot atrium, and pretty much the most amazing indoor plant collection and office dining area we've ever seen. Instrument's ethos is to 'use the power of design and technology to create transformational change,' and they work with brands such as Nike, Google, Dwell, Facebook and Levis.
Our day ended with some leisure time wandering around our own neighborhood of NW 23rd, popping into shops and enjoying some sunshine. And yes, a tour around Portland would not be complete without a sampling of some of the best and most innovative food. We made sure to add stops at some of our favorite eateries- Pine Street Market, Blue Star Donuts and Salt & Straw.