Friday, December 18, 2009

R/West Snuggies...that's right, we went there...

So in keeping with the R/West tradition of being completely random and sometimes downright tacky, we have created some gems to give as gifts this year...

Yes, we did put the R/West logo on SNUGGIES, and yes we "proudly" sent them to only the clients we believe would truly appreciate our love for "fashionable" things!

And here we are, enjoying a rainy Friday afternoon in our oh-so-warm and snuggly Snuggies...

One Nation Under Griz.

I live and work in a city full of Ducks and Beavers. Silly water fowl plague my life. Recently, I decided to unleash the fury upon my co-workers that is Griz Nation.

I am a Griz (ok, University of Montana - Missoula) alumni. I’m sure you’ve heard of us. We are the PBR swigging ruffians from Big Sky Country who hit hard and don't take any prisoners.

Our state has more cows in it than people. But the people that are there are amazing and we have a pretty dang good football team.

To prove my point, we are playing in the National Championship (AA mind you) tonight at 5pm on ESPN the deuce. Check us out, you might like it.

And as always- GO GRIZ.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sorel's Great Fashion Event!

If you're in Portland, and didn't go to the Sorel Apres Ski Trunk Show last night, you missed out! Here's a pic of JulieAnna, Anna (from Sorel/Columbia corporate) and I showing off our fancy Sorel boots!

The event was great, and featured cute models in hot boots! Along with free treats (the chocolate truffles were a little piece of Heaven!) and free drinks (featuring the Joan of Arctic - hot cocoa, butterscotch and peppermint schnapps and Bailey's - amazing!) There was also a DJ, shoe displays and free Portland Monthly magazines.

There was a giveaway for two $25 Columbia Sportswear gift cards, along with the grand prize - a $500 shopping spree, the catch was you had to be present to win. So there's a sad story behind this giveaway, the drawing was at 7 p.m. and many people who showed up early started taking off a little before 7, a few people from our PR department included. When the name was drawn for the $500 shopping spree, Ali's boyfriend Jeremy was the special winner, except that he had left about 15 minutes before the drawing!! I called poor Ali to let her know that her boyfriend would not be buying her $500 worth of Sorel/Columbia stuff, and you should have heard her! I'm surprised that Jeremy is still with us today...haha.

Well, after that sad little event, we continued with our munching, boot shopping and beverage sipping. The boots this season are so cute!! Here are a few of our faves, the rest are at

If you're in the Seattle area, you should know that you have an opportunity to win yourself a $500 shopping spree tonight (just make sure you don't leave early!) Here are the details:

·         Where: Columbia Seattle Store, 290 Pine Street, Seattle, WA
·         When: Thurs., Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30pm
·         Cost: The event is free and open to the public. Drinks and treats will also be free and unlimited.
·         Why: Glam up your footwear wardrobe, mingle, shop and sip the signature drink, the Joan of Arctic (hot cocoa and butterscotch schnapps). Enter to win a $500 Columbia shopping spree and other prizes – drawing at 7pm.
·         RSVP:

Happy boot shopping!! And remember, you can follow Sorel on Twitter at @sorelfoowear or on Facebook. Just a little heads up, I've heard word that there might be a boot giveaway on Twitter soon, so make sure you're following!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bring It ON!!!

Because four of the six ladies on our lovely PR team went to Oregon, we have decided that we hold the majority, and therefore can post our love for our Ducks on our blog. We are getting our green and yellow out and ready to roll for the Civil War - only a week to go! (Sorry Jill - but your Beavs are going DOWN!)

Enjoy our new favorite video, and of course GO DUCKS!!

Happy Turkey Day!

It's now officially the holiday season - tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we are exactly a month away from Christmas! So get in the spirit of eating tons of food and feeling incredibly full for the next few days, we thought we'd give your taste buds a preview of the joy that is Thanksgiving! (Hey, what can we say, we're a group of ladies who like our turkey and pie!)

Enjoy the long weekend and get ready for Christmas lights and pretty trees! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Wonderful World of Disney

Before the ice had set and before the skates were sharpened, Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy was given a kings welcome at the R/West offices.

To help gear up for the opening night ahead of us, the PR squad blasted such favorites from our childhood throughout the halls including, but not limited to:

Molly and Ali took off for opening night interviews and media at the Rose Garden. We were pleasantly surprised with FANTASTIC seats and quickly learned that front row seats can also equal awkward moments of eye-contact with the skaters. I'd never been that close to a hyena or giraffe in my entire life!

The next morning was an early one. As noted on previous R/West posts - The early morning PR bird gets the worm- that's the saying, right? A cast of 4 R/Westies joined a cast of 30+ Disney On Ice performers at 4:30am to start shooting for the two top local morning shows:

Out and A
bout with Drew Carney on KGW Channel 8 and...

On the Go With Joe
featuring Joe V. from KPTV Channel 12.

Brittney and I even got to get in on the action - I mean who wouldn't want a picture with Flounder and Sebastian?

The afternoon was filled with a lovely event planned alongside the FABULOUS folk from Special Olympics Oregon. We were able to set-up a skate clinic with stars from
Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy at the Rose Garden with athletes and their friends/family. Ten Special Olympics Oregon athletes were able to make it for the clinic and they were all smiles, all afternoon. One athlete was so excited that she brought along a photo book of her Disney cruise hoping to reunite with her favorite characters.

We all agreed that the best part of this event was in seeing the faces of these girls (Yes, we couldn't persuade any boy athletes to attend) light up as they took the ice.

The athletes and skaters were then escorted to a private suite where they met the world's favorite mice - Mickey and Minnie of course!

All in all, a great year for Disney On Ice. Can't wait to put on the ol' skates this winter and see if I can try one of those triple axle things- doesn't look too hard...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The R/West crew is a bunch of...

WINNERS! Ok, I'll back up and let you in on the details...

So a few months ago, our little PR team decided that we do some pretty cool stuff, and that it was time to see how we stack up in Portland's PR world. So we applied for four PRSA Spotlight awards - and good news - we stack up pretty well!

Last night we donned our best attire (had to pull out those fancy dress-up clothes that we never have to wear to work - thank goodness!), prepped ourselves for possible acceptance speeches (ok not quite, but we were excited!), and headed to the Governor's Hotel for the PRSA Spotlight awards ceremony.

It was great to mingle with Portland's PR pros and even greater to find out that we had won! (Keep in mind we have never entered awards, and we definitely flirted with the deadline!) We won three of the four awards we applied for - one for The Game Factory's Build-A-Bear Wii Celebrity Launch Event, and two awards for Taco Del Mar's Free Tacos on Tax Day! We wanted to share the good news with you - and here are our new, most prized possessions. (They have taken the place of our candy jar - that's how much we like them...)

On another very exciting note, our design department won a Rosey award last night for their amazing work on BridgePort Brewery's Raven Mad bottle labels - they were 3D and even came with 3-D glasses, very cool! Congrats R/West team!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Disney On Ice Ticket Giveaway!

That's right. Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy is coming to the Rose Garden this Thursday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, October 25th.

In our final week before the show, we have teamed up with some amazing Portland area bloggers who have taken part in our Pixie Dust Hunt ticket giveaway. Each blogger has posted pictures of Tinker Bell's Pixie Dust for the past two weeks, asking viewers to guess the location of the Pixie Dust in Portland.

For your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets visit these participating blogs:

All shows are at the Rose Garden:
Thursday, October 22 – 7:30 PM
Friday, October 23 – 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 24 – 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM. 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 25 – 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy are available at or by calling the Rose Garden box office at (877) 789-ROSE.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

HairM's Portland's Hardest Working Man Contest

Think you or someone you know has what it takes to be named Portland's Hardest Working Man? HairM, Portland’s premier full service salon for men located in Beaverton and downtown Portland, is searching the Rose City for “Portland’s Hardest Working Man” to recognize him for his hard work and reward him with a well-deserved day of pampering, including a cut and a 55-minute massage, and night on the town--dinner at Fenouil in the Pearl and a stay at Hotel Lucia.

Whether he works 80-hour weeks, cleans up city streets, or simply works a job you're glad you don't have, tell us why he's worthy of this title!

Submit nominations now through October 31st with a quick post on HairM’s Facebook Fan Page or by emailing

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Le Tour des Plants Goes On the Go With Joe

In the wee hours of the morning, Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers, Cedar Hills, was just coming to life with colorful fall flowers, beautiful japanese maples, and the buzzing of its expert staff. Featured as one of 36 stops during Le Tour, Dennis' 7 Dees numerous activities throughout the week are sure to inform and excite all levels of green thumbs. Pick up a Le Tour guide at any participating nurseries for a coupon for a free Japanese maple from Dennis' 7 Dees, grown by their very own Vice President.

And remember, Le Tour des Plants continues through this Sunday, Sept. 20th. For more information please visit:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Le Tour Des Plants Begins Tomorrow!

The fourth-annual Le Tour des Plants, presented by Oregon Association of Nurseries begins tomorrow and will continue through the 20th. As one of the largest nursery tours in the nation, this year’s event features more than 30 nurseries and garden centers from Oregon and Washington. With more than 100 events and activities during Le Tour’s nine-day gardening excursion, there is something for everyone—from the best in fall gardening, to cooking with herbs and preserving the harvest, to many family-fun festivals and activities for kids.

What could be better than spending time in the garden and soaking up those last rays of sunshine? This is northwest gardening at its best!
For events and locations visit:

Ron Tonkin Repaints Portland

Have you noticed a change downtown? Perhaps some new colors added to the corner of SW 2nd Avenue and Washington St. by the Morrison Bridge?

Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships has teamed up with local commercial artist, Howell Golson, to repaint a mural in downtown Portland. The previous Cherub mural, painted eight years ago, now displays a fresh and colorful depiction of “For the Love of Cars.”

The inspiration behind the mural comes from a place that lives and breathes a love of cars.

“A car is more than just a way to get from point A to point B. People love their cars, and often see them as an extension of themselves, even as a member of the family. And we love helping people find that perfect car, a car they love. We are looking forward to revealing the new mural, and hope Portlanders will appreciate this beautiful addition to our city.”—Brad Tonkin.

Commercial artist Howell Golson was chosen to create this message. “This mural obviously has to create emotion around owning a car, but I also felt the piece should elicit feelings of pride for citizens of Portland, along with Tonkin’s connection and history with the city.” Golson’s work includes projects for Cartoon Network, Newman’s Own, and Portland’s BridgePort Brewing Company.

Check out the mural's progress:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Change is a happenin'!

Wow, this has been a crazy month for our little PR department! There has been a department addition, two moves, and a baby - pretty sure that could be a movie title...

If you haven't already heard - Heather has had her baby! She welcomed little Olivia into the world last week, and we couldn't be more excited for her. We are loving the baby updates, and are looking forward to meeting the new little bundle of joy. But she couldn't get out of here before we were able to throw her a fun little surprise baby shower - complete with celebrity baby name games, a diaper cake, and the cutest little clothes you've ever seen!

We have also added another member to our department - we are now up to six, can you believe it?! Six!! (Plus one, for Olivia, of course...) Jill joined us just in time to meet Heather, before the new arrival...and we are very excited to have her! I'll let her introduce herself -

"As they say, third time is a charm, and after a couple moves between the Northwest and Phoenix, I am excited to be back in Portland. My dog is happy to be back in her native state, my dermatologist is happy my skin will get a reprieve from the sun, I am pretty sure my boyfriend is happy we don’t have to do the distance thing anymore, and I am happy to have found an awesome job at R/West.

I am a loyal Oregon State Beaver, and happy to represent (along with Jen!) in an office that seems to be full of way too many Ducks. My background is in Communications, having first gone the journalism route which led to a little reporting for the Arizona Republic. But, I had been spoiled having my own column in the Oregon State Barometer to muse on whatever crossed my mind, and covering the 2A state high school softball championship just wasn’t the same.  (No offense to my softball-playing friends, but there is a reason I do not play on the R/West softball team. As a competitive swimmer for 17 years, I have gills—not eye-hand coordination.)
When I am not caught up in the PR trenches, I am thrilled to be back in the Northwest for all of the great outdoor adventures this area has to offer. I am happy to have made it up here in time to enjoy the last of the beautiful Portland summer and, perhaps more importantly, the start of football season. I also still enjoy yoga, but I do prefer to take it into a studio.

Want to know more? Follow me on Twitter @jill_personius. I like to think of myself as a “cautious” social media adopter, but every once in a while you might pick up a thing or two."

In the midst of all of this, we've also had two moves - Jill has obviously moved from Phoenix to join us, and I have moved to a tiny little town about an hour south of Portland. Gotta love that morning commute!

So there you have it - that's the update on all the latest! Just in case you're wondering, H is out on maternity leave until the end of the year - but something tells me that her Blackberry will never be too far from her side...

Random Acts of Clowness Takes Over Portland

It was a workday like any other for Molly and Ali. With excitement and uneasiness, they drove to the Courtyard Marriott at 4:30 a.m. and loaded up the Subaru with Tom and Lara, official Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus clowns, Their mission for the day: Spread Ringling Bros. cheer and unexpectedness across the city of Portland in anticipation of the circus coming to Portland Sept. 16-20. The clowns would be popping up around the city during the day in an event called Random Acts of Clowness—handing out freebies at Dutch Bros., Taco Del Mar, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at the Jamison Square park.

The day started out with a bang. Joe V. of KPTV joined the R/West circus clan at Dutch Bros. to spread the circus love. Over the course of two hours, over 170 free coffee drinks were served and given away by the clown couple. Customers were handed Ringling Bros. ticket coupons and official clown noses. Many arrived to Dutch Bros. already fitted with their own noses and couldn’t get enough of Joe V.’s whip cream incident! Hey, you never know what will happen with clowns around!

With a moment to powder their noses and scratch their heads, the clowns were off to hand out free kids meals at Taco Del Mar. Upon arrival, a family of true Hillsboro fans greeted the clowns with excitement and hunger for a free meal.

The day ended with lots of kids, sun block, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and sticky faces. Kids playing in the fountain at Jameson Square Park were intrigued by the clowns and even more excited to receive free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. There were little voices saying, “Mom! I want to go to the circus!” chiming throughout the park as parents watched their children with red clown noses playing in the fountain.

5:00 p.m.—Mission complete. At least until the circus train arrives in Portland, Sept. 14 with shows the 16-20!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sorry...for leaving the toilet seat up, AGAIN!

Do you need to apologize for something, like the talking in rhyme all the time? Or because people just can't accept how awesome you are?

Do you have that one friend you've been playing phone tag with for three months, a boyfriend you ditched for girls' night, or a co-worker you need to do some kissing-up to? If you are anything like Nancy from the Seattle Times, you have plenty of apologizing to do!

If that's the case, have we got the perfect way for you to say "sorry!" - what better than a free taco?!

August 27th is Global Forgiveness Day, and Taco Del Mar is celebrating by letting you send a free e-card to those you need some forgiveness from. The forgiver can then redeem the e-card for a free taco, by taking it to their local, participating Taco Del Mar on August 27.

Check out to look at e-card options, and start sending them off to your friends, family or even complete strangers - now through the 27th.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Free kids meals in July - that's right, I said FREE!

All of you mommies and daddies out there, get ready, you're going to love July! After 5 p.m., everyday during this month, Taco Del Mar is giving away free kids meals to kids 12 and under, with a $4 adult purchase.

So basically, you can run down to your local TDM at dinner time and grab some grub - feeding a family of four for $8!! How can you beat THAT?! Well, ladies and gents, you can't!

You might be thinking "Why in the world is Taco Del Mar giving away FREE food?!?" Well, it's simple - Taco Del Mar loves kids, and July is when they're showing it. It also happens to be the same month TDM made Parents magazine's list of America's "Top 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants." Taco Del Mar ranked #9, based on a two-month study of healthy kids' menu items, family-friendly conveniences, and value. So not only is TDM's food healthy and yummy for kids, it's also FREE during July!

And did I mention, you can take the kids to TDM for a FREE dinner during July??

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My new wheels!!!

How do you like my new set of wheels?! Pretty awesome right...this is me sitting in my new Ferrari California, because that's how we roll here at R/West!

Ok, so by "my new set of wheels" I might mean "my new obsession/first thing on my Christmas list..." I'm pretty sure it was made for me, that leather seat fit like a glove, and getting out of the driver's seat was one of the most difficult things I've ever done... The Ferrari California is Ferrari's new addition to the family, coming out in 2010. This is the only one in Oregon, and it's currently sitting in the showroom at Ron Tonkin's Gran Turismo dealership (the oldest Ferrari dealership in the country, mind you.)

You might be asking why in the heck did I get to sit in the fastest (speedometer tops out at 220), most beautiful thing you've ever laid eyes on...and here's why: Yesterday Gran Turismo hosted it's 10th Annual Track Day at Portland International Raceway, where customers were invited to bring their own fast, fancy cars and race them at top speeds (under professional supervision/instruction of course!)

Danyel and I started out the morning bright and early with Drew Carney of KGW's LIVE at Sunrise, at the Gran Turismo store. That is where we got to drool over these amazing cars, learn about the dealership and even watch Drew drive this beauty. (Believe me, we were all holding our breath as the drove away in this $225,000 car...mic in one hand, wheel in other - after just announcing that he didn't know how to drive a stick!!) Let's just say it was an entertaining morning with Drew!

Then it was off to the races - we headed out to PIR where we spent a beautiful day in the sun watching fast, gorgeous Ferraris, Maseratis, Lotuses, Porsches, (insert anything fast, expensive and amazing here) cruise around the track at 150 mph!! Those babies could haul! All drivers had to take an instruction course with Pro Drive and then were able to drive with a professional in the passenger seat. Helmets were also required driving/riding accessories...always safety first on the track!

There were a few pros (like Steve and Art from the dealership) who could take passengers out in the California and Ed Tonkin's personal Porsche. And yes, I was lucky enough to be taken on a very fast, very exciting ride in that cute little blue Porsche (thanks Steve)!!! Yeah, I'm pretty sure I could own one of those too (Christmas list currently reads 1. Ferrari, 2. Porsche...)

Yesterday was definitely an adrenaline-packed, amazing day...and even though Danyel and I woke up at 3:30am (Drew - you know we'd do anything for you!) it was all completely worth it. And I'd probably get up that early every day if it meant I had the chance to ride in those amazing cars!

And check out the R/West Facebook page for more photos, videos and fancy car fun!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Meet Molly & Ali - Our newest R/West PR girls!

In the last few weeks the R/West PR team has experienced some major changes - some very sad (Kendall - we miss you every day...and are still trying to dry our eyes!) and some exciting (new, awesome PR minds like Molly and Ali).

Our department's founder, Kendall, decided that teaching history was her true calling and has decided to go back to school and learn how to shape young minds. (Yes, Kendall graduated college as a history major, but ended up becoming the founding member of the R/West PR team as we now know it, and a PR rockstar!) Here we are celebrating her new life/crying about her leaving...

So because of Kendall's new career path, we did many interviews, searching high and low for someone to fill her big shoes. Then we came across Molly, who we'd love to introduce you to - I'll let her take it from here:

Hi loyal PR Girls’ Followers!

I thought it was only right to make a formal introduction to our readers as the newest member of the R/West PR team. I started working at R/West on April 28th and haven’t looked back since. Here’s a little background on where I’ve been, what I’ve done and my plans for the future…

I am originally from Woodinville, WA, a small town on the eastside of Seattle where I grew up from diapers to prom dresses. After 13 years of playing soccer I decided to continue in college and moved to Montana to play for the Grizzlies in Missoula. I spent the next four years learning all about wonderful things to do in Big Sky Country- hiking, fly fishing, camping, kayaking and floating the rivers. It was in Montana that I fell in love with the outdoors.

While in college I interned one summer in Juneau, Alaska at the Alaska Brewing Company as part of the summer six-pack. Six total strangers bought in from the “lower 48” to help bring some outside insight into the launch of their new IPA. We gave our opinion on logo design, name choices and strategies for the launch. While there the six of us got to experience Juneau from a whale watching boat, helicopter and dog sled.

After college I worked at a couple of marketing firms with clients ranging anywhere from an assisted living facility at an old Masonic Temple to a beautiful day spa in downtown Seattle.

I was browsing jobs at ski hills one day thinking to myself, “I like marketing and I love skiing, maybe I can find a job that takes that into account.” It was then that I came across a communications coordinator position for Snowbird Ski Resort in the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah. I had a phone interview and then drove down for a second interview and was hooked on my first drive up the canyon. I worked there last winter, skiing a few times a week and learning the ins-and-outs of marketing a resort.

And now? Well, I’m in Portland! I decided to move here to be closer to my family and to open the door for more opportunities in marketing and public relations. Some of my interests also include good food, good beer and good music - so what better place than PDX?

The clients I will be working on at R/West include: BridgePort Brewing Company, Franz Bakery, Marquis and Consonus Companies, The Portland Clinic and Feld Entertainment (including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey when they're in Portland). It is great to look forward to coming into work everyday and I could not be more excited about my clients and my coworkers!

So there you have it - straight from the horse's mouth! :) We are looking forward to getting to know Molly a little better, and teaching her all about life at R/West!

Also, I wanted to share a post where you can learn all about our semi-new (sorry we didn't introduce you earlier!) intern Ali. She is part of the Senior Portland Experience program through the University of Oregon (go ducks!), and we have really enjoyed working with her over the past few weeks! During her program, she is also working on the Portland Fair Trade blog - check it out!

Ok, and on a little more personal PR department note - did we tell you JulieAnna is engaged and getting married in Cabo this November?? And Heather is pregnant with a little girl!! She is due this fall, and we are so excited to have a little one running around the PR department (ok maybe not running for a while, but you know what I mean!)

So, I think that about covers our updates for now...I'll let you know if anything else comes to mind!